These are “Indigenous Only” roles under Special Measures of the EEO Act 2010, Section 12.
Several positions available
|Establishing relationships based on respect and trust
|Taking ownership and initiative of Njernda values to ensure trusted collaborations are formed
|Encouraging cultural and spiritual growth to enable personal growth
|Working to transform the disadvantage and challenge that causes impact on our community
|Welcoming and serving our community with understanding and without judgement
Youth and Family workers assess individual clients’ personal needs and devise rehabilitative, counselling and support services. They assist young people with any behavioural, emotional or social disadvantage. Njernda Youth and Family Workers operate in a number of settings, such residential and case work support, youth hub, outreach, and engage with young people and families in public spaces. The Youth and Family worker provides advice on issues such as drug rehabilitation, mental health, youth justice, social & emotional well-being, education, homelessness and employment services.
- Identify and respond to children and young people at risk to provide individual advice, counselling, groups and support services including outreach and the delivery of youth activities
- Support parents by creation of a warm, respectful, secure and structured environment for all families and children in care
- With residential programs assist in the development of an appropriate set of rules and expectations in conjunction with the residents, Centre staff and the Manager and act as positive role models to the residents
- Maintain clear and professional relationships with the families in residential programs
- Raise client awareness of other existing youth programs
- Provides a service that integrates with other Njernda services and program to provide a comprehensive and holistic service to clients.
- To work with families to provide a framework for working with, supporting and empowering children, young people and parents to devise methods of coping and maintaining wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle.
- Liaise with external stakeholder to provide a tailored program to assist the client to be empowered to access and engage in services which aid their life journey.
- Create and maintain a child safe environment and act in the best interest of children and young people.
- Attend to all administrative requirement of the role including data collection, report writing, supervision, performance review, training and development, attendance at forums and staff meetings.
- A proven knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal people and Aboriginal culture.
- Ability to communicate effectively with children and their parents/caregivers demonstrating understanding and empathy to affect positive change and drive, and self-empowerment and improve their health and wellbeing.
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of issues relating to the needs of at-risk Aboriginal young people, and advocate on their behalf.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a challenging environment, possess sound negotiation skills and understand your limits and have a good coping style utilising patience, tolerance and resilience while dealing with children youth and families-parents/caregivers.
- Demonstrated ability to provide activities and supports that genuinely interest and engage young people, empowering them to make positive choices.
- Proven capacity to establish effective working relationships with a wide range of services and professionals.
- Demonstrated experience facilitating group work and case work with young people.
- The ability to assess client needs, care and cultural plans, and maintain records on information systems.
- The ability to work autonomously and as part of a team and manage time effectively.
Commitment to Safety
All children have the right to be children and live free of abuse and neglect, so they can grow, learn, and develop. Everyone within Njernda is responsible for ensuring a culture of child safety; preventing child abuse and abiding by the Child Safety Principles
Other Relevant Information
- The successful applicant will be required to undergo satisfactory pre-employment checks, including providing at least two professional referees, completion of a medical declaration, Covid 19 immunisation declaration, Police Records Check, Working With Children Check, Victorian Driver’s License, and proof of identify and qualifications.
- Commitment to equal opportunity and occupational health and safety principles and practices is required.
- Must be reliable and be able to do day, evening or night shift, including overnight stays and sleep overs.
- 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.
All applications close: 14th Feb 2023