Meet the team: Jennifer

Hi. I’m the Recruitment Officer in the People and Culture division, formerly know as the HR division, of Royal Far West.

My job

In my role I aim to find candidates who not only have the suitable skills for a position, but also the desire to make a real difference to the lives of the children and families from rural and remote Australia. This could include families who come to Royal Far West’s Centre for Country Kids in Manly, as well as those who receive our services in their community.  I believe it’s vital to find people who will positively influence our existing team dynamic and enhance our supportive work place.

I’m the point of contact for everything to do with employment and staff queries.

What do you say to potential employees?

I try to demonstrate the size of the need for Royal Far West’s services, explaining that right now over 100,000 children across rural and remote Australia have health and developmental needs that can’t be met because of where they live. Royal Far West has a unique 95-year history of supporting kids and families in rural and remote communities, and the need to support today’s country kids is just as (or maybe even more!) important than it was in 1924. I think it’s important all of our potential employees are aware of how crucial our work is.

Our team in Manly is 150 strong and growing and there always seems to be new opportunities arising within the organisation. We work across a large range of disciplines including health, research, fundraising, marketing and finance, all in our new state-of-the-art Centre for Country Kids, which is literally just a few steps from picture-perfect Manly beach.

And did I mention the view? Our lunch area is on the fifth floor, overlooking the beach, and sometimes we spot whales breaching or dolphins diving through the waves!

We offer flexible working arrangements and encourage fitness and wellbeing by having showers and towels available for staff who like a refreshing swim, walk or run before starting their work day.

Our recent internal survey showed an astounding 99% of our employees recommend Royal Far West as a good place to work!

What led you to work at RFW?

 When I found out what Royal Far West does, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I have an Early Childhood Teaching degree and know the importance of supporting children in the early stages of their development. I felt akin to the organisation’s ethos that ‘every child has the right to access the services they need to thrive and grow, no matter where they live’.

Since starting here nearly a year ago, I have gained immense respect for the hardworking staff who strive to support country children and families every day.