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Coordinator - Permanency Support Program - Lismore

MacKillop Family Services

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

We are looking for compassionate people that can be positive role models, give emotional support and are capable of building trust and rapport with staff and young people within our Richmond / Tweed based in Lismore, NSW Program.

This is a Permanent Full-time opportunity based in Lismore, NSW.

Our offer

  • Generous Salary Packaging up to $18,500 (helps increase your take home pay)
  • Ongoing Training and Development
  • Study Leave for ongoing employees
  • Career Development
  • Click HERE to find out more about becoming a member of the MacKillop Family Services team and what further support we have to offer our employees.

Position Purpose

The Coordinator is responsible for leadership of MacKillop’s Foster and Kinship Care services to children and young people in the Permanency Support Program (PSP), their families and foster & kinship carers.

The Coordinator ensures the programs deliver high quality services within a trauma informed framework. This position provides leadership, support, supervision and development of PSP Foster and Kinship Care staff ensuring compliance with MacKillop’s Policy & Procedures and the OOHC standards and legislation.

The Coordinator works closely with the Regional Manager and is a member of the Richmond/Tweed Leadership Team.

Primary Objectives

Reporting to the Regional Manager, the Coordinator provides operational leadership and ensures compliance with MacKillop’s Policy and Procedures, OOHC standards, relevant legislation and Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) contractual requirements. The Coordinator is responsible for the delivery of high quality services to provide positive outcomes for children, young people and their families.

The Coordinator will work collaboratively with caseworkers in the provision of specialist casework such as restoration, guardianship and adoption and contribute to the enhancement of these practices by:

  • Developing effective relationships with key external stakeholders to comply with the requirements of the FACS Rules and Guidelines;
  • Establishing collaborative relationships with a wide range of specialist and mainstream services to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families; and
  • Ensuring the Sanctuary Model is embedded in systems and practice and reflects MacKillop’s values.

Key Selection Criteria

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture and values and an awareness of the current issues faced by Aboriginal children, young people and their families
  • A tertiary qualification in social work, community services, management or relevant field;
  • Demonstrated understanding of child protection and an understanding of statutory child protection frameworks;
  • Proven leadership skills and demonstrated ability in the supervision of staff;
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in program management, service development and review and experience in foster care programs;
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver positive outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and their families;
  • Demonstrated ability to build positive relationships and work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders;
  • High level of initiative, ability to plan, organise and prioritise work, and work to tight deadlines under pressure;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong understanding of policy, practice and quality framework
  • Experience in working with trauma, attachment and resilience theory; and child development;
  • Competence in Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

For a full listing please view Position Description.

You must have a:

  • Proof of vaccination against Covid-19
  • Valid and current Driver’s Licence;
  • Satisfactory Criminal History Check;
  • Valid Working with Children Check;
  • Valid and current NDIS Workers Screening Check

The Australian Government recently introduced the NDIS Worker Screening Check, an additional, national legislated compliance requirement to determine if a person is cleared to work with people with disability. MacKillop requires all client facing staff obtain the NDIS Worker Screening Check. An employment application will require the submission of evidence that this check has been attained or an application has been submitted. For more information and how to apply please view:

New South Wales: Office of the Children’s Guardian

How to Apply

Click 'Apply Now' and you will be prompted to proceed with your application via the Ethical Jobs website.

Please make sure you address the selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description (attached below) as part of your application.

For more information, please contact: Jasmine Perry at Jasmine.Perry@mackillop.org.au using the subject line: Coordinator - Permanency Support Program - Lismore enquiry via EthicalJobs.

It is our goal that MacKillop Family Services continues to evolve as a culturally safe, culturally competent, and welcoming organisation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people, families, and communities.

Shortlisting for this position may commence immediately so please submit your application as soon as possible.

A position description is attached.

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