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Project Officer – Capacity Building Project

Position description

Level: SCHC and DSS Award Level 5 (currently $38.70 to $40.45 per hour depending on experience)
Term: until 30 June 2020 or 12 months after the project begins.
Hours: 25 to 38 hours per week - negotiable

The Project Officer will be accountable to the Canberra Blind Society Board through the President.

The Canberra Blind Society (CBS) is a not for profit organisation incorporated in the ACT. It is a Disability Persons Organisation (DPO), providing information and referrals, publication of a monthly newsletter to 200 subscribers, peer support and advocacy, daily living programs and social, sporting and recreational activities.

Our Mission Statement is to maximise the personal resources and abilities of people who are blind or have low vision by responding to their needs, through the provision of care, communication and support.

We acknowledge the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and support the ACT Human Rights Act. Staff and volunteers are expected to understand these instruments and work to support them.

We believe that with the right training and support, people who lose their vision can maintain their independence and make a valuable contribution to the community. Blindness or vision loss can be managed provided necessary support is provided in an appropriate time frame.

CBS has received funding from The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) 2018/19 Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) funding round to employ a Project Manager for 12 months to increase our organisation's structural capacity and to identify gaps in services not covered by the NDIS. The position represents a unique opportunity to be part of a small organisation in the process of repositioning itself in the NDIS era.

Summary of responsibilities

As Project Manager, you will be responsible for developing and assisting with the delivery of training programs for vision impaired volunteers wishing to be involved in the running of CBS, including administration, policy and program development and management roles, including membership of the CBS Board. You will also be required to run focus groups and liaise with stakeholders to identify gaps in services needed but not covered by the NDIS or provided by other agencies. While this position has a primary focus on training you may be required to assist with the facilitation of new programs emerging from the consultation process.

You will also be required to contribute to a well-managed organisation through team participation, maintaining up to date records, and providing reports as necessary.

Key outcomes:

  • Blind or vision impaired volunteers can run the organisation on a sustainable basis on into the future
  • A set of training documents for volunteers are produced.
  • The organisation has a better understanding of the needs of the community and can respond to their needs
  • Blind and vision impaired people achieve greater equality in justice processes
  • Blind and vision impaired people exercise greater decision making and choice about processes they are involved.
  • Contribute to organisational development as part of the team

Essential selection criteria:

  • Experience in developing and delivering training programs.
  • Understanding of self-advocacy for people with disabilities.
  • Familiarity in working with people with disabilities, particularly people who are blind or have low vision and who may also suffer from poor mobility or isolation.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong understanding of the human rights of people with disabilities and an understanding of both social and medical models of disability.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.


  • Experience working in the disability sector.

This position requires a Working with Vulnerable People registration.

The Canberra Blind Society is a registered charity and has generous salary packaging provisions available for the term of the project. We are a family friendly workplace and support our staff to have lives outside the workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to apply, particularly people with disabilities.

Please send your application addressing the selection criteria by COB Friday 26 July 2019 to

Only applications which address the selection criteria will be considered. Please contact Peter Granleese on 02 6277 4580 or email us with any questions you may have.