HIPPY Australia Consultant

Hours: Full time 38 hours per week 

Location: Fitzroy

Applications close: Friday 26 October 2018 at 5pm

An exciting opportunity exists to develop innovations and undertake projects to assist HIPPY to achieve its goals and objectives.

Summary of program and its objectives

HIPPY is a two year structured home based early childhood learning and parenting program that empowers parents and carers to be their child’s first teacher. The program builds the confidence and skills of parents and carers to create a positive learning environment to prepare their child for school. The program also offers some parents and carers supported pathway to employment and fosters local community leadership. HIPPY operates in 100 communities across Australia with 50 of these communities having an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus.

The HIPPY Consultant position is responsible for the development of resources and training that support quality service delivery and for managing the relationship between HIPPY Australia and our network of HIPPY Providers across the country. This position is perfect for someone who is keen to make a difference in the lives of children and their families and has a passion for providing supports and training to a diverse range of adult learners.

Use your experience in working with families and children, your strong stakeholder management skills and adult learning experience along with a love of travel and join a vibrant committed HIPPY Australia team.

Main responsibilities of the role

The HIPPY Consultant position is responsible for the development of resources and training that support quality service delivery. The role provides ongoing support and visits up to 12 HIPPY providers to ensure delivery of a high-quality program. The HIPPY Consultant will lead and participate in developing innovations and undertaking projects to assist HIPPY to achieve its goals and objectives.

To meet the selection criteria, candidate will require:

  • relevant tertiary qualifications in education, community or human services
  • demonstrated experience working in the early childhood, education, community or human services sector as well as in contract and project management
  • demonstrated experience in effective stakeholder management
  • knowledge of and experience in working with children and families
  • well-developed interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to deliver training and group facilitation
  • the ability to build effective relationships across all levels, both internally and externally and experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities 
  • the ability to identify and resolve problems and make appropriate recommendations
  • well-developed organisational and time management skills with the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • demonstrated knowledge and competency in Microsoft Office Programs including Word, Excel and Outlook
  • a current Victorian Drivers License
  • an understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood


  • demonstrated skills and experience in adult education, learning and training

This is a full time position working 38 hours per week. Work requirements include weekend work, significant state and interstate work based travel and attendance at a variety of different work locations. A Working with Children Check is required for this position. 

Salary will be in the range of $72,304.44 to $77,374.96 per annum, based on skills and experience plus superannuation. Attractive salary packaging provisions are available to increase take home pay.

For further information about the role please view the HIPPY Consultant position description (PDF, 275kb) or phone Sandra Andrews on 0438 569 297.

To apply

Applicants are required to submit a resume and complete the screening questionnaire »

Email written applications to: recruitment(at)bsl.org.au

Applications Close: Friday 26 October 2018 at 5pm

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has a vision of an Australia free of Poverty. We embrace, and value, diversity of culture, working arrangements, sexual orientation and gender identity to ensure our workforce is representative of the community that we work within. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include and welcome unique contributions of all people. We embrace and celebrate the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, their skills and contribution to our organisation. Applicants should be aware that as required, we conduct police and working with children checks as we acknowledge the importance of Child Safety.

Application process

In making an application for a position at the Brotherhood all applicants must:

  • read the position description
  • provide a brief cover letter
  • complete the application process as specified in the vacancy. Failure to complete the application process as specified in the vacancy may result in rejection of your application.
  • provide a current resume outlining your work history, details of any relevant qualifications and licences and two referees, either current or most recent Manager.
  • recommended applicants will be required to undertake Psychometric testing. Further assessments may include skills testing and presentations.

Applicants not shortlisted for interview will be contacted as soon as practicably possible. 

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Police and Working With Children Checks

The Brotherhood works with children, youth and vulnerable people and requires all staff to undertake a Police Check and, where applicable, a Working with Children check, prior to commencement. A person's criminal history does not automatically exclude an individual from working or volunteering at the Brotherhood. Police Checks are administered and paid for by the Brotherhood. 

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Please note:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply
  • For more information or assistance with your application, please contact the Human Resources Team on (03) 9483 2444 or email: recruitment(at)bsl.org.au 
  • The Brotherhood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you would like some more information about our recruitment process or require assistance with your application please contact our recruitment team at recruitment(at)bsl.org.au or visit Jobs at the Brotherhood on our website.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
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