Employment opportunities with our team

 

We have exciting employment opportunities for…

1 x Youth Development Practitioner ( equivalent of full time)

1 x Youth & Family Practitioner (.6EFT equivalent of 3 days per week)

1 x Community Development Practitioner (.8EFT equivalent of 4 days per week)

drummond street (ds) youth services (the drum) is contracted by the City of Melbourne (CoM) to deliver youth services across the CoM municipality. As our youth service footprint expands to include North Melbourne, Kensington and the CBD we are seeking new employees.

We are dynamic team, delivering an innovative co-design model in a youth services context. Our youth service team and model centres young people in the production, delivery and evaluation of our programs. Our value and programs reflect a passion and commitment to achieving social change for young people and the communities they identifying as belonging to.

ds is committed to ensuring our workforce reflects the communities we work within. We strongly encourage people from the following background/s to apply:

  • First Nations Peoples
  • Identifying as LGBTQI+
  • People of colour (e.g. identifying as cultural, religious and/or ethnically diverse)
  • Speaks one or more community languages
  • Is or has been a public housing resident

 

Each of these roles requires a practitioners who is:

  • Committed to Child Safe Standards
  • Passionate about and experienced in collaborating with young people experiencing racism, sexism, Islamophobia transphobia and homophobia
  • Committed to centring young people’s knowledge and voices using co-design
  • Excited by working in a multi-disciplinary and innovative team
  • Wanting to participate in initiatives seeking to lead sector and organisational change

ds is committed to Child Safe Standards. All short listed candidates are subject to child safety screening and assessment against the Child Safety Standards as part of our recruitment process. This includes having a valid Working with Children Card (WWCC) and completing a criminal history check.

 About the current vacancies

Our Youth Development Practitioner positions are responsible for collaborating with our youth peer leaders and the wider team to co-design and co-deliver activities and events. All our Youth Development Practitioners are responsible for the planning, promotion, delivering and evaluation of activities/events for young people to participate in the community and to have their voices heard and valued. These efforts combine activities in spaces young people know and are comfortable and in, and build pathways into resources and opportunities across the CoM. This particular vacancy is the equivalent of one full time position and has responsibility for assertively engaging young men (aged 12 to 25). We assertively engage young men living on the public housing estates in Carlton, North Melbourne and Kensington, as well as building pathways into other opportunities within the CoM municipality. We are open to part time and job share applications for the Youth Development Practitioner position.

 

The Youth and Family Practitioner is a .6EFT position (equivalent of three days per week) The key purpose is to provide individual support to young people (aged 12 to 25) who live, work or have a strong connection to the CoM. This requires being flexible in your response to the unique needs of young people, assertively engaging them through outreach to connect with them and to connect them to the community and services. The range of support provided by the Practitioner is responsive. It will range from information and advice, making and supporting referrals through to undertaking supportive case management and coordinating multi-service case management responses.

 

The Community development Practitioner is .8EFT (equivalent of 4 days a week) will play a vital role in activating spaces and opportunities which connect young people to resources across the CoM. It will also be central to realizing the goals of CoM at the youth service level as outlined in their 2017-2021 Council Plan and to realizing our commitment to become a municipal wide youth service. The practitioner will work closely with CoM and the youth service team to create pathways to spaces such as libraries, parks and recreation, public spaces for young people under-represented in the patronage of these programs. These efforts will be complimented by identifying and responding to opportunities to increase the confidence of the young people we assertively engage to participate in opportunities on offer within the broader CoM.

Please see attached position descriptions for further information.

 

Other information about the workplace and roles:

  • All positions require working evenings (until 8 or 8.30pm) and some weekend work
  • We have a flexibility of TOIL scheme to acknowledge these out-of-hours shifts, allowing you to negotiate days/hours to work to suit your commitments
  • Based in inner-city Melbourne, including inner city public housing estates including Carlton, North Melbourne and Kensington as well as sites with Melbourne CBD and wider CoM municipality
  • These are contract positions for one year, with the possibly of being extended a further two years
  • We are committed to ongoing professional development of staff- you will enjoy monthly workshops, access to conferences (intra- and inter-state), and support to study while you work if desired
  • ds offers an attractive remuneration package, negotiable based on your experience
  • We can provide salary packaging opportunities up to $16,050 to significantly increase your take-home pay!

 

About ds

ds is a 130 year old non-for-profit, non-denominational agency. We provide family services, mental health and wellbeing services, relationship counselling, parent support and education for families, children and young people. Our services and our approach to service delivery reflects the diversity of the communities which we engage. Using public health programing we deliver interventions across the prevention and early intervention spectrum. This includes universal and targeted responses underpinned by multiple disciplines and types of knowledges. Our practices and programs are evidence-based and informed by lived experience through the use of a co-design process. You can learn more about the work of ds by visiting our website.

About the youth and community team

ds is contracted by the City of Melbourne (CoM) for the delivery of youth services. Since 2009 we have been the contracted provider in Carlton and Parkville since July 2009. In this time we have successfully delivered assertive community engagement activities in Carlton and Parkville for young people aged 12 to 25. From July 2018 we will be the contractor for youth services across the CoM municipality. This will include North Melbourne and Kensington Public Housing Estates and in the CBD to reach international students and respond to LGBTQI+ young people. In addition to working with CoM, we are also funded by City of Yarra to deliver youth services (including the youth peer leader program) on the Collingwood and Richmond Public Housing Estates. We also have multiple other funding sources for specific programs responding to local and community need such as Only in the Fam (with DHHS Engage funding), (in)visible (with funding from VMC) and Voicefest (DHHS Freezer funding).

The youth and community team leads the delivery of youth services (the drum), community development and social inclusion activities within ds. Our service model centres young people we seek to assertively engage in the creation, delivery and evaluation of our programs. Our youth peer leader program is an essential component of this. It also includes programs developed by and for young people via process of co-design.

The youth services team utilise a public health approach to building protective and to responding to ‘risk’ factors for ‘marginalised’ and ‘vulnerable’ for young people aged 12 to 25. We assertively engage particular groups of young people as we know that structural and systemic forces such as racism, sexism, classism, Islamophobia, transphobia and/or homophobia limit the opportunities available to them.We  prioritise assertively engaging First Nations young people, young people of color, public housing residents, international students and those identifying as LGBQI+

Our programs seeks to respond at three levels: promotion and prevention; early intervention; and intensive intervention and support. As a team this sees us combine individual support (utilising a whole of family approach), with the delivery of community engagement and targeted programming. Our assertive engagement activities are designed to develop tangible pathways of support for all young people.  . You can learn more about our work by visiting our website.

About the application process

All applicants must provide a resume and address all the relevant selection criteria for their application to be considered. Applicants should try to keep their responses to around 300 words per question.

 Applications close at midnight (00:00) on Sunday 10th June 2018. They should be emailed to chantelle.higgs@ds.org.au with the subject line making reference to the position vacancies.

We anticipate that will contact short-listed applicants on Friday 15th of June to attend an interview on the 21st or 22nd of June 2018.

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Key selection criteria

There are different selection criteria for each position. All section criteria must be addressed for the application to be considered.

The Community Development Practitioner position is .a 8EFT (4 day a week) position. To apply for this dynamic role please address the following key selection criteria:

Essential:

  1. Outline your Community Development, International Development, Youth Work or other relevant qualification as it relates to the position as to the community development position
  2. Discuss your interest and commitment to collaborating with First Nations young people, young people of colour, international students and/or public housing residents and/or young people identifying as LGBTQI+ for social change
  3. Discuss your understanding of Child Safe Standards and how you would apply this in your practice with the communities we assertively engage
  4. Provide examples of where you have utilised your community development skills to achieve change at the service level
  5. Provide examples of where you successfully worked within or closely with local government and outline what outcomes achieved
  6. Discuss what you think is required to achieve culturally inclusive and affirmative programs and spaces for the young people/communities we assertively engage
  7. Please provide examples of where you have successfully build relationships with stakeholders to increase the opportunities/resources available to young people
  8. Provide examples illustrating strong written and oral communication skills (e.g. reports and/or presentations)

Highly desirable

  1. Victorian driver’s license
  2. You identify as belonging to one/ more of the communities ds assertively engages
  3. Speaks more than one community language

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The Youth Development Practitioner is .a 1 EFT (full time position). We are open to and encourage people interested in part time positions to apply. To apply for this dynamic role please address the following key selection criteria:

Essential

  1. Outline your Youth Work, Social Work, Community Development or other relevant qualification as it relates to the Youth Practitioner role
  2. Discuss your interest and commitment to collaborating with First Nations young people, young people of colour, international students and/or public housing residents and/or young people identifying as LGBTQI+ for social change
  3. Discuss your understanding of Child Safe Standards and how you apply this in your practice with young people
  4. Do you have a minimum of two years of experience successfully in assertively engaging young men from the communities we prioritise? If yes, please outline a this experience
  5. Do you have a minimum of two years of experience successfully running programs for young men from the communities we prioritise? If yes, please discuss your experience in the designing and delivering a range of activities for young men
  6. Discuss your understanding of what is required to prepare and adhere to risk management plans at a youth program level
  7. Provide examples illustrating strong written and oral communication skills (e.g. reports and/or presentations)

Highly desirable

  1. Victorian driver’s license
  2. You identify as belonging to one/ more of the community’s ds assertively engages
  3. Speaks more than one community language

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 The Youth & Family Practitioner is .a .6 EFT (3 day a week position). It is involves working closely with another Youth & Family Practitioner who also works .6EFT. To apply for this important role please address the following selection criteria.

Essential

  1. Outline your Youth Work, Social Work, or other relevant qualification as it relates to the Youth & Family Practitioner role
  2. Discuss your ability/experience of working cross culturally including the ability to be non-judgmental and operate in a manner that respects cultural differences and the principles of confidentiality
  3. Discuss your interest and commitment to collaborating with First Nations young people, young people of colour, international students and/or public housing residents and/or young people identifying as LGBTQI+ through the provision of individual and family support
  4. Discuss your understanding of Child Safe Standards and how you apply this in your practice providing individual support to young people considered ‘at risk’ or ‘disengaged’
  5. Do you have a minimum of four years’ experience in providing case work or another form of individual support with young people, including those communities we assertively engage? If Yes. Please outline examples illustrating this
  6. Discuss your understanding of what best practice in case work/individual support for young people
  7. Discuss your approach to collaborating with other professionals in the provision of case management to achieve outcomes for young people
  8. Discuss how you have demonstrated high level written, including preparing reports as well as strong oral and interpersonal communication skills

 Highly desirable

  1. Victorian driver’s license
  2. You identify as belonging to one/ more of the community’s ds assertively engages
  3. Speaks more than one community language

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Further information

Further information about the youth services team and our work can be found here https://thedrum.ds.org.au/. To learn more about the wider drummond street please view our website here

For further information about these positions please contact Chantelle Higgs, General Manager of Youth and Community on 03 9020 4663 or via email at chantelle.higgs@ds.org.au