Community Engagement Educator

Employer: Banksia Gardens Community Services
Work Type/s: Contract, Part Time
Classification/s: Community Development, Education & Training, Project Management, Social Work
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Applications close: 22 May, 2015.

Banksia Gardens Community Services (BGCS) is a vibrant neighbourhood house located in the centre of Broadmeadows. BGCS offers a range of services and supports in the areas of early childhood, youth, family support and community development. We are committed to lifelong learning, and recognise that education is fundamental in the development of a truly inclusive society.

Working for Banksia Gardens Community Services, the position will support the implementation of the Hume Community Learning Alliance at two Catholic schools in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne.

Key Responsibilities

Responsible for the design, delivery and evaluation of all activities related to the Hume Learning Community Alliance at Holy Child Primary School (HCPS) and Good Samaritan Primary School (GSPS). This will include the following tasks:

1. Carry out promotion and community engagement initiatives aimed at developing relationships with parents and families in order to identify their needs. Some examples of such initiatives could include:
2. Coordinate the deployment of pre-accredited training programs (covering areas such as literacy, numeracy, IT and basic employability skills) specifically designed for parents at the school.
Support parents to use these pre-accredited opportunities as a stepping stone to pursue learning and employment pathways.
3. Develop and implement strategies to harness positive parental engagement to bring about direct impacts on attendance and educational attainment for children.
4. In collaboration with the other partner organisations, responsible for the design and development of a
Community of Practice comprising staff from all participating partner organisations.

Contribute to the evaluation and reporting of the Hume Community Learning Alliance Project. This will include the following tasks:

1. Develop project reporting and evaluation tools to monitor effectiveness and to capture and communicate key milestones and outcomes.
2. Set up financial tracking systems to ensure the appropriate use of the project budget.
3. Prepare and submit periodic progress reports for the funding body (Adult, Community and Further Education Board, Department of Education and Training).
4. We are looking for a candidate with significant experience in the development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of effective community development programs. The successful candidate will also have a good understanding and possibly some experience in school settings.

Key Selection Criteria:

Tertiary qualifications in Social Work, Community Development, Education or related discipline.
Substantial experience in community consultation, engagement and stakeholder management.
Substantial experience in the development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of programs and activities that meet diverse community needs and interests.
Understanding of schools and adult, community and further education sectors and systems.
Ability to develop well-structured and coherent reports, funding applications and other documents such as case studies or research papers.
Ability to carry out all duties in this position description in a manner consistent with Catholic ethos, and with the Missions and Values of GSPS and HCPS.
Ability to fluently speak a relevant second language (desirable).
A full Position Description is available below.

How to apply for this job
All applications must include a Resume, a cover letter and a document addressing the Key Selection Criteria. In order to submit your application, please email, using the subject line: Community Engagement Educator application via Green Lifestyle

For further information, please contact Jaime de Loma-Osorio on 0437244448.

Download information document here.