Youth Worker

  • Canberra
  • Full-Time
  • Galilee School

Recruiting now for commencement in TERM 1, 2022.

About Communities@Work

Communities@Work is Canberra's largest not-for-profit community organisation, working with our community to build a resilient, sustainable, and socially inclusive community. With over 40 years' experience in the ACT and Capital Region, we provide a wide range of high-quality early education and care services and community services that supports positive educational outcomes, assists in alleviating hardship, enhances quality of life and leads to positive social change.

About the Team

Communities@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

Galilee School is a trauma informed environment and as such, this position is required 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 students to maintain engagement in their day to day studies and activities in conjunction with their Individual Learning Plan and Positive Behaviour Support Plan.

Duties

  • Act as a representative for the organisation at all times by adhering to the vision, mission and philosophy of the organisation
  • Provide individualised support to young people attending Galilee School in alignment with the Student Support Framework
  • Contact the parents/carers of students who are unexplained absences as well as maintain the daily attendance record of students - 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
  • 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
  • Work proactively to support students to engage positively in the learning program and activities of the school
  • Under the direction of the Head of Student Support, work proactively to maximise young people's attendance at the school
  • Actively participate as a member of the team and contribute to the effective development and implementation of programs and activities for the students
  • Maintain confidential records
  • Participate in Galilee School's staff meetings, professional development days and other organisational meetings where required.
  • Assist in the transportation of students in support of their attendance at school as well as in support of the school's academic and social and emotional program.
  • Other duties as directed within the scope of the role.

Skills and Experience

Essential

  • 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 the Youth Worker
  • 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
  • Willingness to adhere to, and work within, the strategic vision, direction, and philosophy of Communities@Work Galilee School
  • 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).

Desirable

  • Certificate IV in Youth work or equivalent qualification
  • Understanding and experience in trauma informed practice.

Benefits

  • Be a part of our social impact, working for a community organisation that makes a real difference in the lives of people in our community
  • Inclusive and friendly workplace
  • Salary Packaging, meal and entertainment cards
  • Employee child care discounts
  • Healthy lifestyle programs and healthy activity reimbursement
  • Professional development opportunities with our training organisation (RTO), including access to study leave (if applicable)

How to Apply

Click APPLY or contact the People, Culture and Wellness team on 02 6293 6545 for a confidential discussion.?

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

Closing date for applications: 05/10/2021

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