Lead Practitioner – Berrimba Early Years’ Service

  • Base/Location:Berrimba Child Care Centre, Hare Street, Echuca
  • Reports To:Early Years Manager/Njernda CEO
  • Hours:6 Months, 37.5 hours per week
  • Award:SHADS Level 7
  • Position Scope:

    The Lead Practitioner is primarily responsible for ensuring that staff and Community working with the Berrimba and the Early Years Services at Njernda are supported in relationally and culturally safe ways. This ensures that attachment-focused wisdom is shared and maintained in all interactions and that all staff working with children have the best access to caring, safe adults across the service.

Organisational Values

A goal of the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation is to be a leader in the care and protection of children and young people and in working with families and communities to build capacity, resilience and independence.

Case Managers will embrace Njernda’s vision for empowering our Aboriginal community and the organisations values:

  • Professional Integrity – We treat all our people with dignity and respect.
  • Quality – We always strive to do our best and improve the way we do things.
  • Responsibility – We commit to the actions we take to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.
  • Client Focus – We work toward improving the health and wellbeing of our clients and community.


Key Responsibilities


  • Understands issues and pressures to which the organisation has to respond. Understands the reasons behind the organisational climate and culture.
  • An ability to lead and inspire others to help them focus on strategic goals and targeted outcomes and to strengthen their professional ability.
  • Contributes effectively to the ongoing development of service and organisational policies, procedures and professional practice.
  • Sound knowledge and experience in early childhood development and related theories, particularly the principles and application of attachment theory and the impact it has on childhood behaviour and development, caregiving practices and family dynamics. Is able to work within learning spaces, offer observational summaries and support early learning professionals with planning and reflection.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the cultural sensitivities of, and experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
  • Demonstrated ability to form strong partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and their families.
  • Demonstrated communication skills including the ability to share learning across sectors and organisations, including the Department of Health and Human Services and Education and Early Childhood Development.
  • Sound knowledge of the legislative, policy and practice requirements relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and community and ability to apply to case practice and decision-make within these frameworks.
  • Understanding of case work practices as they are carried out by Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs).
  • Take action to provide services that are inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and engage in learning about other cultures to better establish relationships and improve service delivery
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Aboriginal culture and the special requirements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people including the range of issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our community and in society.


  • A relevant Allied Health or Education degree or substantial progress towards a degree and significant experience in the community services sector or qualifications and significant experience in the early childhood sector


  • Guiding and supporting service delivery through providing specialist knowledge and support to all staff within the Early Years and Child Care Services of Berrimba.
  • Provide observations and shared case reviews with Berrimba staff to assist in child support, case work consultation and service delivery.
  • Work collaboratively with all staff within Berrimba, offering consultation, reflection and thinking spaces around families, students and Njernda clients.
  • Attend forums, conferences, discussions and meetings as requested by management.
  • Participate actively in professional development opportunities.
  • Ensure staff are supported to access core training and assist in identifying areas where professional development is required. This can include arranging for training opportunities to be brought to Echuca, consultation collaboration with other Lead Practitioners and specialists and identifying appropriate areas of development for the Berrimba teams.
  • Offer reflective practice and guidance for staff at Berrimba.
  • Keep accurate and complete records of your work activities in accordance with information security and privacy policies and requirements, in addition to ensuring records are accurate and stored appropriately and ready for internal/external audits.
  • Guiding the day to day delivery of services to clients through supporting best practice.
  • Actively participate in the evaluation and service reviews.
  • Help to create and maintain a system of staff reflection and consultation within the Berrimba Services.
  • Support education staff reflect and revise plans and behavioural tasks for attachment-informed classrooms and childcare.
  • Design a consultation and observation system which supports educators with their thinking, planning and service delivery across Berrimba.
  • Provide effective leadership to all staff within the Berrimba and the Early Years team:
    • modelling behaviours integral to values.
    • modelling behaviours integral to safe relationships and attachment-informed interactions.
    • providing reflection, case consultation and support.
    • leading and supporting staff to achieve their potential while maximising their contribution to the education and health of the Echuca Communities.
  • Provide advice and information to professionals in other disciplines.
  • Lead and/or participate in case conferences, including case-planning meetings with other professionals.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships, ongoing communication and successful negotiations with all key stakeholders both internally and externally across the region and state.
  • Be clear about accountability and responsibility for decisions and involve partners in joint problem solving, whilst monitoring the impact this approach has on the desired outcome.
  • Build effective relationship across the region.
  • Support values that respect historical and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are recognised as having a special connection with the State.
  • Promote compliance with relevant legislation
  • Assist with and support any internal or external audit processes.
  • While at work, comply with OH&S requirements as noted in the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004
  • Opportunities for personal and professional development which will add to Berrimba’s overall capabilities.
  • Undertake travel as required

Other Relevant Information
Conditions of employment

  • This is an ongoing, full time position comprising 37.5 hours per week. In order to perform the duties of this position effectively you may be required to work additional hours or vary your working times, on any day of the week, as appropriate and necessary from time to time. There is no paid over time, however, time in lieu arrangements will be negotiated as required.
  • The position is currently based at 94 Hare Street, subject to change, based on strategic and operational needs of the organisation and program.
  • Terms and conditions of employment will be included in an Employment Contract.
  • The successful applicant will be required to undergo satisfactory pre-employment checks, including providing at least three (3) professional referees, completion of a medical declaration, Police Records Check, Working with Children’s Check, Victorian Driver’s License, and proof of identify and qualifications.
  • The successful applicant must have and continue to hold a full Victorian Driver’s License.
  • The successful applicant will be required to disclosure any pre-existing injury/injuries and/or medical condition/s, which could be aggravated by the type of employment they are applying for. The existence of an injury/injuries and/or medical condition/s will not preclude the applicant from employment, unless they are unable to perform the inherent requirements of the position. However, failure to disclose any relevant information may affect a claim for Worker’s Compensation.
  • Njernda Aboriginal Corporation has a smoke-free workplace policy.


All applications close: 7th Feb 2020

To be eligible for an interview applicant MUST address the Key Selection Criteria and include a recent resume.

Written applications should include a covering letter. Please include the names and telephone contacts of at least two referees.

Address your application marked: “Private & Confidential”

To: HR Manager
Njernda Aboriginal Corporation
84 Hare Street,
(PO Box 201)
Echuca Vic 3564
Email: jobs@njernda.com.au


Please check the closing date to ensure your application is received within the specified time. Applications may be posted, emailed, hand delivered or faxed (provided that a hard copy is posted on the same day). 

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