Youth Development Worker (Remote Communities)

Job No: 99469
Location: Yuendumu, Willowra and Nyirrpi, remote NT

  • Join an organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life for youth living in the community!
  • Multiple roles available!
  • Bring your active lifestyle and passion for working with youth, to this rewarding role!
  • Attractive salary circa $62,000 PLUS a great range of benefits including salary sacrificing options, fully furnished accommodation, free utilities, phone and internet allowances!

About the Organisation

Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC), formerly Mt Theo Program, was started by Yuendumu Community in 1993 to address chronic petrol sniffing in Yuendumu. WYDAC achieved unprecedented community success in this initial struggle, which led to considerable growth in the scope of the services provided. WYDAC now provides a comprehensive range of programs that deliver diversion, development, treatment, and leadership services throughout the Warlpiri region.

WYDAC was created by, and for, Warlpiri people, and is governed by a Warlpiri Committee. WYDAC head office is located in Yuendumu Community, and the organisation has permanent staffing and operations at five different Warlpiri sites – Yuendumu, Willowra, Nyirrpi, Lajamanu remote communities and Mt Theo Outstation. The notable and sustainable success of the program has been firmly based on the support and strength of local Warlpiri youth and their communities, as well as the ongoing commitment of staff.

The program aims to promote positive and meaningful pathways for all young Warlpiri people and, in turn, their families and communities.

For more information about WYDAC, please click here.

About the Opportunity

WYDAC now has multiple opportunities for full-time Youth Development Workers to join their community based teams in Yuendumu, Willowra and Nyirrpi, NT.

Reporting to the Outreach Coordinator, this unique opportunity will see you facilitating a program of activities responsive to the needs of the youth in that community.

The activities provide daily opportunities for engagement with healthy and positive diversionary and development activities, which in turn prevents the youth in the communities from 'at-risk' activity. Youth development activities build the resilience, confidence and skills of young Warlpiri men and women in a culturally appropriate manner, to assist them to develop to their full potential.

More specifically, some of your key duties will include:

  • Delivering a youth program with enthusiasm and dedication, with a strengths based and trauma informed approach to development and diversion;
  • Engaging with, and building, strong relationships with young people, especially those who present with more complex or challenging behaviours;
  • Supporting the expansion of development programs, including but not limited to activities relating to literacy and numeracy, sexual health education, healthy relationships, and informal training opportunities; and
  • Actively supporting young people into employment, and to develop skills that will assist them to thrive as young leaders and members of their community.

The role requires individuals who are willing and able to work in a remote area and who understand, and are sensitive to, the unique requirements of working within an Indigenous community. It can be challenging at times, but the satisfaction is significant. If you are interested in work that promotes the rights and well being of Australia's First Nation's people, in a grass roots, community driven organisation, please apply!

To view the full position description, please click here.

About You

To be successful, you will have experience working with at-risk youth and a demonstrated understanding of, and experience working with cross-cultural persons and community development (ideally within a remote context). Additionally, experience in the development and management of recreational activities is required.

WYDAC is looking for individuals prepared to work in a hands-on manner with the program participants. You'll love getting outside and leading youth activities, and will have a passion for creating opportunities for young people in a remote location, using your resourcefulness and self-motivation on a regular basis.

As an excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills, you will have the ability to forge strong relationships with both the youth of the community as well as a range of internal and external stakeholders. In addition, your experience working with young people who have challenging behaviours and complex needs, will provide you with the means to make confident decisions and manage stressful situations as they may arise.

Solid administrative skills will be a requirement, as will a degree of computer literacy, with a proven knowledge of spreadsheets and databases.

A current ‘C’ Class Open Driver’s License, Working With Children Check (Ochre Card), and a Police Check (or willingness to obtain prior to employment) are all essential to being considered. Candidates with a Senior First Aid Certificate, as well as sport and/or creative skills will be highly regarded, however these are not essential requirements.

About the Benefits

This is a highly varied position in which you will experience real job satisfaction every day.

For your hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded with an attractive remuneration circa $62,000 (commensurate with experience and qualifications) plus super and salary sacrificing to significantly increase your take home pay!

In addition, you will benefit from fully furnished accommodation, free utilities, phone and internet allowances. You'll also enjoy exciting training and development opportunities!

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to truly make a difference - Apply Now!

Please note: Applicants must be eligible to live and work in Australia, with no restrictions. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please address the questions below and attach a resume on request.

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