Interested in a career at The Shepherd Centre?

In 2018 The Shepherd Centre was awarded Excellence in Business and their CEO Dr Jim Hungerford was recognised as an Outstanding Business Leader at NSW Business Chamber Awards for the City of Sydney region. Dr Hungerford and our General Manager of Clinical Programs, Aleisha Davis were nominated for the 2019 Impact 25 Awards for their work in the social sector. 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 80 staff based at our six centres in Newtown, Macquarie, Liverpool, Wollongong, Canberra and Campbelltown.

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.

Volunteers across all areas of the organisation are welcome, to express your interest in becoming a volunteer and to see any specific volunteering opportunities currently available, opportunities can be found here.

Current vacancies

Positions vacant at The Shepherd Centre will be listed below.

To apply, please send your completed application, consisting of your resume and cover letter (addressing the position criteria) to [email protected].

We encourage you to submit an application as soon as possible as we are actively shortlisting applications as they are received. We will only contact shortlisted candidates.

Speech Pathologist/Teacher of the Deaf

About the role

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic professional for a permanent Speech Pathology position in either full-time or part-time capacity. The role is based at our Canberra centre.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Guide and coach parents/care-giver to become the primary facilitator of their child’s listening and spoken language development in their everyday environments through individual, group and consultative sessions.
  • Work with other team members such as audiologists and child and family counsellors to provide and integrated approach to family goals around listening and spoken language.
  • Develop, facilitate, implement, monitor and evaluate annual Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) with the team.
  • Carry out NDIS activities including drafting Service Recommendations and Service Agreements.
  • Monitor and evaluate the child’s progress via formal and informal diagnostic assessment.


Why join The Shepherd Centre

At The Shepherd Centre, we are passionate about improving outcomes for the children accessing our programs. We support work-life balance and offer benefits including;

  • Generous salary packaging option (available in the not for profit sector)
  • Six weeks annual leave
  • Flexible work hours including nine day fortnight
  • Great internal professional development mentoring program
  • Training for international certification in Listening and Spoken Language
  • Finalist of NSW Business 2019 Employer of Choice award


About you

  • Tertiary qualification in relevant professional area and eligibility for registration with associated professional organisation
  • Ability to work in a dynamic interdisciplinary team environment
  • Passion for working with children and supporting their families
  • Ability to work flexibly and resourcefully in a dynamic environment
  • Working With Vulnerable People Registration or willingness to obtain one
  • Full working rights in Australia
  • Desirable: experience of working with school age children
  • Desirable: driver’s license and access to a car


Vacancy posted on: 01/2020


Child and Family Counsellor

About the role

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Child and Family Counsellor (CFC) to work with the friendly and dynamic team at our Liverpool and Macarthur centres. This is a part time permanent position working 16 hours per week.


All Child & Family Counselling activities are focused around two core understandings. The team addresses these two areas with either direct clinical service to families, or by providing consultation to other disciplines within the interdisciplinary team:

  • The value of strengthening TSC  as a ‘Family Centred Service’, to acknowledge parents as the experts on their child, empower and engage them in collaborative ‘partnerships’, leading to better outcomes
  • The need to support the parent/child relationship. This relationship is the vehicle through which the team works with the family to build Listening and Spoken Language skills via our parental coaching model. Successful attachment & relationships are key in achieving optimal outcomes for each child and family. 
  • The Child & Family Counsellor is responsible for promoting and facilitating close interdisciplinary teamwork with other team members including Listening and Spoken Language Therapists, Paediatric Audiologists, Clinical Administration and Research & Assessments Teams. They will develop key relationships with external agencies within the hearing, disability and Early Intervention sectors.

The focus of the Child and Family Counselling Service is to:

  • Support families in the early stages of diagnosis of hearing loss and during their early intervention years
  • Provide support and therapeutic interventions to families in a range of areas, including: individual/family counselling; group work; grief and loss counselling; supporting families in making decisions related to their child’s hearing devices; enhancing family resilience and parent advocacy; preparation for school.


Why join The Shepherd Centre

At The Shepherd Centre, we are passionate about improving  outcomes  for the children accessing our programs.

We support work-life balance for staff and offer an extensive range of employee benefits including:

  • Generous salary packaging option (available for not-for-profits)
  • Six weeks annual leave (pro rata for part time)
  • Flexible work hours
  • Great professional development and training opportunities


About you

  • Tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology or equivalent tertiary qualification
  • Eligibility for registration with Australian Association of Social Workers or the Australian Psychological Society or equivalent professional organisation
  • Minimum of two years’ work experience in providing counselling and casework services to parents, children and families
  • Knowledge of early childhood development, family mental health issues and child protection policy/practice
  • Experience working in an Interdisciplinary team and well developed teamwork skills
  • Demonstrated group work skills & experience in development, implementation and facilitation of groups
  • Working with Children Check (NSW) or willingness to obtain one


Vacancy posted on 31/01/2020

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