PROJECT WORKER- THE AFTERCARE RESOURCE CENTRE
About Relationships Australia NSW
Relationships Australia NSW is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to enhancing relationships within families and their communities in order to foster personal and social well-being. We are committed to building our support for families who are in greatest need, facing complex issues and have limited access to resources and services. Further information about our organisation can be found on our website www.nsw.relationships.com.au
Our vision is "Strong Relationships, Strong Communities".
Our work directly enables people to make positive choices with regard to their relationships and life situations, to strengthen relationships within their families and communities, and to manage conflict and change. The core of our work centres on family relationships. This involves working with individual family members, couples and family groups. We provide services which respect difference and are socially inclusive, recognising that individuals’ backgrounds, values, family circumstances and connections are very diverse. These services draw on expertise in counselling, mediation and dispute resolution, relationship education, and information and referral. More broadly, RANSW works to strengthen community connections which sustain positive relationships. We also advance knowledge and professional practice through accredited education programs and research. Our endeavours are supported by strong collaboration within the national Relationships Australia network and with other partners.
What Guides Us
Relationship wellbeing is at the very heart of a cohesive and productive society. There are many factors in the environment that challenge that wellbeing, and great social and economic costs when relationships are put under pressure or break down. We believe that active relationship support is vital – both to foster healthy and resilient relationships and to offer support at critical stress points.
Our values guide how we engage with one another, with our communities and with our clients (they also form the foundation of our reward and recognition program).
About the Opportunity
The Aftercare Resource Centre [ARC] is a youth service of Relationships Australia (NSW) funded by the Department of Family and Community Services- Community Services. The ARC was established in 1997 to provide support, information and advocacy to young people aged 16-25 who are preparing to leave Out-Of-Home-Care, or who have left care and are transitioning into independent living The ARC provides leaving care/aftercare services to young people residing in the greater western suburbs [ARC West], including Parramatta, Blacktown, Mount Druitt and extending to Lithgow. Reflecting the needs of this unique target group of care leavers, the ARC services were expanded in 2003 to provide leaving care/aftercare to young people residing in Northern Sydney [ARC North] including Brooklyn, the North Shore and Northern Beaches and the Central Coast [ARC Central].
We are seeking a suitably qualified and experienced Project Worker to provide outreach to clients at our Parramatta office. In addition to working directly with clients, the ARC often provides consultation services to a range of community organisations and Government departments, including outreach to Department of Family and Community Services Out-of-Home-Care divisions across each of the FACS Metro districts. ARC leases its own fleet of cars.
This position is a fixed term part time, working 4 days per week . The successful candidate will have to be flexible to work Monday to Thursday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (negotiable). Availability to occasionally work after hours is a requirement for the position.
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The annual base salary for this position is between $50,997 and $60,455 (for 4 days per week), plus employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading. This will be negotiated with the successful candidates being dependent on their level of experience, training and qualifications.
Please note this is a re-advertised role and previous applicants need not reapply.
Where is the position located?
Sunday 18th March 2018 at 9:00 pm (NSW time).
What benefits are on offer?
Employees of Relationships Australia (NSW) enjoy salary packaging and a number of non-salary benefits that have been designed to assist in their personal and career growth and their well-being. The following benefits are offered to our staff:
- Salary Packaging available to staff based on our Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) status, providing additional reduction in tax payable.
- Salary sacrificing to superannuation, some educational courses and other approved items if desired.
- 5 additional leave days per year (pro rata), to be used between Christmas and New Year, and your Birthday.
- Our peer nomination based Reward and Recognition program based on 'Living Our Values'
- Discounted fees for courses undertaken through Relationships Australia (NSW) Professional Training.
- Professional development opportunities.
- The technology to support you in your role.
- Additional Study Leave for approved educational courses.
- Comprehensive supervision and support for therapists.
- Access to our Employee Assistance Program.
Relationships Australia NSW is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and recognises the importance of attracting the right people for the right job. Candidates are selected in accordance with pre-determined selection criteria. Australia's First Nations people are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply?
PLEASE NOTE: ONCE YOU START YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION, YOU CANNOT SAVE AND RETURN TO IT AT A LATER POINT.
You may wish to prepare your responses in a Word document. You can then COPY and PASTE your answers from Word into the below fields.
- Have your resume and cover letter ready to go.
- You'll then be prompted to attach your resume and other documents (if applicable). Click 'Next'.
- Review your application to confirm everything is correct. Click 'Confirm' to submit your application.
If you'd like to COPY and PASTE selection criteria fields into a separate Word document to work on over time, please find them listed below:
- Relevant tertiary qualifications (eg. Social Work, Psychology or other relevant disciplines), supported by relevant experience
- Demonstrated relevant case management and clinical expertise
- Understanding of issues for young people who have lived in out-of-home-care
- Understanding of child protection issues and the substitute care sector
- Supervised experience working with at-risk young people
- Demonstrated experience working in an outreach environment
- Demonstrated group work skills
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – including verbal and written abilities
- Demonstrated administrative and organisational skills including computer literacy
- Current C NSW Driver’s Licence
- Previous work experience of providing advocacy to access mainstream services such as housing, health and income maintenance