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Chapel and History Centre Support Worker

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand

Good Shepherd

Our three-year strategy outlines the world we want to see and our role advancing in it. It also speaks to the positive impact we will deliver to support women, girls and families to be safe, secure, strong and connected. We are committed to tackling the issues of our time which adversely affect them. We work to advance equity and social justice and support our communities to thrive.

We seek to increase economic participation and wellbeing, to build resilience, improve safety and bring
about system change. We offer microfinance programs and products, financial counselling and coaching, family violence support, parenting programs and playgroups, education programs and community houses. These services are complemented by research and advocacy to address the underlying structural causes of injustice, exclusion, and inequality.

About the role

  • Level 3
  • Part Time, Ongoing
  • Chapel of the Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd Chapel and History Centre is situated in the grounds of the Abbotsford Convent complex. The History Centre provides visitors with an insight into the life of Sisters and residents during the time of residential care in Victoria. The Gallery/Studio in the crypt below the Chapel is used for exhibitions and other cultural activities.

Through our Heritage Engagement Program we can support former residents in accessing their records and assist them and their families in seeking to understand their past.

The Chapel, itself, is the space for life ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, baptisms and daily Mass. Music events and sensitive cultural events are also held in the Chapel. Visitors to the Chapel are interested in history, spending time in a reflective space, holding a life ceremony or for quiet thinking time. Past residents will regularly visit the chapel with family members. The activities held in the Chapel are part business, part pastoral.

The Chapel Support Worker role is to:

  • Welcome and engage visitors to the Chapel and Interpretive/Heritage Centre. In particular, engage with past residents and/or their families who visit the Chapel
  • Assist with Sacristan duties
  • Support the Manager with functions associated with “life ceremonies” and other events at the Chapel
  • Support the Chapel Coordinator with general Chapel operations and maintenance.

About you

  • Experience dealing with people from a range of backgrounds.
  • Experience or an understanding of Sacristan duties.
  • Experience in holding events.
  • Experience in Counselling, Social or Community Work, pastoral care or equivalent.
  • Capacity to deal with sensitive situations.
  • Some understanding of past Institutional Care within the Catholic/Religious context an advantage.
  • A satisfactory National Police Check
  • A satisfactory International Police Check (if you have resided outside of Australia within the last 5 years)
  • A current Employee Working with Children’s Check (WWCC) or state equivalent

Why Good Shepherd?

At Good Shepherd, each member of our team is valued, we strive to support people to grow both personally and professionally. We offer generous conditions and flexible working hours to support employees to balance their personal and work life.

Benefits include:

  • Salary packaging (which can add up to $15,900 in tax-free pay per year)
  • Paid study leave
  • Paid parental leave
  • Gifted leave at Christmas and Easter
  • Additional purchased annual leave
  • Flexible work hours/working from home where possible
  • Long service leave due after 10 years, with access after seven
  • Employee Assistance Program, a free and confidential counselling service

To find out more about the role and to review the position description please explore our website: www.goodshep.org.au

In line with various State Government's COVID-19 health and safety requirements, Good Shepherd’s assessment and induction processes may be facilitated remotely using various online tools. The People and Culture Team in collaboration with hiring managers will work with you to find the most appropriate method to ensure your safety and wellbeing and that of our employees.

We recognise the rich diversity of people across Australia. We are committed to ensuring that our team is reflective of the diverse community we serve and to supporting a culture of equity, inclusion and diversity.

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand is a Child Safe employer. Employment is subject to satisfactory referee checks, a current employment working with Children Check, National Criminal History check and proof of the right to work in Australia.

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