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Community Hub Leader


Employer: Dandenong West Primary
Work Type/s: Contract
Classification/s: Community Development, Family Services
Sector/s: State Government
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 21 June, 2019.
Applications close: No Deadline – please apply as soon as possible

At Dandenong West Primary School we seek to meet the needs of the community we serve. Our view of education is expansive, while student learning is our core business we recognise this does not happen in isolation from families and the wider community. We have high aspirations for our students, as do their families. Our programs are designed to enhance student learning, support families by providing access to services and learning opportunities, and to foster participation within the wider community. Our school vision embodies this view of education:

“Our vision is to inspire a passion for learning that motivates us to  live life with enthusiasm and a positive attitude.”

To achieve our vision we expect all staff to develop positive relationships with our students, their families and more widely; we understand that life is a process of continuous growth, and growth itself is a process of learning through making meaningful connections. To establish and maintain positive learning relationships our staff are expected to implement the Berry St Educational Model and Restorative Practices.

Our programs are designed to meet the needs of a large group of students newly-arrived in Australia who face a range of challenges; including learning English. Our teachers work in teams to provide an exciting and engaging learning program designed to meet students' individual learning needs. All teachers work in flexible learning spaces. Time is allocated to enable teams to plan together for effective learning and teaching and to ensure consistent practices are established and maintained. Teaching staff are provided with a range of Professional Learning opportunities to improve the quality of learning and teaching; including working with the school's Instructional Coach and Stem Learning Specialist.

We have a Well-Being Team to support students and families who work alongside teachers to ensure students are happy, safe and ready to learn. Dandenong West has developed a range of innovative opportunities to engage families and the wider community with the school. We have a Community Hub that facilities parent engagement and learning throughout the school day.

Role Purpose

In partnership with the local community coordinate the development of the Community Hub, consisting of:

  • Engaging and working collaboratively with families and community members, agency and service providers to facilitate participation in a range of activities that build family confidence, skills and knowledge of child development and parenting
  • Working with school school/community agency staff to ensure a welcoming environment for parents at the Community Hub
  • Attending and participating in Hub Leader networking and learning and development meetings
  • Liaising with the support agency staff to share and review resources and information
  • Interacting positively with all parents, children, colleagues and community members
  • Developing and maintaining effective relationships with community members, services, funding agencies and local Early Years networks
  • Leading collaborative planning by the local community partnership group to respond effectively to the needs of families

Selection Criteria

  • Tertiary qualifications in Community Development or a related field or substantial experience in a similar role.
  • Knowledge of Community development principles and techniques.
  • Ability to gain the support and assistance of parents, other stake holders, community agencies, early years service networks and staff in developing a Community Hub.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work both independently and as part of a team, including well-developed planning, time management and organisational skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people and families from diverse backgrounds, especially culturally and linguistically diverse families.
  • Well developed oral communication skills, as well as sound written and report writing and ICT skills.

A full Position Description is attached below.

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