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Director – Practice Leadership

Organisation : Relationships Australia Canberra & Region

Location : Australian Capital Territory, Canberra, NSW Regional (Deakin ACT or Wagga Wagga NSW)

Work type : Part-time

Profession : CEO & Senior Management, Client Services, Community Services, Management

Sector : Community Development, Community Support Services, Mental Health, Other

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 23 Jan, 2022

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Relationships Australia Canberra & Region

Relationships Australia is a community sector organisation with a proud and rich history. We connect with families, communities and thousands of people across the lifespan. You may know us for our family and couples counselling – we also give back to the community through our work in family violence prevention, working with people experiencing gambling harm, with families that have been touched by the sudden death of a loved one, with people who have experienced trauma and with people who are challenged by their mental health, among other things.

With us you will work with people at times of vulnerability in their lives, create a career you’ll love and join a warm and caring team who make a difference.

About the role

Reporting directly to the CEO, this role is expected to provide strategic and specialist advice to the CEO and the Senior Executive Team (SET) on the practice governance framework and provide leadership to the Practice Governance Committee.  By working together with the CEO and the SET, the Executive Adviser’s role is to ensure that our clients are provided with timely, high quality, safe relationship services when they are at their most vulnerable. 

Your new role

Reporting to the CEO, you will:

  • In consultation with the CEO and SET, contribute to the development, implementation, and monitoring of strategic and operational plans.
  • Oversee the ongoing development and implementation of the practice governance framework, incorporating a practice focus for leadership, hearing the voice of the client, highly skilled and accountable practitioners and safe quality service delivery across all service areas.
  • In consultation with the Directors, streamline the supervision process that includes case consultation, individual and group supervision and reflective practice for supervisors.
  • Plan and implement a process to improve competency profiles, identify competency gaps in line with organisational expectations and oversee and advise on appropriate professional development, in particular, covering core-practitioner skills.


What you’ll need to succeed

  1. Postgraduate qualification in psychology, social work, social science, counselling, dispute resolution or another discipline relevant to the leadership and management of clinical services along with a current registration with at least one of the following professional associations: Australian Psychological Society (APS), the Australian Association for Social Workers (AASW), Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and Australian Counselling Association (ACA).
  2. Experience at a senior management level including risk management across diverse and multidisciplinary service delivery environments along with the ability to understand the drivers, contributing factors, assessment and risk responses relevant to family and domestic violence, elder abuse, child protection and suicidality.
  3. At least 10 years’ demonstrated experience in leading and supervising therapeutic teams and achieving success against practice frameworks, organisational strategic and operations plans.
  4. Demonstrated ability to manage and engage with teams using a relational approach with an understanding of, and commitment to, restorative approaches would be very highly regarded.


For a full list of selection criteria, please refer to the position description found via

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants are encouraged to apply.

This is a three (3) year fixed term, part time position (0.6), based in Deakin ACT or Wagga Wagga NSW.

What you’ll get in return

This is an exciting opportunity to join a highly regarded not-for-profit, community-based organisation in a position where you will have the opportunity to continue to grow and develop your career. You will receive a generous package including professional development and NFP salary packaging. In this role you will be able to make a positive difference in the lives of people in the community every day.


How to apply

Position Description : PD Director- Practice Leadership

What you need to do now

If you are interested in the role, please submit your resume with names of two work related referees and a cover letter specifically addressing each of the selection criteria (no more than half a page response under each criterion). Applications that do not address selection criteria will not be considered during the shortlisting process.

Applications should be submitted only via the “Apply” button on our website.

Position description with selection criteria is available at

For further information about the position or application process, please contact CEO, on 02 6229 2402 or by email  

Closing date for applications: Midnight on 23 January 2022


Please quote in application: Director - Practice Leadership via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #CEO_and_Senior_Management, #Client_Services, #Community_Services, #Management
Sector: #Community_Development, #Community_Support_Services, #Mental_Health, #Other

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