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Family Worker - Hunter Family Outreach Project - Newcastle

The University of Newcastle
  • Part time | Fixed term for 6 months
  • Join one of Newcastle’s largest employers
  • Help to strengthen family & community wellbeing

Make a difference and contribute to the long-standing family and community based work of the Family Action Centre.

This is a rare opportunity to join a unique & innovative centre committed to strengthening families & communities by conducting ground-breaking work for which the Centre is so well known.

Look to the future

The University of Newcastle stands as a global leader distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Our vision is to be a world-leading University for our regions and creating a better future for our regions and the globe. Underpinned by this vision are our values of excellence, equity, engagement and sustainability. 

When we look ahead, we are motivated by the opportunities we see. We are driven by the challenges we need to solve. And we are stirred by the future we can imagine. 

Be challenged and imagine with us

The Family Action Centre (FAC) is a research, teaching and practice centre, focusing on strengthening family and community wellbeing. The Centre has a 30-year track record of innovative, dynamic and enduring work addressing the factors that affect the health, wellbeing, social and educational paths of families, particularly for those challenged by increasingly complex vulnerabilities.

The FAC facilitates a number of innovative family and community outreach programs, which are funded through government and philanthropic grants. These programs combine direct service to the community with student placement and volunteer experiences, and research effort, which create models of practice that promote equity, sustainability, social justice and community leadership.

The Hunter Family Outreach Project is funded by the NSW Government’s Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) in recognition of its role in family support and child protection.

This is a part time position (0.6) offered as a fixed term contract for 6 months and is based at the Callaghan Campus. Regular travel within the Hunter region is a requirement of this position.

How will you inspire us?

As an experienced Family Worker supporting the Hunter Family Outreach Project, you will work with parents/carers/guardians to identify, plan and implement a considered program of activities that support the strengthening of relationships, capacities and skills within families.

Operating across five local government areas in this client facing role, you will provide case management support to families dealing with child protection issues, assess and report child protection risks and deliver a range of evidence based parenting programs.

Experienced in strengths based, trauma informed family support casework you will be familiar with the challenging and complex circumstances you encounter on a daily basis along with the sensitives and level of confidentiality required in this position.

You will have exceptional people skills and be able to respectfully engage with stakeholders from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and confidently build and maintain ongoing relationships with professional industry partners.

Qualifications in social sciences/social work along with a minimum two years experience is essential. The FAC covers an age group of 0-18 years and as such experience with youth work case management will be highly regarded. Experience facilitating support playgroups is also preferred however not essential.

Contributing to a positive workplace culture, you will join a supportive and collaborative team with a shared vision focusing the wellbeing of families and their communities.

For additional information on the position contact Jane Mitchell, Team Leader on +61 2 4985 4939 or via Jane.e.Mitchell@newcastle.edu.au, using the subject line: Family Worker - Hunter Family Outreach Project - Newcastle enquiry via EthicalJobs.

For a full job description including the essential criteria, visit  https://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/jobs-at-uon/job-vacancies.

Why commit to us?

Learn about our employee benefits at https://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/jobs-at-uon/benefits-at-a-glance

Let’s create this future together. Here’s how to join:

Click on 'Apply for this job'. Your application will be assessed on essential criteria.  Read all information about the role so you understand what is required. In addition:

Follow all directions and complete all necessary fields of the application; and

  • In addressing the essential criteria clearly demonstrate how your skills and experience meet each point (maximum of four pages).

Applications for this position will only be accepted from those with Australian residency or a valid work permit.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.

We are excited to be  Looking Ahead  with you.

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