Community Engagement Officer

Women's Activities and Self Help House (WASH House)

Maternity Locum position – up to 12 months from February 2019


The Community Engagement officer’s role includes community strengthening activities that build individual and community capacity and wellbeing and foster community connections and participation. This is done by community education; partnership development, facilitating events and forums, as well as awareness raising initiatives. This role leads our work in primary prevention and collaboration with the community and local services sector and ensures we are responsive to community need.


Funded by the Family and Community Services (FACS) under its Community Builders program this work directly addresses social disadvantage in the community, meeting the WASH House objectives surrounding empowerment and social inclusion, improving quality of life and providing a safe community for all. 



  • Driving and supporting the WASH House’s work to engage the community and promote participation
  • Awareness raising and primary prevention initiatives
  • Community education and events
  • Policy advice, and informing public policy and systems change
  • Communications, promotion
  • Partnerships and networking
  • Promotion of WASH House service, philosophy, events and projects



  • Events and community engagement
  • Communications and promotion
  • Partnerships
  • Community development and advocacy
  • General duties common to all WASH House staff


Category: Community Development
Field: Women
Employment basis: Part-time
Job Location: Western Sydney
About us

The Women’s Activities and Self Help House Inc. (The WASH House) is a resource centre for women that envisage a community in which women exercise equal rights, choose their own destiny and have a safe environment for themselves and their children. We work towards this by providing information, community development, counselling, support services and group work. The WASH House is a feminist service run by women, for women.


The organisation has been established in the area for over 35 years as a support and resource centre for women. Over this time, the WASH House has grown and evolved to run a range of programs including Staying Home Leaving Violence, Counselling, Community Engagement events, and Information and Referral Services.



The aim of the WASH House is to reduce the impact of poverty, social disadvantage and violence on the lives of women and girls in Mt. Druitt and Blacktown. We do this through the provision of women-centered, quality, appropriate, timely, culturally sensitive and accessible services.



The WASH House envisages a community in which women exercise equal rights, choose their own destiny and have a safe environment for themselves and their children. We work towards this by providing information, community development, counseling, support services and group work.



The WASH House believes in:

  • The provision of high quality and timely services
  • The provision of equitable, accessible, affordable and appropriate services
  • Mutual respect and enhancing women’s options and opportunities
  • Collaboration with likeminded services to promote the wellbeing of women in our community
  • The provision of culturally appropriate services that reflect the different needs of our clients
  • The provision of services that are responsive to the needs of client and are holistic
  • The right of women to determine the nature of assistance they seek from us, including the involvement of non-violent male partners in family programs
  • The right of women and children to live in a safe environment free from/of violence and discrimination


Objectives of the WASH House

  • To provide a drop-in advice and support service to women in crisis 
  • To provide an information, referral and advice service to the local community
  • To provide education, counselling, support and group work to women and girls in the Mt. Druitt and Blacktown district
  • To advocate on behalf of clients and issues affecting women in the Mt. Druitt and Blacktown district
  • To undertake projects that develop the options and opportunities of the Mt. Druitt and Blacktown community
  • To provide free services to women who access our centre and services
  • To develop and maintain strong community links through establishing networks within the community
  • To facilitate community participation in determining the activities and future directions of the Centre
  • To ensure the Centre is managed in the interests of women and children in the Mt. Druitt and Blacktown district
    Benefits of working at The WASH House
  • Be part of an organisation that is well established in the community as a safe place for women to seek assistance, support, learning, counselling, friendship and social activities
  • Make a difference in women’s lives every day
  • Participate in  a wide range of fun and informative community events and activities
  • Boost your take home pay with Salary Packaging
  • Enjoy above award leave provisions and team days
Position details

Relevant Tertiary Qualifications eg: social work/community development/public policy/public relations

Essential Selection Criteria:
  • Relevant Tertiary Qualifications eg: social work/community development/public policy/public relations AND demonstrated experience of 3 years’ experience in community development/ project management and delivery of community programs and events;
  • Demonstrated high level communication and negotiation skills including ability to produce written reports and funding submissions as well as public speaking skills;
  • Superior computer skills, including the ability to create graphic and text content for the development of quality information and promotional materials fit for a range of purposes;
  • Experience and confidence using the internet, social media, multimedia and audio visual equipment;
  • Knowledge and understanding of social policy and issues that face women in Western Sydney;
  • Experience networking with multidisciplinary services and agencies and ability to build and foster sector relationships within a changing sector climate;
  • Ability to work effectively within a small team;
  • Current driver’s licence.
Desirable Selection Criteria:
  • Experience working in/ existing connections within Blacktown LGA
  • Event management experience
Other Information:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and women from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


WASH House Inc. considers being a woman a genuine occupational qualification for this position under s.31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

Position Description: Download position description
Contact details
Contact Name: Debra Coulson
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (02) 9677 1962
How to apply

Suitable applicants will be interviewed immediately and must be able to commence duties by 28th January 2019.


Applications close when a suitable applicant has been found – express your interest in this role ASAP by submitting your resume and a written letter addressing how you meet each of the essential and desirable criteria.


Send your completed application to:

For further information or enquiries please contact Debra Coulson on 9677 1962.  


Please note: Applications that fail to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria point by point will not be considered. 

Date posted: 30 November 2018

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