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Career Advisor - Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Young People

headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation Ltd
  • Join an award winning service and well recognised national Not for Profit
  • Full-time role in WA
  • Competitive salary ($60,000 - $70,000 full time equivalent) including generous salary packaging benefits

Tell me about the role...

headspace Work and Study is an international first, providing online assistance to young people facing barriers to work and study. Support is tailored to a young person’s needs using strengths based approaches to help them reach their work and study goals. All support happens online, meaning young people right across Australia can access the service. Based on the Individual Placement and Support model of employment support for people living with mental ill health, the service targets 15-25 year olds who are looking to find, engage or maintain work and/or study.

Work and Study Specialists (Career Advisors) work with a caseload of young people providing appointments via web chat, phone, email and video chat. Specialists also collaborate with educational institutions, employment agencies and employers to assist young people with identifying opportunities and engaging in work and study.

All First Nations young people accessing the service are provided the opportunity to work with a dedicated First Nations Specialist, and a key element of the role is increasing access and referrals for First Nations young people in the service. Whilst the caseload for this role will be prioritised for access by First Nations young people, the Specialist will also work with non-First Nations young people based on service flows and referrals at any one time.

This role works in a small and collaborative team which includes three existing First Nations Work and Study Specialists. This role will work closely with their counterparts to ensure appropriate and effective service support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. The service also has dedicated mental health clinicians who work with Specialists to provide integrated clinical care to ensure young people can balance their mental health and wellbeing alongside their work/study.

Due to the online and accessible nature of the service, Work and Study Specialists (Career Advisors) can work remotely or as negotiated. The knowledge of a Specialist’s community and state/territory is critical for supporting young people, and provides integrated connection to local headspace services, other providers and education and employment opportunities.

This is a career opportunity not to be missed for professionals who want to work in an environment that promotes a culturally positive, personalised and strengths based approach to career development, job seeking and educational attainment.

Who are we looking for?

Please note, headspace considers that being an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under s28 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).

If you are committed to providing young people with inclusive and supportive work and study assistance to help them reach their goals then this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. You will have experience supporting young people (in particular those who identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person) in the work/study sector, or a related field (eg. health or youth work).

Naturally, you will demonstrate exceptional interpersonal and communication skills along with a proven ability to develop solutions to complex problems and sustain collaborative partnerships with a range of stakeholders including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander led community organisations in your state or territory.

We are currently recruiting for candidates in Western Australia. Please read further in the finer details for job location details.

The finer details…

We offer a flexible and dynamic environment where you have the opportunity to truly make a difference to young Australians. This position will work from home, or as negotiated with successful applicant. As a result you will need to have access to a safe and confidential work space, and have a reliable internet connection.

This role is offered as a full time position. Applicants may be required to work flexible hours between 7.30 am-7.30pm to ensure all young people can access the service at a time that suits them.

Remuneration is dependent on skills and experience, and includes generous salary packaging opportunities.

Please note, headspace considers that being an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under s28 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic)

Application Process: To apply for the Career Advisor - Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander position, please click on the 'Apply now' button below which will take you to our website by clicking Apply Now.

Once you are on the appropriate advertisement, there are links to the key selection criteria (PD) and application instructions. Please note this role requires the selection questions to be answered in your cover letter, along with your CV.

Selection questions:

In your cover letter please address the following three questions, with a maximum 300 words per question. You are not required to address the key selection criteria separately.

  1. What do you believe are some of the key challenges young people can face in reaching their work/study goals, and particularly First Nations young people?
  2. Please outline how you would go about building trust and a positive relationship with a young person you are working with? (Remember this service is all online and works with young people living with mental health challenges).
  3. This role involves working with many different groups to increase referrals and support of First Nations young people in the service. Please tell us about your experience working with stakeholders (eg. community led organisations, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations) in your local community.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received meaning the position may be filled before this date.

Please note applications have been extended from Tuesday 27 October 2020 5:00pm and will now close on Tuesday 3 November 2020 5:00pm.

For more information: Please contact Anna Lam, Work and Study Coordinator on alam@headspace.org.au, using the subject line: Career Advisor - Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Young People enquiry via EthicalJobs.

The headspace Reconciliation Action Plan has recently been implemented through a co-design process with employees across the organisation. We are committed to strengthening the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in everything that we do and we strongly encourage Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to apply for this role and all current vacancies.

headspace is committed to being a child safe and child friendly organisation that recognises, respects and promotes the rights of children, young and vulnerable people.

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