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Unlock Literacy Coordinator - Alice Springs

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This position is part-time (0.5FTE), based in Alice Springs with regular travel. However, an alternative option would be a community based full-time role combining youth development work, under two separate contracts.


Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC) has dedicated itself to developing the strength, health, confidence and leadership of Warlpiri youth since 1993. The program aims to promote positive and meaningful future pathways for all young Warlpiri people. The notable, and sustainable, success of the program has been firmly based on the strength of Warlpiri youth, families and their communities, as well as the ongoing commitment of staff. The program was created by, and for, Warlpiri people, and is governed by a Warlpiri Committee. The WYDAC head office is in Yuendumu Community, however WYDAC is comprised of a variety of programs operating at five different Warlpiri sites – Yuendumu, Willowra, Nyirripi, Lajamanu and Mt Theo Outstation. WYDAC also have an office located in Alice Springs. There are over 70 staff across the entire organisation with more than half of these being Warlpiri people.

Primary Purpose of the Position

Unlock Literacy is an evidence-based model, developed by World Vision International and implemented in over 15 countries worldwide, with the aim of improving literacy levels for ‘early readers’ – children in the first few years of primary school. The model promotes five core reading skills (alphabet knowledge, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension) through four inter-linked platforms (teacher support, tools for monitoring student progress, teaching and learning materials development and community action).

This role will support the ongoing adaptation of Unlock Literacy and work to embed this approach across WYDAC’s programs together with World Vision Australia, as WYDAC’s partner organisation on the project.

The ULC will be based in Alice Springs and be an important member of WYDAC and World Vision Australia’s joint Unlock Literacy team, reporting to both the Unlock Literacy Project Manager (World Vision) and Youth Development Manager (WYDAC). The ULC will regularly visit WYDAC programs and provide ongoing coaching and support to youth program staff, as well as other areas, to run literacy activities with children and young people.

This may include developing activity plans or games, sourcing required materials for WYDAC teams, organising special events, preparing workshops, training sessions and guidance materials for staff to support culturally strong literacy initiatives in Warlpiri communities.

Reporting relationships

The Unlock Literacy Coordinator reports directly to the Youth Development Manager.

Primary Duties

The following areas are critical to the role and constitute the primary duties required to be successful in fulfilling the duties associated with this position and other duties as directed.

  • Create opportunities to embed the Unlock Literacy model within WYDAC’s programs as well as with other community stakeholders
  • Facilitate regular adaptation workshops with youth workers and community members designed to produce resources and develop activity plans with youth development teams
  • Coordinate WYDAC participation in joint work-planning and bi-monthly reflection sessions with World Vision staff to support ongoing program adaptation and learning
  • Report back to Warlpiri communities through reference group meetings and WYDAC board meetings and incorporate feedback into project adaptation and implementation
  • Prepare monthly reports including activity and participation data and stories from project activities that may be used for project communications and fundraising
  • Support WYDAC Youth Services team to collect participation data and stories of impact which relate to Unlock Literacy activities


  • Based in WYDAC's Alice Springs office, with regular bush visits to WYDAC's programs
  • Annual Salary: $84850 (Pro Rata, if position is part-time)
  • Annual Leave: 6 weeks + 17.5% Leave Loading (Pro Rata, if position is part-time)
  • Salary Sacrifice is available up to $15000 per annum.

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