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School Attendance Officer - Meekatharra

Apply now Job no: 986037
Work type: Max Term (Part Time)
Location: WA
Categories: Community Services, Education

  • Part Time (22.8 hours per week) Max Term Contract to December 2021
  • Location: Meekatharra, WA
  • 5 weeks annual leave, additional personal leave and regional allowance benefits!


About Us

Mission Australia is a non-denominational Christian charity that has been helping vulnerable Australians move towards independence for more than 160 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 are generously supported by our funders, partners and tens of thousands of everyday Australians, who make the work of our tireless volunteers and staff possible.

Mission Australia is committed to keeping children and young people safe with zero tolerance of harm or abuse, and expect all our employees and volunteers to reflect this commitment. 


Your Opportunity

An exciting and rare opportunity has become available to join the organisation as a School Attendance Officer with the Meekatharra Remote School Attendance Strategy.

This role will attract an enthusiastic community member who is passionate about education, keen to increase rates of school attendance and has a good understanding of the increased life opportunities that an education can bring.  The successful applicant will have a sound knowledge of the issues impacting on families, an understanding of the strength of culture in small remote communities and the capacity to develop and maintain professional relationships with varying individuals, families and stakeholder groups.

The successful candidate will be able to use their skills to connect with local students and families, the school, local Elders, stakeholder groups and the community to focus on increasing school attendance for young people in Meekatharra

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Work alongside families to identify important issues impacting on school attendance;
  • Connect with external stakeholders to improve service delivery and address key challenges in the community;
  • Provide young people with transport to and from school as required;
  • Undertake administrative duties including collecting data and reporting information and statistics.


Requirements for Success

To be successful in this role, you will need to possess:

  • A passion for education;
  • An ability to work with young people, families and stakeholders;
  • An understanding of the local community.

Before starting work with us, you will need to undertake a national police history check, qualifications and referee checks and have a clearance to work with children/vulnerable people. 


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)
  • Generous discounts with hotels, travel insurance and major retailers
  • 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.

As such, if you require any adjustments to submit your application, we invite you to get in touch via email or phone 08 9225 0453.


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 click here to view the position description or contact Jackie Bickendorf, Programs Manager in Meekatharra, on 9956 5100. For further information regarding working with us visit Working for Mission Australia.

Please send through your applications as soon as possible as shortlisting will commence straight away.

Advertised: W. Australia Standard Time
Application close: W. Australia Standard Time

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Founding Purpose - 'Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God'