Employment

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Gippsland Disability Advocacy is a community-based disability advocacy organisation covering the Gippsland region. Our mission is to advocate, promote, and be responsive to the welfare, rights and interests of people with disabilities, and to build a more inclusive community. Our vision is that through advocacy, people with disabilities are empowered to exercise their rights.

As a result of new funding, an opportunity exists for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and self-disciplined person for the following position located in Traralgon covering the Gippsland region.

 Disability Royal Commission – Project Worker (22.5 hours a week – Fixed Term period ending June 30th, 2022).

In undertaking this position, you will deliver individual advocacy support to people affected by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability including working within community development principals to inform people about the Disability Royal Commission, helping people understand the purpose of the Disability Royal Commission and helping people determine if they want to participate in the Disability Royal Commission.

 To apply for this position, you must supply a covering letter as well as addressing the Key Selection Criteria and Resume including the name of three (3) professional referees to:

administration@gdai.org.au

Previous applicants for this position need not re-apply.

For more information on the role contact Adrian Terranova – Chief Executive Officer Gippsland Disability Advocacy on 0428 971 390.

Position Descriptions can be obtained below

The position closes at 5.00pm on Wednesday March 11th, 2020


Position Description

Disability Royal Commission – Project Worker

(22.5 hours a week – Fixed Term period until June 30th, 2020)

Background:

Gippsland Disability Advocacy is a community-based organisation that is state and federally funded to provide information, advocacy support and referrals for people with disabilities throughout the Gippsland region.

Mission

To advocate, promote, and be responsive to the welfare, rights and interests of people with disabilities, and to build a more inclusive community.

Vision:

Through advocacy, people with disabilities are empowered to exercise their rights.

Position title:  

Disability Royal Commission – Project Worker

Objectives of the Position:

In undertaking this position, you will deliver individual advocacy support to people affected by the Disability Royal Commission including undertaking Community Development initiatives to inform communities on the Disability Royal Commission.

The role will have a focus on, (although not limited to), people with disabilities from specific diverse groups including Aboriginal and Cultural Linguistic Diversity, and will encompass:

  • Working within community development principals to inform people about the Disability Royal Commission:
  • Helping people understand the purpose of the Disability Royal Commission;
  • Providing advice on issues/risks that may arise while engaging with the Disability Royal Commission, noting that legal issues/risks will be referred to appropriate legal advisory services;
  • Help people determine whether they want to participate in the Disability Royal Commission, and to understand the difference between public hearings, private sessions and written submissions and the limitations of submitting a submission.
  • Help people who want to participate in the Disability Royal Commission plan the best way to tell their story and to access communication supports (e.g. interpreters, accessible interview techniques, recordings) if required;
  • Refer people to other agencies for ongoing counselling and/or psychological support as needed; and

Deal with other related issues faced by people engaging with the Royal Commission e.g. accessing services, finding housing, stopping discrimination or making complaints.

Accountability:

The position of Disability Advocate is accountable to the Executive Officer.

Classification:

As per SCHADS Award: Community Development Worker commencing at the Class and year level as appropriate to experience and qualifications.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Employment conditions will be as per the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry (SCHADS) Award.
  • Commitment to comply with the Disability Services Act 1986, and all legislation and regulations relevant to the Disability Royal Commission Funding Agreement.
  • Flexible hours of work will be required to comply with the responsibilities of the role. Time in lieu will be offered for any additional hours worked but must be approved by the Executive Officer in advance.
  • Willingness to travel is an integral part of this position to comply with expectations of collaborative network partnerships and funding requirements.
  • A commitment to take part in professional development and training is required.
  • A commitment to demonstrate a sound work ethic and a willingness to work as part of a multi skilled team is required.
  • An adherence to respecting people’s privacy is fundamental to this position and signing of a Confidentiality Agreement is a requirement.
  • Social network or email sites will not be permitted on workplace computers.
  • Willingness to undertake a Federal Police Check
  • Undertake or provide a current Working with Children Check
  • Have a current Victorian Driver’s License that is not at risk of cancellation.

Specialist Skills and Knowledge:

  • A relevant tertiary or Community Services qualification is required together with extensive experience in Community Development, Community Welfare, Disability Work.
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to be self-motivated, to set goals and prioritize work commitments, and to work cooperatively as part of a multi skilled team to achieve agreed outcomes.
  • Demonstrated effective writing and communication skills and the ability to relate to the public at all levels.
  • Excellent computer including competence in the use of Microsoft products and client data programs would be an advantage.
  • A sound knowledge of current Disability Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation including the Victorian Human Rights Charter, the Victorian Department of Human Services Standards and the National Disability Advocacy Standards is required.
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of Community Development processes, the Disability Advocacy and Disability Services Sectors and current service delivery trends and developments.
  • Ability to liaise and network appropriately with Government Departments, senior personnel, key stake holders, and other external organizations and networks.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To work within Gippsland Disability Advocacy’s policies and procedures and at the direction of the Executive Officer.
  • Responsibility for providing timely reports and complying with documentation requirements, including maintaining up to date comprehensive case notes for each client, and inputting data into an electronic data base.
  • Comply with OH&S requirements and be responsible about your Duty of Care and the safety of yourself and others in the workplace.
  • As part of a multi skilled team and at the direction of the Executive Officer, actively work to improve the service and to comply with evolving Gippsland Disability Advocacy’s Quality Improvement policies.
  • Participate in staff meetings, training and professional development as required and in consultation with the Executive Officer.
  • Participate in the Gippsland Disability Advocacy staff performance appraisal process annually.
  • Provide administration and advocacy support and participate in community advocacy and self-advocacy group meetings, public forums and training for people with disabilities, including taking Minutes as required.
  • Assist with network development and linking groups into community resources.
  • Other tasks as may be required from time to time as directed by the Executive Officer.

Personal Attributes:

  • The ability to manage workplace stress and to take part in debriefing as necessary. Professional external debriefing will be available if required.
  • Develop a sound knowledge of disability related issues and the resources, options and support networks available in the community.
  • Personal maturity and a sound understanding of the necessity to minimize personal and professional risk of harm to oneself, clients and / or the organisation.
  • Professional courtesy, respect and consideration must always be shown to clients and colleagues.
  • Personal integrity and dealing honestly with people are of paramount importance in this role. Confidentiality and privacy must always be maintained. Any perceived conflict of interest must be reported to the Executive Officer immediately to be addressed as soon as possible.
  • Engage in the ‘partnership approach’ of reporting to inform on outcomes achieved by people with a disability as a result of service delivery.
  • Ability to manage time, set priorities and manage competing demands.
  • Ability to work both independently, as part of a multi skilled team, including evidence of being self-motivated and self-disciplined..

Key Selection Criteria:

  • A sound knowledge of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of people with Disability, with the capacity to advise and support people with disabilities to understand the purpose of the disability royal commission.  
  • Identify appropriate strategies to engage with specific diverse groups being Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and Cultural and Linguistic Diverse people with disabilities.
  • Understanding of and commitment to promoting the rights of people with disabilities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the processes and practice of community development and the Disability Services Sector including experience working with disadvantaged groups and individuals.
  • Identify appropriate strategies to promote greater community awareness of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of people with disability.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with well-developed skills in negotiation, conflict resolution and problem solving.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively network and liaise with service providers, community groups and individuals
  •  Represent and promote Gippsland Disability Advocacy to the wider community in a professional manner.
  • A sound knowledge of the relevant Disability Acts, and other Federal and State Legislation relevant to this role including disability advocacy principles and Privacy Legislation.

Personal Attributes:

  • Current Working with Children check
  • Current Federal Police Check.
  • Current Victorian Driver’s License.

To apply for this position, please supply a covering letter as well as addressing the Key Selection Criteria and Resume including the name and contact details of three (3) professional referees to:

administration@gdai.org.au

For more information on the role contact:

Adrian Terranova – Executive Officer Gippsland Disability Advocacy on 0428 971 390.

The above position closes 5.00pm on Wednesday March 11th, 2020.