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Training and Employment Project Officer

COTA Victoria
  • Fixed term to 31st August, 2021 
  • Part time - 22.8 Hours


Council on the Ageing (COTA Victoria) is the leading not-for-profit organisation representing the interests and rights of people aged over 50 in Victoria. For nearly 70 years in Victoria, we have led government, corporate and community thinking about the positive aspects of ageing.

COTA Victoria's strategic and operational focus is on promoting older age as a time of opportunities for personal growth, contribution and self-expression. We believe there are obvious National, State, community, family and individual benefits from this approach.


The Reach, Train, Employ Program has been funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services through the Try, Test and Learn Fund to assist mature job seekers to find employment. The project is working in partnership with the Future Social Services Institute (FSSI) at RMIT University to recruit and train mature workers to take up positions in areas of high workforce need in the community sector, particularly in the aged care sector and in services for people with disabilities. Good Shepherd Australia & New Zealand will also provide financial wellbeing support to participants. The service will be place-based in the Melton-Brimbank area.


  • Rewarding Opportunity working to support the interests of older people
  • An attractive remuneration package with generous salary packaging benefits
  • Being part of a friendly, collaborative team that is welcoming, supportive and enjoy making a difference.


We are seeking an experienced Training and Employment Project Officer to provide administrative support in the project delivery of the Reach, Train and Employ Program administrator to assist mature job seekers find employment.

Working under the direction of the Reach, Train and Employ Manager you will be involved in all aspects of the project working closely with the local community and employers to ensure the project’s success. Your responsibilities will be varied from the recruitment of participants and supporting them through their training and job search; the collection, management and reporting of project data; the organisation of project meetings and maintaining project timelines in accordance with the project plan and funding agreement.


  • To be an effective team player and promote team effort, collaboration, responsibility and high performance in fellow staff and volunteers;
  • To support the project implementation in consultation with project partners, working with the requirements of funding bodies and operating within budgetary and timeline constraints;
  • To support monitoring, data collection and reporting on project progress;
  • To arrange and support project meetings, including public Information Sessions, Steering Committee meetings and Advisory Committee meetings;
  • To support the recruitment of participants, as well as provide support to participants during training and job search activities;
  • To support work practices and procedures and provide support on organisational policy matters and contribute to their development;
  • To ensure the participation of the project participants in all elements of our work;
  • Fulfil all accountability and compliance requirements for the project;
  • Work collaboratively with other COTA Victoria staff, members of the COTA Federation, project partners and funding bodies as required.


To be considered for this exciting opportunity and thrive in this role, you will possess:

  • Relevant qualifications in Community Development, Health, Social Welfare and/or substantial experience in a relevant field;
  • An understanding of the ageing and disability service sectors and the Certificate level training programs that provide an entry point to employment in these sectors;
  • Strong database skills with ability to operate within MS Word, MS Excel as well as ability to learn new databases.
  • Demonstrated experience in being part of a small team and working collaboratively across organisations;
  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to liaise with program participants, as well as local community organisations and employers;
  • Good level of written communication skills including report writing, marketing and plain English communication;
  • Commitment to human rights, civic participation and the vision, mission and values of COTA Victoria;
  • Current Victorian Drivers’ License


  • Employment is subject to an ongoing satisfactory police check.

A position description is attached.

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