Community Development Officer

Job No: VIN825
Location: Wagga Wagga

  • Full-time position, 38 hours per week
  • Occasional work outside of core hours and at weekends
  • Based in Wagga Wagga, requires travel to various locations
  • Current drivers licence is required      

Department Overview

The Wagga Wagga Central Council area extends from Tumbarumba in the east to Griffith in the west and includes the regional cities of Wagga Wagga and Albury. The Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers are significant geographical features of our area with a number of key Shire’s including Leeton, Berrigan and Junee. Wagga Wagga Central Council provides assistance to the local community in the way of food, food vouchers, electricity costs, rent and medical expenses.   The Central Council has: 4 Regional Councils; 24 Conferences; 281 Conference members; 365 Mini Vinnies and youth members, 750 volunteers; 13 Vinnies Shops, and 4 Special Works.

The Society’s Mission, Vision, Aspiration, and Key Values .

About the role             

The Community Development Officer provides strategic guidance, support and assistance to the Central Council in working towards the Society’s Mission and Vision and Strategic Plan of strengthening our service and partnerships which allows the Society to offer a ‘hand up’ to people in need. The overall goal is to increase and enhance our reach across the community through service delivery and community engagement.  The role will work with internal and external stakeholders, develop and implement Central Council Community development strategy that provides quality outcomes to break the cycle of disadvantage. More information about this role is available in the attached Position description.

Essential criteria

  • Possession of a qualification within the Community Development area or a related discipline and/or previous experience in a contemporary community development or related role
  • High level interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral) with demonstrated ability to relate positively and confidently with a wide range of people/multiple stakeholders
  • Evidence of successfully managing, delivering and evaluating significant community projects, inclusive of conducting risk analyses
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects/activities within prescribed budget
  • Experience in writing, developing and acquitting funding submissions including budget reconciliation and reporting
  • Demonstrated capacity to successfully engage, develop and manage volunteers
  • A demonstrated understanding of relevant legislation and issues including child protection, privacy and workplace health and safety
  • Well developed Microsoft Office skills including the ability to create excel databases for the purpose of presenting statistical data
  • Current Australian Drivers Licence
  • Willingness to undertake regular work related travel

What we offer             

  • By joining one of Australia’s largest and leading charities, you will be working in an organisation which makes a real difference to people’s lives.
  • The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW is proud to offer generous salary packaging benefits to employees where a portion of take-home pay is tax-free.
  • Training and development opportunities

 Employment Conditions

The conditions of employment are governed by the SCHCADS Award and the salary for this role is on Level 5.  Hourly rates range from $35.78 to $37.78 depending on qualifications.

Pre-employment Checks

Prior to an offer of employment, preferred candidates will be required to complete the pre-employment checks that include two (2) reference checks, a Health Declaration and National Criminal History Check. You will also be required to present evidence of right to work in Australia.

The Society is committed to being a Child Safe organisation. Prior to employment, you will be required to have a Working with Children Check, further information can be found in the Society’s commitment to Safeguarding Children & Young People  .

Apply Online

Applications will include the following:

  • A cover letter with Claims to the Essential Criteria:
    This is an important part of your application.  Please address the Essential and Desirable Criteria by explaining how your skills, qualifications and experience meet them. 

  • Current curriculum vitae: This will include your qualifications & trainings; work history with a brief description of duties for each role; Referees - at least two (2) e.g. persons you report to who can comment on your work experience. Please provide name and contact details (work and mobile phone numbers; email address).  Or please be prepared to provide details when requested.

To apply online, follow the prompts below - answer the questions and attach your documents (maximum of 2 documents).  (Note:  We do not accept applications sent by email.)

This is a re-advertisement.  Previous applicants need not apply.

If you have questions about the role, please email to with email subject line: Community Development Officer / VIN825.  Questions about the application process, email to .

Applications close at midday on 26 February 2018

St Vincent de Paul Society (NSW) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

The Society is committed to engaging a diverse workforce. The Society strongly encourages applications from people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and mature aged applicants.


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