The Acquired Brain Injury Support Network project is a collaboration between Brain Injury Matters (BIM), United Brain (UB) and By Accident with BIM as the lead agency and employer.
Brain Injury Matters (BIM) is a self advocacy and community education organisation run by and for people living with an acquired brain injury (ABI).
BIM aims to improve the lives of people with living with an ABI by:
- Developing self advocacy capability and opportunities
- Raising community awareness around making Victorian society more accessible for people living with an ABI and
- Addressing the isolation and marginalisation experienced by people with ABI
United Brains (UB) is a network of self-help, self-advocacy and support groups of people with an ABI. UB provides information and resources to new and existing groups, supports the establishment of new groups and works to reduce social isolation and to empower people living with ABI.
By Accident, owned and operated by a person with a lived experience of ABI, offers training courses on adjusting to the life changes brought about by a brain injury.
The project aims to raise the capacity of BIM and of self advocacy and peer support groups to fulfil their aims to improve the lives of people living with an ABI by:
- Developing a co-designed strategic direction to meet future challenges
- Improving governance, policies & processes through collaboration with groups
- Building the capacity of governance committees so they can manage and develop their organisations and serve their members better
- Improving the capacity of local ABI groups to support their members and improve accessibility in their local communities
The project is funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
The Project Manager will report directly to the BIM Executive and be directed in their work by the Project Steering Committee (made up of BIM and UB members). BIM will also employ a Peer Worker, a Peer Support Worker and Administrator/Bookkeeper who will report to the Project Manager.
- Project manage the Acquired Brain Injury Networking Project ensuring that the project achieves its objectives and meets it KPIs
- Lead a co-created strategic planning process based on a needs analysis that maps out the future direction for the ABI sector in Victoria
- Develop, distribute and analyse a needs analysis survey of BIM members and people living with an ABI
- Develop training courses and resource materials for BIM Committee of Management, local self advocacy and peer support groups of people living with ABI that will enable participants to successfully manage their organisations and more successfully advocate for and meet the needs of people living with ABI
- Develop policies and processes that improve the governance of BIM and local groups
- Manage project staff (including peer workers and their support workers), providing clarity of role and direction, clear work plans and support for staff to successfully perform their tasks
- Develop clear workplans with timelines and ensure that these objectives are met
- Develop an evaluation process, ensure both quantitative and qualitative information is progressively collected during the life of the project and a final evaluation report is developed – fitting with NDIA guidelines
- Work collaboratively with the project’s Steering Committee to develop and implement the project
- Regularly report against the project’s activity plan and other key milestones to the BIM Executive and Steering Committee on the projects progress
- Ensure expenditure is in line with the projects budget
- Co-designing strategic planning skills and experience
- Experience in developing surveys and collecting and analysing survey data
- Experience in working with people with a lived experience of cognitive disabilities
- Experience in building and leading effective teams
- Excellent facilitation skills & experience
- Project evaluation skills & experience
- Training & resource development & delivery skills
- Governance knowledge & experience
- Experience in writing effective policies that ensure the smooth operation of an organisation
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- High quality analytical & problem solving skills
- Skills and experience in advocacy
- Experience in working in the community and/or self advocacy sector
- Excellent computer skills including social media skills
- Integrity and leadership
- Ability to work independently and to lead a collaborative work culture
- Shows initiative, self motivated and self directed
- Highly responsible and responsive
- Commitment to social justice, inclusion and empowerment of those who experience discrimination
- Excellent communication skills
- Driver’s license
- Police check
- Some travel will be required
Pay & conditions
The position is covered by the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award (SCHCADS). The position is for 1 year, at 35 hours per week, at an hourly rate of $45 per hour (equivalent to Level 7.1), plus 9.5% superannuation, 4 weeks annual leave and other conditions as per the award.
The work of the position will be guided and monitored by the Steering Committee made up of representatives from BIM and UB. The project manager will report to the Committee and work collaboratively with them in leading the project. The project manager will also, on a monthly basis, report to the of BIM Executive - as BIM is the organisation accountable for the success of the project.
The project manager will be responsible for the preparation of reporting for the NDIA
- Excellent project management skills and demonstrated success in delivering on project outcomes
- Experience in delivering successful collaborative, strategic planning processes including needs analysis
- Leadership skills and ability to manage a diverse range of staff providing clarity of direction and role and the required support to facilitate success
- Strong understanding of good governance in a community/self advocacy sector context
- Experience working in the disability sector and in fostering inclusion and empowerment of those who experience discrimination
- Experience in developing and delivering training
- Experience in developing and collating both qualitative and quantitative data to produce project evaluations
- Ability to work effectively with a volunteer based committee to effectively empower group members and deliver good outcomes
- Excellent communication skills