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Community and Family Support Worker - Bowen

Save The Children

Play2Learn is one of Save the Children's most successful and longest running programs across Australia, helping young children learn to play, socialise, establish routine and prepare for school. We need you to help give children in the Bowen community an experience of quality early childhood education, to develop their appetite for learning and help enable a smooth transition into school.

Save the Children is no ordinary not-for-profit.

We're ambitious, creative and outspoken. We stand up for children's rights. We want all children to be educated, healthy and live a life free from violence. We've been working with families and communities in Queensland as a trusted support for children for nearly 70 years. More information on our work in Queensland is available here.

Where you come in:

In this part-time, 4 day a week fixed-term position (through to end of June 2020, with strong potential for extension) based in Bowen, you'll work with an Early Childhood Educator in our mobile Play2Learn supported playgroup program to co-ordinate the planning, implementation and review of culturally appropriate developmental play and learning experiences for children. Reporting to the Regional Manager, you'll develop strong local community networks and be an enthusiastic advocate for the program.

You will make an impact by:

  • Providing group and individual support to families from a child centred approach, including information on developmental issues
  • Supporting families to access the assistance they need, when they need it
  • Finding creative ways to encourage vulnerable, avoidant, or fearful families to engage with our support programs and services
  • Providing information and referrals to families to access other relevant programs or agencies
  • Carrying out process monitoring, data collection and reporting

If we could compose the perfect you…

… You're self-motivated, with the autonomy and drive to flourish in a regional program with relatively few supports. You're truly passionate about standing up for children, and your cultural knowledge will help you build strong connections with people from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Your infectious enthusiasm for your job will see you actively seeking out families in need of support. You consider yourself a team player, and have an 'all-hands-on-deck' attitude.

This role requires:

  • Demonstrated experience in working alongside children and families, using a partnership, strengths-based and family-centred approach
  • Minimum Diploma level qualification in Community Services, Social Welfare, Children's Services or equivalent
  • Well-developed time management, organisational, computer and data collection skills
  • Proven understanding of child development stages and influences
  • Exceptional communication skills and the ability to build lasting connections
  • Current valid driver's licence

Working at Save the Children is more than just a job

It's the feeling of knowing that your work is contributing to making the world a better place for children and working with others who feel the same. In addition to a connection to social causes, you will have access to:

  • Individual learning plans to assist in your career development
  • Friendly and flexible work environment
  • Award rate salary plus full salary packaging benefits
  • Professional supervision training and monthly supervision sessions
  • Additional annual leave options available

At Save the Children, we seek a workforce that is as diverse as our society - in race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexuality, cultures and beliefs - and reflects the communities we work in. We believe diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our culture and core values and we demonstrate this commitment through all our employment practices. Our inclusive workplace culture contributes to making Save the Children a great place to work.

Save the Children Australia is a child-safe organisation. All employees are required to undergo a National Police Check, a Working with Children Check where necessary, and sign our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

For more information refer to the Position Description - Community and Family Support Worker, Bowen.

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