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Youth Worker

Apply now Job no: 984714
Work type: Fixed Term (Full Time)
Location: NT
Categories: Community Services

Youth Worker

  • Full Time, Fixed Term 12-month contract
  • Location: Alice Springs- working outreach and onsite at St Joseph Catholic Flexible Learning Centre
  • Opportunity to help the lives of Australians in need

About Us

Mission Australia is a non-denominational Christian charity that has been helping vulnerable Australians move towards independence for more than 155 years.

Every day we support people nationwide by combatting homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies and much more.

We're generously supported by our funders, partners and tens of thousands of everyday Australians, who make the work of our tireless volunteers and staff possible.

Your Opportunity

Join a brand new service supporting student engagement, wellbeing and social inclusion within the St Joseph’ Catholic Flexible Learning Centre (SJCFLC) program. You will be required to provide outreach services and work onsite at the school to support and mentor young people and their families and carers.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Induct each young person into the Flexible Learning Centre and educate them and their families of their rights and responsibilities.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with young people, their families and carers who may have high and complex needs.
  • Establish strong partnerships with support services and specialist services to link and share necessary information to facilitate positive educational and social wellbeing outcomes.
  • Support young people with further education, workplace preparation programs and employment opportunities.

Requirements for Success

  • Experience in engaging and rapport building with young people with high and complex needs, their families and community, to support educational and wellbeing outcomes.
  • Demonstrated experience in the youth sector with knowledge and understanding of the local Aboriginal community.
  • Strong communication skills, including oral and written skills, writing reports and case files, and the ability to advocate on behalf of young people.
  • Ability to respond quickly in a crisis situation, and make appropriate decision to ensure the safety of young people, yourself and/or other staff.
  • Certificate IV or Diploma in Youth Work or Youth Justice or similar would be highly regarded.

As part of our Employment screening process you will be required to undertake a National Criminal History Check if you haven’t completed one in the last 12 months.

In addition, there is a requirement to possess a current Working with Children check or apply if you do not already hold one. It is unlawful for prohibited persons to apply for work with children, and, as such, prohibited persons cannot apply for this role.

Please note that an external panel member from St Joseph Catholic will be involved in the recruitment process for this position and hence your application will be shared with a representative from this organisation.

Culture & Benefits  

A career with Mission Australia will offer you rewarding experiences to make a difference to the lives of Australians in need. We have an innovative and supportive culture guided by our values of compassion, integrity, respect, perseverance and celebration.

To ensure our employees feel valued, empowered and celebrated we provide a range of employee benefits including:

  • NFP salary packaging benefits reducing taxable income (details via Advantage)
  • Free, confidential counselling services via our EAP
  • Discounted health care with Medibank Private

Diversity & Inclusion

Mission Australia is an inclusive employer. We celebrate our diversity and strive to reflect contemporary Australian society and all the communities in which we work, in order to better serve our clients. We welcome and encourage applications from Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, People with Disability, Sexually and Gender Diverse people, people with lived experience of adversity and from people of all ages.

Next Steps

To be considered for this opportunity, please click ‘apply’ and send your cover letter and resume today.

For more information, feel free to view the Job Description via Download File Youth Worker- Flexible Learning 2019.pdf

For further information regarding working with us visit Working for Mission Australia.

Applications close midnight, Monday 28th January 2019, however we encourage you to apply earlier than later as shortlisting will begin before the closing date.

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