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Children's Support Officer

Cumberland Council
  • 1 x Term contract, full-time position up to 31 July 2021 (maternity leave relief)
  • Opportunity to work within an innovative education and care team
  • Opportunity to work a 9 day fortnight, with access to an RDO

About the Organisation

Cumberland City Council, proclaimed in May 2016, is situated 20km west of Sydney and covers 72 square kilometres. Cumberland has a population of 240,000 residents, making it the fourth most populous Local Government Area in Greater Sydney. Cumberland boasts one of the most diverse communities in Australia with people from many different backgrounds and cultures living alongside one another.

Council’s long-term Community Strategic Plan focuses on a commitment to social and cultural cohesion, the local economy, our natural and built environments and local leadership. As a member of our organisation, you will have an opportunity to drive community outcomes, programs and services and be part of a Council focused on being innovative, inspiring and delivering change.

Cumberland City Council adheres to the principles of a child-safe organisation and is committed to the care and protection of all children and young people. Council has worked hard to fulfil its community’s vision for Cumberland as a place where anyone can feel welcome, belong and succeed.

About the Opportunity

The Children's Support Officer is responsible for implementing children's programs, projects and delivering key child protection initiatives to assist in the successful delivery of key strategies, projects and programs across the Children and Family team.

The successful applicant will form key relationships with the Children's Coordinator; the Children, Youth and Families unit and other teams across the organisation, members of the community, community organisations, agencies and relevant professionals within the sector.

To be considered for this position, you will need to have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in education, community services, social science or a related field
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in working with children and families from a broad range of backgrounds including culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • Demonstrated skills in facilitating the involvement of children in the planning, delivery and evaluation of programs and activities
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including sound knowledge and experience in planning, implementation and evaluation of project, programs and initiatives, and managing a diverse range of tasks with competing priorities and changing deadlines
  • Demonstrated understanding of child protection, including issues and legislation, risk management, responding to incidents and disclosures
  • Demonstrated highly developed interpersonal skills, including ability to develop and maintain effective relationships, develop reports, formal correspondence, promotional material and presentations
  • Exceptional communication (written and oral) skills, including high level presentation skills and experience in report writing
  • High level administrative and organisational skills, including attention to detail, ability to maintain accurate records and advanced skills in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to support the management of revenue and expenditure and understanding of funding applications, management and acquittal
  • Current Working with Children Check clearance number
  • Current Class C Driver’s licence
  • First Aid Certificate.

Council is committed to providing an accessible, safe and inclusive workplace for all. If you require additional support or any reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, please let us know during the application process.

Council fully supports the aims and objectives of NSW Child Protection Legislation, and associated provisions, and will implement all necessary measures to ensure a safe and supporting Council environment, which endeavours to promote child safe child friendly practices. It is essential for applicants to submit their WWCC number with their application. It is an offence under NSW legislation for barred workers to apply for or otherwise attempt to obtain, undertake or remain in child-related employment.

For further information please refer to the position description.

Salary: Employment is under the Local Government (State) Award. The position is placed at Grade 8 of the Cumberland Council salary structure with a salary range of $1,187.69 to $1,365.84 per week, plus superannuation.

The commencement salary will depend on qualifications, experience and competencies.

Conditions of Employment: This is a term contract, full-time position working 7.75 hours per day on a roster between 6am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. This is based on a 70 hour working fortnight, with access to a Rostered Day Off (RDO). The position will be located at Council's Merrylands office, with occasional travel across the Cumberland LGA required.

You may also be required to attend training, education events and staff meetings outside of your normal working hours. All final applicants for this position will be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

Enquiries: Telephone Christina Halligan on 8757 9540 for further information.

Position Number: SP-LC-54/02 (EST0549)

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