2019 Impact 25
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Manager Disability Royal Commission Counselling Service

Organisation : drummond street services

Location : Melbourne, VIC Regional

Work type : Contract/Temporary

Profession : Social & Support Work

Sector : Consulting, Disabilities, Families, Mental Health

Salary type : Other

Application closing date : 9 Dec, 2019

About the role

  • Are you committed to social justice and want to become an agent of change?
  • Recent inquiries and reports have shown that people with disability are more likely to experience violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation than people without disability. This is your opportunity to contribute to their recovery.

Your role as Manager

drummond street is seeking a Manager to join their Disability Royal Commission Frontline Counselling Service on a full-time, contract basis until the end of June 2022. This role will be based in Carlton, with travel with metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria required.

Reporting to the General Manager Northern Region, this role will see you lead and collaborate with a trans-disciplinary trauma informed team to ensure delivery of high quality, client led counselling services. An extremely important position contributing to the success of the Royal Commission, you’ll provide a diverse range of services relevant to each person’s situation, harnessing opportunities to facilitate and encourage an ongoing, open connection and dialogue.

About you

drummond street services is welcoming applications from creative and compassionate individuals who are looking to become part of a team committed to social justice for people with disability, their families and carers. You’ll be driven to promote positive change and always provide the highest level of service. 

The following will be essential in this position:

  • A Social Work, Family Therapy or Psychology qualification, along with other training and experience related to management of trauma informed counselling services for people with disability, their families and carers
  • A minimum of three years Management experience in the disability sector and family services/mental health sectors, leading cross-disciplinary teams
  • Demonstrated capability to develop effective collaborative partnerships with a range of stakeholders and networks that promote the service, create pathways into the service and establish protocols for referral
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of therapeutic & supportive counselling approaches for people with people with disability, their families and carers
  • Demonstrated knowledge of complex trauma and recovery approaches to intervention
  • Strong leadership and ability to support and develop practice staff.
  • Ability to contribute to organisation including culture, people, research, best practice and sustainability including income generation
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diversity, including women with disability, children with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, LGBTIQ+, refugee and people of colour Tertiary qualification in a relevant field (i.e. Psychology, Social Work, Mental Health) and further training in relation to family work

Applicants who have a lived experience are encouraged to apply.

A rewarding opportunity

This is an incredibly gratifying opportunity to act as a key change-agent within a passionate NFP organisation.

Upon joining drummond street services, you’ll be welcomed into a hard-working, compassionate and supportive team of individuals from diverse backgrounds. You’ll leave each and every day knowing you’ve made a positive impact on the delivery of support services and a true difference to the lives of people with disability, their families and carers.

In return for your dedication and commitment, you will be offered an attractive remuneration package (negotiable based on experience), as well as salary packaging options.

If you’re looking to contribute to positive change and make a difference to the lives of survivors – Apply Now!

About the organisation

Organisation Name : drummond street services

About drummond street services & the Disability Royal Commission Frontline Counselling Service

drummond street services (DS) is a not-for-profit, non-denominational agency that has over 130 years in the development and delivery of innovative services that strengthen families and communities with a strong focus on evidence-based/informed practice and across the prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery spectrum of universal and targeted support.

On 5 April 2019, the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, and Minister for Families and Social Services, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, announced the establishment of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. Learnings from the Royal Commission will help to inform Australian governments, institutions and the wider community on how to prevent, and better protect, people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in the future

Disability Royal Commission Frontline Counselling Service provides state wide, trauma informed counselling services to people that have been affected by the Royal Commission that are accessible, client-focused and meet the needs of people with disability, their families and carers. Delivering face-to-face, phone and online sessions to meet the diversity of clients and localities, the service will also provide supportive referrals to legal support services, advocates, financial support services, counselling and psychological care providers and refer to or collaborate with appropriate services to provide social and practical support to clients such as housing, health, mental health, financial and aged care services in order to meet the critical needs of the individual. The service offers a recovery model of support that is flexible, compassionate, respectful, empowering and holistic.

How to apply for this role

All applicants must provide a resume and address all the following questions for their application to be considered. Applicants should try to keep their responses to not more than about 250 words per question.

  1. Outline your experience in working with people with disability, their families and carers.
  2. Describe your experience with establishing new services and managing high performing teams
  3. Elaborate on your experience providing trauma informed recovery-oriented counselling services to individuals and families, highlighting your work with people with disability – this can include individual/family work and group work
  4. Why do you believe that lived experience is an essential part of a recovery-oriented service to people with disability who victim/survivors of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, their families and carers?

For further information contact Andrew Rush General Manager Northern Region on 03 9663 6733. Applications should be sent to recruitment@ds.org.au, using the subject line:  Manager Disability Royal Commission Counselling Service


Please quote in application: Manager Disability Royal Commission Counselling Service via Pro Bono Australia.


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