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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.


Current positions available

People & Capability Program Coordinator


About the role

To meet the needs of our growing and changing organisation, our team is growing. We need to build on programs we already have, develop some new ones and of course, bring them all to life! And we need an amazing HR Coordinator to help us do it!

You will be a key member of the People & Capability Team that has the privilege of supporting our people to deliver on our vital work. You will assist with the coordination, support and administration of all Summer Foundation People and Capability programs to ensure that high quality, accessible programs and services are not only provided, but continuously improved.

You will be the “go to” person for many things. Your days will be busy and filled with plenty of variety!

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About you

To succeed in this permanent full time role, you will bring strong generalist HR coordination experience and ideally, experience in a commercial recruitment environment, together with a Diploma-level qualification in HR.

You have exceptional attention to detail, strong communication and people skills and the ability to juggle many priorities and tasks. Plus of course, outstanding customer service skills. You also bring experience and expertise in working with a range of HR systems and processes. You are adaptable to changing circumstances and are calm under pressure.

And last but by no means least, you love working in HR and want to bring your strong experience to an inclusive and collaborative team that will welcome your ideas to help build the best possible programs and services.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you!

What we offer

  • The opportunity to contribute to making a difference and work collaboratively with committed and passionate people.
  • Salary Packaging, above Award salary, a positive and supportive team environment and the opportunity to feel good about what you achieve at the end of the day.

Other relevant information

  • Permanent full time role based in Box Hill, Melbourne, Victoria, with flexibility to work from home as agreed.
  • Employment is subject to National Police History Check.

How to apply

  • Please click ‘Apply Now’ to be redirected to our recruitment system where you will be asked to respond to some key questions and upload a cover letter and resume. There will be several stages to the recruitment process.
  • To view the full Position Description click here
  • We are looking to fill this role as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

The Summer Foundation has flexible and supportive work practices. We encourage and welcome people with lived experience of disability to apply.

Social Enterprise Lead


About the role

Reporting to the General Manager – Social Enterprise, the Social Enterprise Lead (SEL) will form a key member of the Summer Foundation’s leadership team and will bring to fruition the vision for this new enterprise. Critical to your success will be your ability to develop and implement a visionary two year strategic business plan focussed on developing a social enterprise that brings together two products into one business model. In conjunction, you will develop plans for revenue generation and growth; forge mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholder groups and secure new business partnerships. You will work with your team to build a culture of trust and professionalism and together you will lead the transition of a number of the Summer Foundation’s pilot programs into self-sustaining national services and deliver these products to market.

Housing Brokerage Service Coordinator


About the role

We are looking for a highly skilled, energetic, passionate professional to join a growing team at an exciting time, with the potential for its work to become a major social enterprise.

This is a fantastic opportunity to share your NDIS knowledge, provide mentoring, and use your creative problem-solving skills to support and build the capacity of key professionals who work alongside people with disabilities who are stuck in hospital and require suitable interim and/or long-term housing.

Working with hospital professionals and support coordinators to articulate a person’s housing needs and preferences, you will demonstrate how to carry out an innovative and rigorous housing search to enable people with disability who are stuck in hospital to discharge to a suitable home.

You will present suitable housing options back to the professionals so that the person with a disability with their close others and/or guardian can choose which housing option best aligns with their needs and preferences. 

Your work will also contribute to the development of a national repository of resources for supporting people with disabilities and complex needs.

In return you will receive ongoing support and mentoring from a passionate and experienced team with expertise in NDIS, housing and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) – and the incredible rewards that come from the knowledge that your work is truly making a difference to people’s lives.

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About you

You have solid, well-rounded experience working with people with disability and complex needs, particularly people in hospital, disability housing, residential aged care, or at risk of being forced to live inappropriately in aged care. You have a working knowledge of NDIS, its framework, structure, and practice.

You are committed to providing services that honour people with disability rights, choice, control, and inclusion, particularly any experience related to housing and support. Your strong multiple stakeholder management, mentoring and presentation skills will ensure your success in facilitating complex discussions to reach an outcome.

You have an undergraduate allied health degree or extensive relevant experience working in disability, health, housing or social services sector, together with evidence of eligibility for relevant professional membership.

What we offer

  • The Summer Foundation has flexible and supportive work practices. We encourage and welcome people with lived experience of disability to apply.
  • The Summer Foundation also offers Salary Packaging, a supportive and collaborative team environment and the opportunity to feel good about what you achieve at the end of the day.

Employment basis

  • Fixed term full time contract to 31 December 2021 (1.00 FTE, 37.5 hours per week), with potential for extension
  • Flexible location (Head Office in Box Hill, Victoria)

How to apply

  • Please click ‘Apply Now’ to be redirected to our recruitment system where you will be asked to upload a cover letter and resume and respond to the above questions against the Key Selection Criteria. There will be several stages to the recruitment process.
  • To view the full Position Description click here
  • Closing date for applications: Sunday 8 August 2021 – Applications will be considered as they are received
  • Applicants are required to have Australian Work Rights

Initial questions you will be asked to respond to as part of your application:

  • Describe a situation where you have used a mentoring approach to teach a new concept or skill.
  • Describe a time where you have used innovation to solve a problem.
  • Our work promotes participant choice and control, and a rights-based approach to housing. Please explain your understanding of this.

Housing Hub Operations Lead


About the role

The Summer Foundation’s aim is to resolve the issue of younger people living in Nursing Homes. Our Mission is to create, lead and demonstrate long-term sustainable change that stops young people from being forced to live in nursing homes because there is nowhere else for them.

The Housing Hub Team – a group of dynamic, passionate and like minded people – was created to assist people with disability to see the possibilities for a home for themself, have options to choose from and find the home that is right for them. Three years down the track we have supported so many people living with disability to exercise their choice and control and our team is continuously changing and improving to keep up with the ever changing needs!

Due to ongoing organisational structure iterations, we are now searching for an Operations Guru who can utilise their experience and skills to help drive the Operations Team of the Housing Hub to provide excellent and timely service to the whole team.

Reporting to the Business Manager, this will be an extremely busy 3 days a week role (Wed, Thurs, Frid).  We are a 50 strong team, who work quickly and efficiently and we are always looking for business improvement.

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About you

As an integral part of the Housing Hub Operations team, you will  have oversight of some projects, attend various (not too many) meetings with other business units and be able to make considered but quick decisions regularly.

This is a “get stuff done” role – hands on operational and is an incredibly exciting opportunity for the right candidate who can bring their organisational excellence to our team.  The ability to be organised, manage multiple stakeholders and communications at once and work at a high energy level is important. If you want to work in the disability sector but at a commercial sector pace – and get the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of many people with disability – then this is the place for you. This is challenging and highly rewarding, knowing that you are making a difference ensures job satisfaction.

What we offer

We offer salary packaging, above award wages and great flexibility. This is a part time three days a week (Wed, Thurs, Frid) role. We encourage the best of the best to apply to join this team and make a difference.

What you must have in your CV:

  • Leadership of an Operations Team
  • Drafting reports for executive teams and Boards
  • Project Management of initiatives, improvements, one off events
  • Collaboration across Teams
  • Attending Meetings with other Leaders
  • Taking Notes/Minutes – acting on minutes
  • Business/Commerce Degree or similar experience
  • Experience in implementing, monitoring and adjusting a risk framework
  • Hands on experience in multiple databases and be considered an SME
  • Knowledge of data analysis
  • At least five years in Operational, Inward Facing roles with experience mentoring and developing teams with a focus on coaching and developing
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills

How to apply

  • Please click ‘Apply Now’ to be re-directed to our recruitment system where you will be asked to respond to the Key Selection Criteria and upload a cover letter and resume. There will be a number of stages to the recruitment process. Stay tuned for your notifications by email and SMS.
  • To view the full Position Description click here
  • Closing date for applications: 22 July 2021 – Applications will be considered as they are received
  • Applicants are required to have Australian Work Rights

About the Housing Hub

The Housing Hub is a way for people with disability to find suitable housing. Advertising properties from a range of housing providers, the Housing Hub also hosts helpful information and resources about accessible housing options.’ Click here to find out more.

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