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Initial Assessment and Planning Worker

VincentCare Victoria
  • Fixed term, Full Time, until end of June 2021

Enjoy the benefits of working with a growing organisation offering career development, flexibility and an attractive annual salary package (up to $87,500 including leave loading and superannuation).

The Role:

VincentCare Victoria is seeking an appropriately-qualified and experienced person to take on the position of Initial Assessment and Planning (IAP) Worker. The successful candidate will have employment experience and qualifications to work from a client centred approach with homeless, and/or marginalised adults to provide assessment, information, referral and brief support to those seeking housing and/or support assistance. The successful candidate will ideally have previous Initial Assessment and Planning experience or similar previous employment in the provision of assessments and referrals with complex and vulnerable groups.

The IAP Worker will work within a multi-faceted team based at the new Ozanam House redevelopment featuring a Homelessness Recovery Centre, crisis, short-term/extended-stay and long-term housing. The position works within the Initial Assessment and Planning Team (IAP) in the Homelessness Resource Centre, which functions as an Access Point for entry into the Homelessness Service System. The position is primarily responsible for conducting assessments with clients to identify existing or potential risks, support needs and personal aspirations and to make appropriate referrals as needed. The role also provides information on topics such as housing and support options, as well as providing information on and referrals to relevant services as identified by the client. The position may also require conducting an intake and assessment function for the Ozanam House crisis accommodation and extended stay where required.

VincentCare Victoria:

VincentCare Victoria is an award winning organisation established to provide a range of accommodation and support services to people that are facing disadvantage throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria.

Our aspiration is to be the leader in providing care, hope and advocacy for those facing disadvantage. Our purpose is to create opportunities and lasting change for the most marginalised. VincentCare is well equipped to provide a continuum of services that effectively meet the needs of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Inner Melbourne Community Hub provides a range of accommodation and support services, including crisis accommodation, drug and alcohol case management, and adult outreach.

Working with VincentCare:

A key strategic priority is attracting and retaining skilled and committed employees aligned to our values. VincentCare has over three hundred dedicated, talented and enthusiastic staff working across a range of programs and services and offers a number of benefits including:

  • Career Development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Salary Packaging
  • Choice of Superannuation fund
  • Family friendly and flexibility
  • Study leave
  • The Ozanam Scholar Bursary

Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to the principles of social justice and aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their cultural background, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or religion.

Selection Criteria:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification (For example Bachelor Degree) (required).
  • Further qualifications in another discipline or specialist area (For example Graduate Diploma) (desired)
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience working the range of needs and issues affecting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience in providing high level assessments and support response to people experiencing homelessness.
  • Previous experience in an IAP or like-role will (desired)
  • Experience in liaising with other community service organisations for the development of on-going relationships and referral protocols beneficial to client support.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, which drives persistence and an unconditional positive regard.
  • An empowering approach, demonstrating flexibility and initiative, in working with homeless individuals.
  • Can demonstrate highly developed verbal and written communication skills.
  • Evidenced administrative accuracy and detail, including timely data entry. 

VincentCare welcomes applications from people from diverse cultural & linguistic backgrounds including people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander.

All appointments within VincentCare Victoria are subject to satisfactory completion of a police check and character/performance reference checks.  Police checks will be undertaken for the selected candidate prior to any job offer being confirmed. Police checks are also undertaken on a periodic basis during the period of employment.

All appointments are subject to disclosure of any relevant employment history of formal disciplinary action for improper or unprofessional conduct taken by current or previous employers or any other integrity body within or outside Australia.

The incumbent for this position must have and maintain a current Victorian Working with Children Check or equivalent.

A Position Description is attached.

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