Family Support Specialist – Regional Youth Investment Program Save the Children Australia


54 reasons are committed to working in partnership with young people and their caregivers to improve wellbeing outcomes for young people in regional NSW. Join our passionate new team in this newly created role focusing on early intervention and creating spaces where young people can connect, be heard, and build positive relationships through strengths-based engagement and support.

54 reasons is Australia’s leading child rights organisation – no ordinary not-for-profit.
Proudly part of the Save the Children Australia Group and global movement, we’re here to make sure that everyone understands their rights. So that children and young people have their rights met and thrive, in all their diversity.

We champion the children, young people and families we work with. We are inspired by the curiosity and creativity of children and motivated by the love of those who care for them.

With the child’s voice at the centre, we provide quality services to children and their caregivers, advocating with them so that children develop, learn, and are connected, safe and confident. Our people are proudly local, reflective of the communities we serve – in every state and territory, and across regions, remote areas and capital cities.

Where you come in:
In this part-time, permanent position (4.5 days/34.2 hours per week OR a 9-day fortnight, dependent on what suits you best), you’ll work with young people aged 12-18 years and their families, delivering a youth led outreach program with the aim of creating and supporting safety, belonging and wellbeing for young people and their families in engaging and creative ways in the Cessnock and Singleton LGA’s. As part of our Mobile Youth Outreach, Regional Youth Investment Program team, you’ll report to our 54 reasons Team Leader.

You will make an impact by:

  • Delivering youth-led arts and recreational activities to young people aged 12-18 years from a Mobile Youth Van, with a focus on wellbeing, mentoring in practical skills, career and education support
  • Building family capacity by using partnership, outcomes based, strengths’ perspective and client-centred approaches
  • Working with young people and families to identify where additional assistance and external services are required, and providing appropriate information, support and referrals

Does this sound like you?
You’re truly passionate about standing up for children and young people using your experience in trauma informed practice and strength-based approaches. Your background is ideally in Social Work, Psychology, Human Services, Social Sciences or a similar field, and you enjoy being out in the community and thrive on meeting new people and building relationships. You have strong cultural knowledge which helps you to engage with families, and you’re creative and passionate about working with young people aged 12-18 years. Finally, you’re an independent self-starter who is happy to work remotely when not delivering programs.

This role requires:

  • Experience in designing and delivering innovative and creative youth-based programs in a paired facilitation model
  • A Diploma/Degree qualification in Social Work, Youth Work or a relevant field would be desirable, or significant relevant experience
  • Experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish goals collaboratively with families
  • Experience in case management, data collection and record keeping, and strong case noting skills

We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates to apply.

Working at 54 reasons is more than just a job.
We are a learning organisation that invests in the development and wellbeing of our people. Our workforce is 600+ people strong, and proudly diverse, whether in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexuality, cultures and beliefs.

We are creative, connected and accountable, bringing energy, guts and ideas to all we do to champion children in Australia and partner with families, communities and partners to bring about change. Our people work from both home and office, with important moments held in-person to foster belonging and support professional development.

Other benefits include:

  • Award rate salary (SCHADS Level 4.1 – currently $41.52 per hour and due to increase in July) plus super and full salary packaging benefits – use this link to see how much this benefit could mean to you!
  • 3 days of gifted festive leave (pro rata) between Christmas and New Year, in addition to regular leave benefits
  • Health and wellbeing support, including EAP and professional supervision
  • Opportunity to work on additional projects alongside business as usual
  • Individual learning plans to assist in your career development
  • Internal employment and development opportunities

For more information regarding the employee benefits of the Save the Children Australia group, please follow this link.

Sound interesting?
We’d love to hear from you. Submit your cover letter and resume by clicking on one of the buttons in the ‘Apply’ section.

Applications close: 4pm AEST, Friday the 15th of September 2023. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they come in, so don’t delay in applying!

Position DescriptionFamily Support Specialist, MYO Regional Youth Investment Program

For more information about this position, please contact Carly Clarke, Team Leader, at [email protected]. For more information about the team and the program that the role works in, see our Program Profile.

We have tested our application process with diverse groups in mind, with the intent to ensure it’s straightforward and accessible for all to apply. Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our culture and improve our ability to reach our most vulnerable client groups. But we also know there is no one-size fits-all when it comes to recruitment – so if we didn’t quite hit the mark for you, please let us know! We’re dedicated to ensuring 54 reasons is a workplace suitable for all people and can modify our processes to suit you – no matter your race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexuality, neurodiversity, culture and beliefs.

54 reasons is a child-safe organisation. All employees are required to undergo a National Police Check, a Working with Children Check where necessary, and sign our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct. We also support the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. You can read about the Scheme and our commitment to Safeguarding here.



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