Family Support Worker (NSW) - Little Dreamers Australia

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Family Support Worker (NSW)

Location

Miranda, NSW

Salary & Hours

Hours: Part Time (0.6/3 days per week)

Salary: SCHADS Award Level 3.1

Dates

Start Date: 30/06/2021

Closing Date: 20/06/2021


Career Description

Hello! 

Are you passionate about working with at-risk young people and want to work at a fast-paced, not-for-profit organisation?

About us

We’re Little Dreamers, Australia’s leading non-profit organisation working with Young Carers around the country. A Young Carer is anyone under the age of 25 who currently provides, or intends to provide, care in their family for a parent or sibling who has a chronic illness, mental illness, disability, or addiction.

Founded in 2009 by a Young Carer, we love building and delivering high-quality programs that create a deep and meaningful impact in the lives of young people providing care in their families. And we’re pretty good at it too. 

To date, we have supported over 5,000 Young Carers, we deliver eight core programs alongside ad hoc supports, advocacy and community awareness campaigns. We have strong corporate partnership and funding relationships and have raised over $3 million to improve the quality of life for Young Carers around Australia. We have even received recognition from Queen Elizabeth II and have been named as an international best practice organisation for Young Carer support.

Our team is made up of 40 incredible humans working across VIC, NSW, QLD, and SA. We are humble, hungry, and kind and work hard to reach our goals. We believe in a world where every single Young Carer is supported by someone or something by 2030. Sounds fun right?! By joining the Dream Team, you will play an integral part in supporting young people who often miss out on having a childhood.

A bit about the role

As our Family Support Worker, you will be responsible for managing a caseload of Young Carers, coordinating support, conducting outreach to community organisations and managing the development and delivery of allocated programs.

This role aims to focus on supporting families; working closely with high risk, high need families; developing community organisation partnerships and collaboration opportunities; and development and delivery of Little Dreamers programs.

Internally, you will support your Young Carers to achieve their goals, manage and grow allocated programs, ensure the implementation of risk management strategies, track and manage program delivery within budget guidelines and participate in the continued evaluation and refinement of Little Dreamers’ programs.

Externally, you will contribute to the development of sector partnerships to raise awareness for Little Dreamers across NSW and contribute to funding proposals by providing required information in specified timelines.

If you worked here this past month, here are some things you might have been involved in:

  • Coordinating the intake and assessment of Young Carers to develop a clear understanding of the support that they need
  • Engaging and recruiting participants into relevant programs
  • Delivering school holiday programs and participating in activities including roller skating and arts and crafts
  • Coordinating a Dream Experience to give a Young Carer their dream cubby house
  • Manning an expo stall at the Source Kids Disability Expo and the Hunter Disability Expo
  • Providing case management services for Young Carers and their families as required including regular contact and face to face visits where possible
  • Providing exceptional customer service and maintaining effective relationships with all program participants and stakeholders (Young Carers, family members, referrers, funding agencies etc.)

Key Selection Criteria

Let’s talk about you! 

You have experience working with vulnerable young people, coordinating programs and providing basic case management. You have outstanding leadership and relationship-building skills and ideally you have worked in a ‘for-purpose’ company, not-for-profit or government organisation.

  • You’re humble, hungry and kind
  • You have outstanding relationship building skills, demonstrating the ability to build and maintain relationships of trust with Little Dreamers team, corporate partners and donors
  • You DREAM BIG
  • You have a detailed knowledge of the Carer and Young Carer space
  • You are action-oriented and are driven to achieve results
  • You have excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise tasks, managing your time as efficiently and effectively as possible
  • You’re in touch with your inner child – think professionalism and appropriate child safe conduct sprinkled with confetti and glitter
Benefits

Why you should work with us

Each day that you come to work you are changing a life. The more that Little Dreamers grows, the more impact we have and you’re a key part of that. We think that’s a pretty top perk, but we don’t stop there…

Little Dreamers is a growing not-for-profit organisation with start-up vibes. What does this mean in practice? If you have an idea you want to pitch that positively impacts Young Carers, let’s make it happen. This could be an actual program, an event or a process improvement. We’re all ears.
You also get access to salary packaging (more tax-free income in your pocket? What’s better than that!) and our Melbourne office is dog friendly, so hello unlimited cuddles and puppy hangs with our Chief Barketing Officer, Daisy.

Finally, we care as much about you as we do about our Young Carers. The Little Dreamers team is a family and we offer flexible working and regular team bonding events.

Finally, we care as much about you as we do about our Young Carers. The Little Dreamers team is a family and we offer flexible working and regular team bonding events.

What’s the salary like?

All of our salaries align to the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Award. In practice, this means that all of our Job Ads will have a salary range and Award alignment and the rest depends on your experience. Our Family Support Worker role aligns with SCHADS Award Level 3.

On top of the normal perks like annual leave, you will also have access to an additional 10 days of paid Carers Leave, generous parental leave, salary packaging, individual training and development budgets and a whole bunch of other things. Oh, did we mention that there is always some kind of confetti in the office? It’s a pretty happy vibe.

Application Process

Get your Resume and Cover Letter ready and show us how your skills and experiences make you the perfect person to fill this position. None of this “To whom it may concern” stuff, show us what you’ve got!

Email your application (resume and cover letter) to careers@littledreamers.org.au with the subject line: Family Support Worker (NSW)

Shortlisted applicants will be notified and we’ll begin the interview process which may consist of a phone chat, a quick video submission from you and then probably some more traditional interviews (they’ll be fun, don’t you worry).

Thanks for your interest in working with us. We can’t wait to meet you.

Classification

This is a part time position. This position is classified as a Social and Community Services employee under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 (MA000100). 

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 Working with Children Check and Police Check.

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