Bilingual Disability Community Educator

Hours: Casual hours as required

Location: Epping

Applications close: Monday, 24 September 2018 at 5pm

An exciting opportunity exists for a Bilingual Disability Community Educator to play a lead role in focus group consultations with CALD communities in the NEMA region.


Summary of program and its objectives

The Building Cultural Responsiveness Project will work with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in the North East Metropolitan Area (NEMA) to identify ways to increase participation of CALD communities in the Brotherhood’s Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services, as part of our NDIS Local Area Coordination.  By engaging with CALD communities the aim is to develop and test tools and strategies to improve accessibility of ECEI services, culturally appropriate engagement, and retention of CALD communities.

Main responsibilities of the role

The Bilingual Disability Community Educator will play a lead role in multiple rounds of focus group consultations with CALD communities in the NEMA region. The purpose of these sessions are to understand cultural stigma issues, awareness of disability, and awareness of supports available for children with disabilities from CALD communities. This includes identifying useful tools/strategies to address barriers and to develop, test tools and strategies to improve CALD community participation in the Brotherhood’s ECEI services. The Bilingual Disability Community Educator will bring their bilingual and bicultural skills and networks to engage with the priority ethnic communities. 

To meet the selection criteria, candidate will require:

  • proficiency in one or several languages of priority communities – Indian community (Hindi/Punjabi speaking), Iranian community (Persian speaking), Iraqi community (Arabic speaking), Vietnamese community (Vietnamese speaking)
  • established networks amongst the priority communities in the NEMA region
  • demonstrated ability to engage community members of diverse religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds using strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills
  • demonstrated ability to assist and facilitate workshop delivery
  • ability to build strong connections with diverse community members and service providers in the community with a strong commitment to community engagement
  • ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • well-developed organisational and time management skills with the ability to plan workload, prioritise and meet deadlines
  • demonstrated knowledge and competency in Microsoft Office Programs including Word, Excel and Outlook
  • understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood.

Desirable

  • completed or enrolled in a community development diploma/degree or similar course with view to establishing a career in the community sector
  • understanding of disability, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, early childhood intervention and barriers to accessing services faced by CALD community members
  • demonstrated understanding of the aspirations, needs and challenges of people from refugee and migrant backgrounds who have children with disabilities.

This is a casual position and hours will be on an as required basis. Salary will be between $28.43 to $30.29 per hour for casuals plus 25% casual loading, based on skills and experience plus superannuation. Attractive salary packaging provisions are available to increase take home pay. 

For further information about the role please view the Bilingual Disability Community Educator position description (PDF, 290kb) or phone Brett Patterson on (03) 9422 564.


To apply

Applicants are required to submit a resume and complete the screening questionnaire »

Email written applications to: recruitment(at)bsl.org.au

Applications Close: Monday, 24 September 2018 at 5pm

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has a vision of an Australia free of Poverty. We embrace, and value, diversity of culture, working arrangements, sexual orientation and gender identity to ensure our workforce is representative of the community that we work within. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include and welcome unique contributions of all people. We embrace and celebrate the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, their skills and contribution to our organisation. Applicants should be aware that as required, we conduct police and working with children checks as we acknowledge the importance of Child Safety.


Application process

In making an application for a position at the Brotherhood all applicants must:

  • read the position description
  • provide a brief cover letter
  • complete the application process as specified in the vacancy. Failure to complete the application process as specified in the vacancy may result in rejection of your application.
  • provide a current resume outlining your work history, details of any relevant qualifications and licences and two referees, either current or most recent Manager.
  • recommended applicants will be required to undertake Psychometric testing. Further assessments may include skills testing and presentations.

Applicants not shortlisted for interview will be contacted as soon as practicably possible. 

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Please note:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply
  • For more information or assistance with your application, please contact the Human Resources Team on (03) 9483 2444 or email: recruitment(at)bsl.org.au 
  • The Brotherhood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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