New Role: Community Development Manager

Help us grow our program in South Western Sydney (PT/Contract)

Primary Ethics is about to begin a project to develop approaches to increase awareness of our program in the greater south-west Sydney metropolitan zone. Overall Primary Ethics has a low presence in public primary schools in the region when compared to other areas of Greater Sydney.

We seek a contract community development program manager to lead the project.


Of all school regions in NSW, South Western Sydney has one of the lowest rates of ethics programs, with ethics classes taught in only 15% of eligible schools (in contrast, the highest region has ethics classes in 92% of similar sized schools).

Broadly, the geographical area under review forms a kite, bounded by a line joining the suburbs around Granville to Lakemba, then running roughly south-west to Campbelltown, north towards Wetherill Park and then bending east back to Granville.

This project will identify potential factors underlying low program adoption and develop plans to improve choice for parents in the area. We seek to identify new approaches to local marketing, to develop better engagement with school principals, and discover local identities and partner organisations who can help us improve recognition of Primary Ethics in the region. We will then identify, recruit, train and support local community volunteers as ethics teachers.

The project is scheduled for six months (September 2018 – March 2019)

First phase: The development manager will direct and supervise a short-term (1 month) desktop research project to collate and compare data on:

  • Public primary schools in the region
  • School enrolment data
  • Discrete population demographic characteristics
  • Cultural communities
  • Any factors that may contribute to a low program uptake.

This phase will also seek to identify data sources (possibly qualitative) to better understand parent choices about engagement with the program.

Second phase: The development manager will develop and implement a business plan to engage with the various discrete communities, and to develop appropriate materials and approaches to improve program awareness. The research findings will inform key aspects of this work.

The development manager will seek to deepen insight into parent awareness of Primary Ethics at P&C meetings, community groups, cultural groups, parents of Saturday language school students, etc.

The ideal candidate will be a community project leader with awareness of Primary Ethics, recognised experience in a range of cultural and community activities in the region, and broad experience in delivering agreed project outcomes to deadline.

Hours, location, travel: The role is part-time (4 days per week). The Primary Ethics office is based in Potts Point, close to Kings Cross station. While a presence in our office is essential, the role will require frequent external meetings with stakeholders and community members. The ability to work some hours from home may be negotiated. We encourage applicants currently living in south-west Sydney to apply for the role.

Essential experience

You will be able to demonstrate:

  • A minimum of five years experience managing community-based programs.
  • Deep experience working in or with non-profit organisations at a grassroots level, ideally in a capacity building or community engagement role.
  • A track record in developing collaborative relationships with community leaders, schools and organisations.

Skills & attributes

  • A proactive approach to effective reporting against project outcomes.
  • Self-motivated with a high level of efficiency, accuracy and attention to detail, prioritising work and multi-tasking, as well as sound time-management.
  • The ability to work both collaboratively and independently whilst remaining flexible.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and both comfortable and competent in public speaking, and an ability to adapt to varying audiences.
  • Computer literacy in relevant areas (such as MS Office or equivalent).
  • Excellent research and data mining skills.
  • An ethical approach to work and a clear understanding of issues related to privacy and confidentiality.
  • Competence using of MS Office (or its equivalents), use of email and databases.
  • Excellent time and project management skills.
  • Capacity to articulate and embody the mission and goals of the organisation.
  • Demonstrated stakeholder management capabilities.


Contracted remuneration will be based on experience (in the range of $85,000 – $90,000 pro rata, fully inclusive of all benefits and superannuation).

How to apply

Please send your CV and covering letter – addressing experience and attributes – to Evan Hannah, CEO of Primary Ethics (

Applications close at 5:00pm on Friday, August 31, 2018.