About the organisation
You will be joining an organisation that is energetic, passionate, innovative and champions social justice and sustainability. We value all people from all walks of life. As a team, we co-create a culture of connection, communication, learning, respect and making time for joy in our day.
DIVRS is a not-for-profit, volunteer driven organisation that delivers free services and programs to vulnerable populations in the City of Darebin. We have been working with the Darebin community for more than 30 years. We have a small part-time staff and over 140 volunteers.
We connect people to opportunity, community and support. We reduce financial stress and social isolation. We increase access to community information and build capability. We promote health and well-being, inclusion and sustainability. We create opportunities for community participation. DIVRS offers a service that is free, confidential and impartial and recognises peoples’ right to make their own decisions.
Find out more at www.divrs.org.au.
About the role
- The Complex Case Manager will provide short to medium term case management for people who are experiencing multiple and complex issues with the aim of building capacity and empowering people to take action as is right for them.
- Role is flexible. It can be worked between a 0.6FTE and 1FTE.
- Not-for-profit salary packaging (such as up to $15,900 for everyday living expenses per FBT year) available and travel allowance provided.
- We invite people from a broad range of experiences and backgrounds to apply including social work, community services, nursing, community development or a relevant field or substantial experience providing complex case management for community members.
Are you an experienced professional who takes a person-centred and strengths-based approach to working with people, with a commitment to capacity building? Want to do meaningful place-based work with the people of Darebin?
DIVRS’s Emergency Relief and Community Support Program works with community members who are in immediate crisis, experiencing financial stress or experiencing issues including housing, homelessness, family violence, legal matters and mental health. We have trained volunteer community support workers, social work and community services students on placement who provide people with information, advocacy, referrals, support and access to food, bill help and no interest loans. We do so over the phone and in person.
The Complex Case Manager will provide short to medium term case management for people who are experiencing multiple and complex issues, with the aim of building capacity and empowering people to take action as is right for them. You’ll be providing case management from DIVRS and Reservoir Neighbourhood House with fortnightly or monthly clinics at a couple of other locations in Darebin to address place-based disadvantage. There may be some out of hours and weekend work to attend community events.
With your experience, you will mentor placement students and the community support workers to best support and work with people and share knowledge and learning.
As you’ll be working across the Darebin community, you’ll be able to identify issues, themes, trends and gaps and make recommendations to address these.
The role is flexible and can be worked between 0.6 FTE and 1 FTE. The role is funded for 12 months full time or pro-rata over a longer period if part-time. Possibility of extension subject to obtaining funding. To enable this, you will write an evaluation report towards the end of the period with recommendations for the future.
COMPLEX CASE MANAGEMENT
- Work with people who are in immediate crisis, experiencing financial stress or have multiple or complex needs to provide short to medium term case management and support through a combination of tailored information, options exploration, supported referral, advocacy and casework.
- Use a person-centred, strengths-based approach to support people identify their strengths, explore options, build capacity and enable their fullest participation in goal setting, planning and decision-making.
- Establish effective relationships, develop trust and help a person feel safe to encourage discussion of issues and empower people to take action as is right for them.
- Keep accurate, up-to-date records and data and maintain confidentiality.
- Write case studies and reports as required.
WORKING TOGETHER AND MENTORING
- Develop and maintain effective relationships with community agencies, services and partner organisations.
- Attend relevant meetings and community events.
- Mentor volunteer community support workers and placement students to best support and work with people.
- Share knowledge and learning with staff, volunteers and students.
- Opportunity to supervise students if this is an area of interest for you.
- Identify issues, themes, trends and gaps for the Darebin community and make recommendations to address these.
- Write an evaluation report with recommendations for the future.
- Tertiary qualification in social work, community services, nursing, community development or a relevant field or substantial experience providing complex case management for community members.
- Substantial experience working with people with complex needs and experiencing vulnerabilities using a holistic, person-centred and strengths-based approach.
- Excellent ability to work sensitively, flexibly and respectfully with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences and strong relationship management skills.
- Strong communication and advocacy skills.
- Experience mentoring people and sharing knowledge and learning.
- Experience in community capacity building and ability to take initiative and work collaboratively with others.
- Effective prioritisation, organisational and problem-solving skills, with sound judgement and a proven ability to manage a complex case load.
- Resonate with our values and bring kindness, a willingness to listen and positivity to how you work.
- Current driver’s licence and access to a vehicle.
Employment is subject to relevant checks.
How to apply
Submit your CV and a cover letter (no more than one page) with why you’re a great fit for this role, what you can bring to it and your interest in working with DIVRS.
Please call Fiona Scoullar, Health and Wellbeing Program Leader on 9480 8215 or 0498 262 180 if you’d like to discuss this opportunity.
Please quote in application: Complex Case Manager via Pro Bono Australia.
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