Community Development Officer

Job No: VIN776
Location: Wagga Wagga

  • Full-time position, 38 hours per week.
  • 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 require working with internal and external stakeholders, develop and implementation of Central Council Community development strategy that provides quality community 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 License with the willingness to undertake regular work related travel.

Desired Criteria

  • Prior experience in the not-for-profit sector 
  • Understanding of research methodologies

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

 Pre-employment Clearances

Pre-employment checks will include two (2) reference checks, signing of a Health Declaration, National Criminal History Check and Working with Children Check (click here for information  You will also be required to present evidence of right to work in Australia. 


How to Apply:  Applications will include the following:

1.  A cover letter with Claims to the Essential Criteria: Please provide -

  • information about why  you are applying for the role; and
  • Claims to the essential criteria: This is an important part of your application.
    Please address each essential criteria separately and explain how your skills, qualifications and experience meet them. 

2.  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 - answer the questions and attach your documents.


If you have questions about the role, please email to, and include the position title and reference number in your email subject line: Community Development Officer / VIN776

Applications close on Tuesday, 23 January 2018, at 23:30pm.

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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