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AOD (Alcohol and Other Drugs) Connected Recovery Worker - Full-Time

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CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning is a reputable not-for-profit organisation and an agency of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

AOD (Alcohol and Other Drugs) Connected Recovery Worker - Full-Time


Taree, NSW (2hrs north of Newcastle)

  • Support & help change the lives of people experiencing drug & alcohol addiction.
  • Work in one of the Hunter-Manning’s predominant social services organisations.
  • Competitive salary & packaging benefits, fantastic support & mentoring.

Join Us and Make a Difference to the Community

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning is a not-for-profit organisation and an agency of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. We offer whole-of-community support and empowerment options to those in need regardless of religion, age, gender, physical and intellectual capacity, or ethnicity. 

About the Role

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning has been granted funding for a new pilot program in the Manning Region to support people with alcohol and other drug addiction. The program is designed to support individuals affected by drug and substance addiction to gain access to services and support in the effort to change behaviours and work towards healthier lifestyles, free from alcohol and/or other drug use.

We are seeking a passionate case worker who has the skills and experience required to support participants by conducting assessments via telephone or Zoom, providing telephone support, facilitating educational and support groups that improve the social & living skills and/or health recovery of participants, linking participants with other services as required to achieve best outcomes.

Having experience working alongside people using methamphetamines as their drug of choice is an advantage in this position.

The position provides you with a real opportunity to create a positive impact in the lives of people who are affected by alcohol and other drug use.

Based in our office in Taree, this position is offered on a maximum term full-time basis for 12 months.

Benefits of Working With Us

  • receive an attractive salary with salary packaging (up to $15,899 per annum);
  • receive 3 additional days leave, Bishop’s Leave, between the Christmas and the New Year period annually;
  • fantastic ongoing training & development, coaching & mentoring and career progression opportunities;
  • a great friendly environment of dedicated and passionate co-workers;
  • discounted gym membership;
  • and more. 


Please ensure you individually address each of the criteria below.

Essential Criteria:
  • A commitment to the Vision, Mission and Values of CatholicCare.
  • A solid understanding of the vulnerabilities that can lead to AOD addictions, an ability to empathise and view addictions compassionately as a disease.
  • Minimum of Cert IV Qualification in AOD and three years’ experience working alongside people with AOD addictions.
  • A solid understanding of Case Management and demonstrated experience in compiling case management plans.
  • Ability to provide support and assessments via the phone or zoom using Motivational Interviewing.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with external stakeholders in a manner that
  • promotes professionalism and increases referral networks and linkages across the community.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously in the community under minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to positively contribute to a small team and a stated understanding of the benefits of teamwork.
  • Willingness to be available to work after hours including being rostered for on call.
  • Current NSW driver licence and use of own vehicle.
  • Current paid Working with Children Check.
Desirable Criteria:
  • Experience in running either skill development or therapeutic group programs e.g. harm minimisation programs based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
  • Experience or qualifications in CBT, DBT, Relapse Prevention Therapy or similar.
  • Experience working alongside people using Methamphetamines as their drug of choice.

To Apply

Please provide a copy of your current resume and a cover letter individually addressing each of the essential and desirable criteria.

*Please note that not adequately addressing the selection criteria will result in your application not being shortlisted.*

Additional Information

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is a child safe organisation, committed to the protection of children and has zero-tolerance of any abuse of children. All employees are required to undergo a National Police Check, retain a valid Working with Children Check where necessary and comply with our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct. 

Positions identified as child related employment at the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle must have a valid Working With Children Check. For more information, please visit the NSW Office of Children’s Guardian. 

This position has been determined as child related and a current Working With Children Check for paid employment is required. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an understanding of appropriate behaviours when engaging with children.

The appointment of successful applicants will be subject to satisfactory employment screening including the completion of a National Police Check, where applicable the retention of a valid Working with Children Check and adoption and compliance with our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

Applications close 11.59pm on Sunday, 1 November 2020.

For further information please contact Area Manager Taree, Kathryn Sweegers on 0428 044 842.