Youth and Schools Officer (Western Sydney)

Job No: VIN870
Location: Wentworthville, NSW

This is a great opportunity to shape the future of youth and schools engagement across the Western Sydney region.  Work with community to support young people as drivers of change.

  • Part-time 22.8 hours per week, based in Wentworthville
  • Involves intermittent work out of hours, including weekends and evenings
  • Current NSW Driver’s Licence

 About the Organisation

The St Vincent de Paul Society is a member and volunteer based organisation that has been assisting people experiencing disadvantage in NSW for more than 130 years. The St Vincent de Paul Society is a leading provider of community support services and has close to 100 Special Works across the State in the areas of homelessness, mental health, disability, financial counselling, supported accommodation, food provision, refugees and migrants and addiction counselling.  Our work is funded by all levels of government, the generous support we receive from the community and our 250 Retail Centres across NSW.

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

Youth and Schools Function

The Parramatta Central Council addresses social injustice through a wide range of initiatives and activities. We engage with young people as drivers of change, and seek to strongly link our social justice agenda with both youth engagement and fundraising. This includes promoting our work to resonate with a cross section of the community and creating the widest range of opportunities for support, volunteering, and membership of the Society. Building a broad support base, engaged in our mission of addressing the systemic drivers of disadvantage, will also strengthen our capacity to generate awareness and donations supporting our business to grow in line with the rapidly increasing need in Western Sydney.

The Role

The Youth and Schools Officer is responsible for supporting the social justice agenda for Parramatta Central Council by engaging with and supporting young people with a focus on primary and high school partners.  The role will build school partnerships across Western Sydney and aim to increase their engagement in the Society's programs such as Mini Vinnies, Social Justice Groups, and other events and fundraising activities. The Youth and Schools Officer will also manage and support volunteers who are an integral part of the Society.  The role will report to the Social Justice and Community Engagement Manager and will work with a small team dedicated to addressing social injustice across Western Sydney.

You can find more information including the Essential Criteria in the Position Description.

To be successful in this role, you will need

  • Tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience in relevant field including social policy, youth work, community development or education
  • Experience working with young people
  • Program or project management experience
  • Knowledge of the community sector, social policy, and social justice issues in Australia such as homelessness
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Capacity to work independently and within a team
  • Computer proficiency including Microsoft Office Suite and databases
  • Capacity to adhere to the ethos and mission of the Society
  • Adhere to all Society WHS policies and procedures and meet WHS legal obligations
  • Current NSW Drivers’ Licence

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 Social Community Home Care & Disability Services Award (SCHCADS). The position is classified as Level 3 and hourly rates range from $27.26 to 29.24 depending on qualifications.

Pre-employment Clearances

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  .

How to Apply:  

 Applications will include the following:

  • A cover letter with Claims to the Essential Criteria:
    Please explain how your skills, qualifications and experience meet the Essential Criteria as outlined in the Position Description.  Also provide information on why you are applying for this role.

  • 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, follow the prompts below . Please ensure that you answer the questions and attach your documents that include the Claims to the Essential Criteria (these are outlined in the Position Description).

If you have questions about this role, please email to Anna Ashenden (Social Justice and Community Engagement Manager) with subject line Youth and Schools Officer (Western Sydney) / VIN870. 

Questions about the application process - please email to, assistance is only available during business hours. Please note that we do not accept applications sent by email.

 Applications close at 11:30 pm on 21 March 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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