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Child Development Specialist - Bairnsdale

Save The Children

Save the Children's Play2Learn Early Years teams go out into the community across East Gippsland to support vulnerable families and children to reach their full potential. We need you to help us give these children an experience of quality early childhood education and play, to develop their appetite for learning and help enable a smooth transition into school.

Save the Children is no ordinary not-for-profit.

We're ambitious, creative and outspoken. We stand up for children's rights. We want all children to be educated, healthy and live a life free from violence. We've been operating in Tasmania for nearly 70 years, working with families, communities and children themselves to give them the best possible start. More information on our work in Victoria is available here.

Where you come in:

In this full-time fixed term position (through to end of August 2022 with potential for extension), based in our Bairnsdale office with working from home options, you'll be working with children, their families, and service providers to engage children to build their skills in all developmental areas to get them ready to transition into education, as well as working closely with key stakeholders to strengthen collaborative practice and create sustainable outcomes. Based across our East Gippsland region, working in our Mobile Play2Learn program you will be part of our Australian Services team and report to our Team Leader, East Gippsland and Latrobe.

You will make an impact by:

  • Planning weekly children's developmental programs to facilitate intensive supported playgroup sessions
  • Promoting positive parent/child relationships through role modelling, education and practical support
  • Supporting children to reach their full potential and build sustainable support networks and connection to community
  • Building and maintaining strong networks, service delivery partnerships, and effective referral pathways
  • Empowering parents and caregivers to support their child's development and learning
  • Collecting and recording data and information for the purpose of accountability, evaluation, and reporting

Does this sound like you?

Your motivation to see children have positive education experiences and reach their full potential helps you to work holistically to deliver evidence-based interventions. At all times, you work from a strengths-based, trauma-informed, client centred and solution focused approach. Your infectious enthusiasm for your job will see you actively seeking out families with young children in need of support. You consider yourself a team player; you love partnerships, collaboration and have an 'all-hands-on-deck' attitude.

This role requires:

  • Diploma/Degree in Children's Services or equivalent qualification
  • Knowledge of child and family issues and a proven understanding of child development stages and influences
  • Ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders to achieve positive client outcomes
  • Strong time management, organisational, and record keeping skills
  • Knowledge of issues that impact the experiences of children, including trauma, neglect and abuse

Working at Save the Children is more than just a job.

It's the feeling of knowing that your work is contributing to making the world a better place for children and working with others who feel the same. In addition to a connection to social causes, you will have access to:

  • Festive leave in addition to regular annual leave benefits
  • Award rate salary plus full salary packaging benefits
  • Internal employment and development opportunities
  • Friendly and flexible work environment including WFH options
  • Child friendly work environment

Sound interesting?

We'd love to hear from you. Submit your cover letter and resume by clicking on one of the buttons in the 'Apply' section.

Position description - Child Development Specialist

For more information about this position, please contact Lauren Beecroft, Team Leader, on 03 5153 7501 or lauren.beecroft@savethechildren.org.au. using the subject line: Child Development Specialist - Bairnsdale enquiry via EthicalJobs.

At Save the Children, we seek a workforce that is as diverse as our society - in ethnicity, gender, age, sexuality, disability, cultures and beliefs - and reflects the communities we work in. We believe diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our culture and core values and we demonstrate this commitment through all our employment practices. Our inclusive workplace culture contributes to making Save the Children a great place to work.

We encourage people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds to apply.

Save the Children Australia is a child-safe organisation. All employees are required to undergo a National Police Check, a Working with Children Check (where necessary), and sign our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.

Save the Children Australia supports the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. If you are successful in your application, we will request consent to access HR held information pertaining to your last 5 years of employment. You can read about the Scheme and our commitment to Safeguarding here.

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