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Support Worker - Cultural - Aboriginal / Torrest Strait Islander Identified

Employer: Anglicare Southern Queensland
Work Type/s: Contract, Part Time
Classification/s: Family Services, Indigenous, Social Work, Youth
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Brisbane & Gold Coast

Job posted on: 12 September, 2019.
Applications close: 26 September, 2019.

Join the Team!

Anglicare’s Children & Families teams have been supporting families, youth and children since the 1800’s, offering assistance in foster and kinship care, relationship and counselling, residential care and much, much more. We acknowledge, and are committed to, ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are under our care are connected to the their family, kin, community and culture.

As we continue to increase our understanding, we require the expertise of a Cultural Support Worker within our Gold Coast team. This role is responsible for the support and guidance of Foster Carers and staff to improve their knowledge and awareness of the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. We aim to respond in a holistic way that considers family, spiritual, community and individual needs to achieve better outcomes.

This is a part time role, working four days per week on a twelve-month contract.

It is a genuine occupational requirement of this role to identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, under S25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld).

Culture & benefits:

Our supportive and collaborative team of 18 are based predominantly in the Anglicare offices on the river in Nerang – a site that offers easy access to the highway and free parking. We are also within 2km of the Nerang train station and have a picturesque park nearby for lunch or a short walk. There are a number of other benefits in joining our team:

  • Being part of a positive, strong team culture and working with a group of people who are dedicated to what they do
  • Support from a Coordinator who is hands-on, available and accessible and empowers you to make a difference
  • The opportunity to lead, guide and coach carers and team members to a stronger, better and more effective understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
  • A chance to put your stamp on the position by taking ownership, initiative and promoting new ideas and suggestions
  • Joining an organisation that genuinely supports reconciliation and culturally strong practice
  • Working across a number of programs to support young people through different stages of their journeys
  • Participation in community events for children, young people and their carers
  • Taking part in home visits – supporting Coordinators and Practitioners

Skills & experience:

Having a real connection to culture, you will be passionate about supporting both young people and those who care for them to increase their knowledge and understanding. To join our team you will also need to display the following:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and a commitment to the development of meaningful connections for children to their family, community, country & culture
  • Experience in supporting vulnerable children & families and a professional understanding of the impact statutory systems can have
  • Act as an ambassador for cultural unity – providing mentorship, guidance, training and advice to non-Indigenous carers and staff to assist in the development of their cultural understanding
  • Being an engaged team member – working across multiple programs with a range of management, staff and external stakeholders
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with a ‘can do’ attitude and proactive approach to problem solving and successful outcomes
  • Strong time management and ability to work to deadlines effectively – including completing case notes and documentation as required
How to apply for this job

To apply for this position, click here. Send us your current resume and a Cover Letter explaining your interest in being a Cultural Support Worker with Anglicare SQ - shortlisting will take place soon after the closing date.

This is a re-advertised position – previous applicants need not apply.

For further information please contact Candice or Steve on 07 5503 7111.

Applications close Thursday 26th September 2019.

Anglicare is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workforce and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQ+ communities, people with disabilities and people with a lived experience of mental health issues. We promote a child-safe environment and are committed to providing on-going care and protection.