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Aboriginal Cultural Advisor - Wollongong

Employer: Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation
Work Type/s: Contract, Full Time
Classification/s: Early Childhood, Indigenous, Social Work, Family Services
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Regional NSW

Job posted on: 18 January, 2019.
Applications close: 04 February, 2019. (Expired)

Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation (IAC) is a large successful Aboriginal-owned and operated, Not-for-Profit service provider in the Illawarra. The IAC is dedicated to meeting the social, cultural and economic needs of Aboriginal people within the Illawarra. The organisation currently delivers housing, aged care, child care, employment and training, emergency relief and child, youth and family services.

The IAC child, youth and family service Myimbarr is a designated agency, authorised by the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian to provide statutory out-of-home care services in NSW and a funded service provider delivering programs on behalf of NSW Family and Community Services to the Aboriginal community.

The Myimbarr Permanency Support Program (PSP) aim is to:

  • Keep Aboriginal children and young people safe and protect children & young people from abuse and exploitation by offering a place of safety in times when it is needed
  • Meet the child or young person’s physical, social, emotional, educational and cultural needs whilst within our program
  • Assist keeping children and young people in their families and community
  • Support foster families provide the best possible care to meet each child's unique needs
  • Work intensively with birth parents and families to support change
  • Deliver a Therapeutic Care model

Due to internal promotion the IAC is seeking an experienced Cultural Advisor to develop cultural plans for children within the care of Myimbarr or other agencies. When an Aboriginal child or young person (CYP) enters out-of-home care they must have a cultural plan that keeps them connected to their family, community and Country. A cultural plan is part of the overall Care Plan for an Aboriginal CYP and is a “living document” requiring ongoing review as more information is obtained, the connection to culture and family develops and in response to the changing needs and aspirations of the CYP. The Cultural Advisor will be responsible for working with Management to develop the cultural advisory service of Myimbarr as a professional service available to other organisations. This is a 12 month fixed term opportunity.

The successful applicant will have

  • Qualifications or extensive experience in Aboriginal Cultural Studies, Aboriginal Welfare, Child Protection or related area
  • Specialist knowledge and experience in finding Aboriginal family and cultural connections
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Out of Home Care sector including Trauma Informed Care
  • Strong understanding and proven ability to engage with and work within the local Aboriginal Community
  • Excellent communication skills with strong interpersonal, facilitation and conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent report writing and document preparation skills
  • Strong computer skills including database entry, word processing and Microsoft Office suite of programs
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and deliver to competing deadlines
  • Proven ability to work with other community groups, services and agencies

It is also a mandatory requirement for this position to have a Working with Children Check, National Criminal Police Check and current NSW Driver's licence.

Note this is an Aboriginal Identified Position - authorised under the S14d of the NSW Anti Discrimination Act 1977

How to apply for this job

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