The Sisters of The Good Samaritan - Protection of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

Position vacant: Receptionist, Sisters of the Good Samaritan, Sydney

Receptionist, Sisters of the Good Samaritan
Location: Glebe, New South Wales

The Sisters of the Good Samaritan are seeking to employ an experienced Receptionist for our Congregational Centre in a newly created role (35 hours p/w).


About the Organisation

When Archbishop John Bede Polding founded the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in 1857, he chose this name because he firmly believed that their work was about being neighbour to the poor and destitute women and children of Sydney. For over 160 years the Sisters of the Good Samaritan have been inspired by a simple yet powerful story, the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37.) They take as a living instruction Jesus’ command to go and ‘be neighbour’ to those most in need.

Our neighbour might be an impoverished child from a squatter village in the Philippines, a prisoner in Melbourne, a child at school, a refugee family, a single Mum at risk of homelessness or a woman escaping a home afflicted by family violence. The Sisters reach out to help wherever they can.

The Sisters of the Good Samaritan draw further inspiration from the Rule of Benedict, a spiritual treasure dating from the sixth century. Though originally written for a group of monks, the Rule contains lessons for all contemporary people; lessons about mercy and humility, about hospitality, caring and welcome. The Rule is intended for those who seek peace. It speaks about acceptance, compassion and commitment to prayer and work.


Primary Purpose of the Role

The key aim of this role is to provide Reception support to the Good Samaritan Congregational Centre within the spirit of Good Samaritan Benedictine hospitality.
The role also provides administrative support as required to the Executive Assistants of the Congregation Leader and Members of Council located in NSW.


Key responsibilities

  1. Welcoming guests to the Centre (by phone or in person) in the spirit of hospitality in the Good Samaritan Benedictine tradition
  2. Managing meeting room bookings and arranging catering as required
  3. Ensuring adequate supplies of consumables for the Congregational Centre
  4. Coordinating incoming and outgoing mail
  5. Assisting with office equipment management and maintenance
  6. Processing relevant expenses and invoices
  7. Managing the administration of the Congregational library
  8. Maintaining databases and promoting upcoming functions


Essential Criteria

  • Appreciation for and demonstrated alignment with the life, mission and ethos of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan
  • Relevant experience (at least 2 years) in a similar role
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Database management skills
  • Sound written skills
  • Attention to detail
  • The ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities
  • Capacity to work as part of a team
  • Sound knowledge of Microsoft programs including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook. Knowledge of programs such as Publisher or InDesign advantageous


Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in library administration


Child Safety

Applicants must hold or be willing to obtain a NSW Working with Children Check.

Applicants must hold or be willing to undertake a National Criminal History Check.



If you are interested in applying for this position please submit an application of no more than 3 pages including a cover letter addressing the Essential Criteria and a Resume detailing relevant qualifications and experience.

Applications can be submitted to

Please direct enquiries about this role to

Applications close Friday August 9 August, 2019.