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12 hours per week – SCHCADS Award Level 3 (pay rate in accordance with qualifications and experience)

About Us

Greenacre Area Community Centre (GACC) is a not-for-profit community organisation offering a range of services and programs to the local communities of Greenacre, Chullora, Mt Lewis, and the wider Canterbury Bankstown Local Government Area.

GACC has been in operation since 1997. It became an Incorporated Association in 2002, under the name Greenacre Area Neighbourhood Centre Inc., changing its name in 2011 to Greenacre Area Community Centre to reflect the terminology more commonly used within the community.

Whilst programs and services have evolved over the years in response to community needs and the availability of funding, GACC has retained its focus on providing community capacity building programs for the whole community, with a particular focus on children, young people, families, and people who are socially isolated or disadvantaged.

GACC has built strong local networks and collaborates with other agencies to increase community access to services.

GACC offers the following services and programs:

  • Supported Playgroup
  • School Holiday Activities
  • Child and Family Counselling and Case Work Services
  • Educational Workshops
  • Recreational Activities
  • English Classes
  • Information and Referral
  • Drop-in client support
  • Work Development Order (WDO) Program
  • Food Share
  • Tax Help
  • Community Events
  • Access to phones and photocopying
  • Assistance with forms
  • Justice of the Peace (JP) services
  • Advocacy in dealing with government agencies
  • Student Placements
  • Volunteering
  • Hall Hire

The governing body of GACC is a volunteer Management Committee comprised of local residents who are professional workers with the requisite skills and a strong commitment to locally-based community services. The Management Committee is elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting.

Our Vision

An inclusive, empowered, and engaged community

Our Values

Ethical: We work in a way which is honest, right, and fair

Socially Just: We advocate for equality. We support people to improve their lives and claim their human rights.

Inclusive: We work to create a community where everyone feels they belong, no matter who they are, where they are from, or what their life journey has been.

Collaborative: We promote genuine community engagement and participation. We listen to the community so we can continually improve. We build partnerships, and collaborate with our colleagues inside and outside of the organisation.

Creative: We use our imagination, energy, and resourcefulness to find new and innovative ways to achieve our Vision

Sustainable: We operate in a way that supports environmental, social, and economic sustainability.

Purpose

Greenacre Area Community Centre provides a range of services and activities that address local issues and strengthen our community. We are a central access point for information, support and community engagement. We offer a safe, welcoming space for all, with a focus on expanding opportunities for people who are disadvantaged.

About You

We are looking for an experienced professional to lead the Playgroup Program and ensure it exceeds the desired parental and children outcomes for local families.

About The Role

The role involves planning, developing and evaluating the supported playgroup program including developing proactive engagement strategies in collaboration with playgroup support staff and the centre’s Child & Family Counsellor/Caseworker.

The role is divided into 4 hours face to face work and 8 hours administration and community networking. The Playgroup Co-ordinator is supported by two Playgroup Assistants.

Key Responsibilities: You will be responsible for delivering a high quality supported playgroup program including the provision of Evidence Based Programs (EBP) and co-ordinating weekly creative and stimulating play opportunities for children and their families in line with the Early Childhood Development Framework, in a supported, friendly and safe environment with particular focus on early childhood development strategies to promote social skills, communication skills and parent/carer and child interaction.

You will participate in relevant networks to exchange information and enhance service delivery and referral pathways for playgroup families.

You will collect and analyse playgroup statistics to strengthen and enhance service provision.

Selection Criteria

Essential:

  • Minimum Diploma in Early Childhood Studies
  • Minimum 3 years employment experience working with children 0-5 and families
  • Understanding of the Early Childhood Development Framework
  • Demonstrated experience in program planning, development and evaluation
  • Experience in community project management
  • Team work and working as part of a team
  • Ability to engage with CALD communities
  • Working knowledge of groups and group dynamics
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to collect and submit playgroup statistical data to funding body using the on-line portal
  • Competency in Microsoft Office Suite/emails/internet and social media
  • Access to a fully insured motor vehicle registered in NSW

Desirable:

  • Relevant community language
  • Community Development/community services experience

Closing Date

Applications Close 5pm, Monday 22 October, 2018

How to apply

pdfDownload Guidelines for Applicants

Email your completed application, and attachments to: [email protected]

The following documents form part of the application. Please note, failure to submit the following will render your application invalid:

  • A current Resume’ including two current work referees – one of whom is a direct supervisor
  • A short (half page) Cover Letter (cover letters written as emails will not be accepted)
  • Response to each point of the Selection Criteria - The Selection Criteria should be set out on a separate document and must answer each point of the Essential and Desirable criteria stated above. Not addressing each point of the Selection Criteria or changing any point of the criteria will render your application invalid.

Please ensure you attach all of the above documents to your application before submitting.

For further information or enquiries please call the Executive Officer on 9750 7982.

Playgroups are an important part of the early childhood experience

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