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The Centre

Nestled away in beautiful far north Queensland in the very remote disadvantaged Indigenous community of Lockhart River, the Kuunchi Kakana (families together) Centre is a community-based centre managed by the Puuya Foundation.


The Puuya Foundation was established in 2008. We are a not-for-profit whose purpose is to develop everyday leaders to empower local communities.  The Puuya Foundation is embedded in the community working side by side with community members to develop skills, knowledge, competence and confidence in order to advance the community’s future.


The vision for the Kuunchi Kakana Centre is to maximise life chances for children in their early years, strengthen families and build everyday leaders in Lockhart River Aboriginal community.  The aim is for children to get the best start to life to enable them to reach their full potential and that families are supported to achieve this.  Our vision is for integrated early years services.


The Role

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and working closely with children, families and staff, the key objective of the role is to lead and manage the Kuunchi Kakana (families together) Centre, and its programs in Lockhart River, to facilitate and guide staff, and work collaboratively with parents/carers, and families and the community, contributing to long term community capacity building.


The successful candidate will possess an enthusiastic leadership style and skills and be passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of the children and families of Lockhart River.  You will be required to lead and work as part of a team to deliver high quality programs that cater for the individual needs of children (0 to 4.5 years – Montessori Program) and their parents / carers.  You will bring your experience to develop a culture of being trustworthy, reliable, inclusive and respectful and mentor and coach the team in their daily practices and promote positive relationships with the children, families, staff and the community.  Parents / carers must attend our programs with their children.  This is a rare opportunity for professional growth within a supportive organisation in a challenging environment.


You will be responsible for:


Day to day management of staff and services




Engagement of community and partners.


The successful applicant will:


Hold tertiary qualifications in the fields of Early Childhood Development, or Education, or Social Sciences or Community Development;


Have sound knowledge of the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standards;


Have experience in a similar position with management experience (minimum 1 year), particularly in working with a community-based organisation;


Recognise and appreciate the impact of intergenerational trauma on individual and community functioning;


Engage with clients and understand the issues which impact socially and economically vulnerable, communities; and


Current driver’s licence, Working with Children Check and First Aid qualification.


This is a fixed-term contract.  Wages are aligned with the award, however may be negotiated if an applicant can demonstrate exceptional skills and experience relevant to the role.  Vacancy closes 19 July 2019.


For more information please contact the EO Pat Thorpe on 0412 396 500.

5 July 2019