- Full-time position
- Working across 11 Wesley ParentsNext sites in 4 Employment Regions: Sydney North and West, Hunter, Mid North Coast and North Coast
- Salary + fully maintained car + super + salary packaging benefits
- Work in a creative and supportive environment
Wesley Mission is a high profile, multi-faceted Christian organisation making a real difference in the community. Our Vision is “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
About the program
ParentsNext is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.
ParentsNext is a pre-employment program that aims to help parents with young children to plan and prepare for employment once their youngest child reaches school age, or earlier if they wish to do so.
ParentsNext is delivered in two streams, an Intensive Stream and a Targeted Stream. The Intensive Stream operates in areas identified as having a high level of disadvantage and/or a high proportion of Indigenous parents. The Targeted Stream operates in all non-remote regions excluding any Intensive Stream locations in those non-remote regions.
The objectives of ParentsNext are to:
- Target early intervention assistance to parents at risk of long-term welfare dependency
- Support parents to identify and reach their education and employment goals
- Planning and preparation for employment through appropriate activities in accordance with the guideline
About the role
- Leads ParentsNext teams in allocated regions. Allocation may change from time to time depending on operational need
- Works within the ParentsNext Leadership Team to develop, implement, maintain and consistently review an evidence-informed practice, innovative, progressive and imaginative model of servicing that meets the unique needs of participants and creates a program of continuous growth and excellence
- Supports the Regional Manager to recruit and build a high functioning team of professional, effective and highly skilled team members, working from a strength based, solution focussed, ecosystemic framework to deliver the program across multiple sites
- Models and encourages a team culture that is progressive, inclusive, and supports individual growth and team cohesion both within the ParentsNext program and the broader Wesley Mission
- Ensures all participants accessing Wesley Mission’s ParentsNext program receive a professional, supportive and caring service in order to identify and achieve their goals
- Is flexible and mobile, ensuring each site in their region is visited and team members supported on a regular basis in order to maintain consistency of practice, high standards and develop a team approach
- Maintains strong connections and consistent practice between Wesley’s Sydney and Northern ParentsNext sites and teams
- Fosters collaborative joined-up practice between ParentsNext program and other Wesley programs, for the benefit of ParentsNext participants and their families
- Maintains high standards of governmental and organisational compliance, working within ParentsNext Deed 2018 - 2021
- Builds strong connections and partnerships with local agencies and services
- Degree with substantial experience; post graduate qualification, associate diploma with substantial experience or attained through previous appointments, service and/or study with a combination of experience, expertise and competence sufficient to perform the duties required at this level
- Extensive experience in Job Services, and/or Disability Employment Services would be great
- Sound financial skills and business acumen
- Experience working in health and/or community case management
- Proven team leadership skills including: experience in supervision of staff; monitoring service provision in line with program targets and organisational policy, recruitment, induction and orientation of staff, performance management and team development
- Demonstrated ability to engage families at the point of initial service contact, build relationships of trust and cooperation, problem solve and resolve conflict
- Extensive child protection knowledge and experience
- High-level written and verbal communication skills, with experience developing case summaries and completing child protection reports
- High-level ability to liaise, develop and maintain relationships with professional groups including Community Services and other government and non-government stakeholders
- Ability to work effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) organisations and communities
- Commitment to continuous improvement and WH&S Principles
- Willingness to affirm Wesley Mission’s vision, mission and values
- Flexibility to work some evenings and occasional Saturdays
- Current NSW or National driver’s license and Working with Children Check
- Established and maintained local collaborative relationships in health and/or community
- High-degree of experience working within employment and community
- Multilingual is an advantage especially Arabic or Vietnamese speaking or extensive experience supporting people whose first language is not English
Salary and employment conditions are in accordance with the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award, Level 6. Remuneration package includes a fully maintained vehicle and salary packaging options.
For further information please contact:
Janice Smith, Regional Manager
Phone: 0437 900 112
Wesley Mission is a Christian organisation requiring all staff to affirm its values. We are committed to providing an environment in which children can feel safe and valued.
The suitable applicant will be subject to the relevant pre-employment checks for appointment to positions within Wesley Mission (including provision of a valid Working with Children Check clearance number). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.
A position description is attached.