OOHC Aboriginal Program Coordinator

About us

Our vision is that people, everywhere in our community, will experience the power of inclusion through relationships, voice and action.

Our mission is to assist people to reach their potential through innovative and people-focused services.

Our values celebrate inclusiveness and opportunity. Our five core values are Accountability, Equity, Innovation, Integrity and being Participant and young-people focused.

The role

The OOHC Aboriginal Program Coordinator sits in the Foster Care department of Challenge Community Services and reports directly to the OOHC Program Manager.

The OOHC Aboriginal Program Coordinator is responsible for implementing program related initiatives to enhance the services provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, their families and carers in Challenge Foster Care.

The role involves the implementation and outcome monitoring of various cultural related projects, providing consultation and support to ensure Challenge is meeting funding and accreditation requirements, the development and delivery of training to staff, carers and stakeholders, contributing to the development of OOHC related policy and procedures and driving various OOHC related initiatives.

The role requires someone who is able to work autonomously to deliver outcomes specific to this position, whilst being a part of a broader, dynamic team responsible for various projects and training portfolio’s.

This role requires travel across New South Wales.

About you

The role of OOHC Aboriginal Program Coordinator is suited to an individual who has the following experience and attributes:

  • Committed to improving the quality of life for Aboriginal children and young people in out of home care.
  • Empowering, motivated, passionate and demonstrates empathy.
  • Well-developed communication, interpersonal, organisational and negotiation skills.

Essential Criteria

  • Extensive knowledge of the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
  • Tertiary qualifications in Social Science, Social Work, Psychology or a related discipline or relevant equivalent work experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of contemporary best practice in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in OOHC.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing cultural support plans and associated case management.
  • Demonstrated experience in policy formulation and review in the planning, development and evaluation of projects, programs and services.
  • Must hold a current unencumbered driver’s licence and willing to travel across the state as required.

Desirable Criteria

  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or any other relevant qualification.
  • Understanding of FaCS Permanency Principles pertaining to OOHC in NSW and NSW OCG auditing process.
  • Previous project management experience and working with database systems.

Job Benefits

  • Entry level $85,600 Higher pay points may be applicable based on qualifications and or experience. Up to 15,900 tax free pay per fringe benefit year.
  •  Work life balance, flexible working hours and negotiated extra leave.
  • Training and professional development opportunities.

How to apply

When applying, please ensure you include a cover letter, resume and address the essential criteria as part of your application.

To apply and view the position description please click on the 'apply now' button below or visit our website: www.challengecommunity.org.au

Confidential enquiries can be made by contacting


This is an identified position.

Challenge Community Services is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes applications from people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.