Working for Ardoch

The Ardoch team is committed to improving educational outcomes for children in disadvantaged communities. Our professional team members fill roles across program delivery, volunteer management, fundraising and engagement, finance, administration and operations.

Current position(s):

Program Coordinator, Education Volunteers

Do you love working with volunteers and supporting education? Looking for a full-time role which will have high impact on children in disadvantaged communities? Want to lead an award-winning volunteer program?

We are seeking someone who is a strong program coordinator, is experienced working with volunteers and has excellent communication skills.  Additionally, we are looking for someone who would like to work in a welcoming team environment to help volunteers support children in schools and early years centres in disadvantaged communities.

This role will help us to:

  • Make a difference in the lives of children in disadvantaged communities who often begin school behind developmentally
  • Help us to recruit, train and prepare enthusiastic volunteers, who will support dozens of children with hands-on support and as positive role models
  • Work with a fantastic, supportive team who will cheer you on, celebrate your success and support you all the way
  • Support our wonderful volunteers to bridge the gap for children in schools and early years centres in disadvantaged communities

This role is a fantastic opportunity for someone keen to contribute to making a difference in the lives of children and young people.

We offer a full-time role, with an option for flexibility for a 0.8FTE role, for the right candidate. This is a nationally focused role that will be based in Melbourne, with some working from home.

What are we looking for?

  • Strong program coordination skills, including developing project plans, implementing delivery and monitoring progress
  • A strong understanding of volunteer management and relationship building.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the work of Ardoch and its vision, mission, philosophies, and values.
  • Excellent communication and relationship management skills
  • A process-improvement mindset backed by good project management, time-management, organisational and administrative skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to mentor and support other colleagues 

What will you be doing?

As Program Coordinator, you are responsible for the delivery of the Education Volunteers program, including the recruitment, screening, training, placement and ongoing support of volunteers to work in Ardoch’s school and early years partners.

This will involve coordinating the overall program planning (such as annual program plan, recruitment strategies, training plan), as well as supporting the day-to-day volunteer processing, such as interviewing applicants, completing reference checks, supporting volunteers with training and compliance checks.

Currently, all Education Volunteers are placed in schools and early learning centres in Victoria (Geelong and Greater Melbourne) and New South Wales (Western Sydney), but this is likely to expand in the future.

Will you fit in?

We are a diverse team, who embrace our values and work collaboratively to achieve our goals.

It is important that all our team can relate to our values.

Benefits of working with Ardoch?

  • Working with like-minded colleagues to make a difference in our community to support the learning and wellbeing of children and young people experiencing disadvantage
  • Five days of designated gifted leave over the course of the year, and an additional day off for your birthday
  • Flexible working arrangements policy, with variations subject to agreement by manager and CEO and considered based on operational requirements
  • Salary packaging is available in line with current legislation – Advantage Salary Packaging manages Ardoch employees’ salary packaging
  • Ardoch has a strong commitment to staff learning and development

If you are interested, please apply now as we are processing applications as they are received.

Child Safety Employment Prerequisites

Ardoch is committed to protecting children’s and young people’s right to safety and well-being.  We know children have a right to be kept safe at all times, so we have a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of child abuse.  Everyone who works with or represents Ardoch is responsible for ensuring that children are safe, feel safe, and are involved in decisions that affect their lives.

Ardoch’s child safety prerequisites are fully outlined on the position description and include successful Working with Children Checks in the relevant states and territories in which you will be working and a National Criminal History Check (via Ardoch).

How to Apply

Before applying, please read through the full Position Description for more detailed information on the key selection criteria and requested information.

Access the complete position description here: Program Coordinator Education Volunteers

To apply, please send:

  • A detailed response of no more than two pages, regarding the Key Selection Criteria; and,
  • Your current resume along with three references (references will not be contacted without prior knowledge of applicant)

Email:, using the subject line: Program Coordinator, Education Volunteers by 11.59pm on Sunday 7 August.

For further information, please contact Lachlan Preston (Programs Manager, Volunteer Programs) on 03 9537 2414 or

Ardoch is a Child Safe Organisation and an Equal Opportunity Employer and Indigenous Australians, people with a disability, those who are gender-diverse or from a culturally and linguistically diverse background are encouraged to apply.

Please contact us at or on (03) 9537 2414 if you have any accessibility requirements with which we can assist.

In addition to helping every child realise their potential through full participation in education, there are many benefits to becoming part of the Ardoch Team.

Gifted leave

Ardoch offers generous ‘gifted leave’ provisions for employees each year, designating five days a year adjacent to public holidays as additional leave entitlements. This aims to positively contribute to employee wellbeing by providing extended mini-breaks throughout the year.

Flexible work

Ardoch has a flexible work policy that aims to assist employees to balance and integrate their work responsibilities with other facets of their lives, while ensuring that the organisation as a whole is able to deliver on our strategic priorities and operational requirements. Flexibility options include variations to hours, part-time employment and opportunities to work from home or remotely.

Professional development

Ardoch places significant value on professional development and on-the-job learning and we prioritise these opportunities for our team.  We have developed a Leadership Capability Framework which is focused on growing eight key capabilities through our approach to learning, recruitment, performance management and development. These key capabilities are:

  • Business Acumen
  • Collaboration
  • Curiosity
  • Drive for Results
  • Project Leadership
  • Resilience
  • Stakeholder Centricity
  • Strategic Thinking

Ardoch is an equal opportunity employer and a child safe organisation.