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Director of Children's Services

Job No: 59740
Location: Derwent Valley, TAS

  • Hands-on Director position providing high quality programs!
  • Exciting role that allows you take ownership of the child care services of the area!
  • Attractive salary in excess of $61,000 plus super!

About the Organisation

The Derwent Valley Council is a local government body in Tasmania. The municipal area covers 4, 111 sq kms. in southern central Tasmania. Starting at Granton on the southern side of the mighty Derwent River, and Dromedary on the northern side of the river, the municipality runs from pleasant farmland through to the rugged South West World Heritage area, including the towns and hamlets of New Norfolk, Molesworth, Lachlan, Plenty, Macquarie Plains, Hayes, Bushy Park, Glenora, Westerway, National Park, Maydena and Strathgordon. The municipality ends just beyond the famous Lakes Pedder and Gordon, in the wilds of the South West.

About the Location

New Norfolk is the major town in the municipal area. The 2011 Census shows that just over half the population lives in New Norfolk; a well serviced rural town only 35 minutes from Hobart. New Norfolk’s proximity to Hobart makes it an ideal home for those wishing to leave the ‘rat race’ behind, while still being close enough to visit museums such as the world famous MONA and enjoy the best that cosmopolitan Hobart has to offer. For those looking for a tree change, rural life in the Derwent Valley reflects the beautiful seasonal aspect of Tasmania and there are a number of smaller hamlets offering value for money homes.

About the Opportunity

An exciting opportunity is available for a dedicated and experienced Director of Children's Services within the Department of Corporate and Family Services in the Derwent Valley Council.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the day-to-day management and organisation of Derwent Valley Council's Child Care Centre (Valley Children's Centre) and the family day care service.  This will involve providing a high quality program of care and education for the children of the area. You will also supervise and develop educators and workers and maintain the effective functioning of operations at the centre.

Specifically, duties will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Co-ordinating and developing human, physical and financial resources of the centre in line with the broader plans and requirements of the Council;
  • Developing and maintaining policies and procedures and ensuring employee compliance;
  • Ensuring National Quality Framework (NQF) requirements are met and achieving accreditation with NQF;
  • Operational and budget planning and reporting;
  • Maintaining buildings and equipment;
  • Advising families on their children's needs; and
  • Ensuring safety and welfare of employees, public and property. 

To be considered for this role, you'll have a Diploma in Social Science (Child Care) or accredited equivalent or above.  Although not essential, an Early Childhood Teacher background would be looked on favorably. You will also require a current Tasmanian Driver's Licence and a First Aid Certificate with Asthma and Anaphylaxis.  Previous experience in leadership in a child care environment and financial management is essential. 

Derwent Valley Council are seeking a candidate with a thorough understanding of contemporary child care practices and the ability to manage programs and functions with a high level of administrative and management skills. General computer skills are required including child care specific software.  You will have a strong understanding of the NQF and relevant Commonwealth and State policies and knowledge of Child Care Benefit guidelines.

As Director of Children's Services you will have high level negotiation and conflict resolution skills and the ability to lead and generate results. You will be confident in mentoring employees and communicating across diverse groups. 

In return for your hard work you will enjoy a salary in excess of $61,000 plus superannuation.  You will also be working in one of the most beautiful areas in Tasmania.

For a role that allows you to take ownership of Children's Services in the Derwent Valley - Apply Now!

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