Thursday, 24 January 2019

Director, National Safe Church Unit

The Uniting Church in Australia is the third largest Christian denomination in Australia. The Assembly is the national council of the Uniting Church with responsibility for matters of doctrine, worship, government, discipline, policy and promoting the Church's mission in the world.

The Uniting Church’s theology and its values commitment, made in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, establishes a clear mandate to provide a safe place for all people in the church. The Uniting Church is committed to learning from its past and working collaboratively to create the safest possible organisational context to serve the Australian community. 

The Assembly is seeking a suitably qualified individual for the newly established role of Director, National Safe Church Unit. The National Safe Church Unit will work across the whole of the Uniting Church in Australia, tasked to provide and resource the change required to deliver the above commitment. The role will report to Assembly Standing Committee through the General Secretary of the Assembly.  Base location is negotiable however some interstate travel will be required.

The primary purpose of this role is to provide strategic direction, leadership and operational planning of the National Safe Church Unit, with responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of nationally consistent policies and procedures to ensure the Church and its agencies are safe for all, particularly the most vulnerable, as well as providing education and compliance services nationwide.

The key responsibilities of the role include the:

  • Establishment of the National Safe Church Unit, and promotion of the scope and purpose of the unit to key stakeholders nationally
  • Development and maintenance of relationships with key stakeholders in the Assembly and Synods
  • Development and implementation of strategic directions and policies approved by the Assembly Standing Committee
  • Oversight and leadership of professional staff in the four key functional areas of the unit, ensuring targets are met around Policy, Audit and Compliance, Professional Standards and Education and Training
  • Management of budgets and regular reporting on the progress of the unit.
  • Development of strategies to provide internal and external client-focused customer service, including identifying improvements to policy, process and the work environment.

The successful applicant will be able to model the values of the Uniting Church in all they do, including in their interactions with managers, lay staff, ministry agents, clients and stakeholders. The key requirements of the role are as follows:

  • Post Graduate qualifications and experience relevant to the development and management of community / social services in a dynamic and complex environment
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Uniting Church in Australia, and a Commitment to working within its purpose and values whilst adhering to the policies, organisational requirements and processes
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, lead and manage a team of professionals to achieve positive operational outcomes
  • Ability to build consensus, leading to the acceptance or agreement on ideas and approaches.
  • Demonstrated skills in financial, physical and human resource management
  • Experience working with boards or committees, providing professional, accurate and strategic advice

We envisage the role to be full time for a period of three years. The successful applicant must be eligible to work in Australia, hold a current ‘Working with Children Check’ from the relevant jurisdiction, as well as a current Drivers Licence. 

Applications addressing the above requirements should be emailed to Ms Colleen Geyer, General Secretary, National Assembly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and must be received by 5pm Thursday 28 February 2019.


Please note that the Uniting Church in Australia, National Assembly is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application to assist you throughout the recruitment process.