Manager, Given the Chance

Hours: Full time 38 hours per week, maximum term 12 months

Location: Dandenong

Applications close: Monday, 31 July 2017 at 5pm

An exciting opportunity has become available to join our Work and Learning division in Dandenong in the role of Given the Chance Manager.

Summary of program and its objectives

This role will lead a team to deliver the Program Model, for both the Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers, and the Given the Chance Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN) programs. In partnership with Life Without Barriers and Launch Housing, this role will drive the Given the Chance team in Dandenong to ensure high quality sustainable job opportunities for refugees/asylum seekers, mature aged jobseekers, people with a disability and long term unemployed as well as those in social housing arrangements. This exciting role also has the opportunity to contribute to advocacy for Asylum Seekers in particular.

Main responsibilities of the role

The Given the Chance Manager, Dandenong, is responsible for the operational management and successful delivery of Given the Chance, Jobs Victoria and Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers in the City of Greater Dandenong and City of Casey. This includes managing the Given the Chance team based in Dandenong to achieve program objectives and performance targets/KPIs that meet contractual and evidentiary requirements for the Department of Employment’s Jobs Victoria program, and to achieve KPIs and advocacy objectives for Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers agreed with the program’s funder.

The Manager is also responsible for establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with partner agencies, local service providers, local government, community organisations and other agencies to ensure referral pathways and access to high quality activities and services for participating jobseekers. The role also contributes to the Given the Chance for Asylum Seeker Program’s advocacy objectives by demonstrating the positive impacts that arise from assisting Asylum Seekers to find and keep employment.

To meet the selection criteria, candidates will require:

  • demonstrated experience in successfully managing employment or related programs that engage and work with people experiencing disadvantage, including achieving performance targets and milestones and meeting reporting and compliance requirements for government or other funders
  • proven people management skills in managing a small team to achieve performance targets and deliver high quality services to the community
  • proven ability in developing and maintaining positive relationships with a range of stakeholders including community organisations, government, service agencies and employers/business
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to engage and communicate effectively with clients of different ability and cultural backgrounds
  • strong analytical skills with the ability to interpret data/information and make recommendations to improve service delivery and outcomes
  • highly developed written skills with capacity to prepare reports or other materials for a variety of audiences
  • high level of IT skills including use of client record management databases and Microsoft programs
  • understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood

This is a full time maximum term position for 12 months working 38 hours per week. Salary will be in the range of $72,115 to $76,236 per annum based on skills and experience, plus superannuation. Attractive salary packaging provisions are available to increase take home pay.

For further information please view the Manager - Given the Chance position description (PDF, 279KB) or phone Jo Tabit on (03) 9288 9915.

To apply

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

Email written applications to: recruitment(at)

Applications close: Monday, 31 July 2017 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) 
  • 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) or visit Jobs at the Brotherhood on our website.

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