Careers

The Shepherd Centre was awarded the Employer of Choice Award at the 2015 NSW Chamber Business Awards. We pride ourselves on our commitment to excellence and effectiveness, qualities that we believe come from a healthy work/life balance.

Our flexible working arrangements and family-friendly culture enables our expert staff to perform at their best. We have approximately 50 staff based at our five centres in Newtown, Macquarie, Liverpool, Wollongong and Canberra.

The range of skills and breadth of experience among our staff – encompassing Clinical, Communications and Fundraising and Support – enables The Shepherd Centre to provide world-class programs to children and families, raise strong support and awareness, and continue to deliver outstanding services.

Clinical program staff are at the front line of our work. Our clinicians are highly experienced and are among the best in the world. Our multidisciplinary clinical team consists of: Listening & Spoken Language Specialists; Audiologists; Child & Family Counsellors; Speech Pathologists; Teachers of the Deaf; Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists (ENTs); Research Assistants; and Pre-School Directors and Assistants.

Communications and Fundraising staff help to create further awareness of The Shepherd Centre. Our team works with a variety of supporters and donors, from individuals and large organisations to trusts and  foundations. As The Shepherd Centre must fund the majority of its programs and services through fundraising, these roles are vital for the organisation to continue its work.

Support roles ensure The Shepherd Centre is able to continue to deliver its world class services to children and families. These roles encompass a range of skills including IT, Administration, Finance and Human Resources.

Current vacancies

Positions vacant at The Shepherd Centre will be listed below.  When available, please click on a link to download a PDF position information document.

Principal Manager Listening and Spoken Language

The Shepherd Centre is a not-for-profit early intervention provider that runs specialised paediatric programs for children with hearing loss and their families across NSW, ACT and Tasmania. Children achieve outstanding outcomes at The Shepherd Centre through a focus on Listening & Spoken Language and the First Sounds Implant program, run in association with Sydney Children’s Hospital. We work with rural and remote families through our teleintervention and outreach program, and are committed to our vision that every child with hearing loss achieves their full potential in the world through their listening, spoken language and social skills. The Shepherd Centre is part of the First Voice Alliance across Australia & NZ and is a research partner of the Hearing CRC and Macquarie University. We have a strong emphasis on translational research and use this to drive evidence-based innovations to improve and enhance outcomes and clinical practice for children with hearing loss.

Listening and Spoken Language therapists at The Shepherd Centre are an integral part of the interdisciplinary team that work with families to assist them in achieving their vision for their child, through Auditory-Verbal Therapy, alongside paediatric audiologists and specialist child and family counsellors.

A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen to join our expanding team. We are seeking a Principal Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Manager, who will be directly responsible for leading the Listening and Spoken Language services across our 5 centres (Sydney, Macquarie, Liverpool, Wollongong and Canberra) and our teleintervention and outreach programs, through our early intervention and school age services to over 300 families. The team of over 20 include a LSL management team of 7 direct reports, including the assessments and internal training/mentoring programs. The role incorporates responsibility both for the direct service delivery of these programs, and the development and implementation of new and customised evidence based services for families and children through our in person and eLearning platforms.

 

To thrive in the role you need to demonstrate:

  • Demonstrated Clinical Management, staffing and resourcing abilities
  • Proven project development, implementation and management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to lead as part of an interdisciplinary team with a strong level of initiative and independence
  • Outcomes focus and established success in achieving organisational Key Success Measures
  • Strong experience in clinical training, change and performance management
  • Excellent interpersonal and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and troubleshoot critical issues
  • Outstanding communication skills with both internal and external stakeholders
    Understanding and commitment to Family Centred Practice
  • Demonstrated excellence in clinical skills
  • Personal qualities of resilience, organisation, flexibility and innovative thinking
  • A demonstrated commitment to early intervention and the principles of Auditory-Verbal Therapy
  • Relevant Tertiary Education Degree

 

Desirable

  • Experience in working with a caseload of children with hearing loss and their families
  • Experience in working in an early intervention service and with NDIS processes
  • Listening and Spoken Language Certification
  • Database management skills

 

The Shepherd Centre is committed to their team and staff, and as such was named the 2015 NSW Business Chamber Employer of Choice. Staff rewards include flexible working options, bonus opportunities, salary packaging options as available to professionals working in the not-for-profit sector, 6 weeks annual leave (pro-rated) and regular learning and professional development opportunities.

Please submit a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and your current resume to Luisa.Hallam@shepherdcentre.org.au.

To discuss the position further please contact Luisa on 02 9370 4400 or on the above email address.

Paediatric Audiologist

Part time, Canberra, 12 month contract

The Shepherd Centre (TSC) is a not-for-profit early intervention provider that runs specialized paediatric programs for children with hearing impairment and their families across NSW and ACT. Children achieve excellent listening and spoken-language outcomes at TSC through a focus on Listening & Spoken Language and the First Sounds Implant program, run in association with Sydney Children’s Hospital. TSC has worked with over 2000 families in the past 40 years, and currently operates 5 centres as well as working with remote and international families. TSC is the 2015 Employer of Choice winner in the NSW business awards and the 2015 Excellence in business and Regional Business of the Year winner and as finalists in the 2017 Sydney City NSW Business Chamber Awards for Excellence in Social Enterprise and a 2017 finalist in the charity category of the NSW Telstra Business Awards of the Year.
TSC is closely involved in research as part of The First Voice Alliance and is a research partner of the Hearing CRC. We have a strong emphasis on internal research and use this to drive evidence-based enhancements to early intervention practice both nationally and internationally.

A comprehensive range of audiology services are available at each of the Shepherd Centre sites. Audiologists at TSC are an integral part of the transdisciplinary team that provides diagnostic hearing assessment, Listening & Spoken Language Therapy, guidance and counselling to families. We work with children with a wide range of hearing losses and hearing devices, as well as looking after all aspects of pre- and post-operative management of children and adolescents with cochlear implants and Baha®. We also work closely with other agencies in the hearing and educational fields to ensure that each child receives coordinated service at their local centre.

Given the significant growth of the early intervention and cochlear implant programs, The Shepherd Centre is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced paediatric audiologist to provide services at our Canberra centre. Given current growth in the service this position may be increased over time. Audiological responsibilities will include all aspects of paediatric hearing assessment, discussing results with families including electrophysiological tests, providing guidance to parents and professionals about maximising a child’s access to sound, and all aspects of cochlear implant and Baha management from pre-operative evaluation to ongoing post-operative management. Some travel between centres may be required, and extensive training will be provided to the successful applicant.

To thrive in the role you need to demonstrate:

  • A proven ability to work in a high performing multi-disciplinary team
  • A commitment to family centred practice ideally with experience working with children
  • A high standard of effective written and oral communication
  • A solid understanding of paediatric audiology and early intervention services in NSW and ACT
  • Knowledge of current paediatric hearing devices, including hearing aids, CI and Baha®
  • Strong levels of flexibility, initiative and adaptability in working towards outcomes for each child and family
  • All applicants must be, or eligible to be, a Full member of Audiology Australia Ltd

For the right candidate we would consider regular working arrangements between 15 and 30 hours per week which could be worked between 3 to 5 days. In addition, TSC offers flexible working conditions, salary packaging options (available to professionals working in the not-for-profit sector) and 6 weeks annual leave pro rata.

Enquiries:
Karen Bate, Principal Manager, Audiology at Ph: (02) 9370 4435 or email: karen.bate@shepherdcentre.org.au
Email applications including CV and cover letter to cpa@shepherdcentre.org.au
Or mail to: Karen Bate
PO Box 871 Strawberry Hills NSW 2012

Applications must be received by 28th July 2017