The Opportunity

  • Newly created role in a rapidly growing organisation
  • Design and roll out an implementation plan for Synapse’s engagement in key sectors, including corporate, philanthropic, community and government
  • Leverage your established networks and effectively engaging with government to raise Synapse’s profile across key issue areas through systemic advocacy activities focussed pm areas such as homelessness, indigenous engagement, mental health, domestic violence and corrections
  • Establish Synapse as an NDIS provider in WA
  • Part-time or full-time role, based out of our Perth office (Alfred Cove)

About Synapse

Over the past 35 years, Synapse—Australia’s Brain Injury Organisation, has grown to employ around 120 people. We provide a range of services, including information and referral, specialist supports, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) services, advocacy, housing and targeted research activities. Synapse promotes quality of life, self-determination and choice. Our mission is to ensure the rights of people impacted by brain injury, by connecting knowledge, policy, services and systems.

About the Role

The State Lead – W.A. role encompasses both strategic and operational responsibilities, and will have overall responsibility for leading Synapse’s engagement within a W.A. context, including contribution to national initiatives. Over the long term, the primary purpose of the role will be to establish and drive engagement with partners to secure business growth across W.A.
The NDIS is currently being implemented nationally, creating a remarkable opportunity for this role to be at the forefront of change for people impacted by brain injury, as a part of the Synapse team.

The role will be responsible for:

  • Leading the business development and stakeholder management of corporate, philanthropic, community and government partnerships to support Synapse’s recent establishment and presence in W.A.
  • Delivering on strategic and operational objectives, including achieving partnership income targets
  • Establishing new partnerships through both traditional and innovative agreements which meet the needs of all stakeholders
  • Overseeing and having responsibility for all business secured in W.A. and respective resourcing, including the immediate establishment of Synapse as an NDIS provider in W.A.

About You

As the ideal candidate, you demonstrate personal alignment with Synapse’s core values, an affinity with our Mission and a desire to work with marginalised Australians to achieve change. You possess a strong work ethic and are experienced in leading the design and delivery of products within the community services sector.

You couple your warm, friendly and engaging manner with a strong sense of professionalism. A self-starter, with an ability to work autonomously, you are disciplined enthusiastic and possess a “whatever it takes” attitude.

Synapse can Offer You

  • A warm, flexible and supportive work environment
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Salary Sacrificing options
  • Proximity to public transport

There are certain prerequisites for this role that you must either hold or be eligible to obtain Detailed information is available in the accompanying position description, a copy of which can be obtained by emailing

How to Apply

Please submit your CV and a covering letter outlining your suitability for this role to citing WA State Lead in the subject line. Synapse respects the importance of self-determination and community leadership. As such this position requires a cultural referree be provided who can evidence the candidate’s capability to engage respectfully with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Applications Close

This position will be advertised until the close of business on Thursday, 20 February 2020. Please note, we reserve the right to close or extend this advertisement depending on the number and quality of applications received. Therefore, we urge all suitable candidates to submit their application as early as possible.

Find out More

For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact Adam Schickerling, National Director Strategy and Engagement on (07) 3137 7400 or email