Children, Youth & Community Services Director

  • Base/Location:Echuca
  • Reports To:Chief Executive Officer
  • Hours:Full Time - 37.5 hours per week
  • Award:Commensurate with Experience
  • Position Scope:

    Njernda Aboriginal Corporation is an independent not-for-profit Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, governed by a Board of five Directors. Our primary population catchment is the Echuca and Moama Murray River region with services reaching out to the Loddon Mallee region.

    Njernda is recognised for leadership in Aboriginal children, youth and community services in partnership with its other services related to family, health, and aged care.

    We have a strong history of successfully planning, implementing, and evaluating a range of young peoples and wellbeing programs. Njernda employs approx. 150 staff.

    The position will direct the operations of Aboriginal Children, Youth and Community Services. The services include: Early Years, Wellbeing, Youth And Residential Services ensuring that they operate in an integrated manner designed to achieve and demonstrate clearly articulated goals.

    Programs under this role include:

    Early Years Education– Childcare (Berrimba) After School Care
    Early Years Education – Kindergarten 3 & 4 year old School Holiday Programs
    Best Start Facilitators Specialist Services – Speech/ Audiologist /
    Play group Dental Health

    Community Engagement Gymnasium (Nyini)
    Culture and Tourism Personal Trainers (Nyini)
    Exercise Physiologist

    Alcohol and other Drugs Mental Health Counselling
    Bringing them Home SEWB Access
    Dual Diagnosis (Mental Health & Alcohol and Drug)

    Baroona residential youth service School Assistance
    Day Program Service School Holiday Programs
    Healing Youth Justice
    Homework Club Youth Support Programs

Organizational Values


Respect Establishing relationships based on respect and trust
Accountability Taking ownership and initiative of Njernda values to ensure trusted collaborations are formed
Resilience Encouraging cultural and spiritual growth to enable personal growth
Advocacy Working to transform the disadvantage and challenge that causes impact on our community
Cultural Sensitivity Welcoming and serving our community with understanding and without judgement
Key Responsibilities

This position will, under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer lead the strategic and operational management of Children, Youth and Community programs.

It is an expectation that the incumbent will contribute to a constructive workplace culture which engages and develops the talents of staff and provides an excellent service to the Aboriginal community.


  • -The position requires leadership capabilities to foster a culture of growth and development.
  • -The director ensures the organisational culture, image and branding is maintained by strong corporate ethics, personally and professionally throughout the organisation. The director should ensure managers operate in accordance with the vision and philosophy of the organisation and develop policy and programs to that end.
  • -Directors take a top level view of workflows, budgets, and regulating expenses, and is responsible for monitoring the operations and enhancing productivity.
  • -The director is responsible for ensuring the operation has the funds, equipment, and other resources necessary to deliver the operational outcomes.
  • -Directors are responsible for future looking responsibilities like research and development, keeping a pulse on trends and advancement in children and youth programming.
  • -The position requires hiring, supervising, and reviewing managers, as well as motivating staff.
  • -Assist the CEO in developing policies and programs, and developing briefings, according to best practice for Children, Youth & Residential Services, and programs.
  • -Prepare submissions to Federal and State governments and other bodies.
  • -Assist managers to develop, manage, analyse data and programs, and continually improve their programs and services.
  • -Provide a structure that ensures managers conduct professional supervision and support for staff to include ongoing training and development.
  • -Foster a strong team spirit within the organization.
  • -Organize with the CEO, community meetings to gain feedback from the community on programs and services.
  • -Represent the organization and/or community in forums outside the agency (e.g. on panels, on Committees etc.).
  • -Other duties as directed by the CEO.


Key Selection Criteria

Applicants must possess:

  • -Awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal societies and understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal people in contemporary Australia and the circumstances of Aboriginal people.
  • -Previous leadership success, including demonstrated commitment to the use of evidence, achievement through influence and fostering of innovation.
  • -Comprehensive understanding of relevant funding, policies, regulations for state and federal funded child and youth programs.
  • -High level conceptual thinking demonstrated through analysis of complex issues and implementation of effective solutions.
  • -High level verbal communication skills to influence others to achieve organisational outcomes.
  • -Demonstrated excellence in collaboration with others, team building, communication, leading through influence and execution of multifaceted decisions.
  • -Proven ability to meet deadlines in a busy working environment.
  • -Sound understanding of information, communications and information technology as it relates child, youth and community programs.
  • -Strong organisational development skills and the capacity to identify and manage risk.


Qualifications & Experience

  • -Qualifications or experience in Youth work or Community Services
  • -Post-secondary qualifications (e.g., Degree, Diploma) in the field of Child, Youth a, Social Work, Social Welfare, Community Services and or/ Residential Care; or
  • -Degree/Diploma in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and out of home care), including a mandatory trauma unit of competency; or
    • a recognised relevant qualification, plus completion of a short top up skills course.
  • -Experience in Leading and developing a team
  • -Experience in program development


Other Relevant Information

  • -The successful applicant will be required to undergo satisfactory pre-employment checks, including providing at least two professional referees, completion of a medical declaration, Police Records Check, Working With Children Check, Victorian Driver’s License, and proof of identify and qualifications
  • -Commitment to equal opportunity and occupational health and safety principles and practices is required
  • – You will need to disclose any pre-existing illness or injury you know about which could be affected by the described work duties. Under section 82 (7) of the Accident Compensation Act, failure to disclose such a pre-existing illness or injury will mean that, if employed, you will not be paid compensation for that condition.


To be Eligible for an Interview

The Applicant MUST address the Key Selection Criteria and include a recent resume.

Address your application marked: “Private & Confidential”

To:             Corporate Services Manager

Njernda Aboriginal Corporation

P.O. Box 21 Echuca Vic 3564



All applications close:              5pm Thursday March 28, 2024

  • Written applications should include a covering letter. Please include the names and telephone contacts of at least two referees.
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All applications close: 4th Apr 2024

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