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Positions Vacant

 

 

Full Time Specialist SHS Case Worker (35 hours per week)

  • To work as part of the Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) Team in a case management role actively managing a case load, in conjunction with the SHS  Team Leader and other Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services (PSFaNS) staff, covering intake/referrals, subsequent assessment, planning, and review of the work with young men/youth, single men and men and families (including each child) at risk of homelessness or homeless including housing pathways/accommodation and being guided by Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) practice guidelines
  • To respond to referrals from various sources including Police, Child Protection and the Local Court including a response to referrer and prospective client
  • To work closely with SHS/PSFaNS team members and other agencies with all work based on a commitment to ensure the safety of women and children in the community and awareness that victim safety and offender accountability are best achieved through an integrated, systemic response that ensures that all relevant agencies work together
  • As required to plan, facilitate, and evaluate a range of evidenced based programs for young men/youth, single men and  men and families at risk of homelessness in consultation with  the community & local services
  • To complete all accountability and administrative tasks associated with working with children, young people, single men and families and SHS including the online client information management system (CIMS) ensuring accurate, up to date and concise information is recorded for all clients, including a case plan
  • To develop an in depth knowledge of resources for those at risk of homelessness or homeless and knowledge of the family violence sector including NSW Police protocols in responding to family violence and Local Court protocols in responding to family violence
  • To represent the service at interagency meetings as required, eg Port Stephens Domestic and Family Violence Committee, Port Stephens Child and Family Network and Homelessness Forums to foster collaborative working relationships and actively participate in client advocacy at the system level
  • To participate in service evaluation and planning to identify service delivery gaps and recommended improvements
  • To perform additional duties as required

Policy and Procedures

  • To maintain thorough knowledge of existing policies and procedures of the organisation
  • To comply with any statutory provisions, agency values and PSFaNS as a whole
  • To comply with current legislation in OH&S and EEO

Team meetings/supervision/case review

  • To attend and participate in team meetings and case review
  • To participate in supervision with your designated supervisor
  • To engage in staff appraisals in accordance with Policy and Procedures

Selection Criteria:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Social Work, Psychology, Social Science or related fields
  • Experience providing counselling/casework/group programs for young men/youth, single men and  men and families at risk of homelessness or homeless,  around complex issues including mental health issues, alcohol and other drug use
  • Experience and knowledge in working with men who are referred by Police/Probation and Parole/FACS/other agencies, in relation to the use of domestic and family violence
  • Knowledge of the Minimum Standards for men’s domestic violence behaviour change programs in NSW
  • A demonstrated commitment to the safety of women and children in the community
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working in a strengths-based, solution-focused, trauma-informed practice informed by principles of social justice, feminism, accountability, transparency and equality
  • Current NSW or National Driver’s Licence, WWCC number and Criminal History Check.

Full Time Youth and Family Counsellor / Caseworker (35 hours per week)

This position is part of the Early Intervention & Placement Prevention (EIPP) program which provides appropriately targeted youth and family support services to reduce the likelihood of children and young people entering or remaining in the child protection and out-of-home care systems.

Specific Functions:

Youth and Family Counselling/Case Management

  • To work with families (ie all or some members of families and young people) in a therapeutic, developmental, and supportive role and informed by strength based approaches, in their own homes, outreach venues or centre based
  • To assess, plan and review work with families/young people
  • To assist families/young people to identify and achieve their goals
  • To provide counselling and information to clients
  • Referrals to other relevant services
  • To assist families/young people to gain access to community services and entitlements and to advocate for families/young people where necessary
  • To develop an in depth knowledge of resources for families/young people
  • To complete all accountability and administrative tasks associated with working with client families/young people including domestic and family violence accountability structure

Group work

  • To plan, organise, promote and facilitate groups as required
  • To evaluate all group activities

Team meetings/supervision/case review

  • To attend and participate in team meetings and case review
  • To participate in supervision with the Team Leader or designated supervisor
  • To engage in staff appraisals in accordance with Policy and Procedures

Networking

  • To assist with community liaison and promotion of the service
  • To work in active partnership with other relevant organisations
  • To attend relevant external meetings as required

Team Work

  • Participate as an active member of PSFaNS team assisting in other appropriate tasks and activities as negotiated
  • Comply with any statutory provisions, agency values and agency policies relevant to this position and PSFaNS as a whole
  • To comply with current legislation in WH&S and EEO

Advocacy

  • To advocate for families/young people with other services to achieve appropriate service for particular families/young people and better service provision for young people in general

Training

  • To participate in staff development programs and attend specific identified training

SELECTION CRITERIA

The following selection criteria must be addressed in your application

  • Tertiary qualifications in Social Work, Psychology, Social Science or related fields
  • Demonstrated experience providing counselling/casework for young people and families around complex issues including domestic and family violence and sexual assault, child protection, mental health issues,alcohol and other drug use, parenting and life skills
  • Experience in planning, facilitating and evaluating groups for parents and for young people
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working in a strengths-based, solution-focused, trauma-informed practice informed by principles of social justice, feminism, accountability, transparency and equality
  • Current NSW or National Driver’s Licence, WWCC number and Criminal History Check.

Full Time Caseworker/Counsellor with expertise working with children as well as adults in DFV (35 hours per week)

Specific Functions:

Counselling/Case Management

  • To work with families (ie all or some members of families, children and young people) in a therapeutic, developmental, and supportive role and informed by strength based approaches, in their own homes, outreach venues or centre based
  • To assess, plan and review work with families/children/young people
  • To assist families/children/young people to identify and achieve their goals
  • To provide counselling and information to clients
  • Referrals to other relevant services
  • To assist families/children/young people to gain access to community services and entitlements and to advocate for families/children/young people where necessary
  • To develop an in depth knowledge of resources for families/children/young people
  • To complete all accountability and administrative tasks associated with working with client families/children/young people including domestic and family violence accountability structure

Group work

  • To plan, organise, promote and facilitate groups as required
  • To evaluate all group activities

Team meetings/supervision/case review

  • To attend and participate in team meetings and case review
  • To participate in supervision with the Team Leader or designated supervisor
  • To engage in staff appraisals in accordance with Policy and Procedures

Networking

  • To assist with community liaison and promotion of the service
  • To work in active partnership with other relevant organisations
  • To attend relevant external meetings as required

Team Work

  • Participate as an active member of PSFaNS team assisting in other appropriate tasks and activities as negotiated
  • Comply with any statutory provisions, agency values and agency policies relevant to this position and PSFaNS as a whole
  • To comply with current legislation in WH&S and EEO

Advocacy

  • To advocate for families/children/young people with other services to achieve appropriate service for particular families/childre/young people n and better service provision for families in general

Training

  • To participate in staff development programs and attend specific identified training

SELECTION CRITERIA

The following selection criteria must be addressed in your application

  • Tertiary qualifications in Social Work, Psychology, Social Science or related fields
  • Demonstrated experience providing counselling/casework for families and for children and young people around complex issues including domestic and family violence and sexual assault, child protection, mental health issues, child protection, alcohol and other drug use
  • Experience in planning, facilitating and evaluating groups for parents and for children and young people
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working in a strengths-based, solution-focused, trauma-informed practice informed by principles of social justice, feminism, accountability, transparency and equality
  • Current NSW or National Driver’s Licence, WWCC number, National Criminal History Check.

Part Time Child & Family Counsellor / Caseworker (22.5 hours – 3 days per week) 

Specific Functions:

Child and Family Counselling/Case Management

  • To work with families (ie all or some members of families, children) in a therapeutic, developmental, and supportive role and informed by strength based approaches, in their own homes, outreach venues or centre based
  • To assess, plan and review work with families/children
  • To assist families/children to identify and achieve their goals
  • To provide counselling and information to clients
  • Referrals to other relevant services
  • To assist families/children to gain access to community services and entitlements and to advocate for families/children where necessary
  • To develop an in depth knowledge of resources for families/children
  • To complete all accountability and administrative tasks associated with working with client families/children

Group work

  • To plan, organise, promote and facilitate groups as required
  • To evaluate all group activities

Team meetings/supervision/case review

  • To attend and participate in team meetings and case review
  • To participate in supervision with the Team Leader or designated supervisor
  • To engage in staff appraisals in accordance with Policy and Procedures

Networking

  • To assist with community liaison and promotion of the service
  • To work in active partnership with other relevant organisations
  • To attend relevant external meetings as required

Team Work

  • Participate as an active member of PSFaNS team assisting in other appropriate tasks and activities as negotiated
  • Comply with any statutory provisions, agency values and agency policies relevant to this position and PSFaNS as a whole
  • To comply with current legislation in WH&S and EEO

Advocacy

  • To advocate for families/children with other services to achieve appropriate service for particular families/children and better service provision for families in general

Training

  • To participate in staff development programs and attend specific identified training

SELECTION CRITERIA 

  • Tertiary qualifications in Social Work, Human Services/Welfare related field
  • Experience in planning, facilitating and evaluating groups for parents and for children
  • Demonstrated experience providing counselling/casework for families and for children around complex issues including domestic violence and sexual assault, child protection, mental health issues, alcohol and other drug use, grief and loss, parenting and life skills
  • Commitment to a holistic strength based approach, informed by principles of social justice, feminism, accountability, transparency and equality
  • Proficient in Windows XP, Microsoft Word, internet/emails
  • Current NSW or National Driver’s Licence, current WWCC number and Criminal History Check.

 Preparing Your Application

Provide a cover letter

A good covering letter introduces you to us and explains why you are one of the best candidates applying for the job advertised.

Whether it’s a formal Word doc attachment or a couple of paragraphs on notepad, this is where you deliver your core message.

Address the selection criteria

Addressing the selection criteria is your opportunity to demonstrate you meet the essential requirements of the position. You should clearly state which position you are applying for and address every criteria as a separate heading.

Under each heading explain how your qualifications, skills and experience enable you to meet the specific requirements of the role. Use examples and emphasise relevant achievements.

Include an up-to-date resumé

Your resumé should be up to date and provide an overview of your work experience, educational qualifications and professional development.

It is also beneficial to include skills and experience gained outside of paid employment that may be relevant to the position. Your resume must include two referees which we may contact, one of whom must be your most recent supervisor.

Working With Us

The team at Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services are a passionate group of social innovators, team players, lifelong learners, hard workers, and change makers. We have a collaborative, creative, egalitarian culture. We love to have fun and get things done. We care about and take care of each other.

Building stronger communities doesn’t just happen. It requires the efforts of many – each bringing their own unique talents, insights, strengths, abilities and willingness to make a difference.

Above Award Conditions

We pay above award rates with additional leave entitlements. A car for personal use is available with many positions.

Tax savings

As a not-for-profit organisation, our employees are able to take advantage of salary sacrificing.

Staff development

We encourage employees to access a broad range of learning and development activities.