Title: Student Wellbeing Worker – school based
Program: Student Welfare Worker (SWW) Program
Hours and Term: 12 hours/week per school during school term only, Casual, fixed-term contract to the 10th December 2021 (possible extension)
Location: Based at nominated school/s in the Metropolitan Education Regions, including:
• Amberley District State School
• Jindalee State School
Award: Social, Community, Home Care & Disability Services Industry Award 2010 (QLD TPEO rates) Level 2.4 (currently $38.68/hour – casual)
Responsible to: ICYS CEO
Accountable to: ICYS Programs Manager and ICYS CEO
ICYS Ipswich Community Youth Service, a not-for-profit community-based organisation, has been providing assistance and support to at-risk children, young people, their families and their communities in the Ipswich and surrounding regions since 1983. As a multi-service organisation funded by five Queensland Government departments, ICYS provides a range of support programs and activities to assist and empower young people to make positive choices and decisions for their future.
For over 38 years, ICYS has been providing support and assistance to children and young people based on individual need including assistance with educational engagement, housing and homelessness, vocational training, employment assistance, crime prevention & intervention, disability support, information, referral, advocacy, practical assistance, drop-in, emergency relief and recreational activities in the Ipswich and surrounding regions. Each year ICYS provides direct services to over 2000 children and young people across five Local Government Areas (Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and the western suburbs of Brisbane) from our offices in Ipswich and Lowood.
The ICYS Student Welfare Worker (SWW) program is funded by the Queensland State Government to provide additional support to students and families as part of the school support teams. ICYS has been delivering SWW services in schools since 2015 and currently has seven (7) active contracts with local schools that prioritise students, family and community at their core. We are proud to partner with some exceptional schools to deliver the SWW program: Ipswich West State School, Goodna Special School, Riverview State School, Glenore Grove State School, Bundamba State School, Amberley District State School and Jindalee State School. The Student Welfare Worker program is related to the Chaplaincy program, however it does differ in its intent.
Schools benefit from having a SWW based at ICYS due to our strong community links and our 24 years delivering school-based programs. ICYS currently have formal partnerships with 6 State Primary Schools, 4 State High Schools and 1 Special School across the Brisbane, Ipswich and Lockyer Valley regions through our Student Welfare Worker and Youth Support Coordinator programs.
The role of the Student Wellbeing Worker (SWW) is to provide social, emotional, practical support and linkages to the broader community. The specific work plan of a SWW is negotiated with each school Principal and ICYS Management and is based on the specific needs of each school community and hence the position duties outlined below may differ from school to school.
The position is funded for 12 hours a week per school (generally across 2 days, however can be 3 shorter days). This is a casual position commencing immediately.
ICYS currently has a team of Student Wellbeing Workers. SWW’s are expected to work within and alongside schools to meet the needs of their student cohort. SWW’s commence and end each day from their respective schools.
The minimum qualification for this position is a Certificate IV in Youth Work, or an equivalent or higher qualification. The certificate or equivalent qualification must contain one unit of competency in two of the key topic areas of ‘making appropriate referrals’, ‘mental health’, ‘working with young people’ or ‘cultural awareness and support’.
This is an exciting opportunity for someone with the skills and passion to support children and their families with their social and emotional skills within a dynamic and supportive school community. You will receive supervision from the ICYS Programs Manager and/or ICYS CEO, enjoy school holidays off work, and the opportunity to network with Student Wellbeing Workers employed by ICYS and other ICYS staff.
- Please read the Position Description SWW Feb2021 and submit an application letter expressing your interest in this position to firstname.lastname@example.org (maximum 2 pages)
- Your application letter must clearly outline how you meet the Position Prerequisites listed on page 4 of the Position Description SWW Feb2021; and
- Please advise in your letter whether you are seeking employment for one or two schools (12 hours per school per week); and
- This letter must be accompanied by a current resume including at least 2 referees (at least one must be a recent supervisor).
Applications close Sunday 14th March 2021.