The Opportunity

Head of Local Area Coordination

Job Title: Head of Local Area Coordination
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Sydney
Industry: For Purpose
Reference: BH-29574
Job Published 4th May 2022

Head of Local Area Coordination
NDIS Partners in the Community Program

At Uniting, we believe in taking real steps to make the world a better place. We work to disrupt entrenched disadvantage to create a better future for more people, communities and regions in need.  Our focus is always on the people we serve, no matter where they are at in their life. With a revenue of $915m and a staff of 9,000, our services are in the areas of aged care, disability, child and family, community services, and early childhood education and we get involved in social justice and advocacy issues that impact the people we serve. As an organisation we celebrate diversity and welcome all people regardless of disability, lifestyle choices, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The NDIS Partners in the Community Program for Local Area Coordination (LAC) Services works in partnership with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to assist people with disability, their families and carers to achieve tangible outcomes, exercise choice and control and engage with the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  The Uniting LAC team has a budget of $63m and a team of 450 staff based across NSW and ACT.  We are now seeking an outstanding leader to build on these solid foundations and take the portfolio on its next stage of evolution.

As the Head of LAC, you will facilitate the successful delivery of LAC Services and contribute to the development of the strategy of the directorate. You will lead the LAC Leadership Team to implement the strategic priorities for the program and manage the resources, budget and completion of activities to achieve these.  You will be responsible for ensuring the LAC program meets the requirements contained in the NDIA Contractual Agreement, along with Uniting Strategic and Operational Plans. By promoting a culture of creative collaboration, you will empower your teams to deliver quality outcomes consistently across the program that will achieve the objectives of NDIA Outcomes Assurance Framework (OAF) and the Grant Agreement. You will build strong, collegial relationships at the executive level and across the broader business, sharing best practice and contributing to the broader organisational goals.

To succeed in this role, you’ll be an inspirational and empathetic leader with a track record of success gained ideally from the broad disability sector, from a strategic, operational or service delivery perspective.  Experience of LAC, whilst valuable, is certainly not essential.  Rather, we are seeking a leader who has a solid understanding of the disability sector and a knowledge and application of human rights-based approaches in the sector. Experience of government funding channels, policy reform and advocacy is desirable as is strong financial acumen. Outstanding communication and stakeholder skills are essential.  Key to your success will be your ability to lead a large portfolio in a highly sensitive and evolving sector, ensuring the highest levels of client service are provided within a demanding financial, regulatory and commercial landscape.

This represents a wonderful opportunity for a commercially astute leader to join Uniting at an exciting time in the organisation’s evolution.

To download a copy of the Candidate Information Pack which includes details about the organisation, the role, and how to apply, please CLICK HERE. To discuss further, please contact Rob Macmillan, Partner at Derwent Search or Shannon Bird at  or 02 9091 3266.