Position Title: Pathways Manager

Location: Yalari Head Office, Gold Coast

Employment Type: Permanent Full Time

About Yalari

Yalari’s Mission is to educate and empower Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities to bring about generational change.

Our Vision is to provide trusted, quality educational opportunities for Indigenous children to achieve positive outcomes for themselves and their families and make a valuable contribution as Australians.  It takes a whole community to educate a child and Yalari brings together stakeholders who provide the financial and in-kind support that enable us to create educational opportunities and outcomes for Indigenous children.

Our Core Values are Compassion, Openness, Respect, Resilience, Inclusiveness and Excellence.

As a Not-for-Profit company, Yalari seeks funding from corporate bodies, philanthropic trusts and foundations, private benefactors and government.  Yalari aims to provide programs that will bring about generational change by giving Indigenous children the opportunity for a quality education through full boarding scholarships at some of the highest achieving secondary schools in Australia.  In 2020 we have 211 students enrolled in 23 boarding schools around Australia.

Position Summary

As part of the senior management team, the Pathway Manager has responsibility for further developing and providing a formal structure that supports and guides Yalari students after they finish their secondary school education to assist them in making the transition to higher education, vocational training and employment.

The program provides a structured approach for students, families and schools to facilitate improved understandings of career pathways and the benefits of planning the transition beyond school. The program includes:

  • Career guidance, in conjunction with school staff, in Years 11 and 12
  • Alumni “whole of life” programs
  • Tertiary scholarships and support
  • Work experience, internships and mentoring

Specific outcome targets and performance indicators for the Pathways program have been identified in the Strategic Plan.

This role is based out of the Yalari office (on the Gold Coast) and generally adheres to standard office hours.  Some interstate travel is required.

Reporting Line

The position reports to the Managing Director.

Key internal stakeholders include the Founding Director, Managing Director, Student Support Manager, Business Manager and Fundraising Manager.

There is 2 direct reports to the position.


Key Accountabilities

As the Pathways Manager you will have responsibility for achieving the Strategic Plan Objectives and targets allocated to you.


Detailed Accountabilities

  • Proactive day to day management of the Pathways program and team including management of student case notes, timesheets, expense reimbursement and management reporting.
  • Develop the “whole of life” Alumni program.
  • Be responsible for the development of the budget areas within the Pathways Program and accountable for operating within the approved budget areas.
  • Maintain the current Alumni volunteer and internship program.
  • Facilitate improved understanding of career pathways and options for the students and their families.
  • Develop and foster strong working relationship with Yalari partnership schools careers advisors to assist students with career advice and subject choice in years 10, 11 and 12.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with employment providers, including Yalari partners, to facilitate work experience and/or employment opportunities
  • Develop partnerships and source scholarships with universities, university colleges and other tertiary providers and TAFE throughout the country.
  • Develop options and partnerships for accommodation for tertiary students, trainees, apprentices, interns and school leavers.
  • Provide support and guidance to the Yalari Alumni Association President and Committee.
  • In collaboration with the Student Support Team coordinate the program for the annual camps for the Year 10 and Year 11 students.
  • Coordinate the year 12 Pathways Workshops of personal development training programs

Key Performance Indicators

Success in the role will be measured based on a set of balanced KPI’s reflected in the current strategic plan.

Regular reviews will be conducted throughout the year including providing quarterly reports to the board.


Experience and Competencies

  • Have tertiary qualifications in career counselling, recruitment or education and/or 3-5 years’ experience working in related fields
  • Knowledge of Indigenous units and alternative entry programs at tertiary institutions
  • Demonstrated team management experience
  • Computer literacy – MS Office Suite
  • Database management experience
  • Leadership qualities in building high performing and accountable teams
  • Proven team player – responsive, flexible and approachable
  • Self-motivated with a positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • Ability to meet budget and KPI’s
  • Proven experience in relationship management
  • Sound knowledge and experience of the independent school system
  • Experience working with Indigenous people and an empathy for Indigenous issues.
  • Ability to work to tight timeframes
  • Proven communication, collaboration and negotiation skills
  • Superior writing and editing skills


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education

Organisational Accountabilities

Yalari is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of its staff.  Yalari and its staff must comply with a range of statutory requirements, including equal opportunity, occupational health and safety, privacy and trade practice. Yalari also expects staff to comply with its policy and procedures, which relate to statutory requirements and our ways of working.

Work Environment

Yalari operates within a standard office environment where an office dress code applies.

Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a mandatory Working with Children check.


To apply for this position please contact Llew Mullins at llew@yalari.org with an expression of interest and your CV.