About the Role
- Location: Preston
- Full time (38 hrs pw), Ongoing – 6 months’ probation
The Team leader forms part of a multidisciplinary team of highly qualified and experienced staff from a range of professional backgrounds. The principle role of the Team leader is to oversee the day to day management of the Stronger Families and Restorations programs and to guide, supervise and support caseworkers in the delivery of the service. In addition, the Team leader has a key role in providing culturally safe support, guidance and mentoring to caseworkers in the two programs.
It is the Team leader’s responsibility to ensure that any actions or decisions made are in the best interests of the child, and that families receive a service that is culturally relevant, trauma-informed, strengths based and holistic. It is expected that the team leader has a good understanding of the practice tools, manuals, forms and checklists relevant to the effective operation of the two programs.
The Team leader will also have a key role in ensuring caseworkers are familiar with and adhere to relevant VACCA policies.
To be considered for this role you must demonstrate:
- Awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal communities and culture and an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal people in contemporary Australia
- An ability to work in a culturally respectful and competent manner with young people, their families and communities to ensure that cultural connections are fostered and maintained
- A sophisticated understanding of the child and family welfare legislative and policy context, theories of attachment, trauma and child development as well as relevant risk assessment frameworks, service responses and interventions in working with vulnerable families.
- A proven ability to develop, manage and lead a team in quality casework practice, with a demonstrated capacity to: assess and manage risk for highly vulnerable children and families; develop innovative strategies and make decisions in the best interest of the child; effectively manage conflict; engage and negotiate with key stakeholders; assess staff competencies and needs and provide critically reflective supervision; critically review service data and outcomes; consistently meet programs objectives and service targets.
- Highly developed organizational abilities, interpersonal and communication skills including the capacity to negotiate and work effectively with a range of individuals and agencies so that program objectives are achieved.
- The successful applicant will be required to hold a tertiary qualification in social work, youth work, psychology or a related discipline and have at least three years’ experience in the child and family services system.
- Ability to provide on-call crisis support and work flexible hours when required
Application deadline is Wednesday 17th October 2018
About the Organisation
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) operates within the context that Aboriginal children continue to be significantly overrepresented in the protection and care system within Victoria. VACCA considers that it has the responsibility and the opportunity to promote, advocate for and achieve positive changes in the lives of Aboriginal children, their families and the broader Aboriginal community.
If you like to be part of an Organization that strives in strengthening the safety and wellbeing and cultural connectedness of Aboriginal children, individuals and families in their community, we want to hear from you
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Please quote in application: Team Leader – Stronger Families and Restorations Programs via Pro Bono Australia.