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Senior Youth Engagement Specialist - Bowral


Employer: St Vincent de Paul Society NSW
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Housing & Homelessness, Social Work, Management, Youth
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Regional NSW

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

  • Permanent, full-time 38 hours per week
  • Based in Bowral NSW; involves travel within the Southern Highlands region to meet client needs
  • Current Driver Licence is required
  • SCHCADS Award, Level 5, hourly rates range from $39.15 to $41.20 depending on qualifications and experience
  • Be part of a team of dedicated Youth Workers and Case Workers that support youth/young people who are at risk of homelessness
  • A chance to create innovative ways of working with youth and planning programs

What we do:

The St Vincent de Paul Society is a leading provider of community support services and has been assisting people experiencing disadvantage in NSW for more than 130 years. Our people reach out to the most vulnerable in our community through our Conferences, Special Works and Vinnies shops. The Society's mission is to shape a more just and compassionate society by offering a 'hands up' approach to people in need respecting their dignity, sharing our hope and encouraging them to take control of their own destiny.

About the service:

Bowral Youth Refuge is a specialist homeless service that provides emergency crisis accommodation and support to homeless youth aged 12 - 25 years, who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. Bowral Youth Refuge has 7 beds and is staffed 24x7, residents stay up to 6 months. The refuge operates 24 hours a day, seven days per week to provide safe and secure accommodation for homeless youth.

The role:

The Senior Youth Engagement Specialist is primarily responsible for the daily running of Bowral Youth Refuge, including the development, coordination and implementation of community, educational, life skills and other relevant in-house programs. The Senior Youth Engagement Specialist and youth workers work closely with the case management team.

The key responsibilities of the role will include but are not limited to:

  • providing support and guidance to a team of youth workers
  • managing and coordinating all aspects of onsite accommodation services provided to its clients
  • developing initial care plans for young people entering the service
  • developing and implementing safety and crisis intervention plans to meet the needs of young people presenting with multiple complex needs
  • administrative duties e.g. overseeing the financial resources (profit and loss review); implementation of relevant policies and procedures, etc

This role will report to the Regional Manager - Supported Accommodation and Case Management. For more information about this role, please click here for a copy of the Position Description.

To be successful in this role, you will need:

  • Bachelor degree or higher in social work, youth work or related discipline
  • Demonstrated experience working with young people who are at risk or experiencing homelessness
  • Strong ability to actively and assertively engage young people with complex needs
  • The ability to respond to young people presenting with mental health and alcohol and other drug issues
  • Experience in supervisory and leadership roles and understanding of administrative, accountability and data management processes
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills (written and oral), including experience in dealing with vulnerable or disadvantaged people and/or those with complex or challenging behaviours
  • Experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of community engagement/support programs targeted at youth
  • Capacity to adhere to the ethos and vision of the St Vincent de Paul Society
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong administration skills - Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint (Intermediate minimum)
  • Current NSW driver's licence

Come and join our team!

We believe our employees are key to our success and in return we offer:

  • Job satisfaction working as part of a team making a difference to people's lives in an organisation that cares about people
  • Generous salary packaging benefits to employees where a portion of take-home pay is tax-free
  • In addition to excellent learning and development programs, as a large purpose driven organisation we provide opportunities to grow your career across a range of teams and services
  • Supportive, friendly and values driven team environment and culture

Prior to an offer of employment, preferred candidates will be required to complete the pre-employment checks including reference checks, a Police check, Working with Children check, Health Declaration and/or a medical check, Right to work in Australia check. The Society is committed to being a Child Safe organisation, further information can be found in the Society's commitment toSafeguarding Children & Young People.

How to apply for this job

To apply for this position please click this link. Please submit your application with your Resume attached and answer the screening questions below the job advertisement.

Applications close at 11:00 pm on 26 September 2019

If you have questions about this role, please email to Jen Dixon (Regional Manager) jen.dixon@vinnies.org.au, using the subject line: Senior Youth Engagement Specialist - Bowral / VIN1619 enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Please click here for Information on how to apply.

St Vincent de Paul Society (NSW) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is committed to engaging a diverse workforce. The Society strongly encourages applications from people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and mature aged applicants.