Employment

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 ILC funding, an opportunity exists for enthusiastic, self-motivated, and self-disciplined individuals for two place-based positions.

Project Coordinator – Information Linkages and Capacity Building.

18 hours a week (0.5 FTE) – Fixed Term period ending October 1st, 2022.

  • 1 position located in East Gippsland
  • 1 position located in Bass Coast or South Gippsland.

Using a Community Development focus, Individual Capacity Building (ICB) activities build the collective capacity of people with disability by ensuring they have the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to set and achieve their goals. The activities must be for the primary and direct benefit of people with disability, developed and delivered in collaboration with people with disabilities.

Establishing and supporting Peer-Led Support groups in designated townships is imperative to these roles.

To apply, 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 – Executive Officer Gippsland Disability Advocacy on 0428 971 390

Position Descriptions can be obtained below

These two positions close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 3rd December 2020.


Position Description

Position title:  

Project Coordinator – Information Linkages and Capacity Building.

Location:  

East Gippsland and Bass Coast / South Gippsland.

Hours:  

x2 positions, place based. 1 position located in East Gippsland with another position located in Bass Coast or South Gippsland.

18 hours a week (0.5 FTE) – Fixed Term period ending October 1st, 2022.

Salary:  

Employment conditions will be as per the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry (SCHADS) Award.

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.

Objectives of the Position:

Individual Capacity Building (ICB) activities build the capacity of people with disability by ensuring they have the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to set and achieve their goals. The activities must be for the primary and direct benefit of people with disability and developed and delivered in collaboration with people with disabilities. Establishment and support of Peer-Led Support groups in designated townships is imperative.

Accountability:

The position is accountable to the Executive Officer.

Conditions of Employment:

  • 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 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.

Essential 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 skills 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 information 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 leadership, communication, and the necessary administration in participating in community development initiatives and in establishing self-advocacy groups across designated townships for people with disabilities.
  • 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.
  • Represent and promote Gippsland Disability Advocacy to the wider community in a professional manner.

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Experience in establishing and sustaining Peer Led / support groups.
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues impacting people with disabilities, informed by a rights-based approach and culturally sensitive practice.
  • Demonstrated capacity to undertake culturally sensitive practice informed by a rights-based approach, when working with people with disability in both individual and group settings.
  • Demonstrated experience including 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 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.
  • A sound knowledge of Disability 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 position closes on 3rd December 2020 at 5.00pm