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Youth Project Officer - Covid-19 Response Work

Working Women's Centre SA Inc.

Who are we?

The Working Women’s Centre SA Inc is a not-for-profit organisation that provides an industrial service to vulnerable working women and others. The Centre was established in 1979 and has been advising, supporting and advocating for vulnerable women and migrant workers for 40 years. The Centre provides support, advice, information and representation to women who face issues in their employment in both federal and state jurisdictions. The Centre is also concerned with the structural inequalities for women in the workplace, and conducts outreach, community education, campaigning for the equal participation of women in the workforce and community.

For further information about the WWC and its services, visit https://wwcsa.org.au/

Context of the position

Young people, especially young women, are expected to be disproportionately impacted by the enduring effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Early data indicates that this disadvantage is being realised in unemployment and the disruption of education and employment pathways. The South Australian Government has provided a one-off grant allocation to the Working Women’s Centre SA Inc to inform the development of effective policy and practice responses to the unique employment-related needs of young women (12 – 30 years old) in the wake of COVID-19.

Employment Conditions

This is a full-time (35 hours per week) 12-month fixed term contract position. Employment conditions are specified in the Working Women’s Centre Inc Enterprise Agreement 2018. Some out of hours’ work is required. The position is based at the Centre in Adelaide SA but requires the capacity to undertake regional and remote travel as required.

Benefits include the following:

  • Competitive salary $86,963.00 (Project Officer Increment 1)
  • Generous salary sacrifice options
  • 12.0% superannuation
  • Flexible workplace
  • 35-hour week (plus reasonable overtime stipulated in the EBA)
  • TOIL entitlements

KEY duties & responsibilities

The Youth Project Officer is responsible to the Director for a 12-month project aimed at enhancing and creating secure employment opportunities for young women (12 – 30 years old) in response to COVID-19.

Working closely with the Director, the Youth Project Officer will undertake the following key duties and responsibilities:

  • Creating, maintaining or joining community COVID-19 response taskforce/s to address the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on young women.
  • Increasing the COVID-19 advocacy capacity of the WWC to better inform COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.
  • Engaging in research and engagement activities that inform and respond to COVID-19 related impacts immediately and into the recovery phase/s.
  • Providing pro-active education to targets groups about rights at work, support avenues.
  • Identifying opportunities in local, state, and federal policy to include young women in COVID-19 response job stimulus and funding projects.
  • Elevating the voices of young woman in the state and national discussion around COVID-19 economic rebuild/recovery.
  • Representing Working Women’s Centre SA Inc in the community and media.
  • Creating web-based resources to assist young women in maintaining and creating pathways to education and work.
  • Determining appropriate actions in light of the latest news and developments.

The duties and responsibilities will be executed to ensure high impact delivery for women from low socioeconomic groups, First Nations women and international students.

THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE

  • A track record of building effective relationships and networks with stakeholders in industrial, economic, and/or feminist spaces.
  • A strong understanding of gender politics and its intersection with labour/employment policy.
  • The skills to be a capable facilitator of meetings and group work, with the ability to engage and encourage participation.
  • A record of managing projects to successful outcomes with multiple stakeholders in complex and uncertain environments.
  • An ability and confidence to inspire, engage, develop and lead young people to take action through positive conversations.
  • Demonstrated high level of written and oral communication skills.
  • Exceptional time management skills and demonstrated ability to prioritise tasks.

Desirables

  • Demonstrated experience managing research and in policy analysis, including the ability to identify gaps in government policy and research.
  • A strong understanding of funding objectives and the division of powers and responsibilities between the local, state and federal levels.
  • A strong understanding of power and funding on a local, state and federal level.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the principles of feminism, justice and workers’ rights.
  • Experience in lobbying government.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to telephone the Director to discuss the role on 08 8410 6499.

Women from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, women from culturally diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQ women and women with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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