Role:                   Scholarship Program Manager (Identified)

Full time but we are flexible. If full time doesn’t work for you, let us know.

The GO Foundation considers that being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent is a genuine occupational qualification under s14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) for this role.

Reporting to:     Head of Scholarships, and working with fellow Scholarship Program Managers

Location:            Moore Park, Sydney (interstate travel required from time to time)

GO Foundation Story

Integrity. Equality. Opportunity. Strength in culture.

The Goodes O’Loughlin Foundation Limited (the “GO Foundation” or “GO”) was founded by Sydney Swans Legends, Adnyamathanha and Narungga man Adam Goodes and Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri man Michael O’Loughlin whose names are synonymous with integrity, equality, opportunity and strength in culture. Their inherent qualities define our values as a platform for change.

The GO Foundation was established to provide scholarships to Indigenous students from primary school through to university, in public and independent schools, to students who live with family, in community. Through a GO scholarship, our students access the resources and support they need to ensure their journey through school is as rewarding as possible.

The GO scholarship is the entry point to the GO Ecosystem, a model of collaborative impact where our partners work with us to open doors and provide GO Scholars with a broad range of opportunities.

At the heart of the GO Ecosystem is a burning desire to strengthen our Scholars’ cultural identity – to connect them in a meaningful way to their history, culture and heritage. In addition, by sharing our Scholars’ perspective and their culture with our Ecosystem partners, we hope to create workplaces that are truly inclusive and welcoming of all Australians. We do this so that we can all share in the oldest living culture in the world. The GO Ecosystem is based on the concept that by working together, we can empower Indigenous Australian youth to determine their own futures.

About the role

The Scholarships Program Manager is one of the most important roles, bringing to life the vision that everything we do is focused on creating the best outcomes for our Scholars in a culturally safe manner.

Core Responsibilities

  • Be the day-to-day GO liaison for our Scholars, their schools and families, reporting to the Head of Scholarships and working with fellow Scholarships Program Managers
  • Work with the Scholarships Team to ensure that our Scholarship Program is well managed and that our Scholars are engaged, supported and achieving positive outcomes
  • Engage with the GO Scholars, their families and their schools on a regular basis to ensure they are engaged in all aspects of the GO program and that we are creating opportunities and providing access for every Scholar
  • Oversee the wellbeing and care of our Scholars ensuring that they receive the pastoral care they need
  • Build relationships between government departments and non-government support organisations and then know who to call and which service to access when our GO Scholars require additional assistance. You will understand that it is not GO’s expertise to provide all types of support and you will have good instinct and judgment on how best to achieve this
  • Operate first and foremost with heart and with empathy towards all GO Scholars (of all ages) and their families. You may have lived experience and understand first-hand the challenges that our Scholars face
  • Work with our Scholars to ensure they can access the tools and resources they need to make school a rich and rewarding experience and you will assist the Scholars with their pathways beyond Year 12
  • Work with CareerTrackers, the Public Education Foundation and other delivery partners to ensure that all Scholars are well supported on their journey. You will become well acquainted with the work of these partner organisations
  • Help manage the student application process through GO’s unique application portal, working with the Scholarships team to promote scholarship applications across schools, universities and other educational partners.
  • You will assist the Head of Scholarships with planning for future delivery of scholarships and expansion of the program, assist with advice to the Scholarship Committee, advise schools on administering scholarships and work with the team to create processes, policies and criteria for all aspects of the program

About you

  • You are prepared to be available after hours for our Scholars and understand that this is a necessary element of the role
  • You are solution oriented, and you look forward to everyday being different. You are curious and have a learning mindset. You have a can-do attitude and want to join a team that has a vision for a different Australia. You will be a person who values relationships and understands that relationships, trust and integrity are at the heart of how we act and think at GO
  • You will be willing to work collaboratively with the GO Team and GO Partners, sharing your knowledge of Indigenous culture and heritage and providing a strong Indigenous voice at the table. Your strong cultural identity and desire to share this with others is an important part of who you are and why you want to join GO
  • You will be committed to Reconciliation and a brighter future for all Australians. You are committed to the Uluru Statement from the Heart and will walk with the GO Foundation in support
  • You are a team player that shows initiative to go above and beyond the basic responsibilities of the role
  • You are willing to increase your understanding of the systems of support for young Indigenous students and know who to call to get things done
  • You communicate well, both verbally and in writing and welcome the opportunity to create organised workflows and processes

Requirements and Qualifications

  • The GO Foundation considers that being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent is a genuine occupational qualification under s14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) for this role.
  • You have a deep connection with your Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage and are willing and open to sharing that knowledge with students, your teammates and our partners
  • A tertiary qualification or the equivalent in work experience in social work, counselling, education, safeguarding of children and young people, or government. However, other qualifications and experience will be considered for the right candidate
  • Strong stakeholder engagement/relationship management skills in delivering improved outcomes for individuals and/or communities
  • You are computer literate
  • Please note: A current Working with Children Check and Police Check is required for this role.


  • The opportunity to really make a difference in our GO Scholars lives
  • Competitive salary including access to NFP salary packaging benefits
  • The opportunity to work closely with the Sydney Swans, our partners and GO Scholars
  • The opportunity to work flexibly in terms of hours and location, subject to meeting schedules and deadlines
  • The opportunity to build a growing brand and create a strong program of support for our Scholars
  • GO considers professional and personal development as integral to the success of our staff and organisation.

What’s Next

To apply for this role, please send a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) along with your CV (maximum 5 pages) to marked Attention: Head of Scholarships: ‘Scholarships Program Manager – GO Foundation’ in the subject line.

Your cover letter should outline the following:

  • Who you are? What is your Why? What gets you out of bed in the morning?
  • Why do you want to join GO?

Your CV should address the skills and requirements listed in this role description

For enquiries about this role please contact Celine Bonnaire on 02 9339 9191.

Applications Close: Wednesday 20 October 2021 (close of business)

We look forward to hearing from you!

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