Youth Worker

  • Canberra
  • Youth Worker

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

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 Behavior Support Plan.


  • 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.
  • Maintain the daily attendance record of students
  • 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 students' Individual Learning Plans
  • Guide and participate in the process for the development of a student's Positive Behaviour Support Plan and assist 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 and engagement 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 and 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


  • 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).


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


  • 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.
  • 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.

 About Communities at Work  

Communities at Work is Canberra's largest not-for-profit community organisation and the largest provider of early education and care services in the region. Our surplus-for-purpose philosophy enables us to invest every dollar we earn right back into the local community. Our focus is on enriching lives today and shaping better futures tomorrow. 

We are the four-time winner of the "Large Employer of the Year" award at the ACT Training Awards (2019 to 2022) which demonstrates our commitment to excellence in training, professional development, and career progression of our people. 

With over 40 years of experience in the ACT and Capital Region, our people help us deliver a wide range of high-quality education and community services that support positive educational outcomes, assist in alleviating hardship, enhance the quality of life and lead to positive social change in the Canberra community. 

Closing date for applications: 27/09/2023

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