About the role
An exciting opportunity to make a real difference!
We are looking for a highly skilled, energetic, passionate professional to join a growing team at an exciting time, with the potential for its work to become a major social enterprise.
This is a fantastic opportunity to share your NDIS knowledge, provide mentoring, and use your creative problem-solving skills to support and build the capacity of key professionals who work alongside people with disabilities who are stuck in hospital and require suitable interim and/or long-term housing.
Working with hospital professionals and support coordinators to articulate a person’s housing needs and preferences, you will demonstrate how to carry out an innovative and rigorous housing search to enable people with disability who are stuck in hospital to discharge to a suitable home.
You will present suitable housing options back to the professionals so that the person with a disability with their close others and/or guardian can choose which housing option best aligns with their needs and preferences.
Your work will also contribute to the development of a national repository of resources for supporting people with disabilities and complex needs.
In return you will receive ongoing support and mentoring from a passionate and experienced team with expertise in NDIS, housing and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) – and the incredible rewards that come from the knowledge that your work is truly making a difference to people’s lives.
You have solid, well-rounded experience working with people with disability and complex needs, particularly people in hospital, disability housing, residential aged care, or at risk of being forced to live inappropriately in aged care. You have a working knowledge of NDIS, its framework, structure, and practice.
You are committed to providing services that honour people with disability rights, choice, control, and inclusion, particularly any experience related to housing and support. Your strong multiple stakeholder management, mentoring and presentation skills will ensure your success in facilitating complex discussions to reach an outcome.
You have an undergraduate allied health degree or extensive relevant experience working in disability, health, housing or social services sector, together with evidence of eligibility for relevant professional membership.
What else you need
- A current motor vehicle licence or equivalent capacity to travel as required
- Hold, or be willing to undertake and pass, a National Police History Check and Victorian Working With Children Check
What we offer
- The Summer Foundation has flexible and supportive work practices. We encourage and welcome people with lived experience of disability to apply.
- The Summer Foundation also offers Salary Packaging, a supportive and collaborative team environment and the opportunity to feel good about what you achieve at the end of the day.
- Fixed term full time contract to 31 December 2021 (1.00 FTE, 37.5 hours per week), with potential for extension
- Flexible location (Head Office in Box Hill, Victoria)
For further information about working with Summer Foundation and to view the position description please visit the Job Opportunities section of our website via https://www.summerfoundation.org.au/get-involved/job-opportunities/. The position description as also available when you are redirected to our recruitment system.
About the organisation
Today in Australia, approximately 4,500 young people with disabilities live in residential aged care (RAC). Young people typically enter RAC following a hospital admission – triggered by the sudden onset of disability, a change in circumstance or an increase in the level of complexity in required support. The default housing solution at the point of discharge is often RAC.
About Summer Foundation
The Summer Foundation’s aim is to resolve the issue of younger people living in RAC. Our Mission is to create, lead and demonstrate the long-term sustainable change that stops young people from being forced to live in nursing homes because there is nowhere else for them.
We use a range of strategies to influence health, housing, aged care and disability service policy and practice related to this target group.
How to apply
Initial questions you will be asked to respond to as part of your application:
- Describe a situation where you have used a mentoring approach to teach a new concept or skill.
- Describe a time where you have used innovation to solve a problem.
- Our work promotes participant choice and control, and a rights-based approach to housing. Please explain your understanding of this.
- Please click ‘Apply Now’ to be redirected to our recruitment system where you will be asked to upload a cover letter and resume and respond to the above questions against the Key Selection Criteria. There will be several stages to the recruitment process.
- The closing date is Sunday 8 August 2021.
Please quote in application: Housing Brokerage Service Coordinator via Pro Bono Australia.