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Youth Worker - Community Action for Preventing Extremism

All Together Now

All Together Now aims to prevent racism by promoting racial equality through education. We are the only national charity dedicated to preventing all forms of racism in Australia.

All Together Now’s ground-breaking Community Action for Preventing Extremism (CAPE) project was established in 2012 to plant a seed of doubt in the minds of young men who were attracted to white supremacy. Since then it has gone from strength to strength and remains the only project of its kind in Australia. The project’s focus in NSW over the next four years will be to interact directly with white nationalists online to challenge their beliefs, and to establish and support a volunteer youth network that will challenge white nationalist activity across the state.

The Youth Worker is responsible for facilitating this project’s online conversations about white nationalism, establishing and supporting a volunteer youth network in NSW, and assisting with training the youth network members around NSW.

S/he reports to the Project Manager and works four days per week.

The Youth Worker will undertake the following tasks:

  1. Facilitate online conversations by starting new topics, keeping people engaged with the content, and moderating and responding to comments.
  2. Lead youth consultations and recruit youth network members for training in regional and urban areas together with our partner organisations.
  3. Lead the creation of training materials and assist in training youth network members.
  4. Support youth network members through telephone and online live chat supervision, including helping them to create alternative narratives.
  5. Develop articles for the website on effective counter-narrative communication strategies.
  6. Lead youth network meetings to support and encourage volunteers, and share strategies for using social media creatively.
  7. Assist in monitoring and evaluation of the project.

Selection criteria:

  1. Demonstrated experience in working with young people with complex needs, with a good understanding of issues facing young people. A counselling qualification (preferably one approved by the Australian Counselling Association) or social work qualification would be highly regarded.
  2. Knowledge of a broad range of theoretical counselling frameworks, and ability to draw on this understanding in practice.
  3. Ability to write clearly and appropriately for a range of audiences across social media, websites and formal publications.
  4. Strong understanding of race and racism in Australian society.
  5. Excellent communication skills, with ability to keep relevant stakeholders appropriately informed.
  6. Demonstrates a high degree of compassion and sensitivity with regards to the topic of this project, with experience working on a complex and confronting social issue essential. A high degree of resilience is required.
  7. Genuine interest in human rights, with experience in racism prevention or closely related socio-political activities essential (e.g. refugee and asylum seeker rights, Indigenous rights, preventing hate speech, preventing cyber-bullying, etc.).

Hours: This is a four-year contract starting in August 2016. The Youth Worker will work for four days per week. Occasional travel (including overnight stays) will be required. Generally, work will be done from All Together Now’s office on Regent Street in Chippendale (close to Central Station).

The Youth Worker will be paid a gross package of $60,000 per year pro rata, which is inclusive of 9.5% Superannuation. Due to the sensitive nature of this project, the Youth Worker will be required to keep some details of the project confidential indefinitely.

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