Centre Director – Richmond, VA

Centre Director


Richmond, VA


Centre Director



Closing date07.04.2023

Primary roleChild Care – Director (Co-ordinator)

Position typeFull-time




  • Research Project Intensive Early Childhood Education and Care Program
  • Unique opportunity supporting children living with significant adversity

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITYUniting, in partnership with Victorian Department of Education and Parkville Institute have collaborated to open a research centre providing an intensive early childhood education and care program. This Richmond based service will seek to determine whether children, recruited with the same eligibility criteria as those in previous trials, can achieve the same remarkable learning and development outcomes. This will be one of four research sites established in Australia.
The service will operate with lower child to staff ratios, with a maximum of 42 children attending 5 hours per day Monday to Friday, 50 weeks of the year and with most educators and teachers employed full-time.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute significantly to research that could shape the future of the early childhood sector in Australia.
“Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in an early childhood education centre where the ratios were better, the group sizes small, you had two hours every day out of the room for planning, mentorship and coaching and where you could make a significant difference in the lives of children and families? The Cooke Court Uniting SEED program will have those conditions and more. I’m looking forward to working with you!”– Dr Anne Kennedy
View the full position description here.ABOUT THE CENTREWe are located in a central part of Richmond, close to public transport and have been a part of the local community educating and caring for children for over 100 years. We have large natural outdoor play spaces for children to access from all classrooms to support children to play, explore and engage with the natural environment.
We have a strong emphasis of building staff leadership and knowledge-based capacity with regular high quality professional development and ongoing mentor partnerships with leading experts in pedagogy, family support and infant/children’s mental health and wellbeing. Additionally, we have access to an onsite experienced Pedagogical Leader, Infant Mental Health Consultant and Family Support Practitioner
We have embedded staff wellbeing practices with regular reflective supervision, a close social team, access to a well-resourced Employee Wellbeing Program (EAP) and ongoing support from a diverse multi-disciplinary leadership team.

  • Negotiable above award rate remuneration based on experience and qualifications
  • Salary packaging available
  • Leading teaching teams with Low Educator to Child Ratios (1:3 & 1:5)
  • All staff 15 hours non-contact time each week
  • Set Shift (8:30am – 4:30pm)
  • Closed for two weeks over the Christmas/ New Year Period
  • 60% discount on CCS Gap Fees for children enrolled in other Uniting Early Learning Service that receive Childcare Subsidy
  • Be a part of a multidisciplinary leadership team alongside the Pedagogical Leader, Family Support Practitioner and Infant Mental Health Consultant
  • Contribute to research and practice that will change the life trajectories of children and families experiencing significant adversity

ABOUT YOUThe Centre Director of this research site will have significant experience (minimum of 5 years) in early childhood service management and be a proven leader of services that provide the highest quality programs to children and their families.
Holding a Bachelor in Early Childhood (or a Diploma with significant experience), you will be experienced working with families and children living with severe adversity and demonstrate strong interpersonal skills when engaging with stakeholders.
A clear interest and / or experience in research and working with multidisciplinary teams is a must for this role.
HOW TO APPLYIf this sounds like you, apply today by submitting:

  • Cover letter (1 page outlining your suitability according to the position description)
  • Current resume (no more than 3 pages).

GET IN TOUCHFor more information regarding this position, please contact Liza Farquhar on 0466 934 212 during business hours or via [email protected] using the subject line: Early Childhood Teachers – Safe Haven Initiative enquiry via EthicalJobs.
ABOUT UNITINGAt Uniting we are passionate about working together to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice.
Visit us: www.vt.uniting.orgUniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, employment with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and relevant Working with Children Check in your State prior to commencement of any paid or unpaid work and/or participation in any service or undertaking. It is a condition of employment that all eligible workforce in Victoria receive the COVID-19 vaccination and supporting evidence may be requested in order to perform duties at any of Uniting’s workplaces.Uniting is also committed to equal opportunity and ensuring the workplace is reflective of the community. We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability.

RequirementsVIT Registration

Industrial Agreement/AwardVictorian Early Childhood Teachers and Educators Agreement 2020 (VECTEA)


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