State Manager (QLD)


Brisbane, QLD

Salary & Hours

Hours: Full Time ongoing

Salary: SCHADS Award


Start Date: 01/12/2019

Closing Date: 22/11/2019

Career Description


Little Dreamers is working to improve the quality of life for Young Carers and Special Siblings across the country.

Our vision? To ensure that every single Young Carer around the world is supported by someone or something by 2030.

We are Australia’s leading Young Carer organisation, supporting young people between 4 – 25 years across six support programs. Over the past 10 years, Little Dreamers has become a game changing force in the Young Carer space, developing internationally recognised best practice programs, advocating for legislation change and changing the lives of thousands of Young Carers around Australia.

Whatever the support service, a common thread runs through everything we do – that young people should have access to the childhood that everyone deserves. Every Little Dreamers program works towards supporting Young Carers outside of their caring role, ensuring that these young people, have the same access to opportunities that their non-caring peers have.


With rapid growth, Little Dreamers is looking to expand our Dream Team and for our newest addition we are specifically looking for a State Manager to launch and manage the new Brisbane HQ office.

Managing the Little Dreamers program portfolio and the execution of the Carer Gateway Service Provider requirements, the State Manager (QLD) is responsible for managing the roll out of the organisation to the three Carer Gateway regions in QLD. This role will be working closely with the State Managers across VIC and NSW, along with other members of the head office team including People and Culture, Marketing and Events and National Development Manager.

This role aims to focus on leading the organisation and ensuring quality of service while meeting impact and budget targets. Reporting through to the CEO, this role requires creativity, initiative and an ‘out-of-the-box’ attitude to bring awareness and understanding to complex challenges. You will have autonomy to affect change within the organisation, developing strategies from the ground up. This role is instrumental in setting up and managing a team of Supervisors and Program Coordinators to deliver programs across the three Carer Gateway regions in Queensland. This role will require some travel both within QLD and occasionally interstate.

Key Selection Criteria

The person suited to this role must have:

Skills and abilities:

  • Ability to coordinate administration, logistics and other projects in a time pressured environment
  • Ability to read and understand financial information and work to a budget
  • Demonstrated drive to implement best practice solutions and program development to achieve benchmarks and milestones
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise tasks and manage time efficiently
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Outstanding leadership and relationship-building skills, with the ability to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders and bring others on board with the Little Dreamers vision
  • A high capacity of responding to and resolving complex issues and problems quickly and with limited resources
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team

Ideal experience:

  • Must have experience working with young people and families
  • 2-5 years of experience in a management level and/or supervising staff


  • Must have a detailed understanding of the carer and Young Carer space
  • Understanding of the community sector and the nuances of working in non-profit

Personal attributes:

  • Humble, hungry and kind
  • A strong commitment and enthusiasm towards the purpose and mission of Little Dreamers
  • Energetic, positive and proactive attitude
  • Action-oriented and driven to achieve results
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships of trust with Little Dreamers team, corporate partners and donors
  • Innovative, creative and act with initiative and flair
  • Flexible and highly responsive
  • Dependability and accountability

Education and training:

  • Degree in any of the following: social work, welfare, community development or related field
  • Qualification in business or equivalent business management experience

A national police check and a Working with Children in Queensland: Blue Card is required for this position.


When you join the Little Dreamers Team, you join a community of people committed to making a difference. We come together with shared values, passion and a collaborative culture. We are a rapidly growing organisation with access to lots of development opportunities. We operate within a leadership structure that accepts and embraces everyone’s ideas and hard work to create the world that we want to see for Young Carers.

Application Process

Please email your application to and include the following:

  • CV with cover letter including your responses to the Key Selection Criteria
  • Two referees
  • A short 60 second – 2-minute video sharing with us who you are and what you would bring to this role (filmed on your phone or computer is fine)

If you have any questions about the role please email

Applications will only be considered if they include all required components. Applications close November 22 or if the perfect candidate is found prior. Shortlisted applicants will then be contacted for an interview. Applicants who are not selected for interview will be notified by email.


This is a full-time position classified as a Social and Community Services employee under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 (MA000100). We require a 12-month commitment to the role however as this is an incredible opportunity we hope that you will stay beyond this timeframe and continue to grow with Little Dreamers.

Please note: It is an offence under the Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 2005 for a person convicted of a serious sex offence to apply for this position. Any offer of employment at Little Dreamers is subject to a Working with Children Check and Police Check.

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