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Trust and Foundations Lead
  • Be a part of a high performing Fundraising team
  • Flexible work culture
  • Own the overall responsibility for the strategic direction and growth of the trusts and foundations program

Very Special Kids provides holistic care for Victorian families facing the potential death of a child with a life-limiting condition.  We provide; counselling and emotional support for the whole family, medically supported respite care and end of life care and long-term bereavement support.   Our free-of-charge services help more than 850 families across Victoria, with ongoing support, from the child’s diagnosis all the way through to bereavement or the child joining adult services.

We currently have a rewarding opportunity in our dynamic fundraising team.  Reporting into the General Manager Fundraising and Marketing, the role has overall responsibility for the strategic direction and growth of the trusts and foundations program at Very Special Kids, including funding from Philanthropic and Corporate foundations.   Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing and delivering a strategic Trusts and Foundations program to achieve revenue targets
  • Manage and deliver strong relationships with existing Trusts / Foundations and PAFs
  • Actively seek out and build relationships with new philanthropic Trusts / Foundations, PAFs and wealth management advisors
  • Identify opportunities to secure multi-year strategic partnerships
  • Developing sophisticated funding applications, with supporting documentation and preparing budgets for each submission/program
  • Managing the successful delivery of partnership commitments within the agreed timeframes
  • Documenting Program Logic Models and Evaluation plans for existing and new programs to strengthen funding applications

You will have demonstrated success in building and maintaining income generating relationships in the not for profit sector coupled with depth of experience in developing effective proposals and grant submissions.  Your networking and negotiation skills have helped you achieve strong financial results coupled with your authentic presentation and public speaking skills.

Very Special Kids offers its employees a supportive and rewarding environment including a supportive team, flexible working culture, unique beautiful setting conveniently located to shops, parking and transport in Malvern, salary packaging, health & wellbeing initiatives and targeted individual development plans.

At Very Special Kids, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, Aboriginal Australians and varied cultural backgrounds.  If this sounds like you, please take a look at the position description here.

Please apply by Friday 9 July  with a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria and a copy of your resume to Katrina Hall, Human Resources Manager, Very Special Kids, via jobs@vsk.org.au .

Very Special Kids is committed to providing a child-safe environment and requires all staff to have Working with Children and Police Record Checks.

Salesforce Business Analyst
  • Update, improve and provide governance regarding long-term system maintenance
  • 3 to 6 month full-time fixed term contract starting asap

Very Special Kids provides holistic care for Victorian families facing the potential death of a child with a life-limiting condition.  We provide; counselling and emotional support for the whole family, medically supported respite care and end of life care and long-term bereavement support.   Our free-of-charge services help more than 850 families across Victoria, with ongoing support, from the child’s diagnosis all the way through to bereavement or the child joining adult services.

We are 18 months into our implementation journey with Salesforce for managing key contacts, financial supporters and volunteers.  To fully realise the benefits of Salesforce and ensure our governance structure is set up to support the long-term business outcomes, we’re currently seeking an experienced Salesforce Business Analyst to join our team.

Reporting into the GM Business & Finance, you will use your strengths in analysis to work with the Fundraising & Marketing team.  Your remit will include:

  • Evaluate, create or adapt data collection and system requirements to support and enhance service delivery
  • Maintain and develop documentation of business processes and protocols to support fundraising programs and Salesforce users
  • Lead Salesforce initiatives and solutions that enhance fundraising performance and increase efficiencies
  • Improve and document existing processes
  • Produce functional, technical, and system design documentation
  • Work with Systems Administrator to conduct a data audit to uncover data integrity issues and/or opportunities for process and reporting improvements
  • Develop complex reports and dashboards to support the delivery of business key metrics
  • Develop and deliver effective training modules and user guides.

To be a success you will have:

  • Demonstrated experience as a BA with Salesforce Implementation projects
  • Prior experience implementing Salesforce solutions within the non-profit sector to support and enhance fundraising programs
  • Superior ability to analyse data and compile and present information, reports and correspondence.
  • Run workshops and training sessions with end users
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, and a proven track record in engaging with a range of stakeholders.

Very Special Kids offers its employees a supportive and rewarding environment including a highly engaged team, unique beautiful setting conveniently located to shops, parking and transport in Malvern, salary packaging, and flexible working.

At Very Special Kids, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, Aboriginal Australians and varied cultural backgrounds.  If this sounds like you, please take a look at the position description here.

Please apply in writing by Monday 19 July, addressing the key selection criteria in the position description to Katrina Hall, Human Resources Manager, via jobs@vsk.org.au.

Cover letters are required to progress to interview and state when you are available to commence.  Please note, early applications are encouraged as interviews will commence immediately rather than waiting until the closing date.

Very Special Kids is committed to providing a child-safe environment and requires all staff to have Working with Children and Police Record Checks.

Hospice Manager
  • Key leadership role in a brand new world class paediatric palliative care hospice
  • Victoria’s only children’s hospice

Very Special Kids provides holistic care for Victorian families facing the potential death of a child with a life-limiting condition.  We provide; counselling and emotional support for the whole family, medically-supported respite care and end of life care and long-term bereavement support.   Our free-of-charge services help more than 850 families across Victoria, with ongoing support, from the child’s diagnosis all the way through to  bereavement or the child joining adult services.

Our eight bed children’s hospice offers planned respite and emergency respite as well as end-of-life care for children with life-threatening conditions. Most children who come to stay have complex medical and care needs.

In 2021 we are embarking on our single biggest service improvement project; a hospice rebuild to deliver a new world class centre and ensure the highest level of internationally led best practice care can be delivered.

We are seeking a dynamic, innovative, change leader to join our management team as the Hospice Manager as we embark on this exciting chapter in Very Special Kids journey.

You will be a proven highly visible leader, capable of engaging and leading a team successfully through change.  Quality and family centred care will be central to your focus; coupled with highly effective stakeholder relationship skills and communication skills.  Working with a dedicated, caring and skilled team; the role is challenging but rewarding and represents a fantastic opportunity for the right person.

Very Special Kids offers its employees a supportive and rewarding environment including a supportive team, unique beautiful setting conveniently located to shops, parking and transport in Malvern, salary packaging, health & wellbeing initiatives and targeted individual development plans. Note, the role will be based at Monash Children’s Hospital during the rebuild of the Hospice due to commence in August 2021 for the period of the rebuild project.

At Very Special Kids, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, Aboriginal Australians and varied cultural backgrounds.  If this sounds like you, please take a look at the position description here.

Please apply by Friday 30 July with a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria and a copy of your resume to Katrina Hall, Human Resources Manager, Very Special Kids, via jobs@vsk.org.au.

Very Special Kids is committed to providing a child-safe environment and requires all staff to have Working with Children and Police Record Checks.

Supporter Care and Administration Officer
  • Beautiful Malvern location close to all amenities
  • Varied, rewarding role for a true “people person”
  • Supportive and inclusive team

Very Special Kids provides holistic care for Victorian families facing the potential death of a child with a life-limiting condition.  We provide; counselling and emotional support for the whole family, medically supported respite care and end of life care and long-term bereavement support.   Our free-of-charge services help more than 850 families across Victoria, with ongoing support, from the child’s diagnosis all the way through to bereavement or the child joining adult services.

The Supporter Care & Administration Officer is Very Special Kids primary and front facing contact for current and future supporters, and stakeholders; driving best-in-class customer service.   This includes engaging, nurturing and retaining our valuable supporter base; handling supporter queries or requests, handling complaints as well as providing administrative support to the Family Support Team and administrative functions of the Malvern office. You will ensure excellent client service standards are met at all times in person and across telephone, email, mail and online.

In this role, your typical day will include:

  • Providing an outstanding supporter care experience for Very Special Kids supporters according to service standards and through various communication channels.
  • Maintaining a suite of responses to common supporter queries, ensuring accuracy, relevance, and alignment with approved messaging.
  • Consulting with and informing relevant stakeholders, responding to supporter contacts in a timely manner, including investigating & resolving complaints, questions and enquiries.
  • Responsibility as the first point of contact in the Malvern administration building, you will supervise and delegate work for reception volunteers and oversee reception outside of volunteer contact hours
  • Accept, thank and process in person and phone donations with grace and accuracy
  • Managing supporter and family data with confidentiality and accuracy, including data entry, updating and case management in the relevant databases.
  • Social Media engagement; respond to enquiries, comments, and messages on the Very Special Kids platforms.
  • Managing the holiday booking systems and family liaisons for the Very Special Kids accommodation
  • Meeting support; preparing agendas, papers, catering, taking and distributing minutes
  • Oversee various office and facilities management processes and systems.

You will thrive as the Supporter Care & Administration Officer if you have:

  • Proven Office/Facilities Management experience in a SME
  • Superior customer service engagement experience including resolving queries, meeting KPIs and handling complaints.
  • Warm and engaging phone manner with experience in a call centre, front desk reception or phone-based customer service role.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Keen eye for detail and accuracy, coupled with strong administrative and procedural skills.
  • Demonstrated high computer literacy, including Microsoft Office 365; specifically Excel, Outlook and Word.
  • Accurate and efficient data entry skills, with experience in CRM/databases (preferably Salesforce).
  • Proven time management skills, able to juggle multiple tasks at once, and manage competing deadlines without compromising quality.
  • Ability to work well within a team and build collaborative working relationships, but equally able to use own initiative and work independently.
  • A genuine interest in process improvement with the desire and ability to look for opportunities to improve operations.

Very Special Kids offers its employees a supportive and rewarding environment including a highly engaged team, unique beautiful setting conveniently located to shops, parking and transport in Malvern, salary packaging, and flexible working.

At Very Special Kids, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, Aboriginal Australians and varied cultural backgrounds.  If this sounds like you, please take a look at the position description here.

Please apply in writing by Monday 19 July, with your cover letter addressing the key selection criteria in the position description and resume addressed to Jane Baker, People Operations & Office Manager, via jobs@vsk.org.au  .  Please note, cover letters are required to progress to interview. 

Very Special Kids is committed to providing a child-safe environment and requires all staff to have Working with Children and Police Record Checks.

Executive Assistant to CEO
  • 5 hours a week spread over either five or four days
  • Values driven NFP based in Malvern
  • Utilise your EA experience at a C-suite level

Very Special Kids provides holistic care for Victorian families facing the potential death of a child with a life-limiting condition.  We provide; counselling and emotional support for the whole family, medically supported respite care and end of life care and long-term bereavement support.   Our free-of-charge services help more than 850 families across Victoria, with ongoing support, from the child’s diagnosis all the way through to bereavement or the child joining adult services.

We are currently seeking a positive, proactive Executive Assistant to join our team, to support and work alongside our busy CEO and other Executive Managers as required.

In this role, your typical day will include:

  • Managing the CEO’s diary including evaluating and prioritising meeting requests, scheduling all meetings, stakeholder liaisons, logistical arrangements and meeting papers prepared
  • Prioritising the CEO email inbox and documents for review, handle correspondence and respond to various enquiries on behalf of the CEO
  • Preparation and collation of a broad range of documents, presentations and reports
  • Committee Meeting support; preparing agendas, papers, taking and distributing minutes
  • Provide general administration and ad hoc project support to the Executive Managers
  • Coordinating and organising events such as the Annual General Meeting, staff awards and end of year celebrations
  • Strategic partners relationship management

About you:

  • You will have 5 or more years’ experience in supporting CEOs, Boards and/or C-Suite executives
  • You know what it takes to support a CEO and have a proactive approach in how you can add value and ensure best practice diary management and stakeholder support
  • You are proficient in Microsoft Office 365 applications, specifically Outlook, Word and Excel, MS Teams, Zoom and troubleshooting AV and presentation equipment
  • You pride yourself on your concise and accurate minute taking skills
  • You are experienced at maintaining confidentiality and demonstrate a high level of professionalism
  • You pride yourself on excellent organisational and time management skills
  • You build a rapport with stakeholders of all levels easily and are a self-starter who can work autonomously and juggle changing priorities.

Very Special Kids offers its employees a supportive and rewarding environment including a highly engaged team, unique beautiful setting conveniently located to shops, parking and transport in Malvern, salary packaging, and flexible working.

At Very Special Kids, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, Aboriginal Australians and varied cultural backgrounds.  If this sounds like you, please take a look at the position description here.

Please apply in writing by Monday 19 July, with your cover letter addressing the key selection criteria in the position description and resume addressed to Katrina Hall, Human Resources Manager, via jobs@vsk.org.auPlease note, cover letters are required to progress to interview. 

Very Special Kids is committed to providing a child-safe environment and requires all staff to have Working with Children and Police Record Checks.

Registered Nurse
  • Part Time Position – 4 shifts per week
  • Rewarding paediatric nursing role in Victoria’s only children’s hospice

Very Special Kids provides holistic care for Victorian families facing the potential death of a child with a life-limiting condition.  We provide; counselling and emotional support for the whole family, medically-supported respite care and end of life care and long-term bereavement support.   Our free-of-charge services help more than 850 families across Victoria, with ongoing support, from the child’s diagnosis all the way through to  bereavement or the child joining adult services.

Our eight bed children’s hospice offers planned respite and emergency respite as well as end-of-life care for children with life-threatening conditions. Most children who come to stay have complex medical and care needs. Our staff/patient ratio of 1:2, allows the unique opportunity for high quality care and a rewarding experience.

In 2021 we are embarking on our single biggest service improvement project; a hospice rebuild to deliver a new world class centre and ensure the highest level of internationally led best practice care can be delivered.   During the time of the build we will be temporarily based in Monash Children’s Hospital.

The Registered Nurse is responsible for:

  • Ensuring all clinical nursing practice and delivery of care of the shift is consistent with VSK and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Standards, NSQHS Standards and accepts responsibility for professional activities that support service delivery and the professional development of self and others.
  • Providing comprehensive, safe, evidence-based practice to facilitate optimal care; performing self-assessment of scope of practice and competence related to assigned responsibilities.
  • Provision of high quality care to the children and families accessing Very Special Kids Hospice is demonstrated.
  • Works effectively as a hands on part of a skilled, creative, professional and compassionate team.

To be part of our team, you will be a Registered Nurse with at least 2 + years post graduation Registered Nursing experience.   You will have a passion for providing holistic, family centred care and experience working with children, families and volunteers within a health setting is desirable.

Very Special Kids offers its employees a supportive and rewarding environment including a supportive team, unique beautiful setting conveniently located to shops, parking and transport in Malvern, salary packaging, health & wellbeing initiatives and targeted individual development plans.  Note, the role will be based at Monash Children’s Hospital during the rebuild of the Hospice due to commence in August 2021 for the period of the rebuild project.

At Very Special Kids, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, Aboriginal Australians and varied cultural backgrounds.  If this sounds like you, please take a look at the position description here.

Please apply by Wednesday 4 August with a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria and a copy of your resume to Katrina Hall, Human Resources Manager, Very Special Kids, via jobs@vsk.org.au .

Very Special Kids is committed to providing a child-safe environment and requires all staff to have Working with Children and Police Record Checks.

Intake and Assessment Coordinator
  • Casual role – Registered Nurse, Grade 4A
  • Monday to Friday Office hours

Very Special Kids provides holistic care for Victorian families facing the potential death of a child with a life-limiting condition.  We provide; counselling and emotional support for the whole family, medically-supported respite care and end of life care and long-term bereavement support.   Our free-of-charge services help more than 850 families across Victoria, with ongoing support, from the child’s diagnosis all the way through to bereavement or the child joining adult services.

Our eight bed children’s hospice offers planned respite and emergency respite as well as end-of-life care for children with life-threatening conditions. Most children who come to stay have complex medical and care needs.

In 2021 we are embarking on our single biggest service improvement project; a hospice rebuild to deliver a new world class centre and ensure the highest level of internationally led best practice care can be delivered.   During the time of the build we will be temporarily based in Monash Children’s Hospital.

To complement our team and support during periods of leave, we have a rewarding casual role in our Hospice Management team.  As the Intake & Assessment Coordinator you will develop strong connections with external referrers and process all external referrals.  In partnership with the Family Support team, you will complete assessments with newly registered families and coordinate the hospice booking system for all families accessing the hospice.

To be successful you will be a Registered Nurse with advanced assessment, intervention and review skills and a commitment to the provision of family centred based care.  Your communication and interpersonal skills will be well honed coupled with advanced computer skills including database management and administration.

Very Special Kids offers its employees a supportive and rewarding environment including a supportive team, unique beautiful setting conveniently located to shops, parking and transport in Malvern, salary packaging, health & wellbeing initiatives and targeted individual development plans.  Note, the role will be based at Monash Children’s Hospital during the rebuild of the hospice due to commence in August 2021 for the period of the rebuild project.

At Very Special Kids, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, Aboriginal Australians and varied cultural backgrounds.  If this sounds like you, please take a look at the position description on our website here.

Please apply in writing by the closing date of Monday 9 August addressing the key selection criteria in the position description in your cover letter and sending with your resume to Katrina Hall, Human Resources Manager, via jobs@vsk.org.au.

Very Special Kids is committed to providing a child-safe environment and requires all staff to have Working with Children and Police Record Checks.