Employment Opportunities: Aboriginal Family Dispute Resolution Service Team Leader

  • Full time
  • Location negotiable – Central Coast or Cessnock office
  • Benefits: Great salary packaging options, company car, laptop, phone
  • Leadership Opportunity – advance your skills in a leadership role
  • Oversee and drive team performance to achieve team goals
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    Bungree Aboriginal Association is an Aboriginal community based organisation which provides a wide range of services to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As the largest Aboriginal not for profit organisation on the Central Coast, Bungree is a multi-service organisation delivering programs and services to the Central Coast, Lake Macquarie, Cessnock, Maitland, Raymond Terrace, Newcastle and Karuah areas in New South Wales.

    Bungree Aboriginal Association is delivering the Aboriginal Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) program to Central Coast, Newcastle and Hunter areas. This service is a new program that commenced in 2023 to establish culturally safe and appropriate family dispute resolution for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, with the aim of resolving family law disputes out of court.

    The Aboriginal FDR Service provides families continuous multi-faceted and individually tailored casework and assistance services. The FDR Service will be undertaken in a confidential, ethical, collaborative, transparent, respectful and culturally responsive manner and always prioritises children’s safety, welfare and wellbeing.

    The Role:

    This position will provide a range of high quality, child focused interventions to families post separation who are experiencing various levels of conflict and need support reaching agreements in relation to their children and/or the distribution of property. The role includes intake, risk assessment, case management, and the provision of interventions including mediation and child inclusive practice under the jurisdiction of the Family Law Act 1975, Family Law (Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners) Regulations 2008 and Bungree process and procedures.

    This position will also provide a range of high-quality general mediation services as required. These may include, but not be limited to situations in which clients seek assistance with managing the process of dispute and conflict resolution. The role involves supporting clients to identify issues, develop options, consider alternatives, and make decisions about outcomes.

    You will lead a small team, providing guidance and support while they complete training and achieve FDR Practitioner qualifications.

    Key responsibilities will include:

  • Providing family dispute resolution and general mediation services
  • Facilitating groups, seminars and workshops
  • Conducting intake assessments, developing case plans and parenting agreements
  • Facilitating effective referral and promotion of services
  • Participating in program and service evaluations
  • Participating and engaging in regular practice supervision and training, mentoring and managing three Aboriginal workers to complete qualifications and requirements to achieve and maintain
  • FDR Practitioner accreditation
  • Sharing knowledge and information to contribute to the team’s growth and development
  • Allocating and assisting case workers on their client visits and case management
  • Ensuring the team is provided with the support, information, and expertise required to effectively meet their responsibilities.
  • Achieving performance targets and organisational requirements through effective leadership.
  • The successful applicant must hold a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution, and current accreditation with the Attorney General’s Department as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.
  • This is a permanent full-time position, 38 hours per week, Monday to Friday. This position will be based at our Central Coast or Cessnock office and will require travel.

    About You:

    In addition to the qualification and accreditation requirements, you will have demonstrated experience in delivering outcomes-based services that have consistently achieved performance targets, as well as multi-faceted human services programs in the Family Dispute Resolution Sector.

    Your leadership skills and passion for coaching and mentoring will be of benefit in supporting staff to complete the qualifications and requirements to achieve their FDR Practitioner accreditation. You will have great people skills, be organised, have strong problem-solving skills, high level communication and negotiation skills.

    We’re also looking for attributes and mindset of ‘can do’, diplomacy, energy, professionalism, confidence, approachableness. Our team places a strong emphasis on sustaining a positive, respectful and collaborative culture throughout our business.

    Essential Requirements:

  • Fully qualified Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner
  • Relevant Qualifications in Social Science, Law, or relevant field
  • Demonstrated experience working in Case Management of Aboriginal Families and/or Children & Young People
  • Working knowledge of the Child Protection legislation (Child and Young Persons Care & Protection Act 1988) and how it pertains to Aboriginal Children and Families
  • Commitment to supporting people of diverse backgrounds
  • Manage the FDR register and complete your professional development activity requirements
  • Participate in, and represent Bungree at networking events and activities with stakeholders, other agencies, and staff
  • Contribute to practice supervision, case supervision and decision making.
  • Mandatory Requirements:

  • Flu Shot – Bungree is a mandatory flu shot workplace (if for medical reasons you cannot get the flu shot, please provide evidence)
  • COVID-19 vaccinations (minimum 2 doses) – Bungree is a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination workplace (if for medical reasons you cannot get the COVID-19 vaccination, please provide evidence)
  • National Police Check
  • Working with Children’s Check clearance
  • Valid First Aid Certificate
  • Valid Driver’s Licence
  • Working with us:

  • Great team environment and organisational support
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program
  • Safe and inclusive culture
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Supportive leadership
  • Apply Now:

    We welcome applications from all suitable candidates and request that you provide a current copy of your resume and a cover letter telling us why you would like to work with Bungree Aboriginal Association, highlighting your suitability based on the role requirements and skills.

    This position is open however we also strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

    Applications and Resumes can be addressed to:
    Fiona Hobbs, Recruitment Specialist at Standard Candle HR
    Email: fiona@standardcandlehr.com.au

    Applications close 5 April 2023.