CAREERS

Working at Our Place means more than a job.

Working at Our Place means you are part of ground breaking work where philanthropy, government and service providers collaborate across boundaries to achieve enduring change for children, families and communities.

Along with improving the lives of children and families, working at Our Place means:

  • You’re part of a team of people from diverse backgrounds who are united by a big picture mission
  • You’re part of a culture that embraces flexible work arrangements & family friendly practices
  • You’re part of a growing organisation that values professional development and engages with Australian and international sector experts

In addition to current vacancies below, we welcome expressions of interest which outline your interest in our work and your skills and background. We are always happy to hear from people keen to work at Our Place, including work experience and internships. Please email recruitment@ourplace.org.au
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Current Positions

community facilitator (WESTALL)

Community Facilitator (Westall)

The Colman Education Foundation is seeking an amazing person to join the Our Place team, as a Community Facilitator at our Westall Site in Clayton South.  If you have experience working with communities, and health and or community services sector please read on!

At Our Place, we believe that supporting local schools to be the hub of a whole community is one of the best ways to enable long lasting change in communities experiencing disadvantage. We do this in 10 locations across Victoria. The Our Place approach involves working in partnership with local services, government and the local community to increase collaboration and to support all children and their families to succeed in life.

Our Westall — Our Place site in Clayton South is one of our 10 sites. It is a partnership with Westall Primary School, Westall Kindergarten, Kingston City Council, Westall Secondary College and Department of Education and Training. The partnership was formed in 2021, and our shared vision is for:

A welcoming and safe place for children, family and community to learn, belong, and thrive together to achieve great life outcomes.

About the role

The role is part of a small team based at the Westall Primary School/Westall Community Hub on Fairbank Road in Clayton South.  The Our Place team at Westall work closely with the school, kindergarten, library, and Kingston City Council. As well as a strong focus on relationships with community, educators and practitioners onsite, the role contributes to the administrative work that supports the partnership. This includes support for governance meetings, capturing data, and planning for and delivery of actions that deliver on the Our Place Partnership site priorities. The Westall Our Place team is also strongly connected with the state-wide Our Place organisation, and staff at the other 9 sites. 

Being a Community Facilitator is a varied and unique role. You will build relationships with families and many different people working here, and you will collaborate with others from different organisations and cultural backgrounds. Navigating these diverse relationships is at the heart of this work – you will need flexibility and grit, an ability to adapt to change, and a desire to learn.

In return, you’ll have the opportunity to be part of a long-term initiative that is demonstrating new ways of working, and belong to a state-wide group of equally passionate, curious and committed colleagues.

In a typical month in this role, you would:

  • Spend time at the school drop-off time greeting and meeting parents and having informal discussions and help connect people to services and activities
  • Be accessible to parents and site staff who drop by your office to chat about their needs and queries
  • Collaborate with Westall Primary School, Westall Kindergarten and site partners to respond to parent need for information about the health and educations systems, and ideas for social connection activities
  • Spend time working at the front desk at the new shared entrance to Westall Primary School and Westall Community Hub
  • Coordinate development of communication materials
  • Attend site partnership meetings and workshops, assist with meeting invites, and take minutes
  • Work closely with Westall Our Place team members to plan and deliver activities from the site action plan, update our service system and referrals data base, and contribute to site reporting
  • Participate in the Our Place organisation wide team meetings and the Community Facilitators’ Community of Practice and another professional development sessions

The work of the Community Facilitator roles requires a minimum of six weeks annual leave, with the majority of leave time to be taking during school holidays.

How to apply

At the Colman Education Foundation, we are building a team that is as diverse as the communities we work within. Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our culture, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply to join our team.

So, if you are passionate about improving life outcomes for children and their families, can bring experience working with communities, the health and or community services sector, and are excited about joining a unique and innovative organisation then please, send a one-page cover letter and your CV to Colleen McCombe colleen@ourplace.org.au by 5pm Monday February 20, 2023.  If you have any questions, please call Colleen on 0431 488 630.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

community facilitator (seymour)

Community Facilitator (Seymour)

The Colman Education Foundation is seeking an amazing person to join the Our Place team, as a Community Facilitator at Seymour, Victoria.   

Who we are?

At Our Place, we believe that supporting local schools to be the hub of a whole community is one of the best ways to enable long lasting change in communities experiencing disadvantage. We enable this by working in partnership with local services, government and the local community to increase collaboration and to support all children and their families to succeed in life.  

Our site in Seymour was established in 2019 with the vision:  

Every child thrives in resilient, strong families and community, and has the best learning and development opportunities to succeed in life 

About the role  

Community Facilitators are at the core of the Our Place approach, working on-site with the local community, partners and stakeholders to find ways of better connecting services to community need. The role also supports important internal work of site governance, capturing evidence of changes on the site and building and implementing the Our Place approach.  

Being a Community Facilitator is a varied and unique role. You’ll show day-to-day leadership by influencing and collaborating with others from different organisations and cultural contexts. Navigating these diverse relationships is at the heart of this work – you will need flexibility and grit, an ability to manage ambiguity, and a desire to learn.  

In return, you’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate different ways of working in communities, to have the security of working on long-term time horizons, eight weeks annual leave and to be part of a state-wide group of equally passionate, curious and committed colleagues.   

If you had been in this role for the past two weeks, you would have: 

  • Spent time at the school drop-off greeting and meeting parents and having informal discussions about their family’s needs and supporting them to access services and community activities 
  • Facilitated the Site Practitioners’ Network Group with staff from the school, early learning centre, and maternal and child health to discuss how to better align site access needs 
  • Worked with the Partnership Manager to plan a site tour of the early learning centre for primary school staff to build understanding and continuity of learning for children 
  • Followed up with a local service provider about the opportunity for them to run an onsite program 
  • Completed the internal site data report to capture the number of parents and families utilising on site programs and services  
  • Participated in the Our Place team meetings and the Community Facilitators’ Community of Practice and another additional professional development session 

How to apply  

At the Colman Education Foundation, we are building a team that is as diverse as the communities we work within. Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our culture and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply to join our team. 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

So, if you are passionate about improving life outcomes for children and their families, will bring experience working with communities and are excited about joining a unique and innovative organisation then please, send a one-page cover letter and your CV to: Liz Tregenza, Partnership Manager at liz@ourplace.org.au 

EVALUATION COORDINATOR (RESEARCH & EVALUATION)

Evaluation Coordinator (Research & Evaluation)

Full-time role (1.0 EFT), 12-month maternity leave position  

The Colman Education Foundation is seeking an amazing person to join the Our Place team, as an Evaluation Coordinator.

Our Place – Who are we?

Our Place is a placed-based initiative of the Colman Education Foundation, working in partnership with the Department of Education to establish the Our Place approach at 10 state school sites across Victoria. Our Place is built around the key elements that evidence and experience show are effective.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for a passionate evaluator to work closely with the Director, Research and Evaluation to plan and coordinate the implementation of the Our Place Evaluation, specifically supporting quantitative evaluation objectives. This is a great opportunity to be part of a Research and Evaluation team that is at the forefront of measuring, researching and analysing the impacts derived from the approach and create evidence for change for the children and families we support. 

What does this role look like on a daily basis?

If you had been in this role for the past two weeks, you might have:

  • Participated in internal team meetings and external stakeholders, to develop, implement and strengthen evaluation processes 
  • Facilitated a meeting with external contractors and consultants to ensure the timely performance of agreed evaluation work
  • Reviewed progress of evaluation efforts, both quantitative and qualitative, across the team
  • Participated in Our Place weekly team meetings, sharing updates on Research and Evaluation projects.
  • Conducted analysis and drafted findings from various internal surveys and data collection activities across our sites.
  • Supported a site staff member to use data to inform planning and decisions at the site level
  • Prepared a data request for submission to government stakeholders seeking access to existing government-owned data sources 
  • Supported the preparation of an ethics application required for an upcoming research project
  • Participated in an internal Our Place working group, such as the Reconciliation Action Plan

What is in it for you?

At the Colman Education Foundation, we are building a team that is as diverse as the communities we work within and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply to join our team. We are dedicated to growing and developing our people, offering work-life balance and of course using the skills, knowledge and life experience they bring with them.   

Interested? Here is how you can apply.

So, if you are passionate about improving life outcomes for children and their families and want to use your skills and knowledge to achieve positive change, have relevant qualifications and are excited about joining a unique and innovative organisation…apply! Please send a copy of your CV, and a cover letter outlining how you meet the desired experience, knowledge, skills and attributes listed in the Position Description. We would love to hear from you.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Applications close on 18 January 2023

For further information, please contact Shannon Newman, Director Research and Evaluation at
shannon@ourplace.org.au

PARTNERSHIP MANAGER, FRANKSTON NORTH

Partnership Manager (Frankston North)

The Colman Education Foundation is seeking an amazing person to join the Our Place team, as a Partnership Manager at Frankston North.   

At Our Place, we believe that supporting local schools to be the hub of a whole community is one of the best ways to enable long lasting change in communities experiencing disadvantage. We enable this by working in partnership with local services, government and the local community to increase collaboration and to support all children and their families to succeed in life.

Our sites, Mahogany Rise Primary School and Aldercourt Primary School in Frankston North were established in 2020 with the vision of “all children and their families succeed in life.”

About the role

The Partnership Manager is an exciting, varied role at the forefront of place-based innovation.  You will have the opportunity to build enduring partnerships and lead stakeholder engagement, design strategy with the community and partners, oversee its implementation and lead the site-based team to deliver the Our Place approach.  

If you had been in this role for the past two weeks, you would have:

  • Hosted a site governance meeting with senior staff from state and local government, both schools and Early Learning Centers to share success stories and to undertake collective planning and problem-solving to progress shared priorities
  • Held team meetings with Our Place Community Facilitators across the two sites to discuss progress on priorities, and provide further support/coaching for their professional development for families and children
  • Convened meetings with core service delivery partners, including the onsite Peninsula Health teams to review the success of onsite services, as well as jointly develop and implement ideas to improve specific aspects of the service for children and families
  • Facilitated a meeting to promote opportunities to parents to become engaged on-site through volunteering.
  • Planned and led a site visit to share the overall progress of Our Place Frankston North sites with philanthropic partners or visitors from state government
  • Participated in a regular meeting with the School Principals and Early Learning Centre leaders to discuss progress towards building greater continuity of learning for children across both services
  • Met online with your counterpart Partnership Managers from other sites to build common practice and understand key organisational priorities and strategies
  • Had focused one-to-one time with your Director to discuss current issues and emerging needs and to collaboratively identify ways froward
  • Spent focused time preparing progress reporting and reviewing site data captured across the team to ensure we are building an evidence base of practice on site

How to apply

At the Colman Education Foundation, we are building a team that is as diverse as the communities we work within. Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our culture and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply to join our team.

So, if you are passionate about improving life outcomes for children and their families, will bring experience working with communities and are excited about joining a unique organisation then please, send a one-page cover letter and your CV to: June McLoughlin, Executive Director at june@ourplace.org.au

POSITION DESCRIPTION

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