Executive Officer Centre 360

Job Reference No:


Reference No: EO-2019

St Francis Social Services

Applications Closing: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 17:00

This position has six primary functions:

  1. To oversee the programs of Centre 360, including counselling, case work, group work, and mentoring programs.
  2. To manage and supervise staff, including annual appraisals.
  3. To work with the CEO to develop partnerships and new initiatives to position the organisation for future tender opportunities.
  4. To develop and review policies and procedures to enhance organisational capability.
  5. To lead and guide Centre 360’s alignment with pathway one of the TEI reform.
  6. To contribute to the Leadership Team to strengthen the organisation alignment with Franciscan charism and values.

This is against a background of the general aims of the Centre which are the development and maintenance of a safe and resourceful environment where marginalised young people and their families may have an opportunity to discover new and more positive ways of living. A strong, coordinated and collaborative approach is always maintained.

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

Centre 360 Youth and Family Service (the Centre) is a community-based adolescent counselling and support service at Paddington, operating since 1978, and is part of St Francis Social Services. We provide 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. We work 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:

  • Adolescent and Family counselling and support: Individual counselling, family therapy, parenting programs and case management, with a focus on early intervention. We use a trauma informed and strengths based approach to our work with all our clients. We also draw on several other therapeutic frameworks, depending on the needs of the individual client and skills of the counsellor, including Attachment Theory, Developmental theory, Narrative Therapy, CBT, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic theory, Motivational interviewing and Family Systemic Therapy.
  • Group Based Programs: a range of therapeutic and psycho-educational groups for adolescents and Tuning into Teens and Circle of Security for parents. Existing groups are facilitated with a range of external providers, including educational institutions and residential services.
  • Mentoring Programs:
    • Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) partnership: Young people are partnered with employees from the HSF law firm for group social and recreational mentoring activities. They also receive a scholarship to put towards their education.

We often combine counselling with casework, enabling our team to assist young people and their families with their internal needs (mental health) at the same time as improving their relationships in their external world (family, school and community.) We also create a safe, supportive environment or go to places young people and families feel safe, to remove barriers that may prevent young people from attending therapeutic sessions.


Position details

Tertiary qualifications in social work, psychology, counselling or other related discipline.

Essential Selection Criteria:

Applicants must respond in writing to the following Selection Criteria:

  • Tertiary qualifications in social work, psychology, counselling or other related discipline.
  • Experience in providing quality management of several programs.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in developing and facilitating new initiatives, including therapeutic group programs.
  • An understanding of the issues faced by at risk and marginalised young people and their families/care-givers.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and work effectively with marginalised young people and their families/care-givers.
  • Demonstrated experience working in partnership with other services and organisations.
  • An ability to work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Expertise in developing and implementing an outcomes reporting system.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience as part of a leadership team.
  • Experience in developing organisational policies and procedures.
  • Full driver's license.
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

Contact details
Contact Name: Maurizio Vespa
Contact Email: m.vespa@stfrancis.org.au
Contact Phone: 02 9331 2691
How to apply

Please attach your resume and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria and email to m.vespa@stfrancis.org.au.

Applications close: 5pm, 21st June 2019.

For all enquiries contact Maurizio Vespa CEO on 02 9331 2691 or email: m.vespa@stfrancis.org.au

Date posted: 24 May 2019

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