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Program Manager - Out of Home Care

Australian Childhood Foundation

Organisation Description:

The Australian Childhood Foundation stands at the forefront of transformative reforms in Western Australia's Out-of-Home Care (OOHC) sector. Aligned with the WA Government's initiatives, the Foundation emphasises stability in care, and cultural sensitivity, and aims for seamless transitions and strong cultural connections for young people. Awarded a contract to deliver foster care services in the Perth area, the Foundation collaborates closely with Karla Kuliny Aboriginal Corporation to provide trauma-transformative therapeutic services, making significant strides in improving care outcomes for children and young people.

About the Role:

As Program Manager of the Out of Home Care program, you will oversee all aspects, with a primary focus on ensuring the well-being and stability of children and young people in our care. Your comprehensive role encompasses program development, staff management, and the delivery of high-quality care, aligned with our commitment to nurturing a compassionate community of foster carers. You will work within our Therapeutic Services program to ensure children receive healing therapeutic care through our unique Doolann practice model, which combines evidence-based knowledge, practice wisdom, cultural understanding, and lived experiences.
This dynamic role offers the opportunity to make a significant impact on children's lives and contribute to the Foundation's ground-breaking work in child safety and trauma recovery. Please note that the role includes an after-hours on-call component, shared among senior staff on a rotating basis.

About You/Key Selection Criteria:

  • An appropriate tertiary qualification such as Social Work or Psychology, or Occupational Therapy.
  • Significant leadership experience in the community services sector in areas such as child protection, out-of-home care, welfare, youth services, etc.
  • Extensive experience in program development, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, coach, and mentor a team using contemporary leadership and management approaches.
  • Sound interpersonal skills, including demonstrated capacity to negotiate sensitive and complex issues with specific expertise in conflict resolution.
  • Sound understanding of trauma transformative practice.
  • A flexible collaborative approach, building strong relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Excellent attention to detail and the ability to work well under pressure.
  • Exceptional organisational and time management skills, fostering both independent and collaborative work within a team structure.
  • Current driver's licence and Working with Children Check or willingness to obtain.

Remuneration and Benefits:

We offer a highly competitive salary that will be negotiated with the successful candidate based on your experience and qualifications.
Additionally, you will have access to:

  • Competitive compensation based on your experience and qualifications.
  • Tailored salary packaging for financial flexibility.
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Program for personal well-being.
  • A comprehensive well-being program for physical and mental health.
  • Individual and group supervision for guidance and support.
  • Collaborative connections with our nationwide ACF Teams.
  • Access to an extensive resources library to enhance your impact.
  • Access to Flexible Working Arrangements.
  • Furthermore, the successful employee will benefit from an annual, generous professional development package.

Ready to Make a Difference? Apply Now!

Join us in shaping a brighter future for children and young people in care. Submit your application, including your CV and a cover letter addressing how your skills and experience align with the role's requirements. We encourage interested candidates to apply at their earliest convenience, as the role will close upon the selection of a suitable applicant.

For more information, or to request a copy of the position description, please email Bree Roberts - HR Coordinator [email protected] using the subject line: Program Manager - Out of Home Care enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Australian Childhood Foundation is committed to safeguarding children and young people. We require all applicants to undergo an extensive screening process prior to appointment.

ACF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to diversity and inclusion, welcoming applicants from all backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTIQ+ community. All are strongly encouraged to apply.

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