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Coordinator - Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour Neighbourhood Centre

Creative public innovator (35 hours weekly) needed to Co-ordinate service delivery and engagement with our community at our busy Centre. Oversee and initiate programmes, projects, staff, partnerships and operations of Coffs Harbour Neighbourhood Centre (CHNC) in accordance with community needs, Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) funding guidelines, established policies, procedures and legislation. Implement programmes to meet the needs of people who comprise DCJ priority areas including children 0-3 years, young parents and Aboriginal families, youth and communities.

Advance Coffs Harbour Neighbourhood Centre as a centre of excellence and a safe place for all community members and visitors. Ensure Coffs Harbour Neighbourhood Centre and its operations are transparent, accountable, accessible and ethical and embody a strong sense of social justice.

Supervisory responsibilities:

Volunteers, project staff, students.The Co-ordinator is responsible for support and supervision of all staff (including volunteers) and students associated with the Neighbourhood Centre projects. The Co-ordinator will provide leadership and direction within this staff team in collaboration with the Manager. The Co-ordinator will develop the Centre's community development and strengthening activities in collaborative engagement with staff and Manager.

Reporting relationships and accountability:

The Co-ordinator is employed by Volunteering Coffs Harbour Inc (VCH Inc) and reports and accounts directly to the Neighbourhood Centre Manager.

Selection criteria:


  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the planning, development and co-ordination of community development programmes
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the development of Aboriginal agency and community partnerships
  • Highly developed interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with, and advocate for, people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds including vulnerable families and children, people with disabilities, people with mental health challenges/psychosocial disability, people who are aged
  • Demonstrated experience in recruitment, supervision and training of volunteers
  • Knowledge of and ability to establish and maintain strong networks in the community, social and community services, and other relevant government agencies on the Mid North Coast
  • Highly developed computer skills
  • Ability to take direction and also work unsupervised
  • Current NSW Driver’s licence and own vehicle with comprehensive insurance as travel within the region is required

Desirable - experience in:

  • Risk management processes and WH&S legislation and guidelines
  • Working in a small community organisation
  • Change management
  • Managing diverse programmes and activities
  • Planning and evaluation
  • Community consultation / public innovation / community involvement
  • Tender/submission writing


Tertiary qualifications in a relevant study area e.g. social welfare, health, social work, community development, community management, education, adult and community education, social ecology or other qualifications in social, behavioural or political sciences, are highly desirable. Relevant professional experience in community work and program management will be considered.

A full Position Description is attached below.

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