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Organisation : The Centre for Excellence in Child & Family Welfare

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Part-time

Sector : Children, Community Support Services, Families

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $90,000 full time equivalent

Application closing date : 18 Feb, 2020

About the role

Position Details

Position Title:           Project Coordinator, Voice of Parents – A Model for Inclusion

Work Type:               Part Time: 0.6 (3 days per week); Two (2) Year Role

Pay Rate:                  $90,000 full time equivalent

Portfolio:                   Strategic Innovation

Location:                   Level 5, 50 Market Street, Melbourne

The Voice of Parents – A Model for Inclusion

Equity Trustees and Gandel Philanthropy have funded the Centre to undertake a two-year project – ‘The Voice of Parents – A Model for Inclusion’ to develop an evidence based and co-designed Parent Participation Charter, Model and Tool Kit that supports healthy, safe, and meaningful participation of parents, that makes a difference in outcomes for children and their families.

All Victorian children have the right to be safe, supported and connected to family. The Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Council of Australian Governments’ National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020, and the Children Youth and Families Act 2005 (Vic) all recognise the need to support families to keep their children safe and enable them to thrive. To achieve the best outcomes for children, it is thus critical to include and enhance parental voice as the expert in their child’s life. The Centre is committed to promoting client voice and learning from those with lived experience to achieve better outcomes for children and support parents in their critical role in their child’s life. To achieve this, the Centre is commencing a ‘The Voice of Parents – A Model for Inclusion’ to develop a parent participation framework, model and toolkit for the child and family services sector.

Organisational Accountabilities

The Centre is committed to health, safety and wellbeing of its staff.  The Centre and its staff must comply with a range of statutory requirements including equal opportunity, occupational health and safety and privacy. The Centre requires staff to comply with its policies and procedures and related statutory requirements.  Appointees are accountable for completing training on these matters and ensuring their knowledge is up to date.


Position Summary

  • Reports to Emma Fenby, Executive Strategic Innovation .


Key Accountabilities

The position is responsible for the delivery, coordination, management, oversight and reporting the of following activities:

  1. Development of agreed principles/charter for parent participation, a parental participatory model and toolkit for effective parental participation.
  2. Recruitment and management of a parent representative project advisory group.
  3. Establishment, stewardship and secretariat for project reference and steering committees.
  4. Consultation and progress report drafting and preparation.
  5. Management, review and reporting on the implementation of a trial of the parental participatory model developed.
  1. Project monitoring, evaluation and dissemination of learning.

This position also contributes to the Centre’s activities and works collaboratively with colleagues.


Key Selection Criteria

The successful applicant will have:


  • Human service-related degree.
  • Project management qualification and/or demonstrated experience in project management.

 Experience (desired)

  • Five years’ experience in the child and family or human services sectors (experience as a practitioner highly desirable).
  • Knowledge and understanding of the child and family sector (including Child Protection and Out-of-Home Care).
  • Demonstrated experience in consulting with senior stakeholders, including executive and senior management and working collaboratively to achieve goals.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management.
  • Demonstrated experience in engaging with clients in the child and family or human services sectors.


  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Knowledge / experience of using participatory methods.
  • Experience in project management.
  • A reflective and critical thinker with an open mindset.
  • An ability to communicate and collaborate to facilitate information flow, create networks and connect, reflect and think differently.
  • An ability to balance evidence, research and lived experience to design innovative solutions.
  • An ability to build trust and rapport to create generative discussions, to explore, test and learn as a group.

Conditional Employment Requirements

  1. Satisfactory police check
  2. Satisfactory Working with Children check
  3. Proof of the right to work in Australia


About the organisation

Organisation Name : The Centre for Excellence in Child & Family Welfare

Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare Inc.

The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (the Centre) is a not-for-profit peak body for child and family service organisations in Victoria. We advocate for children, young people and families and provide training, research and networking opportunities to the sector. We focus on the voices of young people in foster, kinship and residential care in Victoria, as well as working on larger Federal campaigns around equality.    

The Centre is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace, and to the health, wellbeing and cultural safety of our staff. We encourage applicants of any background, culture, gender, and experience to apply – we don’t discriminate. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Project Coordinator, Voice of Parents – A Model for Inclusion via Pro Bono Australia.



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