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Job summary: 

The Doxa Cadetship Program was established in 1992 to offer disadvantaged youth the opportunity to enter tertiary education by providing financial support, guidance and practical work experience. It is a three to five year program, dependent on degree length, and one of the most intensive support programs available to disadvantaged undergraduates within the sector. Our corporate partners support the program by providing a  flexible work placement. Staff from sponsor companies participate as mentors supporting and guiding their cadets to navigate the world of work.

The Cadet Program Relationship Coordinator position is new and will play a key role in the team. The role’s prime purpose is to support cadets from initial interview through to graduation, coordinating regular meet ups and working with the team to provide insight into growing needs amongst the group. In addition, the role will work with senior management to create and deliver a community awareness program.

About Doxa Youth Foundation (Doxa)

The Doxa journey began in 1972, when Joe Giacobbe, a young priest at the time, realised that many young people he worked with may never have the opportunity to have a holiday or even visit the countryside. He decided to establish a camp in the picturesque area of Malmsbury to give these children the chance to experience a different world. Since it’s humble beginnings, Doxa has grown substantially. In recent times the foundation decided to refocus its efforts on the core offerings; camps and the cadetship program. Doxa recently underwent a restructure and is now in the rebuilding phase and looking to bring together a dynamic, creative and fun team to lead us it into the future.

Doxa aims to be an employer of choice in the not-for-profit sector, which attracts compassionate, driven, capable, visionary and passionate people with a high level of integrity, committed to working with disadvantaged young people in the not-for profit sector. 

Role purpose

The Cadet Program Relationship Coordinator has three key objectives:

  1. Support cadets from initial selection right to transitioning to Alumni.
  2. Identify areas of personal development required amongst the cohorts and work with the team to address areas via programming.
  3. Create and implement an awareness program with the assistance of senior management.

The cadetship program currently has around 60 cadets and we are looking to growing that number in future.  We anticipate this role will be busy given the personal contact involved, but we are all about building relationships so investing time in our cadets is key. The successful candidate will be the face of the Doxa team amongst the cadets.

Key responsibilities and duties:

  • Interviewing and assisting with onboarding new cadets
  • Management of cadet catch up meetings
  • Monitoring of cadet work placements
  • Monitoring, support and evaluation of high school presentations by cadets.
  • Maintenance of cadet records in Salesforce.
  • Informing the cadetship team on personal development requirements or requests and assisting with programming selection
  • Attendance at after hour networking functions and camps
  • Providing update reports to senior management and the team on a regular basis
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of a community awareness campaign throughout Victoria
  • Contributing to the strategic direction, planning and evaluation of the cadetship program

To succeed in this role, you will possess:

  • Coaching, counselling, careers guidance background is essential.
  • Experience working with disadvantaged families and/or those with diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in building and maintaining strong relationships with cadets but also a broad range of stakeholders. 
  • Experience working with Salesforce is highly desirable.
  • Self-motivation, with the ability to work independently and contribute effectively within a team environment 
  • Strong organisational, administration and planning skills, including the ability to manage time effectively, set priorities, provide accurate information and adapt to changing situations.
  •  Ability to prioritise and manage multiple tasks to achieve deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfortable with public speaking and/or training facilitation
  • Understanding of some of the barriers facing young people in Australia.
  • A sense of humour and passionate about making a difference!

This is a part-time (0.6 FT) permanent role with a 6-month probationary period. Days and hours will be negotiated with the successful candidate. Salary packaging is available to all Doxa staff members to increase take home pay.

The successful applicant will require a current Working with Children Check and undertake a national/international police history check. Doxa is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Candidates applying will need to meet all compliance requirements. Doxa is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background or people with a disability to apply.

How to apply for this job

Please forward all applications (including a cover letter) via email to by 5pm Tuesday 15th October. Initial enquiries and requests for further information may be directed in confidence to Theresa Mangion, Consultant – Cadetship Program 0413 652 969.

October 06, 2019 7:48