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Manager Therapeutic Services

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 Orange Door

The Orange Door in Geelong provides a new way of supporting women, children and young people experiencing or at risk of family violence and has changed the way services work with women, children, young people, families and perpetrators of violence. The Orange Door team members are an integrated, collaborative team from The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre, Bethany Community Support, Colac Area Health and Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative.

About the Role

This role is based in Geelong, however you will initially commence working a combination of remotely from home and in the office due to coronavirus (COVID-19). You must have a confidential space within your home and reliable internet connection to work remotely.

The Manager Therapeutic Services provides leadership and senior operational management to the Counsellor Advocate teams including individual support and group work. The role is central to development of contemporary trauma informed practice models and service development aligned with our organisational values and Strategic Plan. The role will also build relationships across partner organisations, for the benefit of client outcomes.

The role is responsible for providing direct leadership and professional supervision to assist in developing direct reports and a focus on building capability within the staffing groups. This role is expected to contribute to the strategic, business and program planning across these teams with a focus on continuous improvement.

About You

You will be a values driven person, motivated to make a difference and you hold the client at the centre of everything you do. You thrive working both autonomously and collaboratively within a dynamic, team environment.  A highly qualified and experienced family violence specialist, you will have qualifications in psychology, social work or a related field and have proven experience in practice leadership and building capability. The successful candidate will be required to maintain a current Working With Children’s check and National Police Check at their own expense.

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 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)
  • Weekly delivery of fruit
  • Pet friendly environment
  • Internal book exchange program
  • Social initiatives
  • Positive workplace culture

During COVID 19, The Sexual Assault and Family Violence is providing numerous engagement opportunities for staff to ensure they feel supported whilst working from home, These engagement opportunities include:

  • Regular communications such as a weekly staff newsletter and fortnightly CEO update
  • Organisation wellness channel; virtual afternoon teas, walking meetings, care packages and social initiatives

How To Apply

To apply, please go to our website at to view the relevant position description and submission requirements. All applications must address the key selection criteria outlined in the PD. Applications should be sent to [email protected] For a confidential discussion, please contact People and Culture on 03-5222 4318.

In line with the Government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) health and safety requirements, The Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre’s application assessment processes will be facilitated remotely using various online platforms, where possible. Induction processes will be completed online for those who are successful in securing a position with our organisation.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Essential Qualifications and Experience
    • Degree or above qualification in psychology, family therapy or similar discipline.
    • Minimum 7 years relevant experience post qualification.
  • Essential Skills and Knowledge
    • Demonstrated senior leadership experience in a similar role, ideally as a leader of leaders with a positive aptitude, transferable skills and knowledge and an ability to hold an organisational perspective.
      • Strong clinical expertise and highly developed understanding of trauma informed practice, sexual assault and the causes and impacts of violence against women and children.
      • Demonstrated experience and understanding of feminist, systemic and trauma informed theoretical frameworks and practice.
      • Proven ability to lead and engage in practice dialogue, to provide advice and expertise regarding complex clinical matters.
      • Ability to engage with staff, teams and colleagues, to create, articulate and implement a vision, build rapport, lead through change and the ability to prioritise competing demands.
      • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with well-developed emotional intelligence, including self-awareness, resilience and positive aptitude.
      • Experience in delivering upon and being accountable for meeting group/team performance goals, recruitment & selection, performance management, coaching and development of employees.
      • Demonstrated ability to navigate and influence across complex systems with a high level of collaboration, stakeholder engagement and influencing skills.
      • Commitment to a learning culture and continuous quality improvement.
      • Competency in key components of Microsoft Office applications combined with the ability to learn and adapt to new information technology systems.
  • Other
    • Commitment to the vision, values and purposes of The SAFV Centre.
    • 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 ongoing, dependent on the continuation of funding to the service.

  • Hours of work
    • The position is full-time 38 hours per week (5 days)
    • Location of the position is at the Geelong office; however travel may be required to other offices;
    • 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 $105,000 – $115,000 plus superannuation (pro rata for part time).

    Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills.
    Industrial Instrument: The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre Enterprise Agreement 2018.

    Generous allowance for professional development and training.
    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 payments are in accordance with the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992.

    In accordance with the SAFV Centre Enterprise Agreement 2018, an extra week (5 Days) of annual leave is available for the position due to providing after hours phone support to the After Hours Crisis Response service on a roster shared with other managers. The average cover is four months in any 12-month period.

    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

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.

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