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School Community Engagement Officer

Capital City Local Learning & Employment Network

The Capital City Local Learning & Employment Network

The Capital City Local Learning and Employment Network (City LLEN) is a not-for-profit incorporated association established in 2002 to deliver strategic solutions and initiatives to maximise the participation in education, training and employment of young people, focusing on those most at risk. We deliver our services within the City of Melbourne local government area boundary.

The City LLEN currently receives funding through the Victorian Department of Education and Training to deliver the LLEN School Engagement contract that provides a range of initiatives to support students in their pathways, careers, transitions, increase their awareness and knowledge of industry and increase aspirations, the On Track Connect initiative and the Structured Workplace Learning Program.

The time fraction of this role is negotiable between 0.6 and 1.0 (3 days to full time). The salary range is between $75,000 to $85,000 full-time based on skills and experience and paid pro rata of time fraction. The position is funded to the end of 2022 with contract extension based on performance and the government renewing our funding. We expect to be refunded. This role covers all the work of the LLEN contract except for the SWL component but the incumbent works closely with the SWL Coordinator on many joint tasks and meetings.

The City LLEN is located in the heart of the CBD: Suite 314, 365 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000. We are a Covid-19 safe workplace and allow flexible working arrangements including working from home depending on the role requirements and any state government lockdowns. We try to have a staff meeting in person once a week or via zoom.

Please note it is mandatory for all City LLEN to be fully vaccinated as we are required to enter schools regularly and liaise with the community. We also require any visitors to our office to be fully vaccinated.


There are 31 LLEN’s across Victoria funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training to assist secondary schools students make informed career pathway decisions and remain engaged in education. Our contract’s KPI’s are varied by the Department from time to time.

For more information about how the LLEN achieves this aim please refer to our website: www.cityllen.org.au and look under Resources for a copy of our Annual Reports.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

There are some key components of this role which the incumbent will be required to manage and deliver but the successful applicant will also have the opportunity to develop and grow this position incorporating their own ideas as long as they meet our contractual obligations.

Duties of the role include:

  • Provide support to the CEO and deliver the objectives of the LLEN program
  • Broker partnerships between schools, community, industry and other stakeholders at the local level to improve education and transition outcomes for at risk young people
  • Identify gaps in services and barriers to young people accessing these services as per our current contract
  • Maintain positive relationships with our schools and manage our network meetings
  • Assist member organisations and other stakeholders to identify strategies and partnerships to fill these gaps and remove barriers to maximising the attainment and retention of at risk young people
  • Work with schools in the City of Melbourne to help identify solutions and interventions to support the pathways, engagement, transition, retention and attainment of students, including careers and business and industry awareness raising and engagement
  • Work with the SWL Coordinator to support our secondary schools to co-host school information events or activities
  • Organise careers and industry engagement events for online delivery or for students to attend live in our area
  • Maintain relevant information and resources and disseminate to schools, students, networks and other stakeholders
  • Prepare reports on achievements from time to time, contribute to City LLEN Annual Reports and provide ‘on time’ advice to the Digital Officer to promote LLEN events and influence for social-media or newsletters
  • Participate in discussions and networks to analyse issues impacting at risk young people and contribute to reports or government paper responses from time to time
  • Represent the City LLEN and advocate for at risk young people in a professional and compassionate capacity
  • Convene meetings or networks, organise attendance and agenda to support the goals of the LLEN
  • Contribute to the LLEN by communicating and cooperating with team members, working professionally, performing with integrity and operating in accordance with the City LLEN’s policies and procedures
  • Other responsibilities in response to a changing environment.

Reporting Relationships

This position reports to the CEO

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Prior to Covid-19, up to 50% of the successful employee’s time was spent attending meetings or delivering outcomes/events within the City of Melbourne. This includes the suburbs of Kensington, North Melbourne, Parkville, Carlton, East Melbourne, Docklands, Fisherman’s Bend, West Melbourne, St Kilda Rd district and the Central Business District. Employees are required to get themselves around the city; usually via using public transport and in a safe manner. Post COVID-19 the LLEN has adopted a hybrid model where employees may work from home but are also expected to attend the office at least half of their time and/or visit schools or other organisations in the course of their work.

The LLEN is located on Level 3, Suite 14, 365 Little Collins St, Melbourne.

Key Selection Criteria

  1. High level interpersonal and communication skills, including verbal and written communication
  2. A good general understanding of school-based transition programs, including the VCE, VCAL, the proposed new VCE and Vocational streams, alternative education settings (Flexible Learning) and contemporary issues impacting the education sector and at-risk youth
  3. Experience presenting to and working with young people in groups or other audiences and understanding how to adapt your speech and presentation according to the needs of the people in attendance
  4. Ability to work independently and driven to initiate new ideas to achieve the key objectives of the LLEN program
  5. Great networking and relationship building skills with employers, schools, TAFE’s, community organisations
  6. Capacity to bring different organisations/people together to achieve LLEN objectives.

Highly Desired

  1. Teaching qualifications and experience
  2. Careers Education and qualifications
  3. Commitment to Social Justice and Equity.


The position is conditional upon a satisfactory National Police Check, Working with Children Check and valid entitlement to work in Australia until the end of December 2022. The LLEN will reimburse the successful candidate for the cost of these checks.

Contractual Period

Late January to 31 December 2021. There is the opportunity to re-negotiate a further contract at the end of this period depending on funding and satisfactory performance and government renewal of funding.

Hours & Time Fraction & Equipment

7.36 hours per day (negotiation of start and finish times are possible) with flexibility to allow for participation in meetings and functions that may occur outside the regular hours from time to time.

Attendance at out of hour’s functions may be required from time to time and is accumulated as Time in Lieu to be used in accordance with the City LLEN policy and procedures only.

0.6 to 1.0 EFT per week.

You will be provided with a laptop computer.

Probationary Period

6 months


Travel performed for the City LLEN that is outside of the CBD of Melbourne free Tram Zone will be reimbursed.

All travel for work (other than to reach the office from home and vice versa) will be reimbursed regardless of whether the employee has already used their MYKI to reach the LLEN office.

Use of your own Mobile Phone for work purposes – a proportion of your phone costs will be negotiated with you to use for work. If you prefer not to use your own phone, a simple mobile phone can be arranged.

Salary Package

$75,000 to $85,000 depending on skills and experience and pro rata depending on time fraction (Based on Level 5, Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010, note this range is above the award).

The City LLEN has DGR Status and employees are able to package a portion of their wages up to $15,899 under the City LLEN DGR policy guidelines.

10 % Superannuation.

Please call Louise Smith via 0430 132 499 if you would like to discuss this role.

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