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House Parent - Martu Hostel - Newman

Save The Children
  • Indigenous Identified Role

Save the Children has partnered with Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation (WDLAC) to undertake operational management of Martuku Jijiku Maya (Martu Student Hostel) in Newman. The Hostel will house a maximum of 11 Martu students from remote communities in Newman Western Australia. The Hostel will enable students to attend Newman District Senior High School. Working in close collaboration with Martu people and community, Save the Children will be led by Martu elders and culture in our program development, decision-making, and daily operations. Save the Children takes a long-term community development approach to program implementation by building capacity at the individual, familial and community level. This approach ensures programs generate positive social benefits to the broader community that continue long after programming has ended.

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. Across Western Australia, we support families by tackling issues at a community level to help children get the best start in life. See here for more information on our work across WA.

Where you come in:

In this full-time, maximum term, live-in position (until January 2024), you'll be based in our Martuku Jijiku Maya (Martu Student Hostel) in Newman, Western Australia. As a House Parent, you'll be responsible for providing high quality supervision, support, and leadership for up to 11 student residents at the Hostel. You'll work a rotating 4 week roster, working every second weekend, and will be on call at all times during school terms other than your rostered weekend days off.

You will make an impact by:

  • Modelling a healthy family relationship incorporating Martu principles and culture
  • Creating a safe environment where the children can work on their issues and practise new behaviours
  • Working closely with the Youth Specialists and the Cultural Advisors to help the children achieve goals
  • Helping the children develop habits of good personal hygiene, behaviour, dress and safety at social and recreational activities
  • Finding ways to encourage the children to remain connected to culture and cultural leaders
  • Teaching children the choice/consequence model and consistently holding them accountable for the choices they make
  • Maintaining the home and furnishings in good order

Does this sound like you?

You're an energetic, passionate, and committed Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander professional with demonstrated experience in similar positions. Your highly developed cultural awareness, partnered with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, will enable you to build trusting relationships and strengthen community partnerships. You're a creative thinker and are not afraid of a challenge, constantly seeking to grow and develop.

Note: This position will only be open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants. The filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), and section 57 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1996.

This role requires:

  • Demonstrated experience in a similar role
  • Proven success in working with and caring for Aboriginal children and young people
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, along with strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Ability to work under pressure, with excellent time management and prioritisation
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team
  • Ability to relate to and supervise teenage children
  • Certificate in Community Services or similar qualification, or equivalent relevant experience in working with Aboriginal Children in a residential care setting

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:

  • Generous annual salary, plus full salary packaging benefits
  • Accommodation/phone/internet/day to day meals provided during school terms
  • 5 weeks' annual leave
  • Remote location allowance
  • Professional supervision training and monthly supervision sessions

Sound interesting?

We'd love to hear from you. Submit your cover letter addressing the role requirements above and CV by clicking on the 'Apply Now' button.

Position Description - House Parent Martuku Jijiku Maya

For more information about the team and the program that the role works in, refer to our Program Profile.

Save the Children is committed to providing and maintaining a safe working environment for its employees and client groups, consistent with our obligations under OH&S legislation. Successful applicants are required to provide evidence of vaccination against COVID-19, or proof of medical exemption.

We have tested our application process with diverse groups in mind, with the intent to ensure it's straightforward and accessible for all to apply. Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our culture and improve our ability to reach our most vulnerable client groups. But we also know there is no one-size fits-all when it comes to recruitment - so if we didn't quite hit the mark for you, please let us know! We're dedicated to ensuring Save the Children Australia is a workplace suitable for all people and can modify our processes to suit you - no matter your race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexuality, neurodiversity, culture and beliefs.

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. We also support the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. You can read about the Scheme and our commitment to Safeguarding here.

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