Community Development Officer

Location:                                          Canberra

Employment Status:                 Permanent –  full time


ADACAS (ACT Disability Aged and Carer Advocacy Service) is a leading advocacy service with a 30-year history in Canberra and areas across 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 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 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 

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 
  • Ideally fluency in one or more community languages (desirable)
  • 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
  • High-level organisation skills and time management
  • A tertiary qualification in human services / social work / behavioural science / community services OR an equivalent combination of relevant experience / education / training.

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. Also, all ADACAS employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be willing to have the flu vaccination each year.

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 

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.

To apply

Submit your resume and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via email. Applications close on Wednesday 9 November at 5pm.  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.

If you have any questions, please email and attention your correspondence to Anthea Mahoney (Older Persons Team Leader).