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Youth Worker - Settlement

Employer: Whittlesea Community Connections
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Community Development, Multiculturalism & Diversity, Social Work, Youth
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 20 March, 2019.
Applications close: 10 April, 2019. (Expired)

Do you want to work for a strong independent community organisation, have a passion for engaging with and supporting young people along with strong cross cultural skills, then apply for the WCC Youth Worker position.

This is a new position created to engage and enable young people from refugee backgrounds to identify and achieve improved health and wellbeing outcomes and links to relevant education, training and community participation opportunities. By working with young people on an individual and group level this position will facilitate connections to services, participation opportunities and peer- led support. This position will also support the wider settlement and community engagement teams, outreach in education, training, community and school based settings and contribute to strengthening our approach to engaging and empowering young people living in the City of Whittlesea.

About Whittlesea Community Connections

Whittlesea Community Connections (WCC) is an independent not for profit community organisation with a long history as a responsive service provider in the City of Whittlesea in Melbourne’s North. Whittlesea Community Connections (WCC) is committed to developing responsive approaches to meet the challenges posed by Whittlesea's changing and emerging communities. We have a clear role in advocating to both services and different levels of government through both direct service and policy input. Our services and programs are designed to respect and empower and are free, confidential and impartial.

Whittlesea Community Connections core objectives are to:

  • Identify and address information and service needs of residents in City of Whittlesea
  • Advocate for and with the community for increased participation in decision making
  • Support formal and informal volunteer roles in the Whittlesea community
  • Collaborate with agencies and Government to develop and sustain services that serve local community needs
  • Continue to develop and improve the quality, efficiency and accessibility of our services
  • Identify opportunities for greater community involvement and leadership so that community residents can contribute to decisions that affect their lives.

Position Rationale

Young people are a strategic priority for WCC - This acknowledges the need for young people to be a priority group across all our programs, activities and advocacy as well as having youth specific programs and building our expertise and capacity to work effectively with young people. The Youth worker plays a vital role within WCC and the settlement team, supporting newly-arrived young people access settlement casework, information, referral, advocacy, group-work and other community development initiatives. By working with young people on an individual and group basis this position will facilitate connections to services, participation opportunities and peer led support.

The position is funded by the Australian Department of Social Services (DSS) under the Settlement Engagement and Transitions (SETS) Program until June 2022 to support the settlement of refugees and humanitarian entrants in Whittlesea, addressing the needs of people who have been in Australia from 6 months to 5 years. WCC has a partnership with Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre to deliver the SETS Program and is the key provider for Whittlesea.

Key Selection Criteria


  1. Tertiary qualification and/or equivalent significant experience in youth work, social work, community development, welfare or related field
  2. Demonstrated experience in the development, implementation, facilitation and evaluation of activities and programs for and with young people
  3. Good current knowledge of mainstream youth services and networks and settlement services with an established network of contacts in the youth sector
  4. Experience in the delivery of high quality casework services and an ability to advocate proactively for better outcomes for young people
  5. High level skill in the delivery of culturally competent support with an good understanding of, and sensitivity to, the often complex needs of young people from refugee backgrounds
  6. Demonstrated effective communication skills that enable effective engagement with young people, families and professionals
  7. A commitment to the principles of equity, access and community participation with a sensitivity to diversity and strong skills in promoting inclusion
  8. A positive attitude to working with, and demonstrated capacity, to support volunteers
  9. Strong and demonstrated commitment to teamwork and peer support


  1. Current Victorian drivers licence

A full Position Description is attached below.

How to apply for this job

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