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Director - Children, Youth and Family Services - Life Without Barriers

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  • Competitive remuneration package including car allowance and NFP salary sacrificing
  • Melbourne based; some travel required throughout VIC/SA/TAS
  • Director, Children, Youth and Family Services – Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania

The Position

Lead and manage Children, Youth and Family services delivery with an energy and passion that ensures foster care, residential care and after care services provide a safe and supportive environment where children can heal and grow. Encourage and model collaboration amongst teams to deliver high quality services to children in out of home care. Engage with sector partners to successfully deliver on contracts and be responsible for seeking to understand the experience of those in Life Without Barriers’ (LWB) care.

Reporting to the (national) Executive Director Client Services – Children, Youth and Family, you will lead three Regional Directors based in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. With circa 420 placements and a team of 250 employees, you will manage a budget of $30M per year.

To succeed, you will possess a track record of operational leadership gained from an out of home care environment and one which is focused on complex service delivery across a state-wide network. You’ll demonstrate a highly innovative and transformative approach to leading change, and outstanding communication and stakeholder skills. Key to your success will be your ability to lead a large portfolio in a highly competitive and evolving sector, ensuring the highest levels of services are provided within a demanding financial, regulatory and commercial landscape.

Tertiary level qualifications in social work, psychology or related clinical field, or equivalent business management field required. Successful candidates will also be required to clear probity including National Criminal History Record Check as well as Working with Children Checks and State based probity checks.

Some travel will be required when circumstances make this possible. The successful applicant will have flexibility to work from home and an office of their choice in Richmond, Dandenong or Sunshine.

** Recruitment for this position initially commenced in December 2019 / January 2020 but was suspended while the effects of the bushfires and then the effects of COVID-19 took hold. We are pleased to resume the process as of now.**

The Organisation

Life Without Barriers (LWB) is a leading social purpose, not for profit organisation with over 7,000 employees working in hundreds of communities across Australia. LWB support children, young people and families, people with disability, older people, and people with mental illness. The organisation has earned a reputation for providing the highest standards of care across all its programs, placing people and their families at the centre of support and decision making.

LWB has recently created new specialist portfolios of leadership to focus on Children, Youth and Family services and another to focus on Disability, Aged Care and Mental Health. This approach is to enable teams to focus on the specific needs of people they support in a concentrated way. Driven by values to be responsive, imaginative, courageous, respectful, and build relationships, there are a range of new roles including the position of Director, Child, Youth and Family – Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

LWB are committed to ensuring carers and staff support children in a way that creates conditions for positive change by using an evidence-based, trauma-informed model.

For more information on the organisation visit: www.lwb.org.au.

Call 1300 347 437 for further information about this position.

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