Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate


Are you looking to make a real change in the lives of families who are experiencing difficulty? A job where your professional skills will be put to the test daily? Do you want to be rewarded with a competitive salary and benefits package and receive training and ongoing development?

Do you want to make a difference?

The Foster and Kinship Care Team currently have a vacancy for an Identified Foster and Kinship Care Practitioner join the Mercy Community supporting the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community in the Greater Ipswich region.

Please note, that to perform this role, it is essential that the person who holds the position be an Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander person and is therefore a genuine occupational requirement under section 25, 104 and 105 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld).

This permanent full-time position will be based in our Ipswich office and will be responsible for the provision of high-quality support to foster and kinship carers to assist carers to meet the identified needs of the children and young people placed in care. This position will provide planned support, particularly to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander foster and kinship carers and/or children and young people in care, whilst ensuring their cultural needs are met.

To be eligible for this position you will require (Key Selection Criteria):

- Tertiary qualification in Social Work, Human Services or related discipline.
- To perform this role, it is essential that the person who holds the position be an Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander person and is therefore a genuine occupational requirement under section 25, 104 and 105 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld).
- Highly developed interpersonal skills with the ability to build rapport and professional working relationships within the community and with both government and non-government organisations
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the developmental needs of children and young people, the impacts of trauma, and the resulting emotional and behavioural issues and the ability to build positive relationships with children and young people in care.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate and connect sensitively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, ensuring cultural safety and culturally appropriate support
- Proven time management skills, with ability to balance and prioritise various client engagement, staff and administrative requirements
- Demonstrated ability to analyse, evaluate and make objective judgements, and the ability to articulate recommendations for carer assessments within a structured assessment framework
- Willing and able to work within a Christian context and Mercy Community’s mission, purpose and values
- Computer literacy on an intermediate level, with the ability to use multiple computer IT systems including MS Word and Excel
- Evidence of current vaccination against whooping cough or willingness to obtain prior to commencement, unless applicable exemption provided as per the relevant MC procedure
- A Queensland Provisional Green or above Driver’s Licence, with the ability to obtain positive notice in the Working with Children Check (Blue Card), positive Police Check and any other legislatively required personal history screening as required It is beneficial for candidates to have:

- A sound understanding of and knowledge of the Queensland child protection system and processes As a Mercy Community employee, we’ll offer you:

- The chance to make a genuine difference in people’s lives
- The opportunity to increase your take-home pay by salary sacrificing
- Continued professional development opportunities
- Access to our Employee Assistance Program (confidential counselling service)
- Career pathways for those wishing to grow within the company
- Friendly and supportive work place This position offers a competitive remuneration package of $78,921 - $82,478 gross per annum in line with level 5 of our Enterprise Agreement (dependant on experience) and other benefits in line with our Agreement.

About Us…

Mercy Community is a not-for-profit organisation, focused on the provision of innovative and responsive services in the areas of child protection, multicultural community support, family mental health, community and residential based aged care and disability support services. We are a strongly committed team that works hard and truly lives our values – Mercy, Acceptance, Excellence, Dignity, Empowerment and Integrity.

We encourage and welcome candidates from all cultural backgrounds and recommend that you view our website and Employee Value Proposition.

To apply please head to this link: and follow the prompts.

Applications must be completed online and include an updated resume and response to the key selection criteria in your cover letter (maximum of 2 pages).

Please apply immediately as we are seeking to fill this position as soon as possible. Applications will close at 4:30pm on 28 January 2020, however Mercy Community reserves the right to interview and appoint a suitable candidate prior to the closing date of this campaign.

Please note that you must be eligible to work in Australia to be considered for this position. Employment is conditional upon maintaining a clear personal history screening checks throughout employment.

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