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Youth Development Practitioner - Queerspace Youth Programs

Employer: drummond street services
Work Type/s: Part Time
Classification/s: Community Development, GLBTI & Sexual Health, Project Management, Social Work, Youth
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 09 July, 2019.
Applications close: 21 July, 2019. (Expired)

  • A .5EFT (5 days per fortnight) role to lead our Queerspace youth programs in the City of Melbourne.

About us

drummond street (ds) youth services (the drum) is contracted by the City of Melbourne (CoM) to deliver youth services across the CoM municipality. As our youth service footprint includes Carlton, North Melbourne, Kensington and the CBD. We also deliver services in Richmond and Collingwood

We are dynamic team, delivering an innovative co-design model in a youth services context. Our model centres young people in the production, delivery and evaluation of our programs. Our value and programs reflect a passion and commitment to achieving social change for young people and the communities they identifying as belonging to.

ds is committed to ensuring our workforce reflects the communities we work within. We strongly encourage people from the following background/s to apply:

  • First Nations people
  • Identifying as LGBTQI+
  • People of colour (e.g. identifying as cultural, religious and/or ethnically diverse)
  • Speaks one or more community languages
  • Is or has been a public housing resident 

What you will bring:

  • Qualifications in youth work, social work or community development
  • A commitment to Child Safe Standards
  • A passionate for and experience in collaborating with young people experiencing complex disadvantage including racism, sexism, Islamophobia transphobia and homophobia
  • A commitment to centring young people’s knowledge and voices through co-design
  • A demonstrated history of exceeding service and funding agreements
  • Vision and energy to the planning, promotion, delivery & evaluation of programs

ds is committed to Child Safety. All short listed candidates are subject to child safety screening and assessment against the Child Safety Standards as part of our recruitment process. This includes having a valid Working with Children Card (WWCC) and completing a criminal history check.

About the current vacancies

We are currently seeking passionate and experienced staff for three Youth Development Practitioner positions. These are responsible for using co-design to plan, promote, deliver and evaluate assertive engagement activities. We are seeking professionals who are committed to positive engagement and social change for young people. You will have a proven track record of delivering youth programs. The role are responsible for:

  • delivering high quality youth programs across inner city public housing estates
  • ensuring young people have a voice in their community and within local government
  • taking existing programs to the next level
  • creating partnerships and relationships to increase opportunities available
  • increasing the profile of our service to reach new young people
  • building relationships in programs with the intention of connecting participants with support when needed

Other information about the workplace and roles:

  • All positions require evening work and occasional weekend work
  • Based in inner-city Melbourne, including inner city public housing estates including Carlton, North Melbourne and Kensington as well as sites with Melbourne CBD, supporting work in Collingwood & Richmond
  • These are contract positions until 30.06.2021
  • We are committed to ongoing professional development of staff
  • We can provide salary packaging opportunities up to $16,050 to significantly increase your take-home pay! 

Key selection criteria

All section criteria must be addressed for the application to be considered.

The Selection Criteria for the Youth Development Practitioner positions (no more than three pages).      

  1. Outline what qualifications and/or experience you have in youth work, community development /or other relevant area and how you would apply these in the role?
  2. What is your understanding of Child Safety legislation and how would you apply this in programs for 12- 25 year old’s?
  3. How will you contribute to a vibrant work place culture characterised by high performance, exceeding contract obligations and community expectations?
  4. Our team bring lived experiences of navigating intersectionality, and the politics of ‘race’, gender and sexuality to the workplace. Considering this please discuss how you will navigate your own/others personal and professional identities, as well as boundaries?
  5. Discuss your experience of providing feedback and supporting less experienced staff.
  6. The role/s requires highly organised, enthusiastic and self- motivated people. Please provide recent examples where you’ve demonstrated these qualities.
  7. Discuss your experience of leading the delivery of youth programs and what you consider to be the key components of youth service programs.
  8. Provide examples of where you have demonstrated high level written oral and interpersonal communication skills. 
  9. Do you have a drivers license? 
  10. Are you from a community ds seeks to assertively engages? If so, please briefly outline.

Further information  

Further information about the youth services team and our work can be found here To learn more about the wider drummond street please view our website here 

You can view this employment opportunity on the drummond street website

For further information about these positions please contact Chantelle Higgs, General Manager of Youth and Community on 03 9020 4663 or via email at

How to apply for this job

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