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Community Development Officer - Waterloo Urban Renewal Project

Employer: Counterpoint Community Services INC
Work Type/s: Full Time, Contract
Classification/s: Community Development, Housing & Homelessness, Project Management
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Sydney

Job posted on: 16 January, 2017.
Applications close: No Deadline – please apply as soon as possible

Counterpoint Community Services

For over 40 years we have provided quality independent support, advice and advocacy and a wide range of community building services to families, individuals and community groups within the Waterloo - Redfern area. We pride ourselves on being an open and honest team, who are very welcoming and supportive.


The NSW government have announced the Renewal of the Waterloo Social Housing estate under the new Communities Plus policy. This will be the largest and one the most complex social housing renewal projects in Australian history. As part of this process, the community will be consulted on the redevelopment and will be central to the Master Planning process.

Voices of communities in renewals projects historically are largely absent and we are working with the Department of Family and Community Services Land and Housing Corporation to ensure this is not the case during Waterloo’s Redevelopment.

Therefore we are seeking a highly experienced Community Development officer to join our vibrant team for this challenging role who can support the engagement of this diverse neighbourhood and to independently resource their involvement during the renewal Master planning process and ensure that community voices are heard and make a difference.

Selection criteria

  • Suitable Qualifications in social sciences, community development or related field, or substantial relevant experience in a similar field
  • Demonstrated extensive experience in Community Development and Community Engagement practice at a local level
  • Ability to work with autonomy within a fast paced and often challenging environment whilst being a great team member.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve outcomes in partnership with the community, government, and non-government agencies
  • Demonstrated experience engagement, recruiting, training, supporting and working positively with Social Housing residents and volunteers
  • Highly developed conceptual skills and well developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Understanding the principles of the NGO sector, social justice, and equity.
  • Ability to work sensitivity with people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and an ability to work with those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Knowledge & demonstrated experience of the Social Housing and Human Services sector
  • Sound understanding of master planning process, and of the complexity and challenges of urban renewal.
  • Understanding of Reflective Practice Principles and Self-Care

A full position description is attached below.

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