Program Development Officer (Designated Aboriginal And/Or To...

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants only
  • Temporary (backfill until February 2022), Part Time (21 hours)
  • Circa $73k plus super (pro-rata)

About City of Darebin and Council

Darebin is situated on the Traditional Owner lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people. It is home to many Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, and a large number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people work, live and play within the municipality.

Darebin is also home to one of the most diverse communities in Victoria in terms of culture, language (more than 118 languages are spoken), ethnicity, faith and beliefs, gender, age, ability, sexuality, gender identity, class, socio-economic status, income, education level, occupation and caring responsibility.

Council responds to the many needs of the Darebin community, notably First Nations residents and organisations.

City of Darebin Youth Services provide a range of programs and services for young people 12 – 25 who live, work, study or play in Darebin. We work in partnership with local organisations to support the health, wellbeing, education and employment of young people. Our service is spread across two facilities: The Hub at Northland, a vibrant co-located youth space; and Decibels Studio, a state-of-the-art recording studio in Reservoir and an outreach service that operates in public space.

About the Role

Support the health, wellbeing, education and employment of young people in the city of Darebin. Oversee the delivery of creative and technology based programs and services at The Hub at Northland, a vibrant and multi-purpose youth space that hosts a range of local support services and equipped with the latest games and technology. Work with a diverse group of young people and use technology and creative methods to design a program of their choosing.


  • Co-design creative and technology-based programs for school aged young people
  • Oversee and support the daily operation of The Hub at Northland
  • Provide one-to-one support to young people
  • Support a range of youth programs and initiatives across the service as required

Skills & Experience

  • Demonstrated experience working with young people using a youth participation model
  • Ability to deal with a variety of complex issues and behaviours
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Be an enthusiastic, self-motivated team player who is approachable and adaptable

Organisational Culture

As the local government responsible for an area situated on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung People, and home to many Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, Council recognises, pays respect to and celebrates the long-standing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage within the Darebin community. Through its 2019 Statement of commitment to Traditional Owners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Council has re-committed to building strong partnerships with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, recognising their values, living culture and practices, continuing spiritual connection to the land and waters and their right to self-determination.

Joining Darebin, you will work for an organisation that proudly values respect, social inclusion, and making a difference to our community.


  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Work for a progressive and dynamic service that is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of young people
  • Work in a vibrant location packed with the latest technology and games
  • Connect with a strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and organisations
  • Practise, participate in and celebrate culture, knowing Council respects Aboriginal cultural rights
  • Learn and gain knowledge on the job, as part of endorsed work practices for First Nations staff

How to Apply

Please prepare your resume, and ensure it shows how you would be a great fit for the role. To submit your application: click ‘Begin’ below or email it to

Contact the hiring manager, Patrick Buchanan, Team Leader Youth Programs on 0499900875 or Jimmy Kyle, our Aboriginal Employment and Programs Officer on 03 8470 8589 for a confidential discussion.

Applications close on Sunday, 29 November 2020 at 11.30pm.

Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples are eligible to apply for this position. This action constitutes a special measure under section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).

The City of Darebin is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organisation, or other non-merit factors. Darebin is committed to providing a safe working environment that embraces and values child safety, and thorough ‘Safety Screening’ processes apply.