Out of Home Care Team Leader

  • Base/Location:Njernda Aboriginal Corporation, 103-107 Hare Street Echuca
  • Reports To:Out of Home Care Team Leader
  • Hours:Full time position
  • Award:SCHCADS Level 4
  • Position Scope:

    The Out of Home Care Team Leader will supervise all programs within Family Services which relate to the placement of Children in Care. Program delivery includes Home Based Care, Kinship Care, Target Care Packages, AFLDM and Cultural Support Planning. This includes coordinating the day to day running of the out of home care programs, supervision of staff and ensuring that a quality and culturally sensitive service is provided to Aboriginal children, families and their carers within these programs.


•       Respect

Establishing relationships based on respect and trust.

•       Resilience

Encouraging cultural and spiritual growth to enable personal growth.

•       Cultural Sensitivity

Welcoming and serving our community with understanding and without judgement.

•       Advocacy

Working to transform the disadvantaged and challenge the causes that impact on our community.

•       Accountability

Taking ownership and initiative of Njernda values to ensure trusted collaborations are formed.

Kinship care:

The role of the Out of Home Care Program is to ensure the delivery of high-quality services that reflect best practice. This would include development and delivery of an appropriate range of confidential intense children services with cultural education and access to services to individuals, kinship families, foster carers, AFLDM and Placement and Support. With the aim to promote healthy lifestyles and healthy families via child safety programs that meet legislative requirements and service agreements with the Department of Health & Human Services.

The Out of Home Care Team Leader will ensure high quality service provision through appropriate policy and program implementation, staff orientation, maintenance of supervision standards, staff appraisal and staff development systems, and area compliance.


Key Responsibilities:


Primary Responsibilities

  • Support the development and implementation of services within the Out of Home Care Team
  • Ensure that capacity of staff/client ratio is maintained within your program area.
  • Ensure implementation of the referral process is followed by your program area.
  • Ensure data and required reporting to funding bodies is exported in a timely manner, with a report to management upon completion.
  • Ensure that effective communication between the Out of Home Care Manager, yourself and Unit staff to support consistency.
  • Assist staff to meet contractual agreements for each child contracted to Njernda.
  • Review, Court Reports and Case plans before submission to Department of Human Services


Community Education & Advocacy Support

  • Support the development and facilitation of positive lifestyle change initiatives through planned activity group promotion and education opportunities for community.
  • Support the development of promotional materials and information.
  • Focus group/ feedback systems for guiding Improvement of services being delivered by Out of Home Care program area.
  • Survey programs for feedback on the program area and future directions
  • Promote Njernda programs and services to relevant external agencies and key stakeholders.
  • Ensure effective ongoing liaison with partner agencies, key stakeholders, services and personnel.
  • Seek additional funding to address gaps in the Out of Home Care program area.
  • Review and update fact sheets regarding your Program area


Administration and Compliance    

  • Ensure that you report any risks identified immediately to the Out of Home Care Manager and HR.
  • Ensure that your monthly reports are given to the Out of Home Care Manager including relevant statistical data and reporting targets.
  • Ensure data and required reporting to funding bodies is exported in a timely manner, with a report to management upon completion.
  • Review all Out of Home Care client files on a 6-monthly basis.
  • Support the collation and documentation requirements for accreditations.
  • Attend and participate in all relevant meetings as required.
  • Monitor and ensure all Out of Home Care Staff are maintaining client records.
  • Maintain program compliance register and records.
  • Provide a minimum monthly supervision for the staff within the Out of Home Care Team
  • Participate in Quality Improvement (CQI) activities.
  • Ensure that you adhere and comply with legislative requirements.
  • Ensure that your client records are maintained with all relevant up to date information including client case notes and plan reviews, and regular scheduled file audits occur in your program area with report submitted to Out of Home Care Manager.



Key Selection Criteria:


Applicants must possess:

Required Education, Experience, and Competencies

  • Understanding of program management including budget, staffing and program development specifically the ability in the planning, development and delivery of home-based care programs.
  • Demonstrate leadership that promotes a healthy work environment, staff growth and retention and attains best possible outcome for children and families.
  • Ability to administer Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 as authorized under section 18 of the Act.
  • Demonstrated negotiation and advocacy skills and the ability to build and maintain high quality collaborative relationship with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of local Aboriginal community and role Njernda plays within our community.
  • Proven experience in the child protection and/or family/community services sector including human resources responsibilities.
  • Ability to manage crisis with a measured and reflective approach.
  • Understanding of debriefing and supporting staff through traumatic events.
  • Ability to work after hours and on call (when required)


Mandatory Qualifications

  • A recognized Social Work degree or a similar welfare or behavioral related degree which includes
  • a primary focus on child development, human behavior, family dynamics and/or impacts of trauma; and preferably.
  • a practical component such as counselling or case work practices.


  • A recognized Diploma of Community Services work or similar qualification which is studied over a minimum of 2 academic years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent) and includes:
    • A primary focus on child development, human behavior, family dynamics and/or impacts of trauma and
    • Supervised fieldwork placements (ideally completed within the child and family welfare sector) and at least one unit of study in case management, case work practice or counselling.


Other relevant information

  • Must have a Criminal Police Record Check
  • Must have a current Working with Children check.
  • Must hold a current full Victorian Drivers/Licenses and provide a copy
  • Commitment to equal opportunity and occupational health and safety

Principles and practices are required.

  • You will need to disclose any pre-existing illness or injury you know about which could be affected by the described work duties. Under section 82 (7) of the Accident Compensation Act, failure to disclose such a pre-existing illness or injury will mean that, if employed, you will not be paid compensation for that condition.


Written applications must include:

    • a covering letter
    • resume
    • must address the selection criteria otherwise interview will not be given
    • Please include the names and telephone contacts of at least two referees and forward to:


All applicants must address the Key Selection Criteria and include a recent resume


Address your application marked: “Private & Confidential


To:                 HR Manager

Njernda Aboriginal Corporation

307 High St, Echuca Vic 3564

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).

Applications may be posted, emailed, hand delivered or faxed (provided that a hard copy is posted on the same day).

All applications close: 11th Aug 2023

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