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Specialist Family Violence Workers x2 - Women's Counsellor


Employer: Berry Street Victoria
Work Type/s: Contract, Part Time
Classification/s: Family Services, Social Work, Mental Health & Counselling, Women's Organisations & Services
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 11 September, 2019.
Applications close: 24 September, 2019.

  • Eaglemont location
  • Two part time positions (0.8EFT), one permanent and one fixed term
  • Salary package full time equivalent to $101,000pa (inclusive of super and salary packaging)

For over 140 years, Berry Street has adapted to a changing world, and we will continue to adapt to achieve our purpose. We believe children, young people and families should be safe, thriving and hopeful. Our Vision for 2022: Together we will courageously change lives and reimagine service systems. We look forward to working with children, young people, families, carers, staff and partners to achieve this vision. Together.

The Opportunity

The Northern Family & Domestic Violence Service (NFDVS) is the lead provider and access point for the integrated family violence service system in the Northern Metropolitan sub-region, providing a range of support services to women and their children who have experienced family violence.

The Specialist Family Violence Worker – Women’s Counsellor will work from a framework that promotes a woman’s sense of self and encourage her own empowerment and provide counselling to women who have experienced family violence.

We have two positions to fill, both part time (0.8EFT) with one permanent role and one fixed term role until 01 September 2020.

Key Responsibilities

This role will operate within a collaborative and supportive team environment with a strong focus on partnerships with relevant external organisations.

The role will facilitate single-session, short-term and medium-term counselling to women who have experienced family violence along with group work as required that supports the recovery of impacts of family violence. A demonstrated understanding of the effects of violence and adversity on women and their infant/children/adolescents and an understanding of contemporary responses to these issues is key to succeeding in this role.

You will be a tertiary qualified professional (minimum Bachelor level) with an understanding of the multi factorial contributors to the experience of family violence by an individual woman. You will have experience providing counselling to women who have experienced family violence and knowledge and understanding of the gendered nature of family violence and the ability to articulate a feminist practice framework, including the impact on women and children.

The Benefits

  • Additional salary packaging available for meals/accommodation.
  • Flexible work arrangements and generous leave conditions.
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), including access for staff members’ immediate family.

To download the key selection criteria template, please click here.

To download the position description, please click here.

How to apply for this job

    Applications including resume and a statement addressing the key selection criteria for the position to be submitted by 11pm on Tuesday, 24 September 2019.

    Queries to Kate Cannon – Program Manager Case Work, Counselling, Crisis Response & Community Projects on 9450 4700.

    Please click here to apply for this job.

    Please Note; the successful applicant will be subject to comprehensive reference and background checking prior to employment, including a Working with Children Check and National Police Check.

    Berry Street is committed to being a child safe, child friendly and child empowering organisation. In everything we do we seek to protect children. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; children with a disability; children who identify with a sexual and or gender minority identity. We aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their cultural background, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, spirituality or religion.

    Aboriginal people; people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability are encouraged to apply.