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Team Leader, 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 Role

This role is based in Geelong, however you will initially commence working both remotely from home and on a roster in the office due to coronavirus (COVID-19). You must have a confidential space within your home and reliable internet connection to work remotely on the days you are not in the office.

As a Team Leader, Therapeutic Services, you hold a thorough understanding of therapeutic approaches to counselling and commitment to evidence led practice. The role provides leadership, clinical supervision and support to a team of dedicated counsellors and staff. The role supports the delivery of consistent and high quality therapeutic services to clients; and is responsible for upholding and evolving a positive team culture with outstanding professional qualities.

The role is responsible for ensuring that regular professional supervision encompassing both administrative and clinical aspects is provided to counsellor advocates on a regular basis encouraging a culture of reflective practice and continued development in skills and knowledge.

In addition, this role will hold a small caseload, providing short-term psychological interventions and therapeutic counselling. Central to this role is senior responsibility for involvement in one or more of the range of groups or locations across our organisation. Group work or locations may include the TACT program, SABTS, Connect and Mothers in Mind, Step Up or Horsham.

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

We are currently accepting applications from direct applicants only, no recruitment agency applications accepted.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Essential Qualifications and Experience
    • Degree or above qualification in social work, psychology, family therapy or similar discipline
    • Minimum four (4) years relevant therapeutic experience post qualification.
  • Essential Skills and Knowledge
    • Demonstrated aptitude toward leadership and a commitment to individual, clinical and peer supervision, debriefing and self care practices.
    • A thorough understanding of counselling theories and practices in working across a range of therapeutic modalities that are informed by a gender analysis of violence against women and children, the impact of trauma, human rights and feminist theory.
    • Ability to apply positive and dynamic leadership skills to lead, support and develop a team of counsellor advocates to inspire vision and professional conduct.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to build rapport, and foster harmonious and collaborative alliances with a range of internal and external stakeholders.
    • Demonstrated resilience and aptitude in working with complex and important matters, sound judgement and ability to prioritise competing demands.
    • Ability to implement a planned approach to group delivery, support co-facilitators and liaise with relevant professionals and partners.
    • A flexible approach in responding to a changing environment, embracing growth and creating a positive vision, culture and direction for the team.
    • High level ability to provide advice and direction for complex matters including comprehensive assessments, crisis intervention, clinical risk decision making, family violence risk assessment, safety planning to respond to client’s needs in a trauma informed manner.
    • Excellent time management and organisational skills, ability to monitor performance and develop others through relevant feedback and advice.
  • 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 ongoing, dependent on the continuation of funding to the service.

  • Hours of work
    • The position is a full time or part-time, the hours of work will be a minimum of 30.4 hours per week (4 days);
    • Location of the position is at the Geelong office;
    • Hours will usually be worked during business hours of 9.00 am to 5.06 pm. between Monday to Friday
    • Flexibility in working hours will be required from time to time as the need arises.
  • Salary and Conditions

    Annual salary range is $98,565.48 – $104,756.60 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.

    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

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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