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Senior Project Officer - National Youth Employment Body

Brotherhood of St Laurence

Summary of program and its objectives:

This role will sit within the Brotherhood's Youth division. The Youth division is not a service delivery arm in the conventional sense. Instead, we function as an ‘incubator' for the development of practice and service models that engage and sustain young people experiencing disadvantage in education, training and employment. We work with young people, community, business and all levels of government across Australia to develop, test, refine and consolidate effective and scalable models. This includes concerted effort to bring attention to the realities faced by young people experiencing disadvantage and to the urgent need for policy and practice reform. Our work is supported by the BSL's Research and Policy Centre, which works ‘hand in glove' with the Youth division on project development, implementation and evaluation.

The Brotherhood’s Youth division utilises an ‘Advantaged Thinking' approach across all our programs and has a key role in the development and delivery of training and resources to enable partner organisations to ensure young people's aspirations, skills, attributes and talents are recognised and harnessed. The division plays a lead role in training, program and service development across multiple programs funded by State and Federal governments and through philanthropic funding.

National Youth Employment Body

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has been funded by the Department of Jobs and Small Business to establish a National Youth Employment Body (NYEB) over two years, commencing in July 2018. The NYEB will capture and co-develop good practice place based solutions that address youth unemployment to scale nationally; use existing research and on ground learnings to inform future service design; and mobilise employer effort and expertise.

The NYEB will work alongside employers, the community sector, service providers, skills and training sectors, government, and young people – in up to four demonstration sites – to understand and document the enabling conditions needed to transition young people into sustainable work.

Main responsibilities of the role:   

The Senior Project Officer role combines coordination across the areas of project management, service development, research and documentation to achieve the objectives of the National Youth Employment Body.

The Senior Project Officer will work closely with the Service Development Manager and Senior Manager, to coordinate a national effort, liaising with external government and community partners, local service providers, and other key external stakeholders. This role leads all aspects of project coordination for the National Youth Employment Body, and supports with service development activities.

The role will require interstate travel to all demonstration sites and across Victoria.

To meet the selection criteria, candidates will require:


  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in Community Development, Project Management, Social Sciences or equivalent
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate briefings and recommendations; keep up-to-date with a broad range of issues;
  • Strong understanding and experience in all aspects of project development and management
  • High level written and verbal communication skills with an ability to write for diverse audiences
  • High level of critical and analytical skills with the ability to identify and resolve problems and make appropriate recommendations
  • Demonstrated strong ability in complex stakeholder engagement and management
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks with an outcome focus
  • Demonstrated ability to work in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team to facilitate the translation of knowledge into strategic objectives
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and project management tools
  • Understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood.
  • Victorian Driver’s License


  • Demonstrated broad knowledge and understanding of policy and practice in the area of youth development or youth employment  
  • Experience in social policy or social services reform is highly regarded

This is a full time position working 38 hours per week for a maximum term of 12 months.

Salary will be in the range of $68,797.82 - $74,844.21 per annum, based on skills and experience plus superannuation. Attractive salary packaging provisions are available to increase take home pay.

For further information about the role phone Sarah Hall on 0491 054 320.  

To view the Position Description click here!             

As part of the Brotherhood’s recruitment and selection process, applicants will be required to undergo pre-employment checks as required, applicants will be subject to, but not limited to, the following checks: National (and International if applicable) Police Check, Victorian Employee Working with Children Check, Right to Work in Australia, Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme Check and current professional registration. 

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has a vision of an Australia free of Poverty. We embrace, and value, diversity of culture, working arrangements, sexual orientation and gender identity to ensure our workforce is representative of the community that we work within. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include and welcome unique contributions of all people. We embrace and celebrate the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, their skills and contribution to our organisation. 

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