- Work from home
- Parental leave
Salary : $77,580.86 – $83,476.06 Plus Super (depending on skills and experience)
Location : Mary Street, Preston
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is the largest organisation of its kind in Australia, employing more than 600 employees and delivering more than 70 programs across Victoria. VACCA is an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation that supports and advocates for the Aboriginal community. Our strength lies with our people. Our team is committed to the organisation’s vision and values; advocates for our children and other vulnerable community members; and shows respect for, observance and compliance with Aboriginal cultural protocols, practice and ceremony. Our Aboriginality is what distinguishes us from mainstream services and what enables us to deliver the positive outcomes we achieve for
About the Role
The VACCA Kinship Finding program is a culturally-safe state-wide program that accepts referrals from DFFH and Section 18 programs to assist in family finding, to identify known kinship networks and to research family trees for the purpose of connecting children to kin, country and culture.
The Kinship Finding program is the first family finding program in Victoria for Aboriginal children and young people aged 0-18 years who are subject to child protection involvement and who are either in out-of-home care or at risk of entering out-of-home care.
The VACCA Kinship Finding Worker will be responsible for providing overall support to the Kinship Finding Program, and to help strengthen connections for Aboriginal children and young people.
The position will involve:
Identifying, finding, and recommending family or kinship networks for potential care placements such as long-term care, short-term care, respite care, or contact to build relationships.
Contacting family and kinship networks to source potential placements.
Learning about Aboriginal family trees and genealogies by working alongside researchers.
Promoting culture and connections to community.
Using social media, social networks, knowledge, and community connections to find family.
Liaising with the DFFH Kinship Engagement team and Child Protection.
Preparing family finding and closure reports.
Attending and contribute findings in team meetings and meetings with DFFH.
Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, the values that underpin VACCA’ vision and purpose and the capacity to take a leadership role in championing these internally and externally.
Demonstrated awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal societies and cultures, and commitment to continually build knowledge of such, along with a high level of awareness of the key issues which impact upon Aboriginal communities.
Demonstrated ability to manage time and uses tools effectively to assist with planning and organising even when faced with changing priorities.
Ability to prepare and provides accurate information using forms, case notes, and standard templates appropriate to the task that meets the audience needs.
Ability to work collaboratively with other organisations in formal and informal partnerships to achieve mutually agreed client /community/Aboriginal outcomes.
Demonstrates effective and culturally appropriate interpersonal skills e.g. active listening, empathy in all verbal and non-verbal communications.
Demonstrates ability to build a positive, culturally supportive team environment and facilitates the development of team members.
Current COVID-19 vaccinations (minimum two doses nd booster shot before commencement)
What We Can Offer You!!
Hybrid work arrangements (work from home and the office)
A warm, passionate, and supportive team culture!
Wellbeing days and fun activities with the team!
Learn about Aboriginal family trees and genealogies by working alongside experienced researchers; and a chance to learn about yourself, your history, culture, and your family tree
Career development opportunities and qualifications!
Generous leave entitlements including; paid maternity leave, cultural and ceremonial leave, and compassionate leave
Access to Employee Support and Wellbeing programs
Attractive salary packaging to increase your take home pay
The opportunity to participate in cultural events and other activities
A great office location, close to public transport, free parking, cafes, and the Preston Market!
We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people to apply
Applications should include a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria and current resume.
We encourage applicants to view the Position Description prior to applying. Please click here to view the Position Description
Application closes by Friday October 07, 2022
We are committed to Aboriginal self-determination and supporting strong, safe, thriving Aboriginal communities and aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity, honouring all cultural backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities and spiritual beliefs.
VACCA is a child-safe organisation and is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children and young people with zero tolerance for child abuse. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a National Police Record Check and Working with Children Check prior to commencement of employment and periodically following commencement.
VACCA is an equal opportunity employer and has a smoke-free workplace policy.