Community Connections Coordinator

Bairnsdale & Gippsland
Community Services & Development
Child Welfare, Youth & Family Services
Part time
Posted 5d ago
  • Morwell location, Gunaikurnai Country
  • Part time (0.8EFT), permanent role
  • Salary package full time equivalent to $102k pa (inclusive of base salary – $84k FTE, super and salary packaging)

For over 140 years, Berry Street has adapted to a changing world, and we will continue to adapt to achieve our purpose. We believe children, young people and families should be safe, thriving and hopeful. Our Vision for 2022: Together we will courageously change lives and reimagine service systems. We look forward to working with children, young people, families, carers, staff and partners to achieve this vision. Together.

The Opportunity

Berry Street and Whitelion have been contracted by DFFH to deliver the Community Connections service offer featured in the Better Futures model in the Gippsland area, with the aim to build networks of supportive relationships for young people in their local community. This is a hybrid model which encompasses the following key services;

  • Community engagement and capacity building
  • Harness community effort through a place-based partnership approach
  • Mentoring.

About You

The Community Connections Coordinator is an exciting transitionary role that will continue to develop with time and requires an individual who is able to adapt with the possible ever-changing needs and direction of the program. The role will broker access to mainstream opportunities, networks and resources for young people transitioning from care, so that they can build enabling and social connections that will help them achieve their goals and support their transition to independence.

Our ideal candidate will have a clear understanding of care services and the issues confronting vulnerable young people (including culturally & linguistically diverse, family violence, substance abuse, child abuse and child safety, mental health and relationships) and their families within Out of Home Care, along with the ability to build relationships and collaborations with a wide range of stakeholders.

To be considered for this role you must have a qualification in Social Work, Youth Work, Community Services or another relevant field.

The Benefits

  • Additional salary packaging available for meals/accommodation.
  • Flexible work arrangements and generous leave conditions.
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), including access for staff members’ immediate family.

How to Apply

Applications including resume and one page cover letter addressing your suitability for the position to be submitted by 11pm on Thursday, 9th December 2021.

Queries to Courtney Pulis, Team Leader Community Programs on 03 5134 5971.

Please Note; the successful applicant will be subject to comprehensive reference and background checking prior to employment, including a Working with Children Check and National Police Check.

Berry Street is committed to being a child safe, child friendly and child empowering organisation. In everything we do we seek to protect children. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; children with a disability; children who identify with a sexual and or gender minority identity. We aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their cultural background, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, spirituality or religion.

Aboriginal people; people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability are encouraged to apply.

Berry Street is categorised as an Authorised Provider and this position is considered authorised work and subject to mandatory Covid-19 vaccination requirements. You will be asked about your vaccination or exemption status and any accompanying evidence should your application proceed.

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