Literacy Toolbox Tutor 

Provide tutoring support to assist people improve their core language and literacy skills.

A tutor helping a young woman

LOCATIONFitzroy, Epping, Footscray, St. Albans, Glenroy, Werribee & Dandenong
HOURS: 1–2 hours a week

Summary of the program and its objectives

Many people using BSL programs and services have low literacy levels which prevent them from successfully engaging in education, training and/or employment. The Literacy Toolbox project has been designed to assist participants in BSL education, training and employment support programs and services with their literacy.

Each learner will be matched one-on-one with a tutor - a Literacy Toolbox ' (pegged to the Australian Core Skills Framework) will enable the tutor to target the learning to the young person's areas of need.  Tutoring sessions are located in mutually convenient public buildings e.g. Public libraries or in BSL premises, as mutually convenient to student and tutor.

Main Responsibilities of the Role:

1. Tutoring and learner support 

  • provide one-on-one tutoring targeted to the student’s specific language and literacy needs
  • develop positive and appropriate working relationship with the student;
  • work with the student to develop strategies to achieve their goals by overcoming learning barriers;
  • act professionally and appropriately;
  • determine and agree with the student a mutually suitable timetable 
  • keep any information that involves the student as confidential except where it may cause harm to themselves or to others;
  • report to the Literacy Toolbox Coordinator any pertinent information regarding the student and as required;
  • undertake BSL's orientation and training for the project;

2. Team work

  • liaise with the Literacy Toolbox Coordinator regarding the young person's progress or issues;
  • actively share and exchange knowledge with fellow tutors regarding challenges, suggested improvements and successes, including attendance at Tutor Catch-ups when available.
  • contribute to the evaluative efforts of the project by collecting required data and attending focus group sessions if available.

To meet the selection criteria, candidate will require:

  • some experience or competency in tutoring students
  • digital literacy skills
  • effective people skills including leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to be able to handle challenging situations
  • the necessary commitment and flexibility required to meet the student at the times mutually agreed upon (around 1-2 hour per week), and who live reasonably locally to the program areas
  • understanding of and commitment to the values and ideals of the Brotherhood of St. Laurence
  • all staff and volunteers are expected to behave in accordance with the principles of the Brotherhood of St Laurence Code of Ethical Behaviour
  • volunteers must have a valid Working with Children Check, and must ensure that BSL is their registered organisation (at no cost to volunteer)
  • a standard Police Check will be performed on the successful applicant to any volunteer position.


  • teacher training or literacy qualifications and/or demonstrated experience working within adult literacy education programs
  • previous experience working with and /or a genuine commitment, understanding of and ability to work with people who have faced barriers accessing formal education
  • some understanding of Australian Cores Skills Framework
  • experience in the community sector.

To learn more, download the Literacy toolbox tutor position description (PDF, 98KB) or phone Marcus Chick on (03) 9288 9952.

Screening Questionnaire

Applicants are required to complete the screening questionnaire

Before you apply

  • read the position description
  • read the what to expect section of our website that outlines what to expect when you volunteer; your rights and responsibilities; and what's involved in a formal application.

How 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: volunteer(at)

 Please note:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply
  • The Brotherhood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you would like more information about our recruitment process or require assistance with your application then please contact our volunteer services team at volunteer(at) or contact us on (03) 9483 1390.

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