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Team Leader - Adult & Family

The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture

Rebuilding Shattered Lives – supporting refugees to recover from torture and other traumatic events.

  • Lead a supportive and engaged team of Counsellor Advocates
  • Broadmeadows (Dallas) based offices with free parking onsite
  • Make a difference in the lives of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Your impact

As Adult and Family Team Leader in our North region based in Broadmeadows, you will lead a team of skilled and committed Counsellor Advocates (CAs) to provide safe, person-centred, effective and connected services. This role needs to provide responsive and supportive leadership to their team to enable them to deliver assessment, counselling and advocacy using a diverse range of developmentally appropriate psychosocial therapeutic interventions which are accessible, trauma informed, culturally safe and appropriate to the needs of refugee background survivors of torture and trauma, and their families. You will assume responsibility for providing line management and overall direction to CAs in their work with clients, aligned with the Foundation House Trauma Recovery Framework and Rebuilding Shattered Lives: Integrated Trauma Recovery for People of Refugee Background (2nd edition).

You will also undertake some work directly with young people, adults and their families, assume responsibility for a small caseload and take on some complex clients, working co-jointly with CAs.

The role

You will work with the regional leadership team to support service delivery and staff across the region, identifying gaps in the service systems relevant to the needs of our clients, building excellent stakeholder relationships in consultation with the Regional Manager, and influencing to improve the responsiveness of those service systems. Your work will also draw from your understanding of the refugee communities we serve and inform the broader advocacy Foundation House does in the areas of government policies and programs.

Click here for further details on our Counsellor Advocate model.

About You

We are looking for a Team Leader who is committed to advancing human rights and taking up a leadership role supporting trauma recovery for refugee background children and young people.

You will be:

  • Highly skilled and experienced in undertaking counselling and therapeutic interventions with young people, adults, and families.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, support and develop a team.
  • You will be compassionate, thoughtful, professional, accountable, committed to continuous learning and demonstrate integrity in all you do.
  • You will embrace providing services to clients from many cultural and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
  • You will demonstrate flexibility in providing support to our clients and their families.

What you’ll need to successfully apply

To be successful, you will need to positively respond to the below selection criteria:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in psychology, social work, counselling, or other related discipline with postgraduate qualifications highly regarded.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, supervise and support a diverse team of practitioners.
  • Advanced skills in undertaking psychosocial assessment, formulation, planning and care coordination for young people and adults, including risk assessments with a family lens, and experience supervising and supporting other staff in these areas.
  • Advanced understanding of the impacts of complex trauma, with advanced skills in trauma informed practice and providing trauma-focussed counselling interventions with young people and adults using a range of evidence-based modalities.
  • Excellent understanding of how to negotiate and advocate with multiple service systems in Victoria to support the needs of refugee and asylum seeker young people, adults and families.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide culturally safe and appropriate services.
  • Ability to write and review professional psychosocial reports for a variety of key stakeholders including legal and government bodies.

In return

You’ll be rewarded with:

  • An attractive remuneration package of $120,338 plus superannuation.
  • Salary packaging benefits of up to $18,550 and novated car leasing options.
  • A role with true purpose to make a difference in people’s lives.
  • A welcoming, highly diverse and supportive team environment.
  • Excellent training and professional development.
  • Generous leave provisions with option to purchase additional leave.
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for staff and family members.

Foundation House is an inclusive employer

Foundation House is an equal opportunity employer; we foster a work environment that is inclusive and diverse. We are values driven and are committed to improving the life outcomes of refugees and asylum seekers.

Foundation House is a state-wide agency offering services throughout Victoria. We currently have approximately 250 staff across our five offices in Brunswick, Dallas, Dandenong, Ringwood and Sunshine, and we also provide services in partnership with other agencies in regional and rural Victoria.

Foundation House is a Child Safe organisation committed to promoting and protecting the interests and safety of children. We actively play a part in combating family violence, as reflected in our organisational policies, protocols and staff development.

Read more about our history on our website here.

How to apply

Please upload your CV and a cover letter (maximum one to two pages) outlining why you are suitable for this role and how you meet the selection criteria as described above.

Refer to the position description (Insert PD) for detailed information about the role. For more information about our hiring process, please refer to our careers with us page

Please note, applications will be considered as they are received and interviews may be held prior to the closing date.

For enquiries please contact Justin Curreen-Harris from our HR Team via [email protected] using the subject line: Team Leader - Adult & Family enquiry via EthicalJobs or by phone on 03 9389 8985.

If you think you have what it takes but don't necessarily meet all selection criteria, please still get in touch as we would love to talk with you and see if you could be a suitable fit.

Hiring is subject to satisfactory Police Check, current Working with Children Check, and proof of the right to work and live in Australia.

A position description is attached.

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