Head of Children Programs

Primary Purpose of the Role:   

The Head of the Children Programs Change Portfolio will focus on identifying, developing, implementing and scaling service approaches and policy which enable children living in deep and persistent disadvantage to thrive and succeed in school.  With the knowledge that early childhood development experiences, access to support services and quality education opportunities are key to lifelong economic and social inclusion, the primary purpose of this role is drive strategic change in both the policy context and service delivery approaches to children to mitigate the impact of disadvantage and allow them to achieve their potential and aspirations. This role has two complementary major objectives, to build innovative models and approaches responding to areas of need/gaps and service delivery for children and their families; and to continue to refine and improve the models, in partnership with others including service clients, in order to advocate for the adoption of more effective service models and policy by appropriate levels of government and peer organisations. Community development approaches are key to engage and empower individuals and communities and build their capacity to be socially and financially included.

Role Requirements:


  • Demonstrated understanding of the policy environment and capacity to advocate for policy change.
  • Ability to build strong cross-functional and external stakeholder relationships and communities of practice.
  • Ability to develop innovative models and build evidence of model effectiveness.
  • Ability to build strong cross-functional and external stakeholder relationships.
  • Well-developed influencing, communication, negotiation, conflict resolution and interpersonal skills.


  • Significant experience leading high performing teams.
  • Proven experience in negotiating significant government funding contracts.
  • Experience in managing programs that provide assessment and intervention services for children and their families.
  • Proven understanding and experience of community engagement and community capacity building strategies.
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing and managing the operational delivery of programs with service delivery KPI’s.
  • Proven experience in leading and managing a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to provide strategic advice on financial matters; contribute to the executive team and support the Executive Director, Board and relevant committees.

Knowledge & Qualifications Required       

  • Tertiary qualifications in children’s development, Social Science, welfare, community development or similar field with deep experience in the area of children.
  • Sound knowledge of relevant legislation and policies including a commitment to continual improvement.
  • Sounds knowledge and awareness of the range of issues impacting vulnerable children and their families.
  • Strong enterprise leadership mindset – collaborative, team-based approach to working and a high level of comfort working in a Not-for-profit environment.

Wisdom & Valuing   

  • Integrity, maturity and strong personal and business ethics combined with sound judgement and a commitment to transparency and accountability.
  • Uses discernment and interpersonal skills to establish other’s needs, concerns, feelings, expectations and motivations.
  • Role model enterprise leadership behaviour and contribute to the development of a culture representative of the values and drivers of BSL.


A copy of the position description and screening questionnaire can be downloaded from https://www.bsl.org.au/about/careers/jobs . For further information about the role please contact Kate Hitchins, Employee Relations Manager via [email protected] and Niamh O’Malley, Director – Shared Services via [email protected]

To apply:

Applicants are required to submit an up to date resume and cover letter addressing the role requirements.

Email written applications to: [email protected]

Applications close: Thursday 13th September 2018 at 5pm.


The Brotherhood of St Laurence has a vision of an Australia free of Poverty. We embrace, and value, diversity of culture, working arrangements, sexual orientation and gender identity to ensure our workforce is representative of the community that we work within. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include and welcome unique contributions of all people. We embrace and celebrate the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, their skills and contribution to our organisation.  Applicants should be aware that as required, we conduct police and working with children checks as we acknowledge the importance of Child Safety.