About the organisation
Brave Foundation is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that equips expecting and parenting teens with resources, referral and education opportunities to facilitate happy, healthy, and skilled families over time.
Our vision is to build a village of support and acceptance around expecting and parenting teens. We believe in the boundless potential of all by transforming social connections.
Our mission is to build a virtual village of support around each person by creating a network of meaningful connections to ideas, people, services, and resources.
Our core program ‘Supporting Expecting and Parenting Teens’ (SEPT) is delivered by a team of professional mentors currently based in Darwin, Newcastle, Greater Melbourne, Geelong, Perth, Greater Hobart, Greater Launceston and with Virtual Mentors providing online support Australia wide.
About the role
As a Brave Foundation Mentor, you are a central figure within Brave working with young people who voluntarily choose to participate within the SEPT Program.
Under the program, a tailored ‘Pathway Plan’ is developed to guide participants through an interactive and flexible mentoring program designed to help them identify and pursue their goals – and connect to opportunities and support services – in the areas of workforce readiness and training, parenting support, health and wellbeing, financial and other life skills, and educational prospects within their local communities.
Collaboration with existing government and community service providers is central to the SEPT model. SEPT supports expecting and parenting young people to navigate multiple providers across the complex service landscape.
We are seeking applicants who have strong interpersonal and communication skills with a passion for making a difference through holistic mentoring, helping young people to navigate their parenting journey. To be successful, you will need a solution focused attitude, excellent time management skills, and be a motivated self-starter with the ability to work autonomously and as part of an extended team.
Brave Foundation is committed to protecting children and young people from harm. We require all applicants to undergo an extensive screening process prior to appointment. All successful applicants must hold or be willing to undergo a National Police Check and Working with Children Check prior to commencement.
This position is for a approx. two year fixed term full time contract offered as a 1FTE to assist in the delivery of the SEPT program under a federally funded grant.
Benefits and perks
As a not for profit registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission, Brave offers our employees attractive salary packaging options (option to package up to $15,900 for general living expenses and an additional $2,650 for entertainment benefits per annum). Additional benefits include a focus on professional development and access confidential counselling services through our Employee Assistance Program
Brave’s workplace culture encourages a healthy work life balance, allowing for flexible working hours and the ability to work partly from home depending on job requirements.
Key Selection Criteria – To be addressed in cover letter
- Relevant qualifications and/or demonstrated experience in community services, youth work, education, or primary health care setting
- Build respectful and trusting working relationships and work with young people to identify their needs, rights, strengths, and opportunities.
- Understanding of the responsibilities associated with working with young people including, boundaries, confidentiality, duty of care, relevant legislation, common law obligations and professional conduct.
- An understanding of the complexity of youth issues including homelessness, mental health, transport, service system and trauma
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to obtain relevant information, negotiate and influence decision making both with internal and external stakeholders, participants, and colleagues
- Ability to work effectively with a range of stakeholder groups, including adolescents, families, professionals, and other personnel from a wide range of social, economic, and cultural backgrounds and linguistic needs
- Ability to self-motivate and work autonomously in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
- Experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities
- Ability to work co-operatively and effectively within the team as well as independently with minimal local supervision
- High proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite in particular Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
- Knowledge of, or willingness to obtain knowledge of, issues associated with teen pregnancy and parenthood
- Excellent ability to develop trust and manage relationships
- High emotional intelligence and accountability
- High level of professional maturity and adaptability
- Problem solving skills and “can do” positive attitude
- A flexible, calm, empathetic and non-judgmental nature – with a great sense of humour.
For a full copy of the position description, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply
Please submit a cover letter addressing Key Selection Criteria together with a current CV to SEPTProject@bravefoundation.org.au
Please include in the subject line of the email ‘Mentor Cairns Application’
Applications close 5pm 11th July 2022
Applications will be processed, and candidates interviewed as applications are received. We encourage you to apply early.
Please quote in application: Brave Mentor – Cairns via Pro Bono Australia.