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Community Development / Social Cohesion Worker

Banksia Gardens Community Services
  • Are you an experienced social worker or youth worker with a background in community development and a passion for social justice?
  • Are you looking for a vibrant and dynamic setting that is working towards creating positive systemic change in our community to support our most vulnerable children, young people and families?
  • Want a flexible part-time position?
  • If you are, THEN THIS IS WHERE YOU WANT TO BE!

ABOUT US

Banksia Gardens Community Services is a vibrant community service charitable organisation operating in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Our programs focus mainly on education and training, young people, early childhood, environmental sustainability and community participation and advocacy.

An exciting position is available in our Community Development Team, working on two projects:

  • Community Connections is a place-based community development initiative focused on the Banksia Gardens Housing Estate, a local social housing estate (public housing with a number of transitional housing properties) with 134 residences and over 500 residents. The Community Connections project works with local residents to build a stronger, more engaged and more empowered community by running community events, supporting resident lead initiatives, meeting local need through activities and programs, amplifying the community’s voice and supporting and advocating for individuals.
  • Social Cohesion Through Education (SCTE) program at Banksia Gardens supports diversity, increases cross cultural and global understanding and enhances social cohesion within local school communities in Hume. Banksia Gardens partners with local schools, forming a community of practice to develop strategies and share resources and support, enhancing partnerships with families, community leaders and cultural groups. The SCTE team develops programming and content which specifically targets the needs of individual school communities. Some past initiatives include: inter-school events, cultural events, sport programs, creative workshops and more.

ABOUT THE ROLE

The Community Development and Social Cohesion Worker position will work across two programs (Community Connections and Social Cohesion Through Education) and will work closely with the team leader to develop and deliver on action plans to meet the program objectives. The Community Development and Social Cohesion Worker will use community development principles to support the local community and individual support work skills to respond to the individual needs of local residents and provide information, advice and referral as well as some case work.

ABOUT YOU!

  • You are passionate about community development, a great communicator with a genuine desire to make a difference within local communities experiencing disadvantage.
  • You show genuine compassion and warmth when working with families and individuals using a strength based and trauma informed approach.
  • You are skilled at engaging with people from a wide range of age groups and cultural backgrounds.
  • You are creative, highly organised and take a proactive approach to working within a fast paced workplace environment.
  • You have demonstrated experience working in a previous community development role (or similar).
  • Fluency in a relevant local language is desirable
  • Applicants with skills in community arts, street art or performing arts are strongly encouraged to apply!

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU

  • A flexible part-time position.
  • Join a passionate and dedicated team making a positive difference in our community.
  • Encouraged work-life balance and a broad range of leave entitlements, including annual leave, personal leave, purchased leave, leading paid parental leave, study leave and paid family and domestic violence leave.
  • Access to a range of mental health and wellbeing supportive initiatives, including confidential counselling services and education programs, through our Employee Assistance Program.
  • Salary packaging and novated lease arrangements on offer with leading provider, AccessPay, reducing your tax.
  • Access to a range of ongoing learning and development opportunities that will benefit and support you in your role.

BGCS is a child-safe organisation and is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children and young people with zero tolerance for child abuse. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a National Police Record Check and Working with Children Check prior to commencement of employment and periodically following commencement.

A full position description is attached below and for more information call Paul on 0410 212 672

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