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Team Leader - Foster Care

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency

Greetings to all those aspiring to lead a fantastic team of professional case managers, working in a space that really matters. VACCA currently has an opportunity for you to join our team in the Eastern Suburbs as a Foster Care Team Leader. Are you Manager looking for a new challenge? Are you a talented experience case manager looking for the next step in your career? Read on and take this opportunity to join our team a VACCA!

A little bit about VACCA...

The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is an Aboriginal Community-Controlled organisation that supports and advocates for the Aboriginal Community and is the largest organisation of it’s kind in Australia. The VACCA team is committed to the organisation’s visions and values, passionately providing support, service and advocacy for our children and other vulnerable members of the community.

Our Aboriginality is what distinguishes us from other community organisations and our culture of teamwork and inclusivity is why we are able to deliver positive outcomes that lead to ongoing change. Our strength lies with our people and all people are welcome.

Let's talk about the role...

The Team Leader- Foster Care is a key role in the leadership team at Eastern VACCA. You will be responsible for leading a team of experienced professional Case Managers, as well as mentoring and developing new Case Managers and Case Support Workers. You will be pivotal in providing guidance, practice advice and direction to the team as it takes on the task on ensuring that the Aboriginal young people and their carers get the best possible service we can provide.

Other tasks associated with the role are:

  • Allocate cases to caseworkers and monitor the management of the cases - Monitor and ensure program targets for all components of the program are met;
  • Day-to-day running of the Foster Care Program and ensuring that staff have adequate resources to fulfil their tasks
  • Supervision and reflective practice with team members;
  • Ensure that data is recorded, collated and monitored for the Foster Care Program as required by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH), particularly in relation to the use of CRIS and CRISSP
  • Prepare monthly data for the Senior Program Manager, so that reporting is accurate and meeting goals;
  • Allocate Case Workers and provide support and mentoring for the Case Workers in your team to grow.

We are also seeking expressions of interest for Case Managers and Senior Case Managers, please let us know if you would like to be considered for these roles as well.

The key ingredients for success are...

  • A tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, Community Services or equivalent qualifications (or willing to obtain) and/or significant professional experience in the field
  • A full Victorian Drivers licence
  • A current Working with Children Check for a paid employee
  • A clear National Police Check (less than 3 months old)
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in a Foster Care or other related Out of Home Care setting or child protection environment
  • The ability to work in a manner that is non-judgemental and culturally safe, ensuring the maintenance of good professional boundaries and standards
  • Resilience, compassion, positivity and energy
  • The ability to develop and maintain positive networks and relationships
  • Superior attention to detail and an eye for process improvement
  • Demonstrated skills in self-awareness, cultural awareness, autonomy, problem solving skills and conflict resolution

Sounds like an exciting opportunity to become the Mentor you had always wished that you had when you were starting? If it does, then keep reading, because I can tell you about...

What VACCA can off you?

If you are successful in joining our team at VACCA, and becoming a Team Leader that supports, mentors and nurtures our team, then you can expect;

  • The opportunity to work in a successful established program, with an organisation that wants to innovate
  • An attractive remuneration package, complete with Salary Sacrifice benefits
  • A supportive, inclusive and warm team culture
  • Awesome office space- Free Parking! Great green surrounds! Fantastic coffee-- and it's right there!
  • Develop and build the service that would make YOU want to come to work everyday!
  • Great learning and development options and REAL career progression opportunities
  • The opportunity to be immersed in and learn from the strength and warmth of Aboriginal Culture

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, then please don't delay! Click APPLY now and start your professional journey with VACCA. All candidates will need to attach an updated resume and a cover letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria, which can be found on the position description. If you would like to discuss the role further, call Troy Baker on 03 9287 8800 for a confidential conversation.

We would strongly advise Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people to apply.

We will be contacting suitable applicants as they arise, so if you want this fantastic role, along with the free parking and great coffee, get your application for this role in.

We are committed to Aboriginal self-determination and supporting strong, safe, thriving Aboriginal communities and aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity, honouring all cultural backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities and spiritual beliefs.

VACCA is a child-safe organisation and is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children and young people with zero tolerance for child abuse. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a National Police Record Check and Working with Children Check prior to commencement of employment and periodically following commencement.

VACCA is an equal opportunity employer and has a smoke-free workplace policy.

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