Children and Families Program Manager

  • Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC)
  • Yuendumu NT
  • Annual Salary: $113,122 - $117,647 (neg)
  • Annual Leave: 7 weeks plus 17.5% loading
  • Accommodation: Provided at $25 per week rent, includes utilities, phone and internet
  • Vehicle: Provided for work purposes only
  • Additional Leave: 1 additional rostered day off every 2 months
  • Extras: Salary Sacrifice is available up to $15000 per annum. An airfare allowance of $1000 is provided after each 12 months of service.




Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC), formerly known as the Mt Theo Program, was started in 1993 by members of the Yuendumu Community, in response to chronic petrol sniffing that was occurring in Yuendumu at that time. WYDAC achieved unprecedented community success in this struggle and was one of the first central desert communities to eradicate petrol sniffing. Over time, the scope of WYDAC has diversified significantly to include a comprehensive range of youth programs including diversionary activities including sports and recreation, youth development, training and leadership opportunities, and a range of one on one, family and community support services.

WYDAC is governed by a Warlpiri Board of Directors with its head office located in the community of Yuendumu 350kms Northwest of Alice Springs. WYDAC has permanent staffing and operations across four Warlpiri communities including Yuendumu, Willowra, Nyirrpi and Lajamanu, along with an office in Alice Springs and a residential facility at Mt Theo Outstation.


WYDAC is seeking a dynamic and experienced Manager with extensive demonstrated skill in leading the transformation of teams and building a strong workplace culture.

The primary role of the Manager Child and Family Services is to strategically lead and oversee all aspects of WYDAC’s Children and Family Intensive Support Service, in line with its funding agreements, including the delivery of programs and activities, staff supervision and line management, data collection, monitoring, evaluation, training, reporting and logistics.

The Manager will lead the development of concept notes, grant applications, budgets and reports, working with the CEO and finance team to ensure contract deliverables are being met. Representing WYDAC at community, stakeholder, or government meetings, the Manager will facilitate collaborative and respectful partnerships with other service providers. The Manager will also supervise a team comprised of the CaFIS Senior Case Manager and the Youth Justice Coordinator.

Essential Criteria

• Bachelor of Social Work or Diploma in Welfare Studies (Other relevant tertiary qualifications at Diploma or above will be considered only if they include units of study in case management/casework practice and supervised practical work placements)
• A minimum 5 years’ experience in the management of large teams with multiple functions, ideally across broad geographical areas
• Demonstrated experience working with vulnerable young people and an understanding of youth-at-risk, Indigenous youth, and remote community issues
• Proven ability to formulate funding applications and complete reports
• Demonstrated experience/understanding of working in a cross-cultural setting, preferably in a remote context.
• Ability to use a strengths-based approach when working with marginalized communities
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Excellent computer skills and experience working with spreadsheets and databases
• Demonstrated ability to both lead and work as part of a team
• Demonstrated capacity for resourcefulness, self-motivation and independent decision making
• Ability to negotiate effectively and maintain strong stakeholder relationships.
• Demonstrated time management skills
• Proven ability to remain calm and flexible when under pressure
• Full driver’s license

Desirable Criteria

• Experience working in remote communities, ideally within the Central Desert region
• 4WD Training
• Experience driving on unsealed roads

Standards Of Practice

• Maintain high professional standards of practice.
• Knowledgeable in stakeholder management and engagement
• Identify and ensure participation in appropriate ongoing training and professional development by all staff members including self.

Additional Factors

• Applicants will be required to obtain a criminal history check and Working with Children clearance (Ochre Card) prior to commencing work

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