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Community Learning Officer - Macleay Valley SPSP - Kempsey

Macleay Valley Community Reference Table
  • Part-time: 24 hours/week – SCHADS Award – Level 4.1 (pro rata) + Super
  • Location: Kempsey
  • Contract Length: 12 months


What is the Stronger Places, Stronger People Initiative (SPSP)?

Stronger Places, Stronger People (SPSP) is an Australian Government initiative supporting community-led systems change in partnership with 10 Australian communities and state and territory governments. ​

The long-term goal is to disrupt disadvantage.​The objective is to demonstrate that community-led collective impact delivers better outcomes, improved wellbeing for children and their families living in communities SPSP supports. ​Kempsey & Macleay Valley is one of the communities who have been offered a SPSP partnership.

What is Collective Impact?

The Collective Impact model isn’t about delivering programs, services or projects. It aims to build a movement to create change. It involves multiple people and groups across the whole community working together on a community aspiration – one that is often out of a shared worry, concern or opportunity held by the community.

The focus of the work is firstly about getting a deep and broad understanding of a complex issue (through gathering lots of data, community stories and different perspectives from the community), then working collaboratively on trying to shift the parts of the system (policy, resources, mind sets etc) that are holding the problem in place. It involves questioning how we all work, and works best when people with lived experience of the focus issue are at all levels of decision-making. How it is enacted and achieved is different in each place, but usually involves lots of groups working on different parts of shared focus, with the work being supported and held by a small team that connects the parts together with each other. The change being locally-led is key.

In Kempsey and the Macleay Valley a Community Reference Table has been formed to lead the change. The focus for creating change in Kempsey and the Macleay Valley at present is on improving the dynamics of the environment around a child to support them to be able to learn.


The purpose of the Community Learning Officer - Macleay Valley SPSP role is to source data, stories and learnings and share these with the Community Reference Table to progress the community-led initiative in the Macleay Valley. You will be responsible for connecting with a number of initiatives that have already collected Education and Employment data, undertaking desktop reviews of population level data and designing and undertaking interviews to gather previous learnings from past initiatives/programs/projects – including what worked and what didn’t and the relevance for community-led change in Macleay Valley. The role will report to the Macleay Valley SPSP Partnerships Lead and the Community Reference Table. Supervision and support will be initially provided by PWC Indigenous Consulting and Collaboration for Impact, with the role being hosted and co-located at Kinchela Boys Home.

Could this be you?

  • Aboriginal Identified position
  • Local to Macleay Valley
  • Graduate/ Tertiary level qualifications or equivalent experience
  • Curious and Learning mindset
  • Familiarity with data sourcing and analysis
  • Knowledge and understanding of local social issues impacting on the Macleay Valley area.
  • Experience communicating effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander organisations and community, non-government agencies and all levels of government.
  • Proven written and report writing skills and the ability to work independently and in a team.

To Apply: Please click Apply Now and follow the instructions.

For more information contact: Debbie Swanson

Macleay Valley SPSP Community Reference Table representative and Director of Dalaigur Child & Family Services

Ph: 02 6562 4758 (during school term) or 0407 124 075

E: director@dalaigurchildandfamilyservices.com using the subject line: Community Learning Officer - Macleay Valley SPSP enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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