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Senior Vocational Specialist - headspace Wagga Wagga

Relationships Australia Canberra and Region

headspace Wagga Wagga provides early intervention mental health services to young people between ages 12-25 years old, along with assisting in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing through the provision of effective, evidence-based interventions. At the earliest possible point when the problem emerges, services are provided across four core streams: primary health, mental health, alcohol and other drugs, and social/vocational support.

Relationships Australia Canberra & Region is the lead agency for headspace Wagga Wagga and is supported by a Consortium. Relationships Australia is a community sector organisation with a proud and rich history. We connect with families, communities and thousands of people across the lifespan. You may know us for our family and couples counselling – we also give back to the community through our work in family violence prevention, working with people experiencing gambling harm, with families that have been touched by the sudden death of a loved one, with people who have experienced trauma and with people who are challenged by their mental health, among other things.

With us you will work with people at times of vulnerability in their lives, create a career you’ll love and join a warm and caring team who make a difference.

The focus of the Senior Vocational Specialist is to implement the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) within headspace Wagga Wagga. The Senior Vocational Specialist will work with young people who experience barriers to employment and/or education to support them to achieve their vocation and/or education goals. The Senior Vocation Specialist will also be responsible for ensuring seamless data collection and to support the headspace manager in the completion of reports. This will involve assertive outreach work combined with excellent youth engagement skills to ensure young people are well supported and are linked to suitable employment opportunities.

Your new role

In consultation with the Manager, headspace Wagga Wagga, the Senior Vocational Specialist is to:

  • Provide specialised individual career development services that support young people to gain employment.
  • Assist young people to attend job service provider and Centrelink appointments if applicable.
  • Ensure the IPS fidelity model is adhered to and support headspace manger in the preparation of all fidelity review process with DSS.
  • Ensure seamless process for data collection and provide written reports and data reports to headspace Manager in preparation for reporting.

What you’ll need to succeed

  1. Tertiary qualifications including relevant professional registration as required and/or experience in employment services, vocational rehabilitation, career development or a related field.
  2. Experience in mentoring and supervising staff and within the Vocation and Education industry or similar supervision experience.
  3. Experience in data collection and preparing reports for Government bodies as per funding guidelines.
  4. Extensive knowledge of issues that impact young people when accessing employment and/or educational opportunities.

For a full list of selection criteria, please refer to the position description found via https://racr.org.au/about-us/employment

This is a full- time, fixed-term position to 30 June 2024, with the possibility of extension, based in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.

What you’ll get in return

This is an exciting opportunity to join a highly regarded not-for-profit, community-based organisation in a position where you will have the opportunity to continue to grow and develop your career. You will receive a generous package including professional development and NFP salary packaging. In this role you will be able to make a positive difference in the lives of people in the community every day.

What you need to do now

If you are interested in the role, please submit your resume with names of two work related referees and a cover letter specifically addressing each of the selection criteria (no more than half a page response under each criterion). Applications that do not address selection criteria will not be considered during the shortlisting process.

Applications should be submitted only via the “Apply” button on our website.

Position description with selection criteria is available at https://racr.org.au/about-us/employment.

For further information about the position or application process, please contact Shane Thomas, Manager, headspace Wagga Wagga on 02 6937 9000 or by email at hr@racr.org.au using the subject line: Senior Vocational Specialist - headspace Wagga Wagga enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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