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Family & Community Worker - Bella Vista

Wesley Community and Family Care

  • full-time permanent role
  • based at Bella Vista, working across Blacktown & Baulkham Hills
  • salary + fully maintained vehicle + 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

Wesley Mission has a real mission – to reach out to a community with real needs. Through witness, work and with the help of supporters we can turn lives around for good. As part of Wesley’s Community and Family Care group, the Targeted Earlier Intervention (TEI) program (funded by NSW Department of Community and Justice) has a focus on earlier intervention. The TEI program provides targeted services at the point where they can have the most impact - early in life and early in need. By encouraging community based solutions, alongside tailored formal supports, TEI services can ultimately prevent children and young people from entering the statutory child protection system.

This is a dynamic and challenging opportunity for an experienced professional to join a committed organisation that is well respected in the sector.

About the role

The Family and Community team is funded by the NSW Department of Community and Justice under the Targeted Earlier Intervention program.

The Family and Community team will provide a universal, early intervention service providing early engagement activities through to a quality case work model. Some of these activities include:

  • early intervention support to families and their young people aged 0-12 years, in their homes
  • information, referral and brief assistance
  • deliver group programs to parents to help them understand and reflect on their relationship with their children so connection and safety can grow
  • engage with community through events to grow the profile of the service and connect with families and stakeholders

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 Check and criminal record history check.

Demonstrated behaviours

  • willingness to affirm Wesley Mission’s vision, mission and values and enthusiastically advocate our Word and deed ministry
  • demonstrated ability to work unsupervised as well as an effective team player with a positive can-do attitude
  • relates well to a range of people with sound listening and problem-solving skills
  • confident professional with strong initiative and business acumen
  • displays emotional maturity and resilience
  • relevant tertiary qualification in Social Work, Community Welfare or related field
  • knowledge and experience of case management practice from a strengths

Essential criteria

  • relevant tertiary qualification in Social Work, Community Welfare or related field
  • knowledge and experience of case management practice from a strengths based/solution focused perspective
  • demonstrated ability to engage families at the point of initial service contact, build relationships of trust and cooperation, problem solve and resolve conflict
  • ability to demonstrate your high-level written and verbal communication skills, with experience developing case summaries and entering these into electronic client management systems
  • high-level ability to liaise, develop and maintain relationships with professional groups including government and non-government stakeholders
  • ability to work effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background. Please describe your understanding of the impacts of colonisation and the barriers this creates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities
  • demonstrated experience of facilitating groups using the principles of empathy, awareness of group dynamics and consensus building within an inclusive environment
  • commitment to continuous improvement and WH&S Principles
  • willingness to affirm Wesley Mission’s vision, mission and values and attend Wesley Mission events
  • flexibility to work some evenings and occasional Saturdays
  • current NSW or National driver’s license and Working with Children Check

Desirable criteria

  • working knowledge of an evidence based case management system
  • working knowledge of the local child and family support sector

Wesley Child, Youth and Family service is committed to ensuring our workforce reflects the communities we work within. We strongly encourage people from the following background/s to apply:

  • First Nations people
  • Identifying as LGBTQIA+
  • People of colour (e.g. identifying as cultural, religious and/or ethnically diverse)

Remuneration

Salary and employment conditions are in accordance with the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010, Level 5, with capacity for salary packaging. Superannuation is paid in addition at 9.5%.

Closing date

Tuesday 9 June 2020, by 5pm.

Apply now

Please send your most recent resume and a cover letter addressing the essential and desirable criteria set out above to:

Jeremiah Wilkes

Email: Jeremiah.Wilkes@wesleymission.org.au

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.

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