Youth Development Officer

Posted on Sep 12, 2018

Youth Development Officer

People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are strongly encouraged to apply.

Aboriginal women of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Lands created NPY Women’s Council to give a voice to women in this region. A service delivery, advocacy and support organisation, NPY Women’s Council is governed and directed by Aboriginal women across 26 desert communities in the cross-border regions of Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

NPY Women’s Council Youth Program works with children and young people (aged 10-25) and their families living in the NPY region, and is integral to the work that we do. Our model is based on four key components: case management, leadership and education, youth diversion and recreation, and advocacy and collaboration.

We now have three exciting opportunities for Youth Development Officers to join our Youth Program in Kiwirrkurra (WA) and Mimili (SA). As a Youth Development Officer you will work alongside community to develop and deliver an educational and supportive youth program. Along with coordinating activities for young people; you will provide aspirational case management, support youths who are at risk and inspire children who are doing well.

Kiwirrkurra is located in the ‘tali’ (sand hill) country of the Gibson Desert, and is 100 kms away from the NT border. We have two vacancies in Kiwirrkurra, so couples are encouraged to apply. We also have a position available in Mimili, which is surrounded by stunning mountain ranges and located in APY Lands, South Australia. Both communities enjoy many facilities such as schools, sporting ovals, medical centres, swimming pools and aboriginal art centres.  You will return to Alice Springs every six to eight weeks where our head office is based, for supervision, case reviews, personal tasks and supplies.

This is a unique chance to work for an organisation that takes a grassroots approach to community development. You will live, work and build lasting relationships within a local community and get to experience an amazing landscape and part of Australia. This is an extraordinary opportunity to learn about yourself, another culture and grow professionally at the same time.

You will work within a supportive, trauma informed framework and we provide a comprehensive culturally aware 3-month orientation program. You will receive best practice clinical supervision and professional development that includes vicarious trauma, case management and four-wheel drive training. We also provide critical incident de-briefing and a range of counselling services to support you.

In addition to this we offer a generous remuneration package. You will receive an above award salary, additional superannuation, salary packaging benefits, 32 days of annual leave, 15 days of personal leave (to care for you and your family) and a retention bonus. You will also benefit from fully furnished NPYWC accommodation, free utilities, phone and internet allowance and use of a company vehicle.

A full position description can be found here: Youth Development Officer Position Description

  • To apply, complete the online application form below
  • Closing Date: 9am, Monday 1 October 2018
  • For initial enquiries about the role, please contact Alex Burgess, Team Leader, on 08 8958 2334

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