About the Role
Summary of program and its objectives:
Local Area Coordination (LAC) is a pivotal function in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The role of LAC is to:
- link people to the NDIS – this means helping participants to access and plan under the NDIS, find providers and community networks and linkages
- link people with disability, their families and carers to information and support in the community – this means that LAC is a doorway that any person with disability, their families and carers can walk into to get a better understanding of what is available in their community
- work with their local community to make sure it is more welcoming and inclusive for people with disability – this means helping local communities to develop their understanding of people with disability, their needs and how they might be able to work together at all levels to achieve a better outcome.
Main responsibilities of the role:
Senior Local Area Coordinators are team leaders responsible for overseeing a team of Local Area Coordinators. Senior LACs serve as subject matter and practice experts in one or more areas of disability. In addition to supervising a team, Senior LACs are expert advisors who mentor LACs across the department on best practice and developments in their area of expertise to ensure that the Brotherhood delivers a high quality service.
Senior LACs maintain a caseload, working with people with disability to advocate, plan, organise and access the support and services needed to live an ordinary life. This includes assessing each person’s eligibility for NDIS and (where eligible) helping to establish NDIS plans with reasonable and necessary supports. Senior Local Area Coordinators also build community capacity and assist people with disability to access mainstream services regardless of NDIS eligibility.
To meet the selection criteria, candidates will require:
- relevant qualifications in allied health, disability services, education, human services, community development, social work or other qualification in line with the responsibilities of the position
- professional experience in role related to disability service provision OR Demonstrated experience in community development
- demonstrated ability and commitment to helping people attain their goals
- experience with highly accountable processes that are subject to external review
- proven interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills with the ability to build effective relationships and liaise across all levels both internally, externally and with people from diverse backgrounds
- proven ability to work as part of a team
- well-developed organisational and time management skills with the ability to prioritise and manage workload effectively
- demonstrated ability to identify and resolve problems and make appropriate recommendations
- understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood and the scheme.
- experience in customer facing environments that support or provide services to the community
This is a full time position working 38 hours per week. We have positions available in North East Melbourne (Preston) and Hume Moreland (Broadmeadows and Coburg).
Salary will be in the range of $83,734.10 – $87,519.72 per annum, based on skills and experience plus superannuation. Attractive salary packaging provisions are available to increase take home pay.
A copy of the position description can be downloaded at http://careers.bsl.org.au/cw/en/job/492370/senior-local-area-coordinator
For further information about the role phone Bridie Shea on 0437 489 911.
As part of the Brotherhood’s recruitment and selection process, applicants will be required to undergo pre-employment checks as required, applicants will be subject to, but not limited to, the following checks: National (and International if applicable) Police Check, Victorian Employee Working with Children Check, Right to Work in Australia, Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme Check and current professional registration.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence has a vision of an Australia free of Poverty. We embrace, and value, diversity of culture, working arrangements, sexual orientation and gender identity to ensure our workforce is representative of the community that we work within. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include and welcome unique contributions of all people. We embrace and celebrate the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, their skills and contribution to our organisation.
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Applications close: Monday, 27 May 2019.
Please quote in application: Senior Local Area Coordinator via Pro Bono Australia.