Youth Workers

Job No: 104337
Location: Geraldton

  • Do you want to directly make an impact on disengaged or disenfranchised young people's educational journey?
  • Bring your Youth Work experience to an exciting role working with a multidisciplinary workplace to support young people
  • Enjoy an attractive remuneration circa $55,300 - $68,500 (dependent on your skills, qualifications and experience) plus super!
  • Excellent support and ongoing professional development opportunities 

About Youth+

Edmund Rice Education Australia Youth+ (EREA Youth+) is a network of flexible learning centres that offer young people an opportunity to reconnect with education in a setting that is non-judgemental, inclusive and flexible. With a focus on literacy and numeracy, all programming and learning activities are developed based on young people’s individual learning plans which are customised based on learning levels and what they require to re-engage.

Geraldton Flexible Learning Centre (GFLC) is a coeducational Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition under the EREA Youth+ Central West Flexi Schools Network. It has a clear commitment to social justice and stands in solidarity with young people of all social, cultural and religious backgrounds, with a particular sensitivity to Indigenous culture.

The school provides holistic learning experiences that address the social needs of students and promotes their emotional, cognitive, spiritual and academic development. All staff work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide wellbeing support to the young people of the campus, including Teachers, Youth Workers, the Head of Campus and the Network Principal.

About the Opportunities

EREA Youth+ now has a challenging and rewarding opportunity for a passionate Youth Worker to join the team at Geraldton Flexible Learning Centre on a full-time basis in Geraldton, WA. This is a 12-month contract, with possibility of extension for the right candidate.

EREA Youth+ is also seeking expressions of interest for a potential Outreach program in Mullewa, one hour east of Geraldton (subject to approval), performing the same role on a 12-month New Site Startup contract.

Reporting to the Head of Campus and the Network Principal, these roles will see you responsible for supporting the engagement, wellbeing and social inclusion responses of the campus as well as providing focused support to the staff and young people involved in the educational programs.

You will take on a pivotal position in supporting the teacher to plan activities for a class group of up to 15, operating from a point of common ground to engage and work with young people to approach mental health issues, family issues, welfare in the home and seeking out medical health/support.

Your day-to-day responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

  • Collaborating with the team to support a socially inclusive program that responds to the physical, intellectual, social, spiritual and cultural needs of young people;
  • Providing a support service and a referral point for further support services to staff and young people dealing with issues of child protection;
  • Supporting and developing cultural link, community and family connections that support the engagement and connection of young people to learning and the wider community as part of a team;
  • Liaising and developing service referral and provision with government and non-government agencies and appropriate levels to support health, mental health and wellbeing needs of young people; and
  • Participating in the daily routines and activities of the FLC, including morning meetings, lunch, electives, outings and camps.

This is a richly rewarding position that comes with great challenges - candidates with significant experience in the practicalities and realities of working with disengaged and disenfranchised young people to improve their lives are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information about the FLC and/or requirements of the role, please contact Head of Campus Heather Brett on or 0419 300 372.

About You

To be considered for these positions you must hold relevant qualifications in this field alongside demonstrated competency in youth work practice. Knowledge and understanding of the local and Mid-West Communities will be very highly regarded. 

As you will be working as part of a multi-faceted support network, your ability to support and liaise with the team will be crucial to your success in ensuring that the young people in your care understand they have a multitude of support options.  

Importantly, you will have an experience and understanding of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, with exceptional interpersonal and intercultural communication and negotiation skills that enable you to engage and invest in the community to build trusting relationships. 

The ideal candidates will be adaptable, passionate and pragmatic, with the tenacity and flexibility to provide realistic support to disenfranchised and disengaged Indigenous young people with the challenges they face.

About the Benefits

This is a fantastic opportunity to become involved in a multidisciplinary and supportive workplace while reaping the incredible rewards that arise from the challenges faced day to day. You will see the direct impact you've made on young people's educational journey during your time with EREA Youth+, and will enjoy a long-lasting and extremely gratifying career.

In return for your hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded with an attractive remuneration circa $55,300 - $68,500 plus super, based on your experience and qualification level (in line with the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Perth Non-Teaching Staff Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2014; Salary Schedule June 2018).

In addition, EREA Youth+ also provides ongoing professional development opportunities and is dedicated to improving its staff.

Please note: Prior to commencement, you must obtain a Working with Children Clearance. This role requires regular travel around Geraldton, including transporting students, and as such, a Current Unrestricted Australian Driver's Licence is essential, with Heavy Rigid/Light Rigid highly regarded. Licence training will be provided for successful applicants.

Bring your passion for youth work to this rewarding and challenging roles with a transformational educational organisation - Apply Now!

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are very strongly encouraged to apply!

To apply for this role, please submit your answers to the first round questions and attach an updated CV. Successful candidates will be asked to supply responses to the Selection Criteria included in the respective Position Descriptions.

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