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Strategy Lead - Community Engagement

  • 500826
  • Advocacy
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Full time permanent

Strategy Lead - Becoming U - mid North Coast, NSW as a base location with hybrid work arrangements in place

  • Rare and enriching full time, permanent role for an innovative, visionary leader that is passionate about strengthening youth leadership and engagement within the local community
  • Outstanding ability to form positive and productive relationships and networks with schools and community groups, support problem-solving and manage complex dynamics
  • Commitment to developing, promoting and advocating practical opportunities for emerging youth leaders ages 8 to 18 years'

Apply for a role at Uniting so together we can build a better future for the people and communities we serve and for you as you work to inspire people enliven communities, confront injustice and work within a diverse and inclusive workplace.

We are bold, imaginative, respectful, and compassionate.

Role purpose:

Becoming U is a unique program that started at 'grass roots' level on the mid North Coast and is having significant impacts on the lives of many young people. Becoming U is a series of initiatives developed with young people and those important to them, that draws on strengths within our communities.

About the role:

As the Becoming U Strategy Lead and the dedicated and capable team you will lead, your biggest challenge is to work with young people and a wide variety of community partners, including, community advisory teams and services, schools, businesses, and government. You will inspire your team to dream big, to grow the impact of the work across the mid North Coast region, always keeping young people front and centre, building their leadership capabilities. Strengthening the health and wellbeing of young people through projects promoting non-competitive activities, relationships and skills building. Encourage youth to articulate and realise their visions for positive change and enable them to contribute to making positive decisions in ever-changing conditions and environments.

The final objective behind all in place initiatives is to empower young people to unleash their potential and thrive! Help them be work ready, healthy mentally and physically, and connected to opportunities and their community. 

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Tertiary qualification in social work, community development or equivalent
  • This is a management role typically requiring 6-8 years' or more experience including 2 or more years' supervising a small team
  • Knowledge of co-designing work versus program delivery, and ability to link where necessary
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to integrate theory and practice, you are committed to 'try, test, measure and learn, designing 'with' not for.
  • Ability to track and build confident relationships to potential investors - government and corporate -including writing of excellent tenders and strong grant writing experience
  • Experience in engaging and working with Aboriginal people and Aboriginal communities in a culturally respectful manner.

Even better:

  • Previous success implementing a similar place-based innovation in a local community context

About you:

  • Adaptive leadership style with a belief in regular team coaching and empowerment
  • Excellent written, verbal and communication and conflict resolutions skills
  • Possess excellent time management skills, and an ability to effectively prioritise tasks within tight timelines
  • You are tenacious, resilient, collaborative, a critical thinker that sees beyond the day-to-day, always looking ahead
  • Confident public communicator, able to talk and engage openly, effectively and adaptively with different audiences
  • Possess empathy, integrity, have strong self-awareness and the drive to propel great ideas from creation to implementation
  • A demonstrated passion for social change and contributing to an organisation of influence for the most disadvantaged

Applications will be reviewed without delay.  Cover letters detailing why this role appeals will be looked upon favourably.

Closing date for all applications Weds. Nov 30th by 5pm

For a copy of the position description and to enquire about the salary range please contact Louise Massie on 0422 154 242 or via email at

At Uniting, we offer an amazing culture, exceptional benefits and we work hard to achieve our main goals always keeping in mind our values and ethics.

We are bold, imaginative, respectful, and compassionate.

  • You will be joining an innovative, dedicated supportive, and inclusive NFP organisation
  • Have access to superb Not-for-Profit benefits - an extra $16k tax free+++
  • An EVP that is well developed, accessible, and created to assist and support you
  • We truly promote from within - career progression actively encouraged
  • Ideas and solutions are key and always welcome - we listen!

At Uniting we believe vaccination to be the best way to keep our employees and clients safe from COVID-19.  We require all employees to be fully vaccinated (3 doses) against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

Uniting actively contributes to a safe and supportive working environment that is inclusive of all staff through celebrating their nationality, cultural background, LGBTI status, abilities, gender, age, and uniqueness.

Employment with Uniting is subject to satisfactory background checks which will include a national Police check, working with children check, working with vulnerable people check and reference checks.

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