School Community Liaison Officer - Swahili Speaking

Job posted: 20/06/2022
Applications close: 03/07/2022 (Midnight)
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Job Description

Location: Geelong

Job type: Full time / From 11/07/2022 - 23/06/2023

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1283915

Reference: 1283915

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Geelong

Selection Criteria

SC 1 Experience working with school communities, families and community organisations involving individuals of culturally and linguistic diverse backgrounds.

SC 2 Excellent stakeholder management and relationship building skills including the ability to partner with and broker support from local community organisations.

SC 3 Ability to build strong working relationships with parents and local community organisations to identify best practice and areas for improvement to support student and parent engagement.

SC 4 Excellent time management and organisational skills.

SC 5 Ability to work as part of a statewide team and embrace a community of practice approach.


The School Community Liaison Officer will be required to support school communities to focus on increasing school engagement, strengthening partnerships with families and community and facilitating activities to increase retention and school completion.

The School Community Liaison Officer will be expected to work in collaboration with School Community Liaison Officers appointed to other schools across the North West, South West and South East Victorian regions through membership of an established community of practice. The School Community Liaison Officers will be supported by a centrally based program officer and provide regular reports to support the implementation, evaluation and ongoing monitoring of the project. There is an expectation that this role will require travel to other sites of delivery and to the DET Central Office in Melbourne CBD.


  • Work directly with groups of African young people or individuals, planning interventions to ensure all young people are connected to an education or employment pathway.
  • Establish and maintain effective communication between school communities and families, convening information sessions for parents, supposing engagement of parents in parent teacher nights, school celebrations and information days.
  • Facilitate access to homework clubs and afterschool programs, to offer support and mentoring outside of the school.
  • Build on established links with African community organisations to access community guidance and knowledge.
  • Build cultural awareness and understanding within the school communities.
  • Maintain regular communication with the centrally based project officer and provide regular reports to support the implementation, evaluation and ongoing monitoring of the project.
  • Participate in a community of practice facilitated by the central Senior Program Officer and including all School Community Liaison Officers.
  • Undertake other activities as directed by the centrally based project.

Who May Apply

  • Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfil the specific requirements of the position.
  • This role is identified as available for African heritage applicants only. Confirmation of your African heritage may be requested.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department of Education and Training is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion for all. We value diversity and inclusion in all forms – gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for roles within the Department.  The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Other Information

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx

Conditions of Employment

The successful candidate will be required to work some hours during the school holidays. Regular work hours will be 9:00am to 5:06pm on weekdays. This may be negotiated as appropriate.

The successful candidate will be eligible to claim time in lieu (TIL) where they are required to work in excess of their normal hours of duty.

Vaccination Requirement

A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Northern Bay P-12 College is a unique multi-campus school located in the Northern Suburbs of Geelong.  It is made up of four Prep – Year 8 campuses. The fifth campus provided education for Years 9 through 12 and the campus also has our Family Learning Centre providing 0-5 services and the Geelong Industry Trade Training Centre (GITTC) on site.

The College moved to a three sub-school structure in 2020 to further develop the ‘One School – One Team’ ethos; which emphasises the core business of Student Learning as a focus underpinned by a strong consistent well-being framework. Across the college, staff work in teams focussed around four Professional Learning Communities; Year P-2, Year 3-6 and Year 6-9 & Year 10-12.   These teams meet regularly in Campus based groups and also as college wide groups to implement data informed strategies to support continued improvement of learning outcomes for all students.

Organisationally 2022 sees the three sub schools continue and each led by a College Assistant Principal. In 2022 these sub-schools will be – Hendy P-8 Campus and Peacock P-8 Campus Sub School; Wexford P-8 Campus and Tallis P-8 Campus Sub School; Goldsworthy Year 9-12 Sub School. Additionally the College Assistant Principal – Student Enrichment Programs will lead a portfolio that includes oversight of programs that connect students with external agencies and further educational opportunities as well as providing executive leadership to College facilities including the Family Learning Centre and the GITTC.

Our vision is to instil community commitment, confidence and high expectations in lifelong learning by:

  • Constructing curriculum, pedagogy and teacher professionalism to achieve above expected outcomes for all students at each stage of learning
  • Developing students who are highly employable with values of resilience, optimism, self-respect and who strive for personal best
  • Developing young people who are engaged, motivated and challenged to fulfil their potential
  • Maximising educational opportunities and creating purposeful and diverse pathways for all students
  • Developing partnerships with other schools, community organisations and business

The College embraces inclusion and diversity having a large cohort of  Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (cald) students (CALD) and a significant indigenous population. The College supports the needs of these students through a structured EAL (English as an Additional Language) and the Marrung Strategy. There is a strong Disabilities and Impairments response on all campuses.

Northern Bay College is characterised by its recently revised values inspired by student voice:


We value: Having high expectations of ourselves and others sharing a commitment to celebrate our individual and community achievements and progress. Taking learning risks and by having a ‘growth mindset’, to give feedback and learn from mistakes.  Giving opportunities to grow as students, staff and families and providing the support to attain positive outcomes


We value: Working positively with others in all aspects of our learning and behaviours. Sharing ideas and resources to create a positive, caring and inclusive working and learning environment.  A team approach to achieving real improvement in all aspects of our college, with peers, professionals and parents working together in shared engagement and mutual commitment


We value: Setting goals and working hard to achieve them in each activity we undertake. Our challenges being met with a positive attitude to improve our learning skills and understandings, to achieve success.

The support that we as learners, teachers, carers and the community can give to achieve our goals and meet our expectations , both short and long term


We value: Showing respect to others' opinions, beliefs and values because we do not discriminate, we celebrate and care for each other. Supporting each other through our positive and sincere words and actions.  School Wide Positive Behaviours and strive to be positive role models in our interactions with all members of the college community. Our inclusive culture that celebrates our differences through mutual respect and consideration

In Summary

We want a college where learning is visible and where students feel safe, respected by staff, believed in by staff, listened to by staff and taught by knowledgeable, capable and enthusiastic teachers.

School Community Liaison Officer - Swahili Speaking

Job type:

Full time / From 11/07/2022 - 23/06/2023

Job classification:

Not provided


Barbara Barry | 03 5273 2600

School Community Liaison Officer - Swahili Speaking