Community Development Officer

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Western Sydney MRC (WSMRC) is seeking to employ a Community Development Officer to coordinate community development projects and initiatives, develop and maintain strong connection with communities, and facilitate ongoing needs analysis.

This role will be equivalent to SCHCADS Level 3 or 4, dependent on experience. Salary sacrifice options available.

This role is 14-35 hours per week, flexible for the right candidate.

Applications close midnight Monday 8th January 2018.

A clear Working with Children Check and Police Clearance will apply to the successful applicant, and to remain employed you must not be a prohibited person under the Act.

For further information and questions please contact Meredith Stuebe, Community Engagement Manager on (02) 8778 1209.

Position Purpose

This position provides capacity to the Western Sydney MRC for the development and coordination of various community development projects and initiatives that foster capacity-building and mainstream access for our target group, aiming for engagement & integration into society at large and for sustainable structures & enhanced social capital.

The role will encompass a range of community development activities from understanding the needs and capacity of communities, (co-)designing intervention strategies, resource planning, implementation, external stakeholder engagement, ongoing coordination of existing programs, on-going monitoring, and assessment.

Selection Criteria


  1. Demonstrated strong links/connection to refugee and migrant communities in Liverpool and surrounding areas, and/or South West Sydney.
  2. Demonstrated high level organisational skills.
  3. Demonstrated understanding of community development principles and strategies.
  4. Compliance Checklist
    1. Ability to work flexible hours, with some weekend event attendance required.
    2. Ability to travel as required.
    3. Able to provide a clear Working with Children Check and Police Clearance (to be supplied before starting).


  1. Proficiency in Arabic or another community language relevant to South Western Sydney.

 Lodging Your Application

All applications are to be addressed to the Community Engagement Manager and emailed to with the subject line Community Development Officer Application.

When lodging your application, you must submit the following information:

  • letter of application addressing the essential and desirable selection criteria
  • résume outlining relevant qualifications and experience
  • at least 2 professional referees, including their name, position and phone number

Emailed and faxed applications are accepted. However, we recommend that you post the original.  It is up to you to ensure that the application gets to the centre on time. We will not take any responsibilities for technical difficulties or lost applications sent via email or fax.

Faxed applications can be sent to 02 9601 1398 with the subject line Community Development Officer application.

Posted applications must be marked “confidential” and sent to: C/O Meredith Stuebe, Western Sydney MRC, PO Box 435, Liverpool NSW 1871

Any questions about your application should be directed to the contact person identified in the job advertisement.

Employment Procedure

Western Sydney MRC staff are employed under an Equal Employment Opportunity policy. All applicants are assessed under the same criteria and using the same process.

An employment subcommittee will convene and follow the following process:

  1. Cull the applications according to the identified selection criteria. Applicants will not be interviewed if they do not meet the Essential criteria. Depending on the number and quality of applicants, the desirable criteria may be considered. In cases of an extremely large number of applicants meeting the desirable and essential criteria, the panel will select the applicants who meet the criteria best.
  2. Selected applicants will be interviewed and asked the same questions.
  3. Depending on the position, each candidate may be asked to participate in a short test assessing specific criteria (e.g. a typing test, writing skills or computer skills).
  4. Short listed applicants will be reference checked.
  5. Employment panel will identify successful candidate and conditions of offer of employment (i.e. wages, qualifying period)
  6. Convenor of the panel will make an offer of employment to the successful candidate – initially by phone and subsequently in writing.
  7. Unsuccessful candidates will be informed in writing.

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