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Community Development Officer

  • Opportunity to foster capacity and community building for co-operative housing
  • Energetic team environment
  • Competitive salary and excellent benefits, including flexi-time

About the role:

The Community Development Officer contributes to the development of strategic initiatives to foster sustainable and vibrant tenant-managed housing co-operatives. The Community Development Officer is also responsible for facilitating the ongoing development of co-operatives within the CENSW program through the provision of advice, guidance and training to ensure their long term success, sustainability and compliance with legal and program requirements.

This role will foster a positive working relationships between CENSW and co-operatives. This includes providing information, resources and guidance to co-operatives regarding tenancy management, group functioning, conflict and problem resolution, legal matters , planning and financial Management to name a few.

The role reports to the Community Development Manager and works closely with the Property management team, along with the Operations Manager and CEO.

To be successful in this role you will need to be able:

  • To consult, liaise and build effective relationships with a diverse range of individuals and groups
  • To demonstrate a resourceful, resilient and solution focused approach
  • To facilitate communication processes in small groups
  • To initiate and follow through on projects.

About the company:

CENSW is a not for profit tier 2 community housing provider established in 2009 and is unique in the marketplace as the peak body for co-operative housing in the State. They offer a very different business model that has a competitive advantage over other housing providers. They seek to assist low-income families and individuals to live better and obtain a brighter, secure future through access to housing they can afford.


  • Relevant degree and experience in relevant role OR lesser qualification with substantial relevant experience


  • Demonstrated competency in community focused service delivery.
  • Applying legislation
  • Experience developing and delivering training and / or group facilitation
  • Co-ordination of complex projects
  • Experience working in partnership with a range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Presenting information verbally and visually to diverse stakeholders
  • Working independently with minimal direct supervision
  • A commitment to social justice.


  • Ability to interpret and apply legislation and regulatory frameworks
  • Objective analysis and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly written skills (presenting complex information coherently and succinctly).
  • Presentation, training and group facilitation skills
  • Ability to co-ordinate complex projects, including ability to assess priorities and manage competing deadlines.
  • Ability to consult, liaise and build effective relationships with a diverse range of individuals and groups.
  • Able to demonstrate a resourceful, resilient and solution focused approach in challenging environments.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • IT knowledge, proficiency in Word/Excel, working with Tenancy and compliance data

Benefits and culture

Housing affordability is a hot topic in society today and the community housing sector in NSW is entering an exciting new phase of change and opportunity, so this is a fantastic time to join the team.

The Community Development Officer role is very diverse, so not one day is the same. The role is very rewarding as you are working daily with the Property Management team who manage approx. 500 properties.

CENSW offers great benefits including salary sacrifice and flexi-time. They promote work life balance and promote training and development opportunities.

How to apply:

To apply, please email

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