Details

Hours 

5 days (38 hours) per week (negotiable)

Remuneration

$72,361 p.a., classified under the SCHADS Award at Employment Level 4.1. YACVic pays above award rates, with generous terms and conditions.

Status

6 months fixed term contract with the potential to be ongoing, subject to funding.

Location

Melbourne CBD.

About Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic)

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 the rights of young people in Victoria are respected, and they are active, visible and valued in their communities. YACVic is an independent, for-purpose, 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 since 2015, YACVic Rural increases YACVic’s presence across the Great South Coast and Southern Mallee regions and expands our state-wide advocacy and support for young people and the youth sector in rural communities. More recently our work in Eastern Victoria has been focused on the role that young people can play in their local communities for recovery and rebuilding work after the 2020 bushfires.

YACVic Rural recognises that young people and sector professionals in rural and regional areas have different opportunities and challenges from their metropolitan counterparts. YACVic Rural has developed successful partnerships and innovative programs across rural and regional Victoria, working closely and collaboratively with young people and the sector to establish trust and engagement, as is evidenced by our ongoing evaluation approach. The YACVic Rural team is also responsible for our Marram Nganyin Aboriginal Youth Mentoring Project (partnering with KYC), and the Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) partnerships and annual grants.

YACVic Rural operates using a ‘hub and spoke’ model connecting our state-wide work with the rural sector across diverse parts of Victoria.

About the role

Since 2016, YACVic has partnered with the Koorie Youth Council (KYC), the Victorian Government Equality and Youth Branch (EYB), and five Aboriginal Controlled Community Organisations (ACCOs) across Victoria, to support and develop Aboriginal young people through the Marram Nganyin Aboriginal Youth Mentoring Project. The program provides local mentoring opportunities for Aboriginal young people to develop their skills and their connections to their culture and communities, enhancing their life skills and connecting them to education, training, and employment.

The Youth Mentoring Project Officer will provide training, resources, and outreach support to the five ACCOs across Victoria, to support them to create and deliver high-quality youth mentoring programs. The role will work closely with the KYC Youth Mentoring Officer, who supports the ACCOs to engage young people and practice youth participation in the program.

The role will also provide limited support to the five recipients of Aboriginal Youth Engagements Grants, soon to be awarded by EYB for short-term projects.

Key responsibilities 

  1. Provide technical advice on mentoring program design and implementation.
  2. Collaborate with the KYC to ensure the program is appropriate and engaging for Aboriginal young people.
  3. Support a Community of Practice amongst the partner organisations to deliver and enhance the program.
  4. Plan and facilitate training workshops in each ACCO location for mentoring program staff and mentors, drawing upon the Youth Mentoring Hub and aligned to Australian National Mentoring benchmarks.
  5. Provide resources for mentors and staff in partner organisations, drawing upon the Youth Mentoring Hub and aligned to Australian National Mentoring benchmarks.
  6. Assist ACCO partner organisations to recruit, screen, select and match mentors, aligned with ethical practice and child safe standards.
  7. Provide tailored support to ACCO partner organisations and program delivery staff via regular site visits to each program location, online engagements and telephone consultations.
  8. Complete regular report to EYB, and support ACCO partners to complete reports as required.
  9.  Encourage ACCO partners to engage with and participate in YACVic events and training including the 2021 Youth Sector Conference.
  10. Record and document work activities, correspondence, and contacts in a project log.
  11. Participate in and contribute to evaluation of the program.
  12. Attend regular staff meetings and participate as a member of the staff team.
  13. Carry out any other duties from that the Rural Manager may assign to you, having regard to your skills, training, and experience.

Reporting and Accountability

This role reports to the YACVic Rural Manager. This role has no direct reports but will be required to work collaboratively with staff, volunteers, and community members.

Key selection criteria 

Essential

  1. Demonstrated experience in the youth/community sector.
  2. Demonstrated understanding of Aboriginal culture and issues important to the Victorian Aboriginal community, particularly as they relate to young people.
  3. Demonstrated understanding or experience in project management in a youth mentoring program including experience in planning, implementation and evaluation.
  4. Demonstrated understanding of appropriate behaviours when engaging with children and young people from diverse backgrounds (Including but not limited to CALD and LGBTIQA+), particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, and commitment to the Code of Ethical Practice for the Victorian Youth Sector and Victorian Child Safe Standards.
  5. Demonstrated ability to develop positive, collaborative working relationships with a range of stakeholders.
  6. Excellent group facilitation skills with demonstrated experience of developing and leading group training or professional development
  7. Excellent communication skills, including confidence in public speaking and the ability to facilitate workshops and meetings.
  8. Can travel to locations only accessible by car, e.g. rural locations without public transport.

Desirable

  • A tertiary qualification in youth work, community development, social science, or a related discipline.
  • Experience in working with the Victorian Aboriginal community. 

*Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply*

Employment conditions

YACVic is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People with disabilities, people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal people are encouraged to apply for this position.

YACVic promotes 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. 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.

The name Marram Nganyin has been provided by the Wurundjeri Tribe and Lands Compensation Heritage Council. The language is provided by the Wurundjeri People. Marram Nganyin means ‘we are strong’.

Application process

Applications should be submitted to Steph Brenkovich, HR & Office Manager, via Ethical Jobs form, and must include:

  • A brief cover letter
  • Your resume
  • Your answers to the key selection criteria
  • Contact details for a minimum of two referees, including your most recent line manager (we will not contact referees without your permission).

Applications that follow the above process will be accepted and considered for interview. Please let us know if you require support to complete an application or would like to apply in a different format.

Applications close on Monday 1 March 2021 at 12pm. Interviews will take place the following week.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Derm Ryan 0408 674 738 or email recruitment@yacvic.org.au.  

The name Marram Nganyin has been provided by the Wurundjeri Tribe and Lands Compensation Heritage Council. The language is provided by the Wurundjeri People, Marram Nganyin means ‘we are strong’.