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Individual Disability Advocate - Geraldton

Sussex Street Community Law Service
  • Competitive salary at $67,158.25to $75,392.92 p/a (pro rata)
  • 10% Superannuation
  • Generous Leave
  • Attractive salary sacrifice arrangements and flexible working conditions.
  • Part time Hours of Work: 25 hours per week 9:30am to 3pm
  • Immediate start. Fixed Term Contract to 30 June 2022. 
  • Non-legal role

About Sussex Street Community Law Service  

Sussex Street Community Law Service Inc is a non profit non government community based organisation that provides access to accountable, non judgemental and effective legal and non legal services to low income people in the community. Services provided include disability justice and discrimination advocacy, tenant advocacy, welfare rights and legal advice.

Our Vision:

Increase community access to justice for people who are socially disadvantaged.

Our Mission:

Deliver legal and social services, community education and law reform to promote social justice. 

About the Role

Sussex Street Community Law Service provides Individual Disability Advocacy Services (IDAS) across the Midwest region and currently has a vacancy for an Advocate.

The position seeks to uphold the rights and interests of people with disabilities who are experiencing or likely to experience discrimination, abuse or neglect related to their disability. The role is to assist people with disability for a specific issue and support them to make informed decisions about those issues.

The right person for this role will have the following profile:

  • Experience in non-legal advocacy for people with disability.
  • Existing relationships or a desire to build relationships with referral partners in the Midwest Region, particularly Geraldton.
  • Enjoys working remotely from the organisation’s head office whilst contributing to a larger team and strategic vision (you will be working from the Geraldton office).

In this role you will have the opportunity to apply your skills and talents in the following ways:

COMMUNITY INFORMATION AND ADVOCACY

  • Advocate and negotiate on behalf of clients.
  • Provide face to face assistance to clients or by alternative methods as appropriate.
  • Support clients to self-advocate as appropriate.
  • Provide clients with referrals to other relevant agencies and services.

COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS

  • Develop and maintain relationships with external stakeholders to inform and promote the service.
  • Participate in community education activities as required. 

ADMINISTRATION

  • Maintain client records and statistical data.
  • Provide accountability documentation, including reports, as required.
  • Prepare reports as required for management and funding bodies. 

OTHER DUTIES AS REQUIRED

  • Participation in organisational activities.
  • Participate in program development as required.
  • Participate in IDAS meetings.
  • Engage in SSCLS professional supervision.

ESSENTIAL TO THE ROLE

Credentials

  1. Qualifications in social sciences, human services and /or relevant experience.
  2. Demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice.
  3. Be eligible to obtain a clear national police record check.

Experience

  1. Previous experience in the provision of services for people with disabilities.
  2. Previous experience in the provision of advocacy services.
  3. Previous experience supporting people in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  4. Demonstrated networking experience.

Knowledge and Skills

  1. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  2. Highly developed organisational and administrative skills.
  3. Competent in the use of personal computers and ability to process required documentation.
  4. Ability to work independently and as a member of a team. 

DESIRABLE TO THE ROLE

  1. Previous experience in working with Aboriginal and CALD clients and agencies.
  2. Previous experience in the provision of individual advocacy services for people with disabilities.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

This position will be based in Geraldton and is directly supported by the IDAS Team Leader.

A Driver's License is desirable as travel in and around WA’s Midwest region is likely.

Whilst the hours have been designed to meet the needs of clients and applicants who are working parents, we also encourage applications from candidates who are interested in working flexibly between the hours of 7.00am and 7.00pm on weekdays. Attending events outside of working hours will be managed in accordance with the organisation’s time-off-in-lieu policy.

We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability and people from diverse cultural and or linguistic backgrounds.

We respectfully acknowledge the Noongar Peoples and their Elders, past and present, as the traditional owners of the land on which we provide our services.

For further information about this role, please contact the SSCLS Operations Manager Andre De Barr on 08 6253 9500 or email a.debarr@sscls.asn.au, using the subject line: Individual Disability Advocate - Geraldton enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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