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Tertiary Program Coordinator, Learning for Life

The Smith Family
  • Be part of an organisation that makes a difference
  • Take your next career step
  • Full time, 6 month contract
  • Brisbane or other main Queensland centre preferred

The Smith Family is a national, independent children’s charity helping disadvantaged Australians to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves. We are currently seeking a Tertiary Program Coordinator to join our team. Reporting to the Tertiary Team Leader, and working with a dedicated and passionate team, you would contribute to The Smith Family’s vision of creating better futures for Australians in need. The work of Tertiary Coordinators is underpinned by The Smith Family’s Practice Framework to ensure students are being empowered to contribute to their own success.

A day in the life of a Tertiary Coordinator might look like this, but every day can look different. Primarily your responsibilities will include:

  • Direct support of up to approximately 160 participants involved in the Tertiary Scholarship Scheme. This support is related to the students’ transition to higher education and their ongoing attendance leading to course completion.
  • Support internal media and marketing teams to source students for speaking opportunities and career development events.
  • Develop and maintain strong external relationships with staff at Higher Education Intuitions; particularly, within student equity teams.
  • Proactively build knowledge of the Higher Education sector and the challenges facing students – particularly at key transition points.

It takes a special kind of person to be our Tertiary Coordinator. Our successful candidate will bring the following:

  • Tertiary qualification – preferably in the areas of education or social services
  • Experienced in effectively managing multi-priority environments
  • Effective communication skills (including the ability to lead discussions and work with the a range of local and national colleagues
  • Agile approach to change
  • A growth mindset
  • Strong relationship building skills
  • Effective organisational and administrative skills (including computer literacy, data entry and time management)

Please send a one page letter of application that answers the following questions:

  1. What are the key skills and experience that you would bring to this Tertiary Coordinator position?
  2. Discuss two to three potential challenges that you might face in this role and the strategies you would use to address them?
  3. What strategies would you use to enable young people to succeed, considering their potential challenging circumstances?

Your application, together with a full, current resume should be uploaded into our system for consideration.

Living up to our employment promise, our team members tell us that working for The Smith Family they have great job flexibility and the ability to work alongside committed, passionate and professional team members whilst engaging in challenging, fulfilling and diverse work. In turn, our team members believe that they offer commitment to our vision, mission and values and effective collaboration with fellow team members to deliver strong performance outcomes.

If you are passionate about what you do, committed to make a difference and this sounds like your next role, please click apply now, we’d love to hear from you. You may view the position description attached. For any further information, please contact Nathan Rennie, Team Leader, Tertiary Program at Nathan.rennie@thesmithfamily.com.au using the subject line: Tertiary Program Coordinator, Learning for Life enquiry via EthicalJobs or at 0418 474 430.

Due to the nature of this role, the successful candidate must be prepared to undertake a National Police Check and a Working with Children’s Check. We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to principles of cultural diversity. Applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are encouraged.

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