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APPLICATIONS CLOSE AT 5PM THURSDAY 3 AUGUST 2017

Hours: 4-5 days (30.4-38 hours) per week (negotiable)

Remuneration: $67,278 - $71,717 (pro-rata) plus personal use of work vehicle with a fortnightly pre-tax payment. Classified at SCHCADS Award ranged between Level 4.4 and level 5.3 (YACVic pays above award rates)

Status: Fixed term contract until June 30 2019 with potential to be ongoing, subject to funding

Location: Based in Swan Hill, working across the Southern Mallee, with regular travel to Melbourne and other areas of the state.

About Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic)

The Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) is the peak body and leading policy advocate on young people's issues in Victoria. YACVic’s vision is that young Victorians have their rights upheld and are valued as active participants in their communities. YACVic is an independent, not-for-profit, member driven organisation that represents young people (aged 12-25 years) and the sector that works with them.

About YACVic Rural

Funded by the Victorian Government, YACVic Rural increases the YACVic’s presence across the Great South Coast and Southern Mallee regions, and expands our state-wide advocacy and support for young people in rural communities and the rural youth sector. YACVic Rural operates from offices in Melbourne, Warrnambool and Swan Hill. YACVic recognises that young people and sector professionals in these areas face particular challenges and offer specific insights that differ to their metropolitan counterparts. YACVic Rural works to support both young people and the youth sector through targeted delivery of YACVic core services to regional and rural Victoria.

About the role

The YACVic Rural Development Coordinator (RDC) Southern Mallee works directly with young people and the youth sector across the shires of Buloke, Gannawarra, Swan Hill and surrounding areas to:

  • support the youth sector by providing high quality training, guidance and support to youth and community organisations
  • advocate for improved resourcing and cross-sector collaboration to support better outcomes for all young people
  • provide and promote youth opportunities to support their meaningful participation in their local community
  • amplify youth voices to support young people to have a stronger voice in State Government decision making
  • celebrate young people and promote the positive stories of young people within and beyond their community.

Major Duties

Sector Strengthening

  • Work collaboratively with key stakeholders within each region to build the capacity of young people and the youth sector.
  • Advocate for and with young people and the rural youth sector to strengthen relationships, networks and practice within each region.
  • Coordinate and facilitate forums, reference groups and training for youth services, practitioners, volunteers and young people.
  • Support the development of mechanisms to share information between the rural youth sector, Victorian Government and rural communities.
  • Contribute to the evaluation of YACVic Rural.

Youth Engagement and Advocacy

  • Support and enable young people to participate in localised decision-making process so they are able to make a positive contribution to their communities. 
  • Promote and contribute to YACVic’s wider work, including policy development and research into issues affecting rural and regional young people.
  • Contribute to the work of YACVic’s partner agencies (Victorian Student Representative Council, Koorie Youth Council and Youth Disability Advocacy Service).
  • Assist in developing and coordinating statewide initiatives and youth opportunities as assigned by the YACVic Rural Manager.

Administrative Duties

  • Attend weekly team meeting via skype, bi-monthly YACVic staff meetings and quarterly YACVic Rural Reference Group meeting in person.
  • Contributing to YACVic publications, media and events, and carry out monthly reporting and administrative tasks, as assigned by the Rural Manager.

Travel

  • Travel is a major component of this role, both around the Southern Mallee as well as to Melbourne or other parts of the state on a regular basis.

Key Selection Criteria

Essential

  1. Qualifications relevant to the role (e.g. community development, youth work, social work, training or education) or demonstrated equivalent in work experience.
  2. Demonstrated understanding and experience of working appropriately with young people within a youth participation framework, including those with diverse needs and/or backgrounds.
  3. High-level written and oral communication skills and well-developed interpersonal skills.
  4. Excellent group facilitation skills with demonstrated experience of leading group training or professional development. 
  5. Proven understanding of the unique concerns of young people and youth workers in rural/regional areas.
  6. Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective professional relationships/networks and work collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders within the broader community.
  7. An ability to balance multiple tasks and to work independently.
  8. A current Victorian driver’s licence and willingness to travel throughout Victoria when required.
  9. The successful applicant will require a current Working with Children Check and Police Check (costs reimbursed) and must agree to adhere to our child safe policy and code of conduct.

We promote the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children and young people, including those with a disability, those who are Aboriginal or those from refugee or migrant backgrounds. We take child protection very seriously. All employees are subject to screening and assessment against child safety standards, including rigorous background, identity and reference checks.

YACVic is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with ‘RDC Southern Mallee’ in the subject line.

Applications should be addressed to Andy Bell, YACVic Rural Manager, and must include:

  • a cover letter stating where you saw the job advertised
  • your resume
  • your response to the key selection criteria as stated in the position description.

Applications close at 5pm, Thursday 3 August 2017. Interviews for the position are likely to be held in Swan Hill on Wednesday 9 August 2017.

If you wish to discuss this position further, please contact Andy Bell on 03 9267 3715 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

YACVic has a number of partner agencies. For more information click on the logos below.

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