Roper Gulf Regional Council

Youth Services Coordinator (Counsellor/Case Worker)

Job No: 95615
Location: Ngukurr, NT

  • Excellent opportunity for a Counsellor/Case Worker to join a growing Local Government in remote NT
  • Attractive remuneration of $62,489 - $68,976, commensurate with experience
  • A further range of benefits include fully subsidised accommodation, phone, iPad and laptop for work purposes
  • Full-time, fixed term contract ending December 2018, with extension subject to funding

About the Organisation

Roper Gulf Regional Council (RGRC) provides a range of services over an area that spans 185,000 sq km (80% the size of Victoria) that covers the region east and southeast of Katherine, Northern Territory. The total estimated resident population of the region is 6,919. 

The Council’s mission statement is: “Working as one towards a better future through effective use of all resources”. This serves to give strategic direction to Council’s service delivery and its partnerships with the NT and Australian Governments and other stakeholders. 

The overall vision of Roper Gulf Regional Council is to be a sustainable, viable and vibrant leader in improving the quality of family and community life in the Northern Territory.  

About the Opportunity

Due to continued growth, Roper Gulf Regional Council (RGRC) now has an exciting opportunity for a Youth Services Coordinator to join their community based team in Ngukurr, NT. This role is being offered on an initial full-time, fixed-term contract ending December 2018, however will be renewed subject to additional funding. 

Operating under the Regional Manager of Community Safety and Coordinator of Night Patrol, you will be responsible for ensuring that high quality counselling services, case management and referrals are provided through the Youth Reconnect Program, a program of Roper Gulf Regional Council's Community Safety strategy. 

Some of your key duties will include (but will not be limited to):

  • Implementing strategies that support individuals' increased participation in social and community life;
  • Promoting through advocacy, a positive profile of young people by raising awareness of their needs, issues and achievements;
  • Providing information for young people and their families on relevant and appropriate services and issues impacting on their lives;
  • Supporting the CDP program with 'Pathway' projects that seek to engage youth in accredited training, education re-engagement, community engagement and community participation; and
  • Working to encourage the organised involvement of youth in the planning, promotion and provision of developmental projects, activities and services. 

To be considered, you must have a tertiary qualification and post-graduate experience in Counselling or Psychology, combined with demonstrated competence in using a broad range of intervention techniques relevant to children, youth and families. You will have an understanding of human development theories, particularly child and adolescent development and knowledge of relevant legislation relating to children and families. 

RGRC is looking for a candidate with evidence of good interpersonal skills, including an ability to understand the perspective of others, demonstrating genuine empathy and appreciation of youth at risk, and a belief in the capacity of people to problem solve. You will be comfortable communicating with people from a range of diverse cultural groups and in developing effective partnerships with key stakeholders.  

Candidates with an awareness of issues affecting Indigenous communities in remote locations will be best suited to these positions, equipping you with the ability to communicate and negotiate effectively with Indigenous people.

A current 'C' class driver's licence and a Working with Children Clearance Notice (OCHRE Card) are essential to be considered for this position. You will also be required to undertake a criminal history check and update each year as required. Please note, some out of hours work, including occasional travel to remote communities requiring overnight stays will be required.

Please note: You must also hold certified ability to operate a 4WD on unsealed roads, or willingness to participate in relevant training.

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About the Benefits

This role provides the opportunity to define your career with a young Local Government within one of the most spectacular and iconic environments in Australia. If you’re looking for a change of pace, a change of lifestyle or a new adventure, this is the job for you!

You will be rewarded for your hard work and dedication with an attractive remuneration of $62,489 - $68,976, commensurate with experience, plus fully subsidised accommodation, making the transition as smooth as possible.

You'll be equipped with 'tools of the trade' to help you manage your role, which includes a phone and laptop to fulfil your work requirements. You’ll also enjoy flexible working conditions, and 6 weeks annual leave with 17.5% leave loading, ensuring you’ll make the most of your time in this corner of the NT.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop your skills, advance your career and enhance your cultural knowledge in a stunning outback location. Make a positive difference - Apply Now!

Prior to employment with Roper Gulf Regional Council you must obtain the following:

  • Undertake a new criminal history check at commencement of employment with RGRC;
  • At commencement of employment hold a current Working with Children Clearance Notice (OCHRE Card) or provide an application receipt for an exemption to be approved by SAFE NT prior to commencing; and
  • Be an Australian Resident or provide the current, relevant Visa to work within Australia.

To be considered, you must respond to the questions and selection criteria as outlined below, and attach a current resume when prompted during the application process.

Please note: Applications will close at midnight, AEST on Sunday 7th January, 2018 

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