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Employment Opportunities

MDC Intake Counsellor Advocate (0.8 EFT)

Monday to Wednesday and Friday
Fix Term to April 2021

WestCASA is a community based not-for-profit sexual assault counselling service operating in the western metropolitan region of Melbourne for over 30 years. WestCASA provides counselling, crisis response, advocacy, education and training and is located in Wyndham with outreach to Melton, Footscray and the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC, a women’s prison) at Ravenhall.

The successful applicant will join a broader WestCASA team of Counsellor/Advocates, made up of four separate teams – Footscray Team, MDC Team and DPFC Team, an after-hours on-call crisis care team, office administrators, Clinical Services Manager and Chief Executive Officer. WestCASA is governed by a community-based Board of Governance

This role will report to the MDC Team Leader and work closely with the Intake team, as the main intake worker. The main intake components of the role encompass working within the intake team taking calls and undertaking assessments for women, men, nonbinary, trans community and young people (aged 12 years and over) who have experienced sexual assault and related family violence trauma either recently or in the past, to enable eligible people to access our service with ease.

Staff receive regular clinical supervision and support through the Clinical Services Manager and access to professional development both as part of a team and as an individual. WestCASA has a strong commitment to providing a learning environment and support for staff in their growth and development in this area of work.

WestCASA supports staff to develop capacities in relation to knowledge of current research and best practice in responding to complex trauma. WestCASA provides trauma services within a feminist and rights-based framework.

The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to and understanding of the personal and political issues surrounding sexual assault and family violence. You will have experience and a strong interest in working with complex trauma in a therapeutic environment. You will be an excellent communicator, able to work independently and contribute to a resilient team.

WestCASA provides a varied, engaging and supportive professional work environment and will consider flexible work arrangements. Our staff form a vibrant and committed team. They are valued for their contribution and commitment and are supported in their professional development aspirations.

WestCASA welcomes applications from Aboriginal women and women from culturally & linguistically diverse backgrounds.

A generous salary is paid in accordance with the Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault and the Health Services Union Agreement 2016-2020. Generous salary packaging and meal benefit allowance is also available. The conditions of employment will be in accordance with the agreements as above.

For further information regarding the position:
Please contact Esen Uygun MDC and intake Team Leader on phone (03) 9216 0411.
Position descriptions are available from info@westcasa.org.au or download the job description pdf here
Information about our service is available at westcasa.org.au
Applications close at 5.00pm Tuesday 27th October 2020