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Welfare Project Manager

Lighthouse Foundation
  • Full Time – 38 hours per week Monday to Friday
  • Manager on Call duties may be required from time to time.
  • Salary Band: $85,000-$95,000

Are you a strong leader who is passionate about working with children and young people?

  • Coordinate all aspects of our program within a supportive, multi-disciplinary team
  • Provide direction, guidance and support to our team
  • Make a difference in the lives of our Children and Young People

About Us

Watch: The Lighthouse Way.

Lighthouse Foundation offers an integrated therapeutic model of care for homeless children and young people who predominantly come from a background of long-term neglect and abuse. Our people are dedicated to making a change in our children and young people's lives.

At Lighthouse we believe that every child or young person is one caring adult away from being a success story.

In a Lighthouse home, children, young people and families are supported by live-in Therapeutic Carers as well as specialist services including case management and psychological support.

About the role

Reporting to the Director of Operations, the Welfare Project Manager will be expected to provide high level operational governance, management and leadership to all Lighthouse Programs.

In particular this role will provide operational leadership and guidance to the Parent and Baby and Adolescent programs by providing operational supervision, facilitation of meetings, oversight and alignment of operational procedures and consultation to the development of all Lighthouse Programs.

This role will also require the Welfare Project Manager to ensure the core KPI’s for the P&B and Adolescent programs and yearly operational plans are met.

In working closely with the managers of clinical services, the institute and Foster care the role will provide the Parent and Baby and Adolescent Programs with a high level of thoughtfulness and structure.

Your responsibilities will be; but are not limited to the following:

  • Providing strategic direction for Lighthouse Foundation’s Adolescent and Parent and Baby programs.
  • Develop, maintain and deliver procedural standards across the program, ensuring all staff have a clear understanding of expectations.
  • Ensuring all homes within our program are maintained and comply with DHHS Standards.
  • Conducting operational supervision with Managers to provide leadership and guidance, developing improvement plans where required.
  • Manage the annual performance review program for all senior Carers and care staff, ensuring Development and objective plans are in place.
  • Monitor and continually improve treatment programs; including but not limited to; attachment relational and emotional wellbeing and cultural and spiritual belongingness.
  • Working with Community committees, funders and volunteers to ensure ongoing support for the programs.
  • Management of the recruitment, selection and induction of all Carers within the program.

Essential requirements:

  • Hold a Bachelor degree in a relevant field.
  • Have at least 2 years' experience in a similar role.
  • The ability to work closely with children and young people, and have knowledge of the special needs of homeless and at-risk young people.
  • Hold/obtain a current Working with Children Check.
  • Have Working rights within Australia and have evidence to confirm this.
  • Complete a National Criminal Records check, Disqualified Carer check, and undergo an in-house psycho-social screen.

Desirable for the role:

  • Experience with conflict resolution and mediation.
  • Hold critical response skills to youth-based crisis situations, including practical and psychiatric emergencies.
  • Have an ability to identify and assess suicide/self-harm risks and understand the strategies to manage these risks.

About You

  • You are open to being challenged and are able to consider views opposing your own.
  • You understand attachment and trauma informed practice.
  • You have an ability and willingness to embrace the Lighthouse Model of Care, creating and maintaining family environment for children and young people from at risk backgrounds.
  • You have the ability to stay calm and rational in volatile situations.
  • You are committed to personal and professional development.

Please find the Position Description below for further information.

We welcome your application and ask that you please review the attached position description, provide your Resume and Application letter; broadly addressing the key selection criteria highlighted in the Position description.

Applications close Wednesday 2nd June. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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