Practice Development Manager (Youth and Community Development)
Save the Children International (Save the Children)
Location: Australia
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Join a national not-for-profit organisation and global movement dedicated to improving the lives of children, families and communities. Channelling your technical expertise in youth and community development, you’ll ensure Save the Children Australia’s programs are high quality and delivered with strong, evidence-informed underpinnings. Your knowledge and experience will contribute to fit-for-purpose service design that position Save the Children as leading experts in the sector to deliver real and measurable outcomes for young people and communities.

Save the Children is no ordinary not-for-profit.

We’re ambitious, creative and outspoken. We stand up for children’s rights. We want all children to be educated, healthy and live a life free from abuse and neglect. We deliver services in every state and territory in Australia and, if there’s a disaster – like an earthquake, bushfire or drought – we are there on the ground.

Where you come in:

In this newly created, full time permanent role, you’ll develop and embed Save the Children Australia’s approach to service delivery to ensure that we provide high quality, contemporary and inspiring service and practice models that meet, and then exceed, client needs. Specifically, the role will focus on youth participation in society and within Save the Children. Based in any capital city of your choice, you’ll be part of our newly formed Practice Team and report to the Head of Practice.

You will make an impact by:

  • Providing technical advice, coaching, and capacity building across the youth and community development portfolio
  • Implementing frameworks and methodologies to be used across Australian Services
  • Developing Communities of Practice to ensure effective knowledge sharing across the portfolio
  • Undertaking targeted quality checks of services, analysing data where necessary and driving any required improvements
  • Ensuring that services are child-centred in their design, and that services are co-designed with children where possible
  • Supporting the design and practice elements of funding proposals

Does this sound like you?

You’re an authoritative leader on evidence-based practice in youth and community development. Empathy and highly developed interpersonal skills give you a flair for engaging with differing stakeholders across diverse backgrounds and experiences. An ability to inform, influence and negotiate helps you to form productive and lasting relationships that cement your passion for the sector and drive your ambition to facilitate change.

This role requires:

  • Demonstrated experience working in the children and families sector
  • Strong understanding of offending behaviour among young people and the social determinants which influence this
  • Demonstrated experience in building technical capability in practitioners
  • Demonstrated success in implementing practice frameworks and service models
  • Experience using evaluation data and analysis to improve service delivery outcomes
  • Highly developed skills for a variety of visual, written and verbal communications
  • Ability to synthesise large amounts of detail into concise messages and outputs for a wide variety of stakeholders

Working at Save the Children is more than just a job.

It’s the feeling of knowing that your work is contributing to making the world a better place for children and working with others who feel the same. In addition to a connection to social causes, you will have access to:

  • Flexible working arrangements and working from home options
  • Access to full salary packaging benefits
  • Internal deployment and development opportunities
  • Additional annual leave options

Sound interesting?

We’d love to hear from you. Submit your cover letter (no more than 2 pages in length) and resume by clicking on one of the buttons in the ‘Apply’ section.

Applications close Monday 6th July 2020.

Position Description – Practice Development Manager

At Save the Children, we seek a workforce that is as diverse as our society – in race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexuality, cultures and beliefs – and reflects the communities we work in. We believe diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our culture and core values and we demonstrate this commitment through all our employment practices. Our inclusive workplace culture contributes to making Save the Children a great place to work.

Save the Children Australia is a child-safe organisation. All employees are required to undergo a National Police Check, a Working with Children Check where necessary, and sign our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

Save the Children Australia supports the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. If you are successful in your application, we will request consent to access HR held information pertaining to your last 5 years of employment. You can read about the Scheme and our commitment to Safeguarding here.

Job Location
Any capital city, Australia

About Save the Children


Around the world, too many children start life at a disadvantage simply because of who they are and where they come from.

Millions of children are dying from preventable causes, face poverty, violence, disease and hunger. They are caught up in war zones and disasters they did nothing to create. And they are denied an education and other basic rights owed to them.

All children deserve better.

We champion the rights and interests of children worldwide, putting the most vulnerable children first.

With 25,000 dedicated staff across 120 countries, we respond to major emergencies, deliver innovative development programmes, and ensure children's voices are heard through our campaigning to build a better future for and with children.


Our ambition for 2030 is to create a world in which all children:

  • Survive: No child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday
  • Learn: All children learn from a quality basic education
  • Are Protected: Violence against children is no longer tolerated.

Our bold ambition builds on 100 years' experience of bringing communities, civil society, governments, businesses and donors together to achieve lasting change for children.

We believe this is the only way that we can inspire real progress and breakthroughs in the way the world treats children.


We are a global membership organisation, made up of Save the Children International and 29 national members.

We share one name, one strategy and one ambition for all children to survive, learn and be protected.