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Community Development Worker - Bushfire Recovery - East Gippsland

  • Maximum Term, Full time position until November 2022
  • Values Based Organisation
  • Salary Packaging & extra paid Leave benefits

Relationships are at the heart of why CatholicCare exists. We help people to build positive relationships, and repair connections when needed. CatholicCare works on behalf of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and the Diocese of Sale with a mission to break down the barriers to social inclusion by strengthening families and communities.

We are currently seeking a full time Community Development Worker to join our Bushfire Recovery team to support, address and provide paths of assistance to people affected by grief and trauma within the bushfire affected regions in East Gippsland.

The Bushfire Recovery program will provide an outreach mobile service to the community, with a particular focus on remote townships using a CatholicCare vehicle where Community Development activities, material assistance and referrals can be made from. This role will travel to Churches, Community groups, Sporting Groups, Schools, Parishes, Festivals and Markets to support the community on a rostered and regular basis.

Reporting to the Manager, Gippsland Region the position will be involved in but not limited to:

  • Providing group facilitation in community venues or meeting spaces (eg arrange regular morning teas or engagement activities as well as financial assistance dispersement)
  • Leading outreach, community development and community education aspects of the program
  • Displaying creative and innovative ways of reaching out to people
  • Travelling regularly between locations as required
  • Liaising with key stakeholders associated with the Bushfire Response program (e.g. Bushfire Recovery Victoria (BRV), other established local services, football clubs and community groups, Catholic parishes and schools) to leverage existing events, and/or coordinate new events, that aim to also bring communities together
  • Supporting participants to access community resources

The successful applicants will possess:

  • Diploma in Community Development or equivalent
  • Post graduate qualification in Counselling or Human Services highly regarded
  • Proven track record in designing and delivering activities that bring together groups within the community
  • Demonstrated program development and group facilitation skills
  • Experience in working with rural communities and in outreach work desirable

In return you will work in a supportive team environment, and will receive some attractive staff benefits! For a detailed position description, please see attached or click here.

Enquiries can be directed to the HR team on (03) 9287 5554.

This offer of employment and commencement in the position is conditional upon receipt of a successful Police Record check assessment, and International Police check (if you have lived overseas for 12 months continuously in the past 10 years), and a Working with Children Check. CatholicCare has PBI tax status, and the salary can be packaged to the benefit of the incumbent. CatholicCare is committed to child safety. We have zero tolerance of child abuse. Our robust human resources, recruitment and vetting practices are strictly adhered to during the application and interviewing process.

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