POSITIONS VACANT

Family Support Worker – Child, Youth & Family Support, Albion Park (Maternity Leave Position for 12 months)

We are seeking applications for a 0.8 FTE Family Support Worker, for our Albion Park Office. The successful applicant will have relevant tertiary qualifications and have experience in working with children and families in a child protection context. A commitment to honest, strengths-based and outcomes focused work with families is essential.

You will be the first line of contact to our clients. Each time you speak with and assist our clients you will be representing the organisation and showcasing our values.

Our clients are vulnerable families, which require our guidance and support with financial stress, emotional, psychological and material stress. Your role will be to assist families to develop their coping skills and competence to provide adequate parenting to their children, this will help prevent family breakdown and to reduce the needs for children and young people to enter the Out of Home Care system.

Giving parents this guidance and support, will empower family members to ensure the safety, welfare and well-being of all children and young people.

You will be assisting clients by build relationships within families; provide knowledge and access to appropriate community resources and services if necessary additional is required.

Please address the below criteria within your Covering Letter.

Essential Criteria:

  1. Tertiary qualifications in social work, psychology, Counselling or other relevant discipline, with a minimum of 3 years working in the sector.
  2. Strong communication and interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience in having challenging conversations that motivate change.
  3. Demonstrated ability to use strengths based, Trauma Informed Practice (TIP) when working with vulnerable families.
  4. Demonstrated understanding of ‘at risk factors’ for children and their families and strategies for addressing these concerns.
  5. Ability to work independently and in a team and effectively manage own workload.
  6. Knowledge of community agencies and the ability to identify and coordinate a range of appropriate services in the community relevant to the needs of the client.
  7. Current approved “Working with Children Check” and “National Police Check”.
  8. Current driver’s licence.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Holder of a current First Aid Certificate

Closing Date:  Sunday,  27 January 2019 at 11:55PM.

Please submit all applications via email (attaching all documentation e.g. Cover letter addressing each of the above requirements and Resume) to stacy.hudson@familyservices.org.au. Any questions, please seek guidance from Suzi Francis by email  suzi.francis@familyservices.org.au

 

Community Engagement Consultant – Disability & Employment Service – Brisbane, Western Suburbs & Ipswich

  • Fixed Term Contract (5 Months) with Flexible workplace conditions
  • Independent Supported Placement for low to moderate Disability Management Service
  • Values based, registered Not for Profit (NFP) charity and Innovation Leader

We are currently seeking passionate, motivated and energetic team members interested in working with people living with a disability, to assist them to manage the challenges and opportunities that come with securing mainstream employment.

Ideally, you will have experience in Disability Employment Services, delivering high levels of customer service in a complex stakeholder environment and demonstrated networks in the Community Services sector. Our team encourages innovative thinking and a can-do approach in a supportive enjoyable workplace.

Due to the nature of our clients employment support needs, you may be required to work outside of normal business hours (on occasion) and will be required to hold a current driver’s license.  All successful candidates will be required to obtain a Police clearance and relevant working with children/vulnerable people clearances.

  • Professional, community-focused and person-centred team culture
  • Continuous training and development
  • Reward and recognition program
  • Salary sacrificing options $15,900
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

If you are interested in joining the Family Services Australia team, please forward an up to date resume and cover letter by COB Thursday 17th January 2019. For any further inquiries please email sharlene.beikoff@familyservices.org.au.

Thank you sincerely for your consideration, we advise that only final candidates will be contacted.

 

Child Services Worker – Ulladulla – 16 Hours Per Week

The Child Services Worker will provide play activities that are fun and age appropriate for children 0-5 years and their parents/carers in a supported group. The Child Services Worker will also provide child minding services during parenting programs provide for parents.

Essential Criteria to Address in your Covering Letter

  • computer literacy
  • ability to work independently and in a team;
  • qualifications in community welfare, children’s services or related field
  • knowledge of, and responsiveness to, issues faces indigenous families and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds;
  • experience in working with families and children aged 0-5 years in informal settings
  • enthusiasm and energy for indoor and outdoor play activities
  • strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • demonstrated ability to use a strengths based approach to working with vulnerable families.
  • knowledge of community agencies and ability to liaise with other organisations;
  • willingness to complete the “Working With Children Check”
  • NSW Driver’s Licence (Manual Vehicle)

Desirable:

  • Holder of a current First Aid Certificate (or willing to obtain one)
  • WWCC number
  • Australian Federal Police (AFP) clearance
  • NSW Working with Children check clearance

Closing Date: 5:00pm Monday 14 January 2019

Please submit all applications via email, with your cover letter and resume, addressing each of the above Essential Criteria to Stacy.Hudson@familyservices.org.au

Play Facilitator – Park and Play

The Park and Play Team facilitate outdoor play sessions that promote the importance of play and prior to school learning opportunities for children aged 0 – 5 years. This activity targets parents and carers (including grandparents) of children 0-5 at the neighbourhood level especially those who are socially isolated, have trouble with transport and/or who are not engaged in other community interactions. It will also provide access to accurate information about child development and parenting and encourage community connectedness.

During school holidays some programming will include school age children to 12 years of age.

Essential Criteria to Address in your Covering Letter.

  1. qualifications in community welfare, children’s services or related field
  2. knowledge of, and responsiveness to, issues faces indigenous families and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds;
  3. experience in working with families and children aged 0-5 years in informal settings
  4. enthusiasm and energy for outdoor play activities
  5. strong communication and interpersonal skills
  6. demonstrated ability to use a strengths based approach to working with vulnerable families.
  7. ability to work independently and in a team;
  8. computer literacy
  9. knowledge of community agencies and ability to liaise with other organisations;
  10. willingness to complete the “Working With Children Check”
  11. NSW Driver’s Licence (Manual Vehicle)

Desirable:

  • Holder of a current First Aid Certificate (or willing to obtain one)
  • WWCC number
  • Australian Federal Police (AFP) clearance
  • NSW Working with Children check clearance

Closing Date: 5:00pm Monday 14th January 2019

Please submit all applications via email, with your cover letter and resume, addressing each of the above Essential Criteria. Stacy.Hudson@familyservices.org.au

Rather than send us your Resume to keep on file, please refer to this webpage and apply for appropriate positions when they are available.

PREPARING YOUR APPLICATION

Read the Position Description

Before you apply, read the position description to determine whether the job is right for you and if you have the right skills and experience for the role. Your Cover Letter, Job Application & Resume should be put into a single document, made into a PDF and uploaded with your details.

Cover Letter

This is a short, sharp 1 page document where you write a sentence on the key aspects of the job advertisement. This is your chance to highlight how you are more than capable of doing this job because of your qualifications and experience. Remember – Short & Sharp!

Job Application

This should be a well edited document, with a paragraph addressing each of the candidate requirements, i.e. the desirable & essential criteria. You need to demonstrate using examples from various roles, how you have met and exceeded these requirements. Each paragraph should have a heading of the criteria being answered, this tells us that you have actually addressed the requirement and shows us where each answer starts and ends. Again –thorough, but not too long!

Resume / Curriculum Vitae

Your resume should be up to date and provide an overview of your work experience, educational qualifications and professional development. This document should be tailored to the role being applied for. It should be no longer than 4 pages. Do not include unnecessary information such as address, age, etc. There is no need to include referees, these details will be asked for at an interview if you are successful.

Additional Information

Many positions also require:

  • High level oral and written communication skills
  • A current drivers licence
  • Australian Federal Police Clearance
  • A NSW Working with Children Check Clearance

Benefits Our Staff Enjoy

Being Part of an Inspirational Team

Our team is dedicated, enthusiastic, resourceful and client focused. Our workplace is positive and supportive and encourages genuine collaborative work practices. Family Services Illawarra enjoys a strong professional reputation within the local community.

Work Life Balance

We are committed to supporting our people to strike the right balance between work and personal life, and respect that family life is vital to most people’s health and happiness. We support and promote a healthy work/life balance, with many roles offering flexible hours, part-time work, job sharing, paid parental leave, family/carer’s leave and other flexible working arrangements.

Tax Savings

As a not-for-profit organisation, our employees are able to take advantage of salary packaging receiving up to $15,900 of their salary tax-free.

Staff Development

Participation in our quarterly Community Support Framework 360-degree training and development support appraisals; and regular self-care support.

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