Youth Engagement Officer

Two Fixed term opportunities available until December 2019. 

Key Areas of Responsibility (Not limited to)

  1. Developing aspirational plans with young people to ensure the support provided meets their goals;
  2. Developing referral pathways and assisting young people to develop meaningful social connections including links with members of their culture of origin, religious community or broader community  to achieve sustainable outcomes;
  3. Developing partnerships to support young people to transition into ongoing  employment through work placement opportunities and services;
  4. Facilitating group activities for young people that to assist them with their employment aspirations;
  5. Supporting young people to understand educational pathways relevant to their skills, hopes and aspirations resulting in sustainable employment and education outcomes for the young person;
  6. Developing pathways to industry recognised vocational training, work experience and vocational skills recognition, in order to help clients achieve sustainable employment outcomes;
  7. Canvassing and developing sporting engagement initiatives and programs for youth; and
  8. Identifying vulnerabilities related to low levels of engagement and access to services in order to develop strategies to facilitate better access and mutual learning between young people from diverse backgrounds and service providers;Providing crisis intervention support when required to respond to the immediate and urgent needs of the young person ensuring appropriate referrals to specialised mental health supports.

About you

You will be expected to have:

  1. Tertiary qualifications in youth work, social work, psychology or behavioural sciences (relevant overseas qualifications will be considered) and relevant experience working with youth from a diverse background  including the ability to develop and provide mentoring support to youth and the capacity to identify and develop appropriate strategies in response to low levels of engagement and access to services;
  2. Demonstrable experience, skills and expertise in assessing, developing and achieving transformational outcomes with young people including education, training and employment outcomes;
  3. Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and to provide expert advice and leadership on project teams;
  4. High level oral and written communications skills, including the ability to write focused programs, complete reports and any other necessary documents within strict timeframes;
  5. Excellent stakeholder facilitation and negotiation skills in relation to both intra-organisational relationships and inter-organisational relationships including the ability to negotiate and achieve outcomes that are beneficial to clients and to organisational development; and
  6. Demonstrated values of integrity, resilience, team work and professionalism consistent with MDA’s vision, including outstanding cross-cultural communication skills and a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of issues in relation to the settlement of refugees.

If you are ready for your next challenge, please email your application to the Recruitment Officer at [email protected] by no later than 5pm Wednesday 1st May 2019.

Your application must contain a resume and cover letter (no more than two pages), outlining why you are interested in the position and how you consider your skills and experience are relevant to this position.

Full details about the role can be found in the position description link:
Please note: Recruitment for these positions will commence immediately. Interviews may occur prior to the end of the advertising period.
Please feel free to discuss this opportunity with Carla Zafiriadis, Youth Program Manager on 0423 004 780, if the role is of interest.
At MDA we recognise that we are strenghthened by diversity and are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect.l We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability to apply. 
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