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Team Leader - Supported Independent Living (SIL) – Taree & Hunter

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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.

Team Leader - Supported Independent Living (SIL) – Taree & Hunter


Mayfield, NSW (supporting teams in Taree & Hunter)

  • Support a team of passionate employees who support young people to transition into adulthood.
  • Work in one of the Hunter-Manning’s predominant social services organisations.
  • Competitive 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 Team

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 passionate and inspiring Team Leader to join our Supported Independent Living Team based in Mayfield. This position has been redesigned to better support and develop our dedicated team of Case Managers and support workers whose role is to develop life skills of young people as they transition into adulthood.

Based in our office in Mayfield, you will lead the Taree & Hunter Team through a period of change, moving to the new and improved Supported Independent Living Program model. In this role you will support the team through the change management process to ensure the best outcomes for the young person.

As the Team Leader you will also provide and document monthly operational supervision, motivate team members and support their daily performance.

A major component of this role will be to ensure all case plans, leaving care and AfterCare plans are up to date and that all statutory requirements (post care) are met. 

This role provides you with a real opportunity to create a positive impact in the lives of young people.

Based in our office in Mayfield, this position is offered on a permanent full-time basis.

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 degree (or working towards) in Social Welfare, Social Work or Psychology and/or equivalent experience in the delivery and management of Permanency Support Programs and Supported Independent Living Programs or similar programs.
  • An understanding of the impact of disadvantage on individuals, families and communities.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the NSW Permanency Support Program and the findings of the Tune Report that lead to its introduction.
  • Experience in leading teams and a thorough understanding of your leadership style.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing supervision and an understanding of its key functions.
  • Demonstrated sounds decision making skills that are supported by an articulated framework.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a shift roster and ability to make roster changes quickly according to the program needs.
  • Good working knowledge of legislation and systemic considerations for child protection.
  • Excellent skills in implementing strategies that promote emotional and developmental well-being in young people who have experienced complex trauma.
  • 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.

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 Friday, 18 September 2020.

For further information please contact the Operations Manager - Permanency Support Program on 02 4923 0670.