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Life Story & Cultural Planner

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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.

Life Story & Cultural Planner

Location:

Maitland, NSW

Description:
  • Work with children to identify & preserve their cultural identity & connections.
  • Work in one of the Hunter-Manning’s predominant social services organisations.
  • Excellent training, mentoring/coaching & exceptional salary packaging benefits.

The Opportunity

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning is seeking an enthusiastic and passionate Life Story & Cultural Planner to join their Care Team in Maitland.

In this position you will provide support to children and young people to preserve their cultural identity as well as their connection to culture and family; including language, spirituality and religion, connection and sense of belonging to family, community, country and culture. You will help ensure that important cultural and family information is maintained for any child or young person who is too young to contribute to their own cultural support plan or for a child who does not want to identify with their community or culture.

The ideal candidate will have direct experience in identifying the cultural needs of children and young people in collaboration with family and community to develop and review Cultural Plans. You will have experience working with children & young people, parents, carers and families and have a high commitment to child inclusive practices. You will also have a sound understanding of child development, trauma and attachment theory.

This is a permanent part-time position working 30hrs per week.

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.

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;
  • ongoing training and development opportunities;
  • a great friendly environment of dedicated and passionate co-workers;
  • discounted gym membership;
  • and more.

Selection Criteria

Please individually address each of the selection criteria below.

Essential Criteria:
  • A commitment to the Vision, Mission and Values of our organisation.
  • Relevant tertiary or Diploma qualification in a social science field, social work or behavioural sciences or a related discipline (or working towards).
  • Experience working with children/young people, parents/carers and families with a high commitment to child inclusive practice and best practice case work principles.
  • Sound understanding of child development, trauma and attachment theory.
  • Direct experience in identifying the cultural needs of the children/young people in collaboration with family and community to develop and review Cultural Plans.
  • Demonstrated high level of consultation and analytical skills, including ability to consult with a variety of stakeholders and use feedback to inform direction of Life Story work and cultural planning.
  • Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to utilise visual map with children/young people and family with complex trauma history, such as Eco mapping, Mobility mapping, genogram, drawings and photographs.
  • Demonstrated high level or organisation skills, including abilities to collate physical evidence such as pictures, health records, first toy and memorabilia for Life Story work.
  • Proven commitment to work flexible hours as required for program success, including On Call roster.
  • Current NSW driver licence and use of own vehicle;
  • Current paid Working with Children Check.
Desirable Criteria:
  • Experience working with people from a CALD and ATSI background.

To Apply

To be considered for the position 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.

Applications close 11.59pm on Thursday, 25 September 2020.

For further information please contact the Care Team Manager, Jennifer McMillian on 02 4015 2805.

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