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Community Engagement Practitioner - Deception Bay


yourtown is a trusted provider of services for young people, with a focus on mental health and wellbeing, long-term unemployment, prevention of youth suicide, child protection, as well as support for those experiencing domestic and family violence.

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your opportunity

Based at Deception Bay and working with the Family Support Services team, this role will take responsibility for increasing and enhancing community engagement, family and stakeholder connection with the Communities for Children (CfC) program strategies. The Communities for Children initiative is a federally funded, whole of community response aimed at enhancing the wellbeing of children aged 0-12 years in the Deception Bay community.

You will work in partnership with the local community to support neighbourhood, child and family networks, to facilitate participation and access to facilities and services (referral pathways).

Your role will include:

  • Improve the support and opportunities for partnerships with local community organisations, neighbourhood groups, residents and community groups
  • Create and maintain local networks within the community, agencies, community organisations and law enforcement sectors
  • Maintain a database on current issues and contacts related to community projects and sector stakeholders
  • Maintain Child and Family Alliance Network member lists and email distribution lists for advisory, working groups and networks
  • Plan, coordinate and facilitate the Child and Family Alliance network meetings and professional development sessions
  • Engage the community through social media to achieve optimal community outcomes
  • Participate in and support local CfC funded activities and events

what we are looking for

You will be able to generate a sense of ownership and empowerment by the community to develop and participate in local initiatives to benefit the community. You will be able to connect with vulnerable people to amplify engagement and connection opportunities with services and programs. Lived experience of being a child in a vulnerable family is highly desirable.

You will bring:

  • Passion, commitment and belief in young people
  • Demonstrated experience working with culturally diverse and disadvantaged communities
  • Knowledge and understanding of child and family programs and the diverse range of issues impacting on children, families and communities
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively to plan and undertake engagement activities
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to build relationships across all levels of stakeholder groups including child, family and carer cohorts, government, community, community Elders, agencies and organisations

your benefits

When you join yourtown you will be welcomed into a safe, inclusive, and diverse community and an established and reputable national organisation. We are a resilient, resourceful, and dedicated team who strive to make a difference and not accept the status quo.

Your employment experience will include:

  • Salary sacrifice options to increase your take home pay
  • Regular line supervision and support plus internal practice supervision
  • Ability to negotiate flexible work hours and work arrangements
  • Opportunities for internal and external professional development
  • Free access to LinkedIn Learning including over 16,000 learning modules
  • A genuine focus on employee health and wellbeing
  • yourWellness program includes free access to Calm & Centr Apps
  • Access to free and confidential counselling sessions for you and members of your immediate family
  • Access to discounted private health insurance, banking and finance, insurance, and superannuation through our partner organisations
  • An environment that genuinely values diversity and cultural capability and is an equal opportunity employer

How to Apply

If you believe in the power of young people and in yourself, join team yourtown and have an amazing impact on the lives of young people, their families, neighbourhoods and the wider community in Australia.

To apply, and for a full Position Description please click Apply Now

Contact: Marnie Elliot – Team Leader Talent Acquisition on 0434 609 384.

yourtown has a zero-tolerance approach to abuse and we believe that Safeguarding is a shared responsibility of all, for all.

yourtown is committed to providing services that protect and keep children, young people and adults at risk free from harm. The appointment of successful applicants will be subject to satisfactory screening for child-related employment including the completion of a National Criminal History Check and retention of a valid Working with Children Check.

We warmly welcome and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply. Your unique perspectives and experiences are highly valued and integral to enriching our diverse community.

"In our team we value diversity, inclusivity and people who want to make a difference"

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