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Youth Specialist - Martu Student Hostel - Newman

Save The Children

Save the Children has partnered with Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation (WDLAC) to undertake operational management of Martuku Mijijiku Maya (Martu Student Hostel) in Newman. The Hostel will house a maximum of 12 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 part time, maximum term position (ideally four days per week, until January 2024), you'll be based in our Martuku Mijijiku Maya (Martu Student Hostel) in Newman, Western Australia. Reporting to our Team Leader, you'll be responsible for providing high quality supervision, support, and leadership for up to 12 student residents at the Hostel.

You will make an impact by:

  • Develop case management plans for the students, using a strengths-based trauma informed approach
  • Facilitate activities designed to increase young people's social and emotional wellbeing, life skills and education attainment
  • Develop and maintain trusting relationships with clients and their families
  • Provide practical support, mentoring and advocacy for young people with complex needs
  • Contribute to strong working relationships with the broader team, partner agencies and community
  • Carry out monitoring and evaluation through maintaining accurate case notes and collecting relevant data (including administering surveys)

Does this sound like you?

You're an energetic, passionate, and committed youth practitioner with a deep understanding of the impact of complex intergenerational trauma. Your highly developed cultural awareness and openness to learning, partnered with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, will enable you to build trusting relationships with the students and strengthen their connection to community and culture.

This role requires:

  • Demonstrated skills and experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
  • Demonstrated experience in youth work / case management roles
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • A thorough understanding of child protection concerns and processes
  • Sound time management and organisational skills, and ability to manage and plan own workload
  • 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:

  • Remote location allowance
  • Air conditioning subsidy
  • One return flight to a capital city every 12 months (if relocating)
  • Award rate salary (SCHADS Level 4.1) plus full salary packaging benefits
  • 5 weeks' annual leave, plus festive leave, in addition to regular leave benefits
  • Friendly and flexible work environment and a culture based on staff health and wellbeing
  • 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 one of the buttons in the 'Apply' section.

Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis as we fill these roles, so please don't delay in applying!

Position Description - Youth Specialist 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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