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Strong Kids Creator - Brewarrina / Lightning Ridge

MacKillop Family Services

MacKillop celebrates and draws strength from diversity and respects the dignity of all people. Every person at MacKillop has the right to be safe and to be treated justly. We value every person’s cultural or linguistic background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expressions, intersex status, relationship status, religion or spiritual beliefs, socio-economic status, age, and abilities.

Under the genuine occupation exception in NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 No 48 Section 14 (d) this is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander only position.

This is a Part-time Fixed term (31.92 hours per week – 0.84x EFT until 31/12/2022) opportunity based in Brewarrina within our Mobile Children’s Services / MacKillop Rural.

Our offer:

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – free and confidential counselling, couching and emotional support for work and personal challenges
  • Generous Salary Packaging up to $18,500 (helps increase your take home pay)
  • Ongoing Career Development, Education and Training
  • 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 Strong Kids Creator sits within the MacKillop Rural unit which provides:

  • Family support and supported playgroups
  • Parenting and early childhood education
  • Counselling and support to young people who are vulnerable and at risk of homelessness
  • In-home accommodation and independent living supports to adults with a disability
  • Early childhood intervention to children with a disability

The Strong Kids Creator is a part of the Mobile Children’s Services (MCS) team. Mobile children’s services are early learning services ‘on wheels’. Workers visit isolated and marginalised communities/ target groups and cohorts to deliver quality early learning services where centre- based delivery is not readily available or there is a lack of uptake and access to these services.

This ensures children and families in isolated and disadvantaged communities have fair and reasonable access to good quality early childhood education services. Our Mobile children’s services deliver early childhood education sessions for children 0-8 years and their carer’s.

The role is responsible for leading the provision of the mobile children’s service by delivering stimulating educational sessions (supported playgroups) and activities to outreach communities. The team travels to various communities and Aboriginal reserves in Brewarrina, Lightning Ridge and surrounding communities and properties as needed.

Priority of service is determined by:

  • Access to early childhood services
  • Uptake of early childhood services
  • Level of disadvantage
  • Indigenous children and their families

The Strong Kids Creator role is based at Brewarrina or Lightning Ridge and reports to the Program Manager.

Primary Objectives:

To provide a quality early learning service that promotes positive learning and development outcomes for children that meets the needs of various communities and families in the Brewarrina, Lightning Ridge and surrounding communities. Surrounding communities to be serviced will be based on need and available resources.

To provide flexible, affordable and improve the accessibility of quality early learning services for isolated, rural and remote communities in North Western NSW.

To deliver stimulating early childhood education sessions and activities that is grounded by a program that is compliant with the approved learning framework – The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and guided by the National Quality Framework.

Key Selection Criteria:

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Ability to run supported playgroups
  • An appreciation for Aboriginal culture and values and an awareness of the current issues faced by Aboriginal children, young people and their families
  • The ability to travel alone each day to various communities in a automatic 4-wheel drive vehicle
  • Ability to build positive working relationships

Please address the full Key Selection Criteria outlined in the PD as part of your application.

For a full listing please view Position Description.

You must have a:

  • Valid and current Driver’s Licence
  • Satisfactory Criminal History Check
  • Valid Working with Children Check
  • Valid and current NDIS Workers Screening Check Valid and current NDIS Workers Screening Check (for risk assessed / client facing roles)

Proof of vaccination against Covid-19 may be a requirement of this position.

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

Please make sure you address the Key Selection Criteria as outlined in the PD as part of your application.

For more information, please contact:

Marina Linke at Marina.Linke@mackillop.org.au using the subject line: Strong Kids Creator 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.

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