- Position: Full Time, Fixed Term Contract (12 months contract with view of extension)
- Salary: $90,443 to $94,456 plus Super (based on skills & experience)
- Location: Wodonga/Wangaratta
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.
About the role
- The principal role of the team leader is to oversee the day to day management of VACCA’ Targeted Care Packages program and to engage, guide, supervise and support caseworkers in the delivery of the service. In addition, the team leader has a key role in providing culturally safe support, guidance and mentoring to caseworkers in the program. It is the team leader’s responsibility to advocate for decisions that are in the best interests of the child, taking into account their connection to family and culture.
- It is expected that the team leader has a good understanding of the legislation, policies, practice frameworks and program manuals relevant to the effective operation of the program. The team leader will have a key role in ensuring caseworkers are familiar with and adhere to relevant VACCA and DHHS policies.
- Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, the values that underpin VACCA' vision and purpose and the capacity to take a leadership role in championing these internally and externally.
- Demonstrated awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal societies and cultures, and commitment to continually build knowledge of such, along with a high level of awareness of the key issues which impact upon Aboriginal communities.
- Demonstrated ability to mentor staff by providing them with relevant information, support, feedback about their work, and opportunities for professional development.
- Proven ability to articulate clear, assertive and persuasive messages when advocating on behalf of children and families.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with Aboriginal organisations, government departments and community service organisations.
- Time Management: Prioritises work; delegates appropriately demonstrating an understanding of the competing demands of community aspirations, organisational, team, individual and stakeholder priorities, and ensures key requirements are met.
- Communication: Develops and communicates clear, culturally appropriate, respectful and consistent messages to staff clients and community members.
- Written Communication: Prepares accurate documents including, reports requested by the programs, case notes and case reports that meet audience needs.
- Problem Solving Implements organisational policies, procedures and systems to address incidents and problems and assists team members to develop culturally appropriate solutions.
- Interpersonal skills Models appropriate interpersonal skills, self-awareness, self-management, and community/ cultural awareness in communications, problem solving and conflict resolution.
- Risk Management: Manages risk and reports on mitigation strategies and recommends improvements.
- Leadership skills: Demonstrated experience in coaching and/or mentoring workers in complex casework and assessments relating to Aboriginal children, families and carers across the out of home care system.
- Empathy, Compassion, Resilience, Motivation, Advocacy and Professionalism.
What we can offer you!!
- Professional support and training via in-house learning and development training modules.
- Attractive salary packaging to increase your take home pay.
- Great career development opportunities.
- Access to Employee support and wellbeing program(s).
- Opportunity to work and build connection with the Aboriginal Community and culture.
We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people to apply.
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.