- Melbourne • Preston
- Job posted on: 15th Oct 2021
- Applications close:
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is the largest organisation of its kind in Australia, employing more than 600 employees and delivering more than 70 programs across Victoria. VACCA is an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation that supports and advocates for the Aboriginal community. Our strength lies with our people. Our team is committed to the organisation's vision and values; advocates for our children and other vulnerable community members; and shows respect for, observance and compliance with Aboriginal cultural protocols, practice and ceremony. Our Aboriginality is what distinguishes us from mainstream services and what enables us to deliver the positive outcomes we achieve for our people.
The Senior Project Officer - Facilitation and Engagement plays a critical role in supporting the team in research and evaluation projects within VACCA. They will support the engagement of Aboriginal Community members and staff to participate in research and evaluation activities. They will do interviews and group discussions/yarning circles with Community members and practitioners to understand their experience and perspectives, what has worked and what aspects of programs could be improved or strengthened. The Senior Project Officer will also use their knowledge of Community, culture and Aboriginal ways of knowing and doing to advise the team on engaging with Community and our evaluation approaches.
Cultural competence – A commitment to VACCA’s vision and purpose, awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal societies and cultures, an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal people in contemporary Australia and the diversity of circumstances of Aboriginal people. An understanding of the impact of evaluation and research practices on Aboriginal Communities and strategies to minimise burden and enhance the use of evaluation and research for Aboriginal Communities. Ability to share cultural knowledge and provide advice with the team.
Engagement and facilitation skills – experience in engaging with and running group or individual processes to consult/yarn with Aboriginal Community members and professional staff for the purpose of understanding their views and experiences, and testing ideas. Ideally this is in relation to service delivery and lived experience of Community members. This includes understanding how to design sessions and manage group sessions safely and effectively.
This is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander designated position, classified under Section 12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. This employment opportunity is only available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Applications should include a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria and current resume.
We encourage applicants to view the Position Description prior to applying.
We are committed to Aboriginal self-determination and supporting strong, safe, thriving Aboriginal communities and aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity, honouring all cultural backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities and spiritual beliefs.
VACCA is a child-safe organisation and is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children and young people with zero tolerance for child abuse. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a National Police Record Check and Working with Children Check prior to commencement of employment and periodically following commencement.
VACCA is an equal opportunity employer and has a smoke-free workplace policy.