Executive Officer – Permanency Support Program

  • 1 x Full Time
  • Ongoing Term
  • Designated Position*
  • Shoalhaven regions

South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation is committed to the implementation of government reforms in its Out of Home Care services. The Executive Officer – Permanency Support will oversee the operations of the newly recommissioned Permanency Support Program, as well as assist the Implementation Officer in drive the change management process within the current team.

29 January 2018

An exciting Executive level opportunity exists in managing and leading South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation’s Permanency Support Program. The Permanency Support Program introduces a series of changes that commenced 1 October 2017, which shifts the current placement-based service system to one that is centred on safety, permanency and wellbeing for children, young people and their families and kin. The Permanency Support Program is one of the most significant changes to the child protection and out-of-home care system and is part of a broader suite of reforms.

The position will be responsible for ensuring the program works effectively with children, young people, siblings, foster carers, birth families and significant others, to support, stable, positive and sustainable permanent placement options. The role will be responsible for ensuring delivery of a therapeutic case management model that ensures all domains of a child or young person’s life are addressed and birth families are supported to improve their overall wellbeing and functioning. Where possible, permanency goals should be focused towards family preservation and/or restoration, however where this is not possible, permanency goals for Aboriginal Children and Young Person/s look to support guardianship or long-term foster care.

An attractive salary package will be negotiated with the successful applicant commensurate with relevant qualifications and experience.

For further information about this position please contact Tanya McGeachie on

02 4448 0200 or TanyaM@southcoastams.org.au


Essential Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work, social science, psychology, community services, disabilities, management or a related field or experience equivalent to this.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with children and young people who are in or at risk of being in out of home care.
  • Demonstrated experience managing multi-disciplinary teams including targeted early intervention child protection services, family preservation services, integrated domestic and family violence services, early intervention placement prevention programs and restorations services.
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to positively engaging with and working with birth family for the best outcomes of children and young people.
  • A sound understanding of evidence based therapeutic approaches to working with children and young people particularly in the area of child protection and trauma.
  • Managing disability support programs particularly in the areas of early intervention and or allied health and or sensory disabilities and or psychosocial disabilities.
  • Demonstrated current networks and collaborative relationships with managers and staff from NSW Family and Community Services and a commitment to working in partnership with FACS.
  • Understanding of, a willingness to and the ability to implement change management processes.
  • Understanding of business processes, income and expenditure statements, budgets and cash flow management.


  • Aboriginality
  • A sound understanding and commitment to the philosophy of South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation and a willingness to work according to the Mission, Vision and Values of SCMSAC.


Applications must address the key competencies (selection criteria):  For an Information Package containing position description, selection criteria and an employment application, please 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.