Senior Project Officer

Job No: VAC898
Location: Preston

  • Ongoing Position, Option to work fulltime or part time
  • $96,900-$109,000 plus Super and salary packaging is available
  • Preston Location

The Organisation

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is the largest organisation of its kind in Australia, employing more than 600 employees and delivering more than 70 programs across Victoria. VACCA is an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation that supports and advocates for the Aboriginal community. Our strength lies with our people. Our team is committed to the organisation's vision and values; advocates for our children and other vulnerable community members; and shows respect for, observance and compliance with Aboriginal cultural protocols, practice and ceremony. Our Aboriginality is what distinguishes us from mainstream services and what enables us to deliver the positive outcomes we achieve for our people.

About The Program

The Business Development and Service Implementation Team (BDSI) and the Project Development and Management Team (Projects Team) are in the Capacity Development and Service Reform Unit. The Unit supports the organisation to deliver quality, culturally responsive projects and programs for Aboriginal children, young people and families. 

The Project Development and Management team is responsible for managing strategic and other projects to enhance the capacity of VACCA to deliver quality, culturally responsive programs.

About the role

The position will commence within the Projects Team and report to the Senior Manager, Project Development and Management.

The Senior Project Officer role will at different times involve:

  • Managing or contributing to projects of various sizes that may include community consultations, designing and trialling innovative approaches to meeting community needs, and developing of new resources;
  • Working with managers across the organisation to support implementation of funded programs and projects;
  • Researching and writing submissions in response to grant and tender opportunities;
  • Liaising with regional staff, senior managers, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, other community sector organisations and government departments;
  • Designing and planning programs and projects

 About You

  • Demonstrated awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal societies and cultures, and commitment to continually build knowledge of such, along with a high level of awareness of the key issues which impact upon Aboriginal communities;
  • Demonstrated experience in child and family sector
  • Strong skills and experience in writing documents such as submissions or policy papers or research reports in a community services field or related area
  • Skills and experience in project planning and project management
  • Skills and experience in developing program or project budgets
  • Excellent computer skills across the Microsoft Office suite
  • Demonstrated willingness and capacity to move between tasks and teams according to the needs and priorities of the unit.

Mandatory Requirements

  • You must have and continue to hold a full Victorian Driver’s Licence, a current employment Working with Children Check card and a National Police Check. - Current COVID-19 vaccination (minimum one dose, prior to commencement)

What we can offer you!!

  • Professional support and training via in-house learning and development training modules
  • Attractive salary packaging to increase your take home pay
  • Great career development opportunities.
  • Access to Employee support and wellbeing program(s)
  • Opportunity to work and build connection with the Aboriginal Community and culture

 We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people to apply 



Applications should include a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria and current resume. 

We encourage applicants to view the Position Description prior to applying. Please click here to view the position description


Application closes by Sep 24, 2022


We are committed to Aboriginal self-determination and supporting strong, safe, thriving Aboriginal communities and aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity, honouring all cultural backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities and spiritual beliefs.

VACCA is a child-safe organisation and is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children and young people with zero tolerance for child abuse. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a National Police Record Check and Working with Children Check prior to commencement of employment and periodically following commencement.

VACCA is an equal opportunity employer and has a smoke-free workplace policy

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