Community Development Officer – Aged Care

Location:                                          Canberra

Closing Date:                               3 March 2022

Employment Status:                 Permanent – part time or full time



ADACAS (ACT Disability Aged and Carer Advocacy Service) is a leading advocacy service with a 30-year history in Canberra. ADACAS also provides services across south-eastern NSW. ADACAS provides individual and systemic advocacy to people with disability, older people and their family carers.

About the Role

The Community Development Officer is responsible for organising and delivering events, education sessions on the aged care rights for people living in Residential Aged Care Facilities, information sessions on Older Persons abuse and communications to increase awareness of aged care advocacy in the ACT.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing broader community awareness of National Aged Care Advocacy Program (NACAP) and the role ADACAS plays in supporting older people, their families and representatives via awareness education sessions to aged care residents and staff.
  • Developing and supporting internal and external relationships and partnerships with community groups, charities, aged care facilities, and volunteer organisations, to improve community support and engagement.
  • Coordinating community events involving other team members including aged care advocates.
  • Developing marketing strategies and delivering marketing campaigns to promote the work of ADACAS.
  • Developing or tailoring resources that are effective for communicating with the audiences of the partner organisations and networks.

This position is a SACS level 5.1 position under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010.

About you (selection criteria)

You will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Experience working with community, or volunteer or charities organisations
  • Community development and promotion experience
  • Experience and confidence in facilitating information sessions and public speaking
  • Marketing experience, use of social media, developing marketing campaigns
  • Knowledge of the Aged Care Charter of Rights (desirable)
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills (verbal and non-verbal including active listening, liaison, awareness of non-verbal cues and written communication)
  • Sound knowledge and application of the MS Office suite of applications
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in a culturally sensitive way with First Nations people.

The successful applicant will hold, or be able to obtain, a Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) registration, current National Criminal Record Check and have a current driver’s license. All ADACAS employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to receive an annual influenza immunisation. You will be required to verify your COVID vaccination status prior to commencing employment.

What’s on Offer

  • A rewarding opportunity that can make a difference within your local community
  • Ongoing training and learning opportunities
  • Great place to work and a supportive team
  • Generous salary packaging benefits – $15,900 tax free

ADACAS also recognises the importance of diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect.

First Nations people are encouraged to apply.

If you have any questions, please phone our Older Persons Team Manager, Gwen Davies on 6242 5060.

To apply

Submit your resume and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via email. Applications close on 3 March 2022. ADACAS reserves the right to close this role early if  suitable candidates are found. Please monitor your email regarding communication on progress of your application.


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