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AOD Connected Recovery Worker (2)

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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 Connected Recovery Worker (2)


Forster, NSW

  • 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 runs a 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 an effort to change behaviours and work towards healthier lifestyles, free from alcohol and/or other drugs.

We are seeking a qualified and passionate case worker who has the skills and experience to support people with alcohol and other drug addiction. In this position you will:

  • be required to support participants by conducting assessments and screening via telephone or Zoom;
  • provide individual case management utilising basic counselling skills and techniques to support presenting behaviours;
  • facilitate educational and therapeutic group programs that improve the social & living skills and/or health recovery of participants;
  • link 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 along with having qualifications and experience in counselling or psychology.

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.

This position is being offered on a full-time, maximum term basis until the end of June 2022. The position is based in our office in Forster.

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 New Year period;
  • 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. 


To be considered for the position you must individually address each of the Essential criterion below.

Essential Criteria:
  • Diploma in AOD Counselling, and a minimum of Cert IV Qualification in AOD/Mental Health and three years’ experience working alongside people with AOD addictions.
  • A commitment to the Vision, Mission and Values of our organisation and active engagement in organisational events.
  • Demonstrated experience in the provision of AOD/Mental Health assessment, harm minimisation, client-centred care and recovery-focused principles.
  • Experienced in case management and the use of evidence based therapeutic techniques.
  • Experience in running either skill development or therapeutic group programs e.g. harm minimisation programs based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to provide support and assessments via the phone or zoom using Motivational Interviewing.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously in the community under minimal supervision.
  • 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.

For more information about the role, including the position description, either click on the link above or below this ad or you can contact the Team Leader Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health Programs, Vinesh Pillai on 0419 892 857.

To Apply

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

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

Interviews may occur prior to the closing date. If you are interested in the position please apply early to ensure your application is considered. 

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 Tuesday, 19 October 2021.

For further information please contact the Team Leader Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health Programs on 0419 892 857.