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I work for NSW | NSW Government

Category:
Government >
Community and Social Services

Job Type:
Full-time Permanent/Temporary

Location:
Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter
Regional NSW
Australia

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Aboriginal Casework Manager

Job Reference: 108984777





 Aboriginal Casework Manager
Clerk Grade 9
Department of Communities and Justice
Ongoing full-time role – Broadmeadow
 
 

Do you identify as Aboriginal and are looking for a great career opportunity?

 Are you passionate about improving the life chances of  children and and helping families to live happy and fulfilling lives?
 
 

  We are looking for a dedicated practitioner to join The Hunter Aboriginal Cultural Hub at Broadmeadow

 

About us

 

The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) directly supports approximately 800,000 people every year and reaches a further million people through local community-based programs.

 

Our vision is to empower people to live fulfilling lives and achieve their potential in inclusive communities. We collaborate with government, non-government and community partners to work with children, adults, families and communities to improve lives and realise their potential, with a focus on breaking, rather than managing, disadvantage.

 
 

The Hunter Cultural Hub includes:

  • Maroonbaliin IFBS caseworkers
  • Barunba Cultural caseworkers
 

About Maroonbaliin IFBS (Aboriginal)


Intensive Family Based Services (IFBS) work with Aboriginal children, young people and families where children and young people are at risk of entering the Out-of-Home Care (OOHC) system.

IFBS programs also work with families whose children are currently in OOHC where restoration is being planned and those in OOHC who are at risk of their placement breaking down.

 

About Barunba


The team assists in ensuring culture is ever present in the work DCJ delivers across the Hunter District through things such as;

  • providing Community Service Centre’s (CSC) assistance with Aboriginal family and cultural mapping
  • providing secondary casework to assist with complex family matters
  • assisting with the facilitation of family meetings
  • undertaking Winangay Aboriginal kinship placement assessments
  • communicating to CSC staff to assist and support the completion of cultural plans Children in OOHC will be connected to culture, family and community through being provided cultural plans and genograms that have meaning for the child, young person and their family.
  • providing cultural support to non-Aboriginal DCJ caseworkers as requested to enhance knowledge, improving the way we work with Aboriginal families
  • identifying all Aboriginal young people transitioning from care and consulting with the CSC to ensure they are provided the support needed for independence
  • supporting the model of Family Finding and Family Group Conferencing, connecting children with community and country, family and significant others

About the role

 

In this challenging yet rewarding role, you will lead and supervise a team of Aboriginal caseworkers and work in collaboration with stakeholders to improve family functioning by providing services to vulnerable children, young people, and families. The successful candidate will supervise the casework team at The Hunter Aboriginal Cultural Hub which includes Maroonbaliin IFBS caseworkers and Barunba cultural caseworkers.

 

You will ensure that your caseworkers fulfill the IFBS  programs’ aim to improve family functioning to a point where safety or significant risk is no longer an immediate concern for the family’s children and subsequently the children can remain living at home with their families.

 

The District is committed to address the overrepresentation of Aboriginal children in OOHC and aims to support more Aboriginal children to experience safety in their homes and grow up within their own Community, or in a culturally appropriate placement. The successful candidate will play a key role in supporting these commitments.

 

This is an ongoing role in accordance with the Government Sector Employment Act 2013.

 

A Recruitment Pool may be created to fill similar roles for both ongoing and temporary opportunities if and as they arise.

 
 What we can offer
 

In return for your commitment, dedication and passion, DCJ offers

  • a competitive base salary range $110,745 – $113,859 plus superannuation and annual leave loading
  • promotional and training opportunities
  • working alongside diverse and dynamic people towards a common goal
  • flexible working conditions including a 140 hour month
  • empowerment to investigate the safety and well-being  of children to improve their life chances
 Essential requirements
  • identify and be recognised as an Aboriginal person
  • at least 2 years’ experience working with Aboriginal children, young people and families
  • a valid driver’s licence and be willing to travel across the region
 How to apply 
  • Upload an up-to-date resume which clearly details your skills and experience as relevant to this role.
  • Submit a covering letter (2 pages maximum) which includes a response to the two (2) targeted questions below:

1.  Knowledge from research and legislation is essential to help Casework Managers make difficult and complex decisions about the safety and development of children and families. 
     Please describe a time where it was critical for you to refer to research and legislation in order to make a decision.
     What process did you go through and what was the result?



2.  As a Casework Manager you will lead and manage a team of caseworkers who provide services to vulnerable children, young people and their families. 
     Please describe how you have/would set performance expectations for a team and lead them to achieve these expectations.




Part of the assessment process may include additional online capability testing, skills testing or work samples in accordance with the new Government Sector Employment Act 2013.


 

Find out more

 
Click here to view the role description.
 
 

If you experience technical difficulties, please contact ‘I Work for NSW’ on 1800 562 679.

 
Closing date: 28 August 2019 @ 11.59pm
 

For enquiries: We invite you to contact Kati Anthony-Benson 0408 484 781


 


Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion


 DCJ is committed to building a workplace culture that values diversity and inclusion. We actively promote the employment of people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, LGBTI and other diversity groups.

DCJ encourages applications from people with disability and will provide reasonable adjustments in our recruitment processes and in the workplace.

If you need an adjustment in the recruitment process, please call or email the contact person listed below, and also advise us of your preferred method of communication.

DCJ is also the first NSW government agency to become a White Ribbon accredited workplace, for taking active steps to prevent and respond to violence against women.


Thank you for your interest in this position. We look forward to receiving your application.



 
 
 
 
 
 

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