Family Practitioner Youth Justice Community Support Service Jesuit Social Services


About the organisation

Jesuit Social Services is a social change organisation working to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential. We reflect on the critical factors shaping our contemporary world; the social, political and economic contexts, and we adapt our practice to work with those most in need.

Since 1977, Jesuit Social Services has provided services to some of the most disadvantaged in our community.

We place a high priority on advocacy and are a leader in policy development and research.

About the role

This role will work closely with the YJCSS teams across Metropolitan Melbourne and with the organisation’s Learning and Practice Development Unit to facilitate family inclusive practice and build the capacity of staff to effectively support young people and their families.

$95,875 per annum (pro rata), plus salary packaging benefit, is offered together with ongoing professional and career development as well as opportunities for personal growth.

What Jesuit Social Services can offer you:

  • An organisation that lives its values, through its day to day work
  • A welcoming and supportive relational environment
  • A comprehensive Induction and Orientation program
  • Ongoing training and development related to your role
  • Employee assistance program
  • A competitive salary plus salary packaging benefits
  • Generous leave


About you

This role will suit a candidate with the following skills and experience:

  • Tertiary qualification/s in field such as social work, psychology and/or family therapy.
  • Extensive understanding of family-inclusive practice including family systems and attachment theories
  • Experience in the application of these theories in practice to enhance family functioning.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of trauma, key child developmental stages and age-appropriate strategies and interventions.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the impacts of family violence and the capacity to apply appropriate theoretical frameworks, including knowledge of MARAM risk assessments, needs and protective factors.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the issues facing young people who are justice involved.
  • Demonstrated understanding of cultural practice; particularly as it relates to family.
  • Skills in translating theory to practice for the purpose of capacity building a diverse range of front-line YJCSS staff

About the program

The YJCSS is an integrated approach to the provision of intensive support and services to Youth Justice Clients to complement the statutory case management undertaken by Youth Justice Units. This service model has been developed recognising that Youth Justice Clients present with a range of complex and varied needs that require an individualised service response. The YJCSS aims to; reduce the rate, severity, and frequency of offending behaviour, to enable effective transition of young people from intensive tertiary services to their community and to develop their capacity for economic participation and engagement in education, training and employment.

How to apply

  • Upload your resume and cover letter incorporating your responses to the Key Selection Criteria from the Position Description.
  • For further information please contact Sarah Covill, Manager Youth Justice Programs on 0409978491

Position description can be found here (copy and paste URL into your browser):

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 25th October

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and the closing date may be subject to change without notice.


Jesuit Social Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. We celebrate and welcome all people regardless of ethnicity, cultural background, age, gender, sexuality, disability or religious affiliation.

We strongly encourage applications from all community members including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, members of the LGBTIQA+ community, people with a disability, people of culturally diverse backgrounds and working parents.

Jesuit Social Services is a Child Safe organisation and is committed to protecting children and young people from harm. We require all applicants to undergo an extensive screening process prior to appointment.