Youth Worker

Job No: 115114
Location: Geraldton

  • Do you want to directly make an impact supporting disengaged or disenfranchised young people’s educational journey?
  • Bring your Youth Work experience to an exciting role working with a multidisciplinary team 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 provide young people an opportunity to reconnect with education in a setting that is non-judgemental, inclusive and flexible. With a focus on literacy, numeracy and wellbeing, all programming and learning activities are developed based on young people’s individual education plans which are differentiated based on each young person’s learning needs and what they require to re-engage.

Geraldton Flexible Learning Centre (GFLC) is a coeducational Catholic CARE school in the Edmund Rice tradition and part of 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture.

The school provides engaging learning experiences that address the social needs of students and promotes their emotional, cognitive, spiritual, physical and educational development. All staff work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide wellbeing support to the young people of the campus.

About the Opportunity

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 maternity back fill contract.

Reporting to the Head of Campus and the Network Principal, this role will see you responsible for supporting the engagement, wellbeing and social inclusion responses of the campus as well as providing educational wellbeing support to the young people of the campus including engagement and program activities.

You will take on an important position in supporting staff to plan activities regarding 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:

  • Liaising and developing close relationships with families and referral agencies for young people seeking enrolment;
  • Developing supportive relationships and partnerships with families of young people and encouraging their connection to the FLC community;
  • Developing partnerships with the key agencies and support services for the provision of special services to support the education and wellbeing of young people in the FLC including counselling, health support, community activities and mentoring;
  • Providing support to FLC young people who have some engagement with the justice system;
  • Supporting young people in improving their attendance and engagement in learning groups as required;
  • Supporting child protection procedures according to policy;
  • Supporting professional practice which is culturally appropriate; and
  • Performing administrative responsibilities as required.

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

To view a full position description, please click here.

About You

To be considered for this position you must hold relevant qualifications in this field alongside demonstrated competency involving self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in social work/youth work practice.

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 young people with the challenges they face.

Please note: Prior to commencement, you must obtain a Working with Children Clearance and Police Check 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.

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 2019).

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

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


To apply:

Applications for this position close on 18 September 2019. To apply for this role, please provide the following documents:

  • A cover letter outlining your experience in working with young people with high and complex needs, programs and activities used to support educational and wellbeing outcomes, and strategies to improve engagement of young people.
  • Included in your cover letter, a declaration that you are a suitable person for Child Related employment.
  • A curriculum vitae outlining relevant work history, including contact details of at least two referees, relevant to the position.

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

Please Note: This position involves working with children. The appointment of successful applicants will be subject to satisfactory employment screening for child related employment in accordance with the law. EREA supports the rights of Children and Young People, and as such, please include in your cover letter, a declaration that you are a suitable person for Child Related employment. 

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