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Counsellor Advocate – Geelong

About The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre

We are a leading organisation offering a comprehensive suite of services to clients and the community across the Barwon, West Melbourne and Wimmera Regions. Providing specialist sexual assault and family violence programs and services, including 24 hour crisis care support, case management, therapeutic counselling, early intervention and professional education and training, we continue to grow and develop our offerings.

About The Role

This position provides specialised counselling to children, young people and adults who have experienced sexual assault or family violence, and to their non-offending family or friends.  These roles will involve facilitating trauma informed counselling therapeutic group work. We run a number of caring group programs from assisting with self-awareness, understanding of trauma and calming the body and mind, to programs that focus on strengthening the mother-child relationship after family violence. In addition these roles will also have the opportunity to assist with our intake response, providing provide vital support and informed, timely, consistent, client-centred response that is focused on a high quality service.

Reporting to a Team Leader, you will be supported by highly skilled and qualified practitioners and receive regular clinical supervision and valuable peer support. This role is full time or part time fixed term for 12 months and maybe extended beyond this period depending on funding.

About You

With degree qualifications in psychology, family therapy or social work, you will be able to demonstrate experience in the delivery of therapeutic interventions, case management and risk assessment. With a comprehensive understanding of the issues relating to sexual assault and family violence within a gendered context, you have significant knowledge and expertise in working therapeutically with the dynamics and effects of interpersonal trauma.

You will be a values driven person, motivated to make a difference and hold the client at the centre of everything you do. You thrive working autonomously and also collaboratively within a dynamic, team environment.

If you share our vision for a community free from family violence and sexual assault and are motivated to make a difference, we would like to hear from you.  We pride ourselves on being a great place to work. You care for our clients and we care for you, including by investing in your development and wellbeing. You will have access to leading specialists and training and development that supports you in your role and in your longer term career journey. We offer a variety of career pathway options, leading salary packaging benefits and flexible working arrangements that help you manage your work and your life.

Why work for The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre?

The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre takes pride in being an employer of choice; we are passionate about the wellbeing of our team members and we celebrate diversity and inclusion in all we do. We have a high level of employee engagement and satisfaction and provide a number of complementary benefits to our staff, some of our benefits include:

  • Generous above award Enterprise Agreement entitlements
  • Flexible and part time working arrangements
  • Professional development opportunities
  • 10 weeks Paid parental leave
  • Salary packaging
  • Health and Wellbeing initiatives
  • Flu vaccinations
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Social initiatives
  • Positive workplace culture

The SAFV Centre acknowledges and respects the traditional Aboriginal custodians of the land.

How To Apply

Applications close 5:00pm Wednesday 13 July 2022

To apply, please send your resume and response to the key selection criteria to sent to [email protected] All applications must address the key selection criteria outlined in the PD. 

For a confidential discussion, please contact Chantale White on 0487 546 939.

The successful candidate will be required to maintain a current Working With Children’s check and National Police Check.

The SAFV Centre is a registered Child Safe Organisation; committed to safeguarding children and young people.

The SAFV Centre complies with the Chief Health Officer directions that employees and students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are an Excepted Person as defined by the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions. All applicants and students must therefore be able to comply with this requirement.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Essential Qualifications and Experience

    Your application must address the following:

    1. Degree or above qualification in social work, psychology, family therapy or similar discipline.
    2. Minimum two years relevant therapeutic experience post qualification.
  • Essential Skills and Knowledge
    • Significant knowledge and expertise in working therapeutically in relation to dynamics and effects of trauma on children and adults, including family members and friends.
    • A comprehensive understanding of the issues relating to sexual assault and family violence within a trauma informed, feminist intersectional, and systemic approach.
    • Demonstrated assessment skills, including therapeutic assessment, crisis intervention, risk assessment and safety planning.
    • Ability to work collaboratively with MDC partner organisations and across complex systems including but not limited to police, judicial, medical, educational, child protection, community services and family systems.
    • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and to value and contribute to a positive workplace culture as a team member.
  • Other
    • Commitment to the vision, values and purposes of The SAFV Centre.
    • Commitment to continuous quality improvement and cultural equity in service delivery.
    • Current Victorian Driver’s Licence.
  • Referees

    Applicants must provide the name and current contact details of 2-3 professional referees including the most recent or current supervisor.

  • Period of Appointment

    This position is  fixed term for 12 months and maybe extended beyond this period depending on funding.

  • Hours of Work
    • Τhe position is part time or full time (3-5 days per week).
    • Location of the position is in Horsham.
    • Hours will usually be worked during business hours of 9.00 am to 5.06 pm between Monday to Friday
    • The days are based on the needs of the service
    • Flexibility in working hours will be required from time to time as the need arises.
  • Salary and Conditions

    Annual salary range is $87,140.06 – $102,553.76 plus superannuation (pro rata for part time). Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills. Higher qualifications allowance available for Masters level qualifications and above.

    Industrial Instrument: The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre Enterprise Agreement 2018.

    Salary Packaging: Provided via Maxxia.  PBI status with other expenses available to package above this cap. The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre is a Public Benevolent Institution.

    Superannuation: The employer will also make superannuation payments on your behalf in accordance with the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992.

    Probationary Period – 6 months with a review conducted during this time.

  • Employee Responsibility – Mandatory prior to commencement

    Employee expense:

    • Valid Working with Children Check
    • National Police Records Check – renewed every 3 years of employment at employee expense

    The SAFV Centre complies with the Chief Health Officer directions employees and students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are an Excepted Person as defined by the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions. All applicants and students must therefore be able to comply with this requirement.

This position description is subject to review and may change in accordance with the needs of our organisation; including our operations, our clients and our stakeholders.

The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land we stand on. We are committed to working toward creating a community where all people indigenous and non-indigenous are safe, connected and empowered to live well. The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre recognises the diverse needs of our community and we ensure our services are inclusive of all children, young people and their families including those who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, those who identify as LGBTIQ and persons living with disability. We work collaboratively with people and partner organisations who also support our diverse client group. Interpreter and translator services are available to all our clients upon request.

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