Group Work Facilitator
- Coach & mentor young people to develop life skills for their transition to adulthood.
- Work in one of the Hunter-Manning’s predominant social services organisations.
- Competitive salary & salary packaging benefits, fantastic development & training.
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.
The Supported Independent Living (SIL) Team supports 2 programs, the Supported Independent Living (SIL) Program and AfterCare Program. The SIL Program provides a transitional service for young people moving from statutory care into independent living and adulthood. The AfterCare Program assists those young people leaving care who do not have strong family or friendship networks or adult mentors and provides support to them as they transition into adulthood.
Both programs assist and support the young people we support transition from statutory care into supported independent living and into adulthood. The programs empower them to live independently and assist them to identify and move closer towards their aspirations.
Our SIL Team has undergone a restructure to better meet the needs of these programs and the young people we support to ensure that when they leave our program they are well equipped to have a fulfilling life, have well developed life skills and are working toward achieving their goals in life.
About the Role
CatholicCare has an exciting opportunity for a passionate and dedicated Group Work Facilitator to develop and facilitate programs that help develop life skills in vulnerable young people.
The position is responsible for developing and facilitating programs such as ‘Rent it Keep it’, Men’s group, art and music programs and living skills program. This position will work in partnership with stakeholders such as University of Newcastle, DCJ and local councils for community projects.
The position has a focus on coaching young people to develop social skills, connect with their culture, build emotional resilience and increase independence in group work settings. The goal of the position is to assist the young people to grow, thrive and learn new skills, process and express their feelings, build relationships with the Supported Independent Living staff and build friendships with peers in the community. The program will also provide an opportunity to assist young people to build confidence and develop self-awareness and self-esteem.
This role provides you with a real opportunity to create a positive impact in the lives of young people.
This is a permanent part-time position, working 4 days per week.
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 essential criteria below.
- Qualification in psychology, social work, education or related social science discipline, preferably at degree level (or working towards) and/or extensive experience facilitating group work with young people.
- A commitment to the Vision, Mission and Values of our organisation.
- An understanding of the impact of disadvantage on individuals, families and communities.
- Understanding of the NSW Permanency Support Program and needs of young people within it.
- An understanding of the Supported Independent Living Program and how it can support the Permanency Support Program.
- Ability to build rapport effectively with young people, promoting access to program and ongoing engagement.
- Excellent skills in implementing strategies that promote emotional and developmental well-being in young people who have experienced complex trauma.
- Demonstrated experience in developing and facilitating group work.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage complex dynamics relationships with young people in group work settings.
- Ability to establish and maintain connections within the community.
- Current NSW driver licence and use of own vehicle.
- Current paid Working with Children Check.
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.*
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 Friday, 18 September 2020.
For further information please contact the Operations Manager - Permanency Support Program on 02 4923 0670.