Chief Executive Officer - St Francis Social Services

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Reference No: CEO-2019

St Francis Social Services

Applications Closing: Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 16:00

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the external face of the organisation and is responsible for providing leadership in all matters relating to the ethos, policies, strategies and performance of St Francis Social Services (SFSS) and to ensure that all strategic goals and objectives are achieved.

The CEO is the senior leadership and management position within SFSS, supported by two Executive Managers. The CEO works closely and collaboratively with the Board of Directors of SFSS, is an advocate and promoter of SFSS and publicly represents its purpose and strategic directions.

Category: Executive & Senior Management
Field: Family, Children and Youth, Housing & Homelessness, Mental Health & Counselling, Multiculturalism & Diversity
Employment basis: Full-time
Job Location: Eastern Suburbs
About us

About St Francis Social Services

Centre 360 Youth and Family Service 

Centre 360 Youth and Family Service (the Centre) is a community-based adolescent counselling and support service at Paddington, operating since 1978. The Centre provides individual and family counselling, advocacy, practical assistance, group work, and mentoring programs to highly disadvantaged young people aged 12-24 years and their families who either reside in or move through the inner city of Sydney and South-Eastern Sydney.

The Centre commonly works in the areas of trauma and loss, adolescent mental health, family difficulties and breakdown, family violence, substance abuse, homelessness, and juvenile and young adult offending. The Centre works to strengthen young people’s connection to their families and communities, enhance their well-being and resilience, and to help them achieve positive life outcomes such as good physical and mental health, healthy relationship skills, strong support networks, stable housing, employment, education, and training. The Centre operates a number of integrated projects. 

Greenlight Movement

Greenlight Movement (GLM)is a learn to drive program that  assists at-risk young people to break the cycle of disadvantage whilst also providing an opportunity for empowerment, employment & social cohesion. Research has found that holding a licence and access to a vehicle improves access to employment opportunities, increases independence and reduces the burden on family members .

For each individual young person who completes the GLM program, the skills they learn and the benefits that come with them are life-long. Holding a licence means a young person meets the criteria for a greater number of employment opportunities as they are able to address the licence selection criteria and travel to a further destination to engage in employment activities.

House of Welcome

The House of Welcome (HOW), is committed to serve people seeking asylum who are living in the community. Clients come to HOW through word of mouth, by referral from another organisation and from other clients.

 HOW operates a drop in centre and currently provides transitional accommodation and housing for approximately 100 refugees and asylum seekers in 23 properties. Staff and volunteers also offer a variety of support services such as case work, employment, financial assistance, foodbank, referrals, advocacy and community development programs for numerous clients across Sydney.

A number of clients cared for by HOW have been living in the community for an extended period of time without benefits.  The stress of their journey thus far, their uncertain future and enforced poverty have devastating impacts, such as homelessness, poor health, isolation, family breakdown and mental health concerns.

Within this context, HOW plays a significant role in client-based advocacy working with various agencies, organisations and other client stakeholders.  

Position details

•    Relevant tertiary qualifications and/or experience
•    Satisfactory National Police Clearance
•    Working with Children Check

Essential Selection Criteria:

Individual Characteristics
•    Christian commitment and character
•    Demonstrated capacity and willingness to actively embrace and promote the vision and values of SFSS as a Catholic organisation influenced by the teachings of St Francis
•    A passion for the Catholic Church’s mission in social justice
•    A personal commitment to customer service, personal learning, and integrity and ethics in leadership and management practice appropriate in a mission-driven organisation

•    Sound knowledge of key developments and issues facing the not-for-profit sector and of the organisational culture and value systems dominant in not-for-profit and/or church based organisations
•    Sound knowledge of the dynamics of complex organisations including knowledge of contemporary leadership and management principles and practices and statutory, legal and contractual obligations
•    In-depth knowledge of the issues affecting young people at risk of homelessness and/or the issues affecting refugees and asylum seekers

•    Highly developed interpersonal skills including written and verbal communication skills
•    Demonstrated competence in program development and new business delivery
•    Strong business and commercial acumen and financial and physical resources management skills
•    High level creative and analytical skills
•    Proficiency in the analysis, development and implementation of a strategic approach to social policy and organisational design and development.

•    Successful leadership experience at an Executive level within a service related environment
•    Proven experience in the governance of an organisation and effectively working with government agencies
•    Proven strategic and operational experience
•    Demonstrated change management and continuous improvement experience
•    Proven experience in building and maintaining multidisciplinary teams and organisational units to work together effectively
•    Demonstrated experience in managing and working effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders
•    Experience or knowledge in public advocacy

Other Information:

Statutory requirements and salary expectation

Applicants will be subject to a Working with Children Check and the National Criminal Record Check. Evidence of rights to work in Australia will be required. Temporary work visas will not be considered.

Salary guide: The salary is a non award salary commensurate with a sector leadership role. Salary packaging is available. Packaging includes taxation saved by receiving fringe benefit.

Position Description: Download position description
Contact details
Contact Name: Peter Hennessy
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 0412 279 523
How to apply

Please attach your resume and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria above and email to with a subject line Chief Executive Officer - St Francis Social Services via Community Jobs.

Applications close: 31st January 2019


Date posted: 10 December 2018

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