Community Development Project Worker

Survivors & Mates Support Network (SAMSN)

Applications Closing: Monday, May 20, 2019 - 12:00

The Role:

The role will involve identifying and collaborating with targeted services and stakeholders in the communities outlined above. Developing a community engagement strategy to reach men in these communities through forums, direct contact, in-service, interagency and training will be a critical task. There will be a focus on doing this in a trauma informed and culturally safe way.

Identifying and supporting male survivors who may be eligible to apply for National Redress will be a particular focus.  

Category: Community Development, Psychology & Counselling, Social Work
Field: Mental Health & Counselling
Employment basis: Full-time, Part-time
Job Location: Sydney Wide, Far North Coast NSW
About us

Organisational Context:

Survivors & Mates Support Network (SAMSN) is a not-for-profit organization co-founded by male survivors of child sexual abuse. SAMSN offers a range of FREE professional & peer support services available to men and their families regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. SAMSN aims to build a support network that gives voice and agency to male survivors. These services include individual planned support, monthly meetings and professionally facilitated eight-week groups, as well as supporters and service providers workshops.  

We are looking for suitably qualified/experienced people to join the SAMSN team as a Community Development Project Worker. This person should have an awareness/knowledge of more marginalised communities such as:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • People with a disability
  • LGBTQI and CALD communities
  • Young men
  • People in residential or institutional care
  • People who are homeless
  • Rural and regional areas


Position details

The Role will require:

  • A good understanding of the dynamics and impacts of child sexual abuse
  • Tertiary qualifications and experience in community development/social work or a related discipline
Essential Selection Criteria:

Selection Criteria

SAMSN is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to ensuring a safe environment for children and young people. We strongly encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds including but not limited to those from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, the GLBTIQ community and those living with a disability to apply.


  • NSW Driver’s Licence
  • Demonstrated coordination, administration and facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated active leadership and connection within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community
  • Demonstrated capacity to engage a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and responsibly
  • Good spoken, written and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and cultural safety
  • Demonstrated understanding of WH&S legislation and an employee’s responsibilities under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011

Successful applicants will be required to have a current National Police Check and, if relevant to the position, a Working with Children Check.

Desirable Selection Criteria:


  • Understanding of community development principles and practice and community participation mechanisms
  • Understanding of the NGO sector
Other Information:

What we offer

We offer a diverse, inclusive and flexible environment, and a team of hardworking and committed service providers. As the successful applicant you’ll be joining an organisation where you will be supported to grow, learn and develop your skills.

Contact details
Contact Name: Les
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 02 83553711
How to apply

How to apply:

If you have any queries about this role please contact Les Spencer, either by email or telephone 02 8355 3711.

Address your cover letter to the CEO, Craig Hughes-Cashmore and email your application along with the responses to the Selection Criteria to

Date posted: 29 April 2019

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