Aboriginal Youth Mentor

  • 1 x Full Time Female
  • 1 x Full Time Male
  • Fixed Term
  • Nowra

The Aboriginal Youth Mentor is responsible for providing mentoring and support to Aboriginal youth participating in the Youth Aboriginal Mentoring Program.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE:
23 September 2020

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION 

The program aims to build resilience and reduce suicide rates within Aboriginal communities through the provision of counselling, mentoring, referral & advocacy, community engagement and capacity building activities. This will include strategies to increase help seeking behaviours, build resilience, empowerment and overall increase the wellbeing of Aboriginal youth, including supporting the development of healthy-concepts of Aboriginality.

The Aboriginal Youth Mentor will be responsible for meeting program outcomes by providing day-to-day mentoring and support to meet the needs of each individual aged 12-18 years. This will include working within a school and community setting as required. The position will also provide community engagement and cultural development activities and support the involvement of families/carers.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

  • Provide day-to-day mentoring and support to Aboriginal Youth in targeted local high schools and communities
  • Planning and facilitation of activities that support, explore and encourage cultural identity
  • Provide support with education and employment pathways
  • Develop, implement and review individualised cultural mentoring plans with young people accessing the program, including supporting them to achieve targeted outcomes that have been identified to improve their wellbeing and connection to culture
  • Assist and encourage clients to develop skills necessary to achieve their set goals as per their case/cultural plans, allowing them to live a pro-social life. This may include but is not limited to skills in life management, vocational needs, self-esteem, financial management and personal development
  • Encourage and support help seeking behaviours and strategies to improve wellbeing
  • Act as a positive, mature and responsible role model to young people, demonstrating appropriate independent social skills, recreation, self-care, communication and behaviour
  • Establish effective working relationships with targeted local high schools and key personnel, targeted local communities and relevant organisations
  • Advocate on behalf of Aboriginal youth at school and with parents, teachers and carers including building good rapport and maintaining open communication to ensure appropriate needs of participants are identified and supported. This may include assisting with family crisis situations relating to the young person where appropriate
  • Provide a culturally safe place and facilitate opportunities for participants and their families to express needs, concerns and explore goals
  • Record and maintain appropriate high quality files and case notes in line with organisational policies and procedures to meet legislative and funding requirements
  • Work in partnership with key stakeholders and service providers to deliver activities and support to engage vulnerable young people
  • Build and maintain links with participants’ community networks, including supporting and making connections with family, carers, community, teachers and other supports.
  • Coordinate and conduct community consultation and engagement activities
  • Participate in team meetings and provide reports as and when required
  • Understanding of and capacity to implement EEO, WH&S, ethical practice and principles of a culturally diverse society
  • Comply with all SCMSAC Policies and Procedures
  • Undertake any other duties, consistent with skills and experience as directed by the CEO or delegate

REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL VACANCIES

Applications must address the key competencies (selection criteria):  For an Information Package containing position description, selection criteria and an employment application, please download above or contact Human Resources via email hr@southcoastams.org.au or call 02 4448 0200.

Preferred applicants will also be required to undergo a National Police Check and obtain a new paid employee Working with Children Check (as required by the Act) prior to appointment with South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation.

Salary will be in accordance with the South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation Enterprise Agreement 2012 – 2015.