We employ over 600 employees in a diverse range of roles across our six program/service areas as well as organisational support, to help us carry out our mission of enriching lives today and shaping better futures tomorrow.
People are at the heart of everything we do. We support them by offering an inclusive and friendly workplace, professional development, training and mentoring, and savings with non-profit tax benefits. Our people enjoy a work-life balance, take time off when they need (leave options) and enjoy healthy living with active lifestyle reimbursements. They receive mental health guidance & support through our Employee Assistance Program, and access discounted childcare & education for their children.
Across our organisation, there are multiple opportunities for people to join us in the social impact we create in the Canberra community. We continually seek to implement new and innovative ways to support our staff and improve the workplace. We offer ongoing professional development, mentoring, support and opportunities for growth. Our inclusive and friendly workplaces enable employees to be at their best. As the three-time winner of the Large Employer of the Year Award at the ACT Training Awards, and as an organisation that has been around for over 43 years, you know you’ll be in good hands!
Benefits of Working With Us
- Make a difference in the Canberra community and change lives
- Join an inclusive and friendly workplace
- Grow your career with professional development, training and mentoring (including formal training with our registered training organisation, individualised professional development plans etc)
- Save with not-for-profit tax benefits including salary packaging, meal & entertainment cards etc.
- Access discounted child care and education services for your child(ren) including early education and care centres, out of school hours care, and school holiday programs
- Take time off when you need it with options for study leave, leave concessions etc
- Enjoy healthy living with our active lifestyle & healthy activity programs and reimbursements (including remedial massages, annual flu vaccination etc)
- Receive guidance and support for mental health through our Employee Assistance Program
Children’s Services Careers: Make a Difference in Little Lives
A Career in Children’s Services is a career that grows. There is long-term job security, great career progression, high job satisfaction, and flexibility. There are also options to work and study at the same time, to obtain the minimum qualification to work with children. We enable our people to be a part of our social impact while making a difference in little lives, enjoying lots of laughs, and experiencing immense professional development and growth, with values-based employment.
As an employee of our children’s services, you could be working in one of our 12 Child Care & Education Centres, 17 Out of School Hours Care Services (Before & After School Care) or School Holiday Programs. You could also be running your own business as a Family Day Care or In-Home Care educator and be supported by Communities at Work’s Coordination Unit.
If you are interested in kickstarting a career in children’s services but don’t know where to begin, we can help. Our industry-leading traineeship, the Ascend Program delivered by our own Registered Training Organisation (RTO 88148 – The Centre of Professional Learning and Education), provides an opportunity to earn while you learn. Selected candidates gain valuable paid work experience in our children’s services while studying the minimum qualification to become an educator.
Approved applicants can also begin their Early Childhood Education career in service, before beginning their qualification journey with Communities at Work’s Registered Training Organisation. Educators are required to be actively engaged in working towards their qualification within three months of beginning work.
Community Services Careers: Make a Difference in Local Community
As the largest local community organisation, we offer roles in our range of community services: helping people experiencing hardship (community pantries, crisis support and other support services), supporting seniors and people living with disabilities (seniors and disability services), fostering the learning and development of at-risk and vulnerable young people (galilee school), or connecting communities (community development). As part of any of these teams in the organisation, you’re not only enjoying the benefits of being a valued member of Communities at Work, but also the rewards of being a valued member of the Canberra community, making a positive difference, especially in the lives of people who are struggling.
Working Behind the Scenes
Our ‘Organisational Support’ teams form the ‘engine room’ of Communities at Work. As a ‘corporate’ employee, you will work behind the scenes, to ensure operations are secure – today and into a sustainable future.
Corporate professionals including Finance, Marketing, HR, and IT come together in our friendly and connected office spaces, with ample opportunities for growth and development. Your experience and knowledge combined will help us make a positive social impact by ensuring our sustainability and helping us flourish, as every dollar we make is invested right back into the Canberra community.
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People. Culture. Wellness.
Communities at Work restructured and relaunched our Human Resources Team, to the People, Culture and Wellness (PCW) Team. This group oversees employee experiences across the organisation’s diverse program areas. Managing recruitment and wellbeing is just the tip of the iceberg. The dynamic team strives to ensure Communities at Work is the fairest, happiest, healthiest and most productive workplace that it can be. Have questions about joining Communities at Work? Don’t be afraid to reach out to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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