Senior Youth Worker - Attendance and Engagement

  • Canberra
  • Fixed Term
  • Galilee School

About the Team

Communities at Work's Galilee School is a registered, independent school, designed specifically for disengaged, vulnerable young people in Years 7-12 for whom the mainstream schooling environment has struggled to deliver positive outcomes. Working with the school means becoming a part of our social impact. It means helping our young people navigate complex challenges, and building them a better future. It means supporting them in their education, learning and skill-building, and supporting the school in offering an alternative model of education.

About the Role

Under guidance of the Head of Student Support, the Senior Youth Worker - Attendance and Engagement, will help to support and regulate young people from complex and diverse backgrounds both in and out of class times. This role has a strong focus on supporting the attendance of students, particularly those with low attendance who require additional support to attend school. The role also has a focus on supporting students, particularly those with more complex support needs, to maintain engagement in their day-to-day studies and activities in conjunction with their Individual Learning Plan and Positive Behaviour Support Plan. This role will commence in Term 1, 2023.


  • Coordinate and provide individualised support to specific young people attending Galilee School whose attendance and engagement is affected by more complex needs in alignment with the Student Support Framework
  • Work strategically to build the social capital of the school and the students within the school
  • Target school responses in a strategic way where patterns of attendance, participation, and engagement for a young person/people begin to require more intensive or targeted support (including the delivery of structured programs)
  • Contact the parents/carers of students who are regular and/or consistent unexplained absences to design strategic interventions aimed at addressing the patterns of non-attendance
  • Maintain the daily attendance record of students and records of strategic interactions with students and carers - as needed.
  • Assist the Head of Student Support to coordinate and where relevant participate in case conferences and meetings with students, families, and other agencies
  • Assist the Head of Student Support to provide mentoring and guidance to other members of the Student Support Team
  • Provide support to the school team in implementing and reviewing the students Individual Learning Plans
  • Guide and participate in the process for the development of student's Positive Behaviour Support Plans as well as assisting with the implementation, monitoring, and review processes
  • Liaising with, or connecting students with, external agencies to better inform and support the school around the particular needs a student may have

Skills and Experience


  • Maintain current 'Working with Vulnerable People' registration
  • A passion and drive and demonstrated experience in working with vulnerable, "at-risk" and disadvantaged youth
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in conflict resolution and an ability to build influential and supportive relationships with young people and their families
  • Well-developed communication skills (both oral and written), including liaison, negotiation, motivational, case planning, reporting and the development and delivery of youth focussed programs
  • An understanding of the role of a young person's Individual Learning Plan and how this is best supported by the role of a Youth Worker and in concert with other agencies as needed
  • The ability to understand and implement strategies agreed upon in a student's Positive Behaviour Support Plan
  • Possess high level organisational, planning and time management skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a close team
  • The ability to participate in physical demonstration of tasks and physical activities as well as exposure to environments and varying terrains
  • Relevant qualification and experience in Youth Work
  • Current driver's license and be able to drive vehicles with both manual and automatic transmissions.
  • Mental Health First Aid Training (or able to obtain)


  • Make a difference and change lives in the Canberra community as part of Canberra's largest community organisation
  • Join an inclusive and friendly workplace, where people are at the heart of everything.
  • Increase your take-home pay! Because Communities at Work has charity status, you may be able to salary package and increase your take home pay by thousands of dollars per year.
  • Flexibility when you need it with options for study leave, leave concessions, paid parental leave, and more.
  • Enjoy healthy living with our active lifestyle & healthy activity programs and reimbursements (including remedial massages, annual flu vaccination and more).
  • Receive guidance and support for mental health through our Employee Assistance Program.
  • Employee child care discounts

How to Apply

Click APPLY, be sure to include a cover letter, or the option of scheduling a confidential discussion with the school Principal, Tim McNevin, is also able to be facilitated through the People, Culture and Wellness Team on 02 6293 6545.

Communities at Work encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people, mature-aged workers, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.


Closing date for applications: 16/10/2022

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