ParentsNext Consultant | Fairfield

Wesley ParentsNext

  • part-time position (3 days per week)
  • Arabic-Speaking Consultant highly desired
  • salary + super + salary packaging benefits
  • work in a creative and supportive working environment.

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

ParentsNext is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

ParentsNext is a pre-employment program that aims to help parents with young children to plan and prepare for employment by the time their youngest child reaches school age, or sooner if they wish to do so.

ParentsNext is delivered in two streams: an Intensive Stream and a Targeted Stream. The Intensive Stream operates in areas identified as having a high level of disadvantage and/or a high proportion of Indigenous parents. The Targeted Stream operates in all non-remote regions excluding any Intensive Stream locations in those non-remote regions.

The objectives of ParentsNext are to:

  • target early intervention assistance to parents at risk of long-term welfare dependency
  • support parents to identify and reach their education and employment goals
  • plan and prepare for employment through appropriate activities in accordance with the guidelines
  • connect job seekers with contemporary, relevant, and accessible work opportunities
  • support parents in sustaining initial stages of their employment.

About the role

We are currently seeking people with the ability to

  • provide a warm, respectful and welcoming experience for parents and children
  • uphold privacy and confidentiality in all aspects of work and ensure that confidentiality is adhered to always with families and staff
  • provide vocational guidance tailored to the participant’s goals and connect participants to suitable opportunities, resources, places and specialist agencies
  • create and maintain strong relationships with employment services and employers to identify job opportunities for parents.
  • administer the Job Seeker Classification Index (JSCI) tool, where required, and Work Readiness Tool™ to assess the skills, capabilities and any non-vocational barriers for the participants
  • work within the NSW Care and Protection Framework, actively screen for children at risk of harm and report appropriately.
  • work within the NSW Principles guiding the protection of children impacted by domestic and family violence.

You will be responsible for

  • monitoring and recording participants’ engagement and progress. This includes but is not limited to conducting follow up, seeking regular feedback on activities and referrals, updating plans as required, addressing participation issues as they arise, and managing and supporting participants with multiple and complex needs including non-vocational barriers
  • updating and maintaining accurate, complete and timely records and referrals in relevant databases
  • developing pathways and partnerships to continuously improve supported referrals, connections and sector capacity building within the local community and service system
  • working within ParentsNext guidelines and practice principles to attain and sustain employment outcomes, educational outcomes and for parents to remain connected to the ParentsNext program
  • working within an evidence informed practice to provide services to the target group
  • achieving performance targets including employment, education and social connectedness.

Selection Criteria

Essential criteria

  • relevant degree with relevant experience, associate diploma with substantial experience, qualifications in more than one discipline, less formal qualifications with specialised skills sufficient to perform at this level or attained through previous appointments, service and/or study an equivalent level of experience and expertise to undertake the range of activities required
  • extensive experience in job services, and/or disability employment services and associated systems
  • experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) organisations and communities
  • demonstrated ability to engage families at the point of initial service contact, build relationships of trust and cooperation, problem solve and resolve conflict
  • high level written and verbal communication skills, with experience developing case summaries and completing child protection reports
  • high level ability to liaise, develop and maintain relationships with professional groups and businesses
  • commitment to continuous improvement and WH&S Principles
  • willingness to affirm Wesley Mission’s vision, mission and values
  • current NSW or National Driver’s License
  • be able to meet relevant pre-employment checks including Working with Children Check.

Desirable criteria

  • strong local, collaborative relationships in health and/or community, local employers and training organisations
  • multilingual is an advantage especially Arabic or Vietnamese speaking or extensive experience supporting people whose first language is not English. 


Salary and employment conditions are in accordance with the SCHADS 4 Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award.

Closing date

Monday 5 December 2022, 5pm.

Apply now

To be considered for this position applicants must submit all of the following:

  1. a brief cover letter
  2. a written application outlining how you meet each of the essential and desireable selection criteria
  3. a copy of your CV/resume.

Only shortlisted applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application.

For further information, or to apply, please contact:

Heather McIntyre, Operations Manager

Phone: 0423 782 580


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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