Manager Early Education and Care Centre

  • South Canberra
  • Full-Time

Are you a service Leader, driven to Inspire, Motivate, and Strengthen Practices and Pedagogy.

If these words make you ambitious, then we have a fantastic opportunity for you.

About the Role

Communities at Work is Canberra's largest Early Education and Care provider, operating numerous Child Care and Education Centres across Canberra, providing long day care services. Our childcare and education centres are dedicated to providing a safe, family-friendly environment that fosters children's wellbeing and inspires a love of learning.

We currently have an opportunity for a Centre Manager at Greenway Child Care & Education Centre.  

As a manager you will be guided and supported by the Director and Senior Manager of Children's Services to maintain a high standard of quality service delivery that is responsive to the needs of children and families, as well as embrace the Purpose, Mission, and Values of Communities at Work.


You will also work alongside the team of educators to support, inspire, motivate, encourage, and strengthen practices and pedagogy.  The position requires a proven understanding of the National Quality Frameworks, as well as National Law and Regulation.


Additionally, the Manager will have a strong understanding of the organisation's policies and processes, with the ability to apply this to the role every day. You will lead in all aspects of quality education and care and work with the Leadership Team to drive continuous quality improvement and best practice approaches.


Selection Criteria


  • Minimum of Diploma of Children's Services and/or Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.
  • Demonstrated leadership and business management experience.
  • Experience in the delivery of high-quality Children Services.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, representational and communication skills, including demonstrated ability to build constructive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated time management skills, flexibility, and resilience to respond promptly to changing priorities.
  • Commitment to continuous improvement and keeping updated with the National Quality Frameworks, National Laws, and Regulations.
  • Aligns with the Purpose, Mission, and Values of Communities at Work.
  • Maintain current Working with Vulnerable People registration, First Aid certification and Mandatory Reporting requirements.


  • Formal qualification in business management and/or leadership.
  • Experience in Community Services sector.
  • Current Driver's Licence.

What's in it for you:

  • An above Award wage as per Communities at Work Enterprise Agreement.
  • Salary packaging options that can increase your take home pay.
  • Join an inclusive and friendly workplace, where people are at the heart of everything.
  • At the commencement of service access discounted childcare fees for your child(ren) including early education and care, out of school hours care, and school holiday programs.
  • Grow your career with professional development, training and mentoring with the 4-time winner of Large Employer of the Year award at the ACT Training Awards.
  • Enjoy options for study leave, leave concessions, paid parental leave, and more.
  • Enjoy healthy living with our active lifestyle & healthy activity programs and reimbursements (including remedial massages, annual flu vaccination and more).
  • Receive guidance and support for mental health through our Employee Assistance Program.
  • Make a difference and change lives in the Canberra community as part of Canberra's largest community organisation.

About Communities at Work

Communities at Work is Canberra's largest not-for-profit community organisation and the largest provider of early education and care services in the region. Our surplus-for-purpose philosophy enables us to invest every dollar we earn right back into the local community. Our focus is on enriching lives today and shaping better futures tomorrow.

We are the four-time winner of the "Large Employer of the Year" award at the ACT Training Awards (2019 to 2022) which demonstrates our commitment to excellence in training, professional development, and career progression of our people.

With over 40 years of experience in the ACT and Capital Region, our people help us deliver a wide range of high-quality education and community services that support positive educational outcomes, assist in alleviating hardship, enhance the quality of life and lead to positive social change in the Canberra community.

How to Apply

Click APPLY, be sure to include a cover letter, or contact the People, Culture and Wellness team on 02 6293 6545 for a confidential discussion. 

Communities at Work encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people, mature-aged workers, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles.



Closing date for applications: 08/08/2023

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