Community Engagement Officer – Kindergarten (CALD) Project

Hybrid work modelMaximum Term (6 months)Part time position (0.7 FTE)Band 6 (Salary from 83K plus super, pro-rata) About the roleAs Community Engagement Officer - Kindergarten, you will contribute to the development, design and implementation of high quality, evidence-based activities for children attending kindergarten and transitioning to school from Cultural and Linguistic Diverse (CALD) communities. Key responsibilities include (but are not limited to):Engage vulnerable CALD families across the municipality to maximise attendance at kindergarten by CALD children.Support successful transition of children starting school (including support with enrolment).Support increased kindergarten enrolments for three- and four-year-old CALD children (including support with enrolment) through promotion of Free Kinder initiative and Early Start Kindergarten for refugee and asylum seeker children.Engage vulnerable CALD families in other early childhood supports available and accessible in their local area, for example, playgroups and Maternal Child Health.Research, analyse and interpret data and information to draft high quality reports for Council Monitor and recommend responses to emerging social and educational policy issues for CALD families and report on outcomes, ensuring compliance and organisational requirements are met.In this role you will maintain and build relationships with local and regional refugee and asylum seeker and cultural and linguistic diverse community groups, organisations and service providers in supporting inclusion into kindergarten and transition to school.About youTo be successful in this role you will have demonstrated knowledge of Children’s Services National Law and Regulations. You will also hold Bachelor qualifications in A bachelor qualification in Social Science, Early Childhood Education, Community Development, Public Social Policy or similar.You will be able to demonstrate:The ability to communicate both verbally and in written form to a broad range of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.Demonstrated ability to achieve objecties within set timeframes, set priorities and plan and organise own workload.Experience in using Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)Understanding of the service sector environment for Cardinia Shire and ensure high quality, easily accessible information is available to the communitySkills in managing time, setting priorities, planning and organising one’s own work to achieve specific and set objectives in the most efficient way possible within the resources available and within a set timetable.Highly effective interpersonal skills, incorporating verbal and written communication, analytical, problem solving and customer service along with a familiarity with relevant budgeting techniques About us Cardinia Shire Council is a dynamic and progressive organisation. We pride ourselves on our diversity and investment in our staff. Everything we do is underpinned by our Together, Different and for the Future approach, embracing collaboration and innovation across teams, with other agencies, and our community. We seek people with diverse experience and background, then provide you with the tools for career success. You will have access to targeted training through our learning and development programs to enable you to achieve your professional goals and excel in your role. We offer opportunities to work flexibly, balancing your work goals with your life goals. We offer a wide range of staff benefits, including discounted gym memberships and health insurance, annual leave loading and access to our comprehensive health and well-being program. Position Description 83000 AUD Officer 3809

Community Engagement Officer - Kindergarten (CALD) Project

  • Hybrid work model
  • Maximum Term (6 months)
  • Part time position (0.7 FTE)
  • Band 6 (Salary from 83K plus super, pro-rata)

 About the role

As Community Engagement Officer - Kindergarten, you will contribute to the development, design and implementation of high quality, evidence-based activities for children attending kindergarten and transitioning to school from Cultural and Linguistic Diverse (CALD) communities.


Key responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Engage vulnerable CALD families across the municipality to maximise attendance at kindergarten by CALD children.
  • Support successful transition of children starting school (including support with enrolment).
  • Support increased kindergarten enrolments for three- and four-year-old CALD children (including support with enrolment) through promotion of Free Kinder initiative and Early Start Kindergarten for refugee and asylum seeker children.
  • Engage vulnerable CALD families in other early childhood supports available and accessible in their local area, for example, playgroups and Maternal Child Health.
  • Research, analyse and interpret data and information to draft high quality reports for Council 
  • Monitor and recommend responses to emerging social and educational policy issues for CALD families and report on outcomes, ensuring compliance and organisational requirements are met.

In this role you will maintain and build relationships with local and regional refugee and asylum seeker and cultural and linguistic diverse community groups, organisations and service providers in supporting inclusion into kindergarten and transition to school.

About you

To be successful in this role you will have demonstrated knowledge of Children’s Services National Law and Regulations. You will also hold Bachelor qualifications in A bachelor qualification in Social Science, Early Childhood Education, Community Development, Public Social Policy or similar.

You will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to communicate both verbally and in written form to a broad range of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve objecties within set timeframes, set priorities and plan and organise own workload.
  • Experience in using Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Understanding of the service sector environment for Cardinia Shire and ensure high quality, easily accessible information is available to the community
  • Skills in managing time, setting priorities, planning and organising one’s own work to achieve specific and set objectives in the most efficient way possible within the resources available and within a set timetable.
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills, incorporating verbal and written communication, analytical, problem solving and customer service along with a familiarity with relevant budgeting techniques

 About us 

  • Cardinia Shire Council is a dynamic and progressive organisation. We pride ourselves on our diversity and investment in our staff. Everything we do is underpinned by our Together, Different and for the Future approach, embracing collaboration and innovation across teams, with other agencies, and our community. 
  • We seek people with diverse experience and background, then provide you with the tools for career success. You will have access to targeted training through our learning and development programs to enable you to achieve your professional goals and excel in your role. 
  • We offer opportunities to work flexibly, balancing your work goals with your life goals. We offer a wide range of staff benefits, including discounted gym memberships and health insurance, annual leave loading and access to our comprehensive health and well-being program. 

To Apply

  • To apply for this position please complete the online application form, including your resume and a brief cover letter demonstrating your suitability to the role.
  • Applications close: 24th October 2021
  • For further information regarding the position description, please visit  https://careers.cardinia.vic.gov.au/our-jobs/
  • For any further information please call 1300 787 624 and ask to speak to Susan or Jolene (Recruitment)

Cardinia Shire Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to an equitable, diverse, and socially inclusive work environment and a positive, barrier-free recruitment process. We welcome applicants from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, people living with a disability, LGBTIQ+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to explore career opportunities with Cardinia Shire Council. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application. 1300 787 624

Cardinia Shire Council is committed to being a Child Safe organisation and has zero tolerance for child abuse, gender inequality, racism, violence against women and family violence.  

To ensure Cardinia Shire Council complies with Chief Health Officer directions, this role requires the incumbent to have and maintain the necessary mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations.

All successful applicants will be required to undertake a National Police Check, pre-employment medical and obtain or hold a valid Working with Children Check. 

You must have valid Australia Working Rights to be considered for this role.