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Principal Practitioner, Cultural Services Team (Identified Position

ACT Government - Canberra, ACT

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work
Source: uWorkin

Source: uWorkin


Full Job Description
The Cultural Services Team are focussed on working in partnership with families, the Community and Child and Youth Protection Services (CYPS) colleagues to deliver the best possible life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. The work is underpinned by best practice and culturally responsive case management. The Team has responsibility for oversight, management, and direction of the day-to-day operations requiring cultural services across CYPS.

The Principal Practitioner, Cultural Services role is responsible for providing strong leadership and supporting the strategic vision and workplan for the Cultural Services Team and contribute towards ensuring CYPS has the capability to deliver its statutory obligations through a culturally intelligent and responsive workforce. Working closely with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) community controlled organisations, funded partner organisations, and the wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, this position will support provision of practice, coaching and mentoring within the Team. The role will also have a focus on leading project work that is centred in practice, within the Cultural Services Team.

The Community Services Directorate (CSD) is committed to addressing the disproportionate representation of ATSI children in the child protection system and is committed to meeting the cultural needs of the children we work with. We strongly encourage applications from ATSI peoples who have the appropriate background and capability, but do not hold the essential tertiary qualification to consider applying for these roles via the Child and Youth Protection Professional (CYPP) ATSI Competency Framework. This approach acknowledges the significant contribution that individuals with ATSI cultural heritage and experience bring to improving outcomes for children and young people and does not require applicants to hold tertiary qualification/s. The attached competency logbook outlines the steps and considerations and if relevant to your application, should be completed and attached with the application for the role you consider your experiences matches.

Community Services Directorate is an inclusive employer where all people are respected and valued for their contribution. We strongly encourage and welcome applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, People with Disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, veterans, mature age workers and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:Essential Qualifications and Experience:
Demonstrated experience leading teams and delivery of services to supports positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
Relevant tertiary qualifications in Social Work, Psychology or related discipline and/or equivalent work experience in child protection and/or youth justice.
At least five years’ experience practice experience working with children, young people and their carers or families.
Current driver’s licence.
Prior to commencing this role, a current registration issued under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 is required. For further information on Working with Vulnerable People registration refer to - https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/1804.
This is a designated position in accordance with s42, Discrimination Act 1991 and is only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage is considered essential and therefore a Confirmation of Aboriginality may be requested.
Notes: This is a temporary position available for 12 months with the possibility of permanency. Educational, suitability and professional qualification checks may be carried out prior to employment. An order of merit will be established from this selection process and may be used to fill future identical vacancies over the next 12 months. This position will be moving to a new workplace designed for activity-based working (ABW). Under ABW arrangements, officers will not have a designated workstation/desk.

How to Apply: Please submit a written response to the Selection Criteria located in the Position Description along with a curriculum vitae.

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Canberra, ACT

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work


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