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.

Volunteer’s 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. 


Key Relationships Officer (Grants)

We are seeking a highly motivated Key Relationships Officer to work as a part of our friendly and supportive Fundraising and Marketing team. This is a full-time permanent role based at our Newtown centre (head office), with flexible working including option for a  fortnightly Rostered Day Off. The role reports to Key Relationships Manager and is primarily responsible for seeking opportunities and developing grant proposals and will persuasively communicate The Shepherd Centre’s mission and programs to potential funders.

Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Researching available grants
  • Assembling and submitting grant applications and other forms of funding requests
  • Working closely with all facets of the organisations to make a strong case for support  
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with Trusts and Foundations, grant giving bodies and other funding bodies
  • Provide support in grant reporting and submission of high value applications

About you:

  • Excellent written, spoken, analytical and organisational skills are essential
  • Strong time-management skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to successfully work on multiple simultaneous projects
  • Experience using online databases and other online sources to locate data and information
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to seek and synthesize information and communicate in a compelling and succinct form
  • A sound understanding of budgets as they relate to proposals and grants
  • Working With Children Check (NSW) or willingness to obtain one
  • Full working rights in Australia

Previous experience in grants writing will be an advantage. Applicants that can demonstrate the skills and attributes required and listed above will also be considered and are encouraged to apply.

If you meet the above selection criteria, please apply by submitting your resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Accounts Officer

We are seeking an Accounts Officer to work as a part of our friendly and supportive Finance team. This is permanent part-time role working 15 hours per week across 3 days and is based at our Newtown centre (head office). This is a newly created role reporting to the Financial Controller and is focused on assisting the Finance Team in ensuring that day to day accounting activities operate smoothly.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Creditors Invoice Processing
  • Processing claims for Medicare income and monthly NDIS fees
  • Assist with reconciling to the General Ledger (AP, AR, bank reconciliations, credit card & petty cash reconciliations)
  • Maintaining accurate record keeping in spreadsheets and databases, including data entry
  • Electronic Document Management including scanning and filing

About you


  • This is an entry level data entry/processing position so an accounting qualification is not necessary
  • Attention to detail and ability to undertake duties with a high level of accuracy
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Microsoft Excel skills
  • Working With Children Check (NSW) or willingness to obtain one
  • Full working rights in Australia


  • MYOB AccountRight Experience
  • Office Administration Experience

Please submit a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and your current resume to [email protected]

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Child and Family Counsellor

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 fixed term contract for 12 months, working 2 days per week.

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

  1. 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
  2. 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


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


If you meet the above selection criteria, please apply by submitting your resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.