EIO for Community Engagement Officer (Aboriginal) Walgett Community College Primary School





A Community Engagement Officer (Aboriginal) position has become available at Birraleegal Goondi to achieve the objectives of the Tunin’ In initiative.

Tunin’ In is a twelve month early education initiative jointly funded between the NSW Department of Education and the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy. The initiative focuses on connecting with Aboriginal parents/carers and families to support their child’s early learning through utilising the social media platform Storypark.

This is a part-time temporary position appointment to December 2017. The successful applicant should be willing to commence in Week 8 of Term 1in the 2017 school year and agree to participate in four days of professional learning/orientation which will be held in March, 2017.

The Tunin’ In Community Engagement Officer position is classed as an Operational Paraprofessional and will be employed under the Education (School Administrative and Support Staff) Act 1987.

Salary: $34,334 (0.6 of a full FTE $57,223)

Applications for this position close: Monday 27th February, 2017

This is a child related position. Applicants must have a valid and current Working with Children Check clearance as a condition of employment. In addition, your employment will be subject to the department’s National Criminal Records Check.

School Context:

Birraleegal Goondi, founded in the year 2000 at Walgett Community College, provides each child with opportunities to explore and learn through the implementation of the Early Years Learning Framework. We have a commitment to providing high quality Early Childhood Education. NSW Department of Education and Communities preschools provide an inclusive environment where educators ensure that all children and families are included and welcomed equally. Our preschool provides programs, information and resources that respectfully reflect the context, diversity and multicultural nature of communities. In line with the department’s equity strategy, it is intended that departmental preschools give priority of access to the most disadvantaged children within the local community, particularly those who would not otherwise be able to access other children’s services.


Statement of duties:

Under the direction and guidance of the preschool principal or delegated officer, the Community Engagement Officer will:

  • Engage Aboriginal preschool families and community members in discussions about the Tunin’ In project.
  • Establish and maintain effective partnerships with families to improve Aboriginal student learning.
  • Work collaboratively with school staff to support effective communication between home, school and community.
  • Establish, maintain and regulate Storypark pages promoting Early Literacy and Numeracy Strategies.
  • Liaise with families and school communities to discuss school programs to better understand students’ learning
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of links across transition points from pre-school to school.
  • Identify issues impacting on the local community and resources available in the community that could be shared to support the school.
  • Develop and implement community based initiatives that provide benefits to the school and the community.
  • Refer family and community concerns to the principal.

Selection criteria

Applicants for the position of Community Engagement Officer will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Aboriginality
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain meaningful links with Aboriginal parents and the community, coupled with an understanding of the values and beliefs of the local school community.
  • Sound knowledge of and experience in delivering culturally inclusive early childhood practices and learning ideas for Aboriginal children
  • Effective communication and organisational skills, including the ability to prepare written reports, record data and run parent focus groups and/or workshops.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the Department’s Aboriginal education policies, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy 2015 and Together We Are, Together We Can, Together We Will – the NSW Department of Education and NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc. Partnership Agreement.

This is an identified Aboriginal position and proof of identity may be sought.

Aboriginality is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised by section 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act, 1977.

How to apply

Applicants are asked to submit an expression of interest addressing their Aboriginality, the selection criteria and the statement of duties (no more than 2 A4 pages), together with a copy of their resume (no more than 3 pages).

Applicants must include their telephone number; postal address and email address (if applicable) as well as contact details for two referees.

Any interview or offer of employment is conditional on the outcome of the Working with Children Check, National Criminal Records Check and verification of qualifications.

Enquiries should be directed to: Karen McKinnon, telephone: 02 68281077 or email: [email protected]

Applications may be collected from the Walgett Community college Primary School or downloaded from the website. www.walgettcommunity.schools.nsw.edu.au

Applications should be forwarded to: Walgett Community College, Primary School, P.O. Box, 354, Walgett , NSW, 2832

The closing date for an expression of interest is Monday 27th February, 2017


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