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Coordinator (Area Manager) Children's Service - Alice Springs

MacDonnell Regional Council
  • Full-time fixed-term contract until 30 June 2023
  • Base salary package starting at $86,370
  • Total effective package: $96,485 (inclusive of leave loading and superannuation)
  • Based in Alice Springs or an option of being community-based
  • Regular access to training and professional development opportunities

Looking for an opportunity to contribute to a more just and equitable future for children and their families?

Seeking to engage in a deep professional learning encounter with Australia's first peoples?

The Coordinator (Area Manager) role offers an extraordinary, career-defining, opportunity to work alongside First Nations children, families and educators in Central Australia's remote communities. Supported by a dynamic team, the successful candidate will work collaboratively with the Team Leaders, local educators and communities to provide responsively, high quality and innovative care and education for children from birth - school age.

MacDonnell Regional Council

MRC was established in 2008 and its area covers our 13 major remote communities as well as many outstations. MRC employs over 500 staff, 370 of whom are the local Aboriginal staff.

MRC's vision is "many voices, one dream, building a quality desert lifestyle" and our mission is "to improve the lives of Council residents by delivering valued and relevant services".

The role

As a Coordinator Children Services, overseeing up to 5 small Early Learning Centres, you will be responsible for ensuring the effective running of our Early Learning Centres by leading, coaching and supporting our Team leaders to drive performance and quality within our Centres. With direct accountability to the MacKids Manager, the coordinator in conjunction with team leaders will implement the expectation of the NQF in culturally relevant and responsive ways that maximise the learning outcome for children birth to school age.

Key Duties:

  • Oversee, support and guide the delivery of a culturally responsive Early Learning program in up to five (5) remote communities within Central Australia that provides a safe, healthy and supportive environment for learning for all attending.
  • Nurture positive working relationships with the community, educators, children, their families and stakeholders
  • Through positive role modelling, mentor, coach and guide the work of Team Leaders and Educators to build their capacity.
  • Make Two-Way learning a priority in all aspects of program delivery. This will involve listening to Educators and Community members and working in ways that reflect their culture and ways of knowing and being.
  • Ensure the reporting requirements are monitored, maintained and completed on time
  • Ensure the programs operate according to MacDonnell Regional Councils' policies and procedures along with all relevant legislation and regulation requirements
  • Support the Team Leaders in undertaking community recruitment and performance management processes.

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor Early Childhood Education or a Diploma with a minimum of five (5) years' experience or equivalent approved ACECQA qualification.
  • A sound knowledge of the National Quality Standards and the Early Years Framework
  • Experience in leading and managing multiple teams
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective and positive working relationships with internal and external
  • A sense of humour and an openness to challenges
  • Ability to be flexible and open to new ways of thinking and working
  • Ability to work in culturally and linguistically diverse environment
  • A respect for Australia's First Peoples


Staff choose to work here because of their commitment to advancing the lives of our residents - Australia's First Peoples. Staff are rewarded with diverse and challenging work that supports career growth.


  • 6 weeks annual leave and generous personal, study and cultural leave
  • Up to 3% additional Employer Super Contribution
  • Relocation assistance
  • Remote Salary packaging
  • A tax free allowance for overnight stays from your designated base.
  • Should you choose to undertake the position in a community based location the package will also include
  • Subsidised accommodation
  • Limited private use of a vehicle (Optional)

Living and working on a remote community within MacDonnell Regional Council:

Our centres are located on small remote communities varying from 100 - 650Kms (travel on mainly dirt roads) from Alice Springs. The experience of living and working in a remote Aboriginal community is both privilege and a great learning opportunity as you immerse yourself in a world that most Australians will never experience, however, it can be a demanding career and life choice. Usually our staff spend their spare time exploring the beautiful desert surroundings and take advantage of the adventure offered when living in a remote location. It is important to develop hobbies and to plan activities. Most importantly, the demands of the job should not be underplayed. You will have good days and bad, but each day is a new day with a new set of challenges.

Under MacDonnell Regional Council's Special Measures Scheme, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for this position and will be preferenced in the selection process if they meet all the essential selection criteria and are suitable at the position level.

This is an incredible opportunity to live and work in Central Australia. For further information contact

Margaret Harrison - Manager Children's Services, by phoning 08 8958 9605.

We are seeking to fill this position immediately, therefore applications will be assessed upon being received and the application process will close once a suitable candidate has been appointed to the role.

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