Community Engagement Coordinator - Region Specific - Little Dreamers Australia

Community Engagement Coordinator – Region Specific


Career Description

About Little Dreamers

Little Dreamers is working towards an equal world for Young Carers, delivering programs aiming to improve quality of life. With an estimated 1 in 10 children in Australia giving up their childhood to provide unpaid care to a family member, Little Dreamers delivers empowering and proactive support programs to reduce the risk factors that they face and increase their life opportunities.

All Little Dreamers programs have been developed by Young Carers, for Young Carers targeting each of the five main risk factors that these young people face – social isolation, poor mental health, unemployment, financial and educational disadvantage. Running for nearly 12 years, Little Dreamers supports thousands of Young Carers each year through direct support programs including Dream Experiences; holiday programs; mentoring and tutoring; in-school education and training; The Dreamers Hub; in-person peer support; and the Big Dreamers Personal Development Program.

Within the wider community we also focus on advocacy for policy change, for more support and recognition for Young Carers whilst also raising awareness of the prevalence of Young Carers and how the community, the education system, friends and family can rally around for increased support.

The Position

With rapid growth, Little Dreamers is looking to expand our Dream Team. We are now specifically looking for a team of Community Engagement Coordinators to build local partnerships, increase community engagement and facilitate Little Dreamers’ programs in your area. Specifically in Townsville and Bundaberg.

This is your opportunity to build a career connecting with Young Carers and supporting them to improve their health and wellbeing. If you’re committed to supporting Young Carers, increasing community awareness, building partnerships with local schools and support networks, as well as have experience in public speaking and/or facilitation, then this is the job for you.

As a Community Engagement Coordinator, you will play a central role in building interest and facilitating three programs in various locations across QLD:

  1. The Young Carer Project: Creating a kind, safe and supportive school environment where Young Carers can thrive through a teacher and Young Carer-led approach.
  2. The In-Person Peer Support Program (in-person or online): An eight-week program that involves weekly one-hour structured group support sessions.
  3. School Holiday Program: A day of fun activities in the local community, that provides respite.

A week-long training program in Little Dreamers’ Brisbane office will be provided in late March/Early April prior to role commencement.

The Specifics

Promotion and Engagement:

  • Development of relationships with schools to launch and deliver The Young Carer Project with facilitation of lunch-time ‘train-the-trainer’ workshops for teachers and students
  • Promote Little Dreamers’ programs and Carer Gateway in your local area, as per discussions with State Manager
  • Development of relationships with relevant support networks in the area to increase community awareness of Little Dreamers
  • Engage positively with key external and internal stakeholders

Facilitation of Programs:

  • Deliver structured In-Person and Online Peer Support groups for Young Carers
  • Provide instructions and guidance to volunteer facilitators who will co-facilitate the Peer Support group with you.
  • Create an environment where Young Carers feel comfortable to share and reflect on their experiences
  • Encourage and support Young Carers to seek other supports where appropriate
  • Attend regular supervision with State Manager as required

Holiday Program Design:

  • Support with the coordinator and delivery of a School Holiday Programs in each school term break

Program Administration and Logistics:

  • Complete attendance checklist at the completion of each program session
  • Distribute and collect group participant surveys to assist with regular reviews of sessions
  • In person sessions: Responsible for the storage and transport of resources and materials; setting up and pack-down of venues in line; and complying with all venue requirements.
  • Online sessions: establish a private and quiet remote environment to facilitate groups.
  • Advise Little Dreamers if materials running low for program delivery and coordinate replacement
  • Complete facilitator surveys and reporting as required

Complete any additional administrative tasks associated with facilitating programs

Other duties as required by the QLD State Manager.


Key Selection Criteria

The person suited to this role must have:

Skills and abilities:

  • Ability to build relationships from the ground up and network effectively within the community
  • Ability to influence and negotiate mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Effective communication and facilitation in delivering programs in local community settings
  • Ability to foster and maintain a positive and optimistic outlook, sharing any relevant lived experience where appropriate to develop trust and rapport
  • High levels of awareness and empathy, allowing for effective work with groups of vulnerable young people
  • Ability to coordinate administration and logistics in a time pressured environment
  • Goal focused with a keen desire to improve the quality of life for Young Carers

Ideal experience:

  • Experience building relationships within a community to generate buy-in to a program / cause
  • Established connection with local schools or Young Carer support networks
  • Public speaking and/or facilitation of workshops for young people
  • Personal insight into the impact of stigma and the subsequent effect this has for individuals, families and the broader community

Knowledge:

  • An understanding of the carer and Young Carer space
  • Understanding of the community sector and the nuances of working in non-profit

Personal attributes:

  • Humble, hungry and kind
  • A strong commitment and enthusiasm towards the purpose and mission of Little Dreamers
  • Energetic, positive and proactive attitude
  • Action-oriented and driven to achieve results
  • Innovative, creative and act with initiative and flair
  • Flexible and highly responsive
  • Dependability and accountability

A national police check and a Blue Card is required for this position.

Benefits

When you join the Little Dreamers Team, you join a community of people committed to making a difference. We come together with shared values, passion and a collaborative culture. We are a rapidly growing organisation with access to lots of development opportunities. We operate within a leadership structure that accepts and embraces everyone’s ideas and hard work to create the world that we want to see for Young Carers.

Application Process

Please email your application to careers@littledreamers.org.au and include the following:

  • CV with a cover letter
  • Two referees.
  • A short 60 second – 2-minute video sharing with us who you are and what you would bring to this role (filmed on your phone or computer is fine).

If you have any questions about the role, please email careers@littledreamers.org.au. 

Applications will only be considered if they include all required components. 

Shortlisted applicants will then be contacted for an interview. Applicants who are not selected for an interview will be notified by email.

Classification

This is a part-time fixed-term contract classified as a Social and Community Services employee under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 (MA000100), with the possibility of extension if circumstances allow

Please note: It is an offence under the Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 2005 for a person convicted of a serious sex offence to apply for this position. Any offer of employment at Little Dreamers is subject to a Blue card and police check.

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