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Team Leader - Advocacy

Seniors Rights Victoria at COTA (VIC)
  • Permanent, Part-Time 0.90 EFT
  • Salary Packaging Benefits
  • SCHCADS Award – Community Development Worker Level 6

About the Organisation

Council on the Ageing (COTA Victoria) is the leading not-for-profit organisation representing the interests and rights of people aged over 50 in Victoria. For nearly 70 years in Victoria, we have led government, corporate and community thinking about the positive aspects of ageing. COTA Victoria's strategic and operational focus is on promoting older age as a time of opportunities for personal growth, contribution and self-expression.

This position is a key role in Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV) which is a Community Legal Centre and a program of COTA. Seniors Rights Victoria is a specialist service which provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people. Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person, carried out by someone they know and trust. Elder abuse is recognised as a form of family violence.

SRV's services include a Helpline, specialist legal services, short term support and advocacy, and community education, in addition to broader policy, systemic advocacy, law reform and capacity building roles both in Victoria and nationally.

Benefits and Perks

  • Rewarding Opportunity – growing recognition of elder abuse as a major social issue
  • An attractive remuneration package, generous salary packaging benefits and leave loading
  • Being part of a friendly, collaborative team that is welcoming, supportive and enjoy making a difference.

About the Role

Within the context of ageism and family violence, the Team Leader - Advocacy is responsible for all matters relating to the advocacy practice of the centre including managing the oversight and work assignments of the advocacy staff.

Working closely with the Manager & Principal Lawyer of Seniors Rights Victoria this position is a great opportunity to achieve social justice for a growing demographic. We are seeking an experienced and motivated person to:

  • Provide leadership to the advocates across all aspects of the service.
  • Play a key role in advancing systemic advocacy, strategic policy development and service planning, and promoting the success of the model.
  • Responsibility and oversight for the provision of high quality advocacy advice and casework to the clients within the organisational guidelines and in accordance with practice.
  • Maintain oversight on policies and procedures relating to the client services.

About You

To be successful in this role you will have social work qualifications or equivalent and at least five years’ experience in direct client casework. You will have a strong rights-based approach, the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team, and a passion and commitment to addressing the needs of older people. Some management experience is desirable.

For further information about the position please contact Karen Iatrou on 0417 505 900.

A position description is attached.

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