Compeer Coordinator

Job No: VIN956
Location: Illawarra and Shoalhaven

  • Permanent part time, 21 hours per week - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Various locations within the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions
  • Level 5 SCHCADS Award, Pay Point 1 - $35.78 per hour

What we do

The St Vincent de Paul Society is a leading provider of community support services and has been assisting people experiencing disadvantage in NSW for more than 130 years. Our people reach out to the most vulnerable in our community through our Conferences, Special Works and Vinnies shops. The Society’s mission is to shape a more just and compassionate society by offering a ‘hands up’ approach to people in need respecting their dignity, sharing our hope and encouraging them to take control of their own destiny.



 About the Service

The Compeer Program is a program of the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW State Council Support Services. It is affiliated internationally with Compeer Inc. which was established in 1973 in the United States.  Compeer matches people diagnosed with a mental illness (friends) in friendship with a caring volunteer. The program has helped in reducing the stigma and isolation associated with mental illness through friendship and social support.

 The Role

The Compeer Area Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the Compeer program within the area including program promotion and development as part of the larger Compeer State Council Support Services Program.   Reporting the NSW Compeer Manager, the key responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Recruitment, training and matching of volunteers and Compeer friends
  • Build relationships and regularly liaise with mental health professionals
  • Engage in promotional activities and oversee events for the program
  • Provision of regular communication and reporting to internal stakeholders
  • Assist the Compeer Manager in program development and planning.

 Please click here for a copy of the Position Description.

To be successful in this role, you will need:

  • Relevant experience in the mental health field and/or demonstrated interest and understanding of the social impact of mental illness in the community.  Tertiary qualifications in psychology, social work or a related discipline is desirable.
  • A background working with volunteers
  • Experience in delivering training - Certificate IV in Assessment and Training is desirable
  • Demonstrated strong communication and interpersonal skills with internal/external stakeholders from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to ability to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Current Australian drivers licence.

Come and join our team!

We believe our employees are key to our success and in return we offer:

  • Job satisfaction working as part of a team making a difference to people’s lives in an organisation that cares about people. 
  • Generous salary packaging benefits to employees where a portion of take-home pay is tax-free.
  • In addition to excellent learning and development programs, as a large purpose driven organisation we provide opportunities to grow your career across a range of teams and services.
  • Supportive, friendly and values driven team environment and culture.

Prior to an offer of employment, preferred candidates will be required to complete the pre-employment checks including reference checks, a Police check, Working with Children check, Health Declaration and/or a medical check, Right to work in Australia check.

If you have questions about this role, please email to or quoting job number and position title. 


Applications close at 11:30 pm on 20 June 2018.

Please submit your application attaching your Resume including your

responses to the Essential Criteria outlined in the attached Position Description.

Information on how to apply.


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