Current Vacancies

Thank you for your interest in working for Foundation House.

We are passionate about advancing the health, wellbeing and human rights of people from refugee backgrounds who have experienced torture and trauma.

Foundation House is a child safe organisation and employment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a national Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check.

About the Organisation

The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc. (also known as Foundation House) provides services to advance the health, wellbeing and human rights of people of refugee backgrounds in Victoria who have experienced torture or other traumatic events in their country of origin or while fleeing those countries. The organisation was established in Melbourne in 1987 and is non-denominational, politically neutral and non-aligned.

Foundation House is a state-wide agency offering services in metropolitan, regional and rural areas, with head office based in Brunswick. We have approximately 200 staff with metropolitan regional offices in Dallas, Sunshine, Dandenong and Ringwood.

About the Opportunity

We have a vacancy for an Adult and Family Counsellor Advocate based in our Dandenong Office. This is a 1 year fixed term Maternity Leave backfill position.

About the role

You’ll be responsible for delivering thorough psycho social assessment, counselling and advocacy services to clients within Integrated Trauma Recovery Model. Foundation House works with survivors of torture and trauma experiences in their countries of origin or part of their refugee journey. You will be working with people of all ages and various ethnic, religious, and life backgrounds. This will include working with refugees having permanent residence or citizenship in Australia, Temporary Protection Visa holders (TPV), Special Humanitarian, Enterprise Visa holders (SHEV), asylum seekers in community detention and those living in the community on Bridging Visas. Foundation House work involves intake, assessment and counselling work with clients while using professional interpreters.

The work involves some client work that occurs off side and on an outreach basis. Some travel to other Foundation House sites and venues will also be required for professional development and various meetings. Foundation House fleet vehicle will be provided for outreach work and as such it is a requirement of these roles that you have a valid driver’s licence.

You will work in multidisciplinary, multicultural team committed to human rights and highly professional work with refugees and asylum seekers from very diverse backgrounds and torture and trauma experiences.

Reporting to a Team Leader, you will be supported by highly skilled and qualified practitioners and receive regular supervision and valuable support.

About you

  • Degree qualified as a psychologist, social worker, and counsellor or relevant university degree similar
  • Ability to demonstrate your experience providing therapeutic interventions, advocacy and risk assessment
  • Demonstrated understanding of trauma informed practice models in working with adults and families with refugee trauma background families
  • Experience in a range of approaches in supporting complex cases such as mental health, family violence, substance abuse issues

This role is well suited to candidates who are organised, client-focused and who can effectively manage tasks and deadlines while maintaining a high degree of self-awareness and professionalism. You will also demonstrate a positive, creative and collaborative approach to the delivery of these vital services. Previous experience in working or with Refugees and Asylum Seekers will be highly regarded.

Key Selection Criteria

  1. Ability to undertake intake assessments, comprehensive psychosocial assessments and risk assessments with adults and families
  2. Counselling skills for complex trauma in working with children, adolescents and families
  3. Experience with advocating on behalf of adults and families with respect to a range of issues related to health, welfare, legal and government
  4. Ability to work collaboratively in partnerships and with service providers
  5. Previous work experience as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  6. Knowledge in trauma, its psychosocial impact, and the suitable interventions using a trauma informed and systems based framework

Remuneration and Benefits

Remuneration is based on our Enterprise Agreement 2014 up to $90,165 gross per annum pro rata plus superannuation. Benefits include generous salary packaging, leave loading, a range of flexible working options and a highly supportive team environment.

VFST promotes the safety and well-being of children.

VFST is an equal opportunity employer.

The right to live and work in Australia is an essential requirement of this role.

Conditional employment requirements:

  1. Satisfactory police check
  2. Working with Children Check
  3. Proof of the right to work and live in Australia

Applications

Applications for this position close 2 February 2020.

To be considered for this role, please submit your Resume and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria above.

The Position Description, can be downloaded here: PD Counsellor Advocate A&F Dec 19 [PDF]

Please email applications to Zaheera Deen, Human Resources Officer, at jobs@foundationhouse.org.au

For any enquiries regarding the position please contact Zaheera Deen on 9389 8969.

  • Part time: 2 or 3 days per week, until July 2020
  • Unique role that includes liaising with Ucan2 participants, mentors, employers and other key stakeholders
  • Strong administrative, relationship and time management skills

About Foundation House

The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc. (VFST), also known as Foundation House, provides services to advance the health, wellbeing and human rights of people from refugee backgrounds who have experienced torture or other traumatic events.

Foundation House is a state-wide agency offering services in metropolitan, regional and rural areas. Offices are in Brunswick (head office), Dallas, Dandenong, Ringwood and Sunshine and services are also provided in partnership with other agencies in regional areas of Victoria.

The Program

The Ucan2 Program facilitates and supports the social inclusion of newly arrived young people of refugee background aged 16 to 25 years, with disrupted education.

Ucan2 is a 16 week program currently established in English Language Schools and Centres, Adult Multicultural Education Programs (AMEP), TAFE EAL programs and secondary school contexts.  It includes a group work program, that is supported by opportunities for young people to participate in mentoring, work experience and casual work programs with our corporate partners.

For more information about at the program click here: http://www.foundationhouse.org.au/ucan2

The Position

This is a unique position that combines administrative support, data collection and hands on engagement with the mentoring, work experience and casual employment components of the Ucan2 that are delivered across metropolitan Melbourne. This brings opportunities to work closely with Ucan2 participants and build and maintain relationships with our corporate business partners.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Build and maintain relationships with Ucan2 participants, mentors, employers and other key stakeholders to the program.
  • Implement the work experience component of the program
  • Support the delivery of the mentoring program for participants and with business partners
  • Support the Christmas casual recruitment program and other recruitment
  • Provide administrative and data collection support for the Business Partnerships Team

About you

  • Great organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and plan work
  • Experience in maintaining effective relationships with key stakeholders, with excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team
  • An interest and understanding of working with young people
  • An understanding of the needs of people from diverse backgrounds, including the refugee experience.
  • A drivers licence is essential

The benefits

Remuneration is based on our Enterprise Agreement 2014 up to $74,554 gross per annum pro rata. Benefits include generous salary packaging, leave loading, a range of flexible working options and a highly supportive team environment.

VFST promotes the safety and well-being of children.

VFST is an equal opportunity employer.

The right to live and work in Australia is an essential requirement of this role.

Conditional employment requirements:

  1. Satisfactory police check
  2. Working with Children Check
  3. Proof of the right to work and live in Australia

Applications

Applications for this position close on 3 February 2020.

Applicants must address the selection criteria contained in the Position Description, which can be downloaded here: PD Ucan2 Project Worker Jan 20 [PDF]

Please email applications to Zaheera Deen, Human Resources Officer, at jobs@foundationhouse.org.au

If you are unable to email please post to: Zaheera Deen, Foundation House, 4 Gardiner Street, Brunswick 3056.

For any enquiries regarding the position please contact Zaheera Deen on 9389 8969.

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