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Disability Workforce Innovation Connector - North East Victoria

National Disability Services
  • Reports to: Project Lead, Disability Workforce Innovation
  • Direct Reports: 0
  • Location: North East Victoria
  • Status: Full time or part time (30.4) hours a week (4 days)
  • Fixed term 3 – 4 month contract, with a possibility of extension but with no guarantee.

This role will not have an office base, but there is an expectation that the Connector will be based in the region and work from their home with appropriate IT, supervisory and team support from NDS.

Organisation Overview:

NDS is the national industry association for disability services, representing approximately 1,100 non-government service providers. Collectively, our members operate several thousand services for Australians with all types of disability. NDS’s members range in size from small support groups to large multi-service organisations, and are located in every State and Territory across Australia.

NDS promotes the full inclusion of people with disability and this commitment is outlined in our Disability Action Plan (DAP).

Background:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has funded National Disability Services (NDS) for a project in which a Disability Workforce Innovation Connector team will operate across regional Victoria.

Workforce shortages and opportunities occur within a multifaceted ecosystem and require a systemic response. Furthermore, past experience indicates that effective solutions to workforce challenges often need to be location-based. Regional and rural areas face real challenges in achieving sufficient appropriately-skilled workers to meet NDIS-driven demand for disability, allied health and community mental health services.

This workforce project is facilitating the diffusion, spread and sustainability of innovative and good work practices, with an emphasis on leveraging existing expertise and resources, sharing good practice, and connecting and engaging with local stakeholders in regional areas. It will seek to align with concurrent workforce and NDIS transition initiatives, develop market and workforce intelligence and will support effective implementation of workforce grants.

Position Overview:

The Disability Workforce Innovation Connectors (DWICs) are each based in one of four geographic regions within Victoria. They work as part of a team; closely integrated with other NDS activities, but based locally. The roles focus on connecting with local disability workforce stakeholders, identifying local workforce priorities, leveraging existing workforce resources and tools to assist service provider and other stakeholders, and facilitating a series of workshops. The DWICs work with workforce grant applicants (including consortia), and where possible coach successful grant holders to ensure effective implementation of initiatives. They have a focus on promoting and embedding innovative and effective workforce practices.

Position Locations

The DWIC is expected to work from home, with appropriate support from NDS. They will be part of a small team responsible for engaging with stakeholders across broad geographic regions.

Key roles and responsibilities:

  • Facilitate connections between disability workforce stakeholders (including providers, people with disability and their families and carers, support workers, RTOs, and other relevant stakeholders)
  • In consultation with stakeholders, identify regional workforce issues and priorities, and facilitate sector and workforce development opportunities and strategies which reflect these priorities
  • Facilitate local workshops which bring together key stakeholders to enable sharing of existing tools, resources and examples of good practice
  • Build capacity and capability to develop and/or implement innovative workforce solutions in the regions
  • Promote good and innovative practice related to the disability workforce
  • Coach Victorian Regional Readiness grant recipients through the effective implementation of the grant initiatives
  • Capture, analyse and report on local workforce and disability market data and priorities; and encourage engagement of disability service providers with the NDS six monthly data collection tool (Workforce Census) and other relevant data collection tools
  • Maintain close liaison with other Disability Innovation Workforce Connectors, relevant NDS staff, and other key stakeholders in local regions
  • Identify opportunities to leverage existing or concurrent tools, resources and other workforce initiatives for use in the region
  • Regular project reporting as required
  • Other duties as agreed.

Key Attributes:

  1. Existing relationships with disability sector stakeholders within the region.
  2. Demonstrated working knowledge of community services workforce issues within a regional context.
  3. Self-driven and highly motivated self-starter.
  4. Demonstrated ability in prioritising and analysing issues, identifying strategies and responding creatively within a dynamic and complex environment.
  5. Superior verbal and written communication skills, including demonstrated experience of relationship and stakeholder management across a diversity of stakeholders.
  6. Demonstrated skills in identifying opportunities for collaboration, assisting collaboration, networking and leading of cohesive joint initiatives, including the ability to facilitate workshops.
  7. Demonstrated good project management skills and an understanding of project coaching and how it can be applied in the successful design and delivery of projects.
  8. Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline will be highly regarded.
  9. Independent travel capability.

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