Senior Drug and Alcohol Practitioner
- Does helping people make you happy?
- Join a passionate NGO providing high-quality support to a vibrant community
- Enjoy an attractive remuneration circa $90,000 plus super, salary sacrificing and travel expenses
About the Organisation
The Lyndon Community is a non-government organisation providing alcohol and other drug treatment in residential and non-residential programs. The organisation provides residential services in Orange and non-residential programs to much of the western and central west, including the Murdi Paaki Region (from Brewarrina to Dareton), and in Bega on the south coast of NSW.
Spanning a wide variety of support services, counselling, intervention and education programmes, The Lyndon Community has a strong commitment to providing high-quality care and support in the communities in which they are based, driven to achieving the best outcomes for their clients through continued research and ongoing development of industry partnerships.
About the Lyndon Community Outreach Service
Lyndon Outreach Service is a free and confidential service provided to the communities in western and central west NSW by The Lyndon Community. Operating in multiple locations, the service is responsive to the wide range of needs of the drug and alcohol using population who access the service.
About the Opportunity
The Lyndon Community has a rewarding opportunity available for a Senior Drug and Alcohol Practitioner to join their programme on a full-time basis until June 2018, with likely extension until June 2020. Ideally this person will be based in Dubbo, however, the Lyndon Community will also consider candidates wishing to base themselves out of Broken Hill or Cobar.
The Senior D&A Practitioner will work in close consultation with the RFDS Program Manager to coordinate the ongoing delivery of support, training and supervision to RFDS employees in Dubbo and the Murdi Paaki region of NSW.
The Senior D&A Practitioner has a critical role in developing the availability and accessibility of D&A services by delivering high-quality training, supervision and consultancy services to network sites including to primary health staff and other non D&A specialist positions.
Your additional responsibilities will include (but will not be limited to):
- Work in partnership with local AMS, health and community service workers to support delivery of drug and alcohol services in each location;
- Support the development of culturally appropriate and effective local responses to substance use/misuse disorders including screening, promotion, prevention, early intervention and community education programs;
- Provide clinical leadership within the region, including modelling and demonstrating professional substance intervention skills and harm reduction approaches; and
- Mentor and support staff in their day to day assessment and care of people with substance use disorders including providing consultancy on individual cases and video conferencing support.
The Lyndon Community is seeking an individual who holds relevant tertiary qualifications in a health or welfare discipline and experience in drug and alcohol service delivery. You will have worked previously in a supervisory and support of Councillors position and have the demonstrated ability to assess training and development of others and work out how to bridge training gaps.
Ideally with a background in working with/for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal professionals, organisations and communities. Candidates who have worked in a rural or remote area previously would also be held in high regard.
Regular, overnight travel around Dubbo and the programs other regional centres is a part of this role and as such it is essential you possess a driver's licence and the ability to work flexible hours. You will need to demonstrate your ability to adapt to varying work situations and really manage your own workload, in order to meet the competing requirements of your role.
Finally, with high-level communication skills, you will be a friendly, outgoing and approachable person who can develop positive working relationships with clients, team members and other agencies in the community.
While not a requirement of the role, Aboriginal and Indigenous persons are strongly encouraged to apply.
About the Benefits
The Lyndon Community is committed to providing high-quality support services to their staff, as well as clients and as such, you will enjoy working in a close-knit and supportive team. You will receive ongoing access to in-house training programmes, aligned with current industry standard and will receive regular supervision and training, to ensure you are operating to the best of your ability.
In return for your hard work and commitment you will enjoy an attractive remuneration rate circa $90,000 plus super, salary sacrificing up to $16,050 and paid travel expenses.
In addition, you will have access to the organisation’s pool vehicles for travel and enjoy flexible hours including time-in-lieu, to help you balance your work/life commitments.
This is an opportunity to join a committed and passionate organisation in the provision of community support services and witness direct positive impact on your clients and the greater community - APPLY NOW!