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Aboriginal Team Leader - Penrith

Wesley Brighter Futures

  • full-time permanent position
  • based in Penrith – working in the Cumberland, Blacktown and Penrith areas
  • salary + car allowance + super + salary packaging benefits

About us

Wesley Mission is a high profile, multi-faceted Christian organisation making a real difference in the community. We work with the most disadvantaged in our community by providing over 200 services ranging from aged care, homeless services, child and family care, counselling, employment, training and education, and health services.

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

As part of Wesley’s Community and Family Care group, the Brighter Futures program funded by NSW Family and Community Services provides voluntary child focused targeted support to vulnerable families with children aged 0-8 years to prevent them from entering or escalating into the child protection system. This is a dynamic and challenging opportunity for an experienced professional to join committed teams that are well respected in the sector.

About the role

The successful applicant will lead and be a part of a team providing a professional and collaborative child centred and family focused early intervention service to children and families to prevent issues escalating further which might put them at risk of entering the child protection system.

Wesley Mission provides regular supervision and support for all staff as well as range of opportunities for professional development and staff benefits. This is a child-related position and preferred applicants will be required to undergo a working with children’s check and criminal record history check.

Essential criteria

  • Tertiary qualification(s) in Psychology, Counselling, Social Work, Social Science or related fields
  • At least 4 years’ experience in working with family, that involves the identification and analysis of safety and wellbeing concerns for children
  • Sound understanding of the range of issues faced by vulnerable children and families in child protection and early intervention models of service provision
  • Demonstrated ability to engage families at the point of initial service contact, build relationships of trust and cooperation, problem solve and support planning
  • Working knowledge of and commitment to evidence-based practice, trauma informed, child centred and family focused practice, collaborative, strengths based and solution focused practice
  • Commitment to continuous improvement and WH&S Principles
  • Experience in managing internal and external stakeholders to achieve set objectives
  • Experience in program implementation and evidence based programs
  • Experience in managing fidelity of programs through recordings, group supervision and direct supervision methods
  • Experience in managing organisational change
  • Proven organisational skills, ability to multi-task, prioritise workloads and meet deadlines and budgets
  • High level self-management and critical analysis skills
  • Demonstrable skills in conflict resolution and change management
  • Experience in managing a team and developing team for superior performance
  • Outstanding written and interpersonal skills, flexible, patient and ability to relate well to a range of individuals
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Current NSW or National driver’s licence
  • Cultural competence and experience working alongside CALD and Aboriginal families
  • Must identify and be recognised as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

Desirable criteria

  • Working knowledge of the local child and family support sector for the area which you are applying
  • Experience in SafeCare delivery, or other parenting programs
  • Experience in managing electronic files and data bases
  • An appreciation of the challenges involved in managing a diverse workforce within a not for profit environment.


Salary and employment conditions are in accordance with the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010, Level 6, with capacity for salary packaging and the provision of a fully maintained motor vehicle available for private use. Superannuation is paid in addition at 9.5%.

Due to the nature of the role, this program requires applicants to be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

(Exemption under Section 14D of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977, NSW)

Closing date

4th October 2019

Apply now

Please find a copy of the Position Description here.

Please submit a cover letter addressing the selection criteria, your resume with current referees to:

All applications must address all essential criteria. If this is not done the application will not be considered.

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).

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