Community Engagement Officer Brotherhood of St Laurence


We’re looking for a professional Community Engagement Officer with relevant experience who wants to join our 2,000+ team of staff and volunteers to make a difference on a part-time maximum term basis until June 2023, working 22.8 hours per week based in Mernda.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) has a clear vision – an Australia free of poverty.
For over 90 years, we have worked with policy makers and the community for systemic change that will prevent and alleviate poverty in Australia.

We are passionate about the work we do.

We strive to create change that lasts for a more compassionate and just society – a society in which we can all fully participate in social, civic and economic life with the dignity and respect we all deserve.



This position is responsible for the engagement with families and community into the Jindi Community Centre. This role will also be responsible for enabling community voice to inform the community engagement activities, collaborating with a range of partners and organisations. 

  • Scope community services in Mernda area.
  • Consult with the community about needs of the Jindi Community Centre and plan activities.
  • Ensure the work at Jindi is aligned with the cultural diversity needs of Mernda.
  • Outreach to community organisations to engage parents, children and community in a range of learning and engagement activities.
  • Establish a ‘Community Voice Group’ for Jindi Community Centre.
  • Build, maintain, and work with key stakeholders including families, community members, volunteers, local government to support the engagement activities at Jindi.
  • Completion of required data capture, reports, documentation of program information and effective support in managing privacy for clients and their families.
  • Complete administrative requirements of the group including but not limited to resources, within provided budget, referrals, data collation, activity preparation, incident reporting, feedback and evaluation.


Salary will be in the range of $79,911 – $85,984 pro rata per annum, based on skills and experience plus superannuation.



Passion for supporting the mission of BSL, and delivering excellence in your role, are just the start.

To be considered for the role and be successful in it, we’re looking for someone who has the following key skills and experiences:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification in either Community Development, Social Welfare, Social Work or similar discipline. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of community engagement principles and working within an integrated place-based approach. 
  • Experience working with families experiencing multiple levels of disadvantage, including community members of diverse religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds (or lived experience of this).
  • Experience leading community programs and projects from development to implementation. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in building and maintaining strong working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.  
  • Well-developed organisational and time management skills with the ability to plan workload, prioritise and meet deadlines 
  • Expertise and competency in Microsoft Office Programs including Word, Excel and Outlook 



  • Extensive salary packaging options to reduce amount of tax you pay
  • Career development opportunities
  • Leave loading of 17.5%
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Employee Assistance Program



BSL employees enjoy a range of flexible work options and other attractive benefits. Recognising that there is no ‘one size fits all’ pattern of work–life balance, the organisation endeavours to provide options to suit the needs of all staff.


If this looks like a role that’s right for you, APPLY NOW or contact Anna Hutchens on 0419 694 509 for a confidential discussion.

To view the Position Description to address the Key Selection Criteria, please click here.

Applications close: Sunday 4th September at 11.59pm

The Brotherhood of St Laurence adheres to Government mandates in relation to COVID-19.


We are an EEO and understand the importance of diversity and inclusion. We recognise that everyone has the right to an equitable, safe and productive environment and to be treated with dignity and respect.  We welcome applications from all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, disability or sexual orientation. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal history and working with children. Recruitment decisions are based on the key inherent needs and requirements of each role, and candidates are selected based on their unique strengths and characteristics.  Applicants must have proof of working rights in Australia.



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