Job opportunities

If you are looking for a career where you can make a difference, work collaboratively with committed and passionate people and have real opportunities for professional development, then we encourage you to join our team.


Positions available:


Lived Experience Facilitator (Casual) 

About the roles:

We are looking for 3-5 new team members in all States and Territories across Australia to join our Lived Experience Facilitator crew.

As the Lived Experience Facilitator, you will be responsible for co-facilitating and bringing your lived experience as a person with disability, who has been on or is on a housing journey, to the Summer Foundation’s Housing Hub workshops and projects. 

Perhaps you have experience finding or are in the process of moving into your own place such as in a Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), or you may have experience sharing your home with friends or housemates and they might provide you with support. You may live with another person, couple or family in their home, or you’re building your own accessible property. 

Whatever the journey, your lived experience in finding (or in the process of finding) a home that fits your needs and preferences plays a vital role in the delivery of our workshops. 

The role will work with people with disability and their families, providing online educational and interactive workshops regarding a range of housing options that are available for people who are Participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (the NDIS). The Lived Experience Facilitator will also have the opportunity to work on other projects across the organisation.

*Workshops will be held Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm (5 hours per workshop) 

Skills & experience:

  • Lived experience of disability and the experience of negotiating housing as a person with disability
  • Some knowledge of the NDIS and disability housing options and issues
  • Some experience of and confidence with public speaking
  • Communication skills in the method that works for you (verbal or non-verbal methods, using a speech-generating communication device or support person)
  • Strong commitment and knowledge of the rights of people with disability

Key responsibilities:

Facilitation:

  • Facilitate and co-facilitate workshops and webinars with Housing Hub facilitator/s both in person and online
  • Input into the design and delivery of workshops and webinars
  • Use your lived experiences to enrich the workshops and webinars as appropriate

Event Admin:

  • Ensure in workshop and webinar surveys (via Zoom and in person) are distributed and collected to ensure continual improvements

Project Work:

  • Use your lived experience to design and deliver projects across Summer Foundation and Housing Hub projects such as video content, co-design sessions, feedback on content, development of web-resources etc.

How to apply:

  • Please click ‘Apply Now’ to be re-directed to our recruitment system where you will be asked to upload your application to the key selection criteria questions. Stay tuned for your notifications by email and SMS
  • To view the full Position Description click here
  • The closing date is 13 December 2020 at 11.59pm (AEDT)
  • Applicants are required to have Australian Work Rights
  • To learn more about Housing Hub, click here

If you require any further information or assistance applying for the role please reach out to Wishna Gunaratnam on 0437 474 150 (call or text) or email wishna.gunaratnam@summerfoundation.org.au

Please note, applications can be submitted online, over the phone, video call or any other method that suits you. 

Summer Foundation and The Housing Hub are an equal opportunity employer, we know that strength comes with diversity and encourage applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We don’t discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.




Lived Experience Partner (Casual)

About the role:

The Lived Experience Partner is part of the co-design process to develop capacity building tools that  will see people with disability take steps toward moving out of nursing homes and group homes into  housing that meets their needs and preferences. This role will be fully supported by the team at all  stages of the project including mentoring. The role reports to the Program Manager and sits within  the Lived Experience team.  

Skills & Experience:

  • Have experience of living in a nursing home or group home (Essential)
  • Have experience of moving into more independent housing (Essential)
  • Use your creativity to developing tools and share your own ideas
  • Communication skills in the method that works for you (verbal or non-verbal methods, using a speech-generating communication device or support person)

Project Work: 

There are 8 key activities, or steps, outlined in the co-design process. Each activity involves spending some time reading, thinking about, discussing and forming ideas about the tools. We understand everyone will have different needs and experience when it comes to completing this work, so different formats (e.g. audio, written, video) will be provided and accepted. There will also be ongoing support from facilitators throughout the project.

Each activity will include:

  • Reading through material and brief in preparation for workshop (about 1.5 hours)
  • Participating in scheduled online workshop/discussion (about 2 hours)
  • Reading through material and giving additional feedback on info from workshop (about 1 hour)
  • Participating in an informal conversation post-workshop with facilitator to reflect on learnings (about 1 hour)

Please note you must have a device to participate in online activities, e.g. computer, laptop, ipad

You will be able to share your own ideas during co-design workshops by communicating through the method that works best for you (verbal or non-verbal methods, using a speech-generating communication device or support person).

How to apply:

  • Please click ‘Apply Now’ to be re-directed to our recruitment system where you will be asked to upload your application to the key selection criteria questions. Stay tuned for your notifications by email and SMS
  • To view the full Position Description click here.
  • The closing date is Sunday 29 November 2020 at 11.59pm (AEDT)
  • Applicants are required to have Australian Work Rights

If you require any further information or assistance applying for the role please reach out to Brigid O’Flaherty on 0428 962 916 or email peersupport@summerfoundation.org.au.

People with disability are encouraged to apply. Lived experience is valued by the organisation and looked upon favourably.

Summer Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, we know that strength comes with diversity and encourages applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We don’t discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.