Recruitment and Field Officer (African and Pasifika Islander Background Funding)

Hours: 30.4 hours per week, maximum term 11 months

Location: Flemington

Summary of program and its objectives

The Work, Economic Security and Social Inclusion (WESSI) department is one of eight departments at the Brotherhood that has responsibility for assisting people who are unemployed to access opportunities to live and work independently through effective, high quality employment and training and support programs. WESSI department also advocates for appropriate and innovative community responses to employment and related issues. The department includes a diverse range of services and initiatives to help people into work and to strengthen families, individuals and communities – these services and programs are delivered from a range of locations across Melbourne.  The Given the Chance Jobs Victoria Program specifically, is funded by the Victorian government to assist long-term job seekers into sustainable work.

Main responsibilities of the role

This position is to act as a positive role model and work together with program staff and stakeholders to help prepare long time job seekers for employment opportunities with a focus on young people with an African and Pasifika Islander background.  They will accomplish this through liaising with our community organisation partners delivering the African and Pasifika Islander Background Funding as part of our Jobs Victoria Employment Network Program.

To meet the selection criteria, candidates will require:


  • Relevant qualifications and/or experience in social work, community development, coaching or training
  • Demonstrated experience in coaching young people in their career goals and guidance
  • Relevant experience in knowledge of all aspects of job readiness
  • Proven experience working with members of the African and/or Pasifika Islander community and engaging them in voluntary programs to achieve employment outcomes
  • Ability to develop job readiness that is needs-based and effective for our clients
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to build effective relationships and liaise across all levels both internally, externally and with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience in working in innovative programs with a high degree of autonomy
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and resolve problems and make appropriate recommendations
  • Well-developed organisational and time management skills with the ability to plan workload, prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Expertise and competency in Microsoft office programs including word, excel and outlook and client databases
  • Understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood

This is a part time position working 30.4 hours per week on a 11 months maximum term

Salary will be in the range of $60,297.64 to $64,880.40 per annum pro rata, 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 Recruitment and Field Officer (PDF, 272kb) or phone Gabrielle Hughes on 0419 950 679

As part of the Brotherhood’s recruitment and selection process, applicants will be required to undergo pre-employment checks as required, applicants will be subject to, but not limited to, the following checks: National (and International if applicable) Police Check, Victorian Employee Working with Children Check, Right to Work in Australia, Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme Check and current professional registration.

To apply

‘We encourage young people from an African and Pasifika Islander background to apply’

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

Applicants who do not complete the screening questionnaire will not be considered for shortlisting.

Email written applications to: recruitment(at)

Applications close: Thursday 28 March 2019 at 5:00 pm

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.

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.

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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