About Breaking the Silence

 Breaking the Silence is a unique and innovative organisation that addresses the complex issue of family and domestic violence in rural, remote and regional areas.

We are currently looking to recruit a Program Lead and Counsellors for our Telephone Counselling Service being launched in October 2020. We will soon be looking to recruit Counsellors for our Telephone Counselling Service – so keep checking this page for updates. 

PROGRAM LEADER – SPECIALIST DV TELEPHONE SERVICE

  • Exciting career opportunity in establishing a new service supporting those impacted by Domestic, Family & Sexual Violence in rural, regional and remote WA
  • Friendly, supportive and passionate management and Board
  • Full time contract position to 30 June 2022 based in our new Subiaco Office

Breaking the Silence is a unique and innovative organisation, newly established to specifically support people living in regional, rural and remote WA who are impacted by DFV and SA. We know that the isolation of victims within rural and remote communities can both compound the level of domestic violence, while also restricting the ability to access services that are available to provide DFV specialist support. Our new telephone service will be targeted specifically to meet these needs. We will provide locally focussed telephone advice and support which will include information and referrals; safety planning and assessment; single and multi-session counselling and into the future on-line chat and practical case management for people experiencing violence and people using violence in distinct WA regional, rural and remote communities.

About the Role

This is a rare and exciting career opportunity supporting the Executive Officer (EO) in establishing this critical service.

We need a passionate, highly experienced and professional Program Leader to oversee all operational activities, as well as developing and mentoring a small team of skilled practitioners to deliver quality telephone counselling support. Due to the size of the service, the successful applicant will also be required at times, to undertake frontline service delivery activities. Crucial to this role in the establishment phase, is the capacity to travel to remote areas across WA to build collaboration and trust across the sector services. Reporting to the EO and working initially with external specialists (who are assisting in the development of the clinical framework; practice guidelines; workforce planning and systems) this role will ensure we are delivering a quality service and meeting contractual obligations. An amazing opportunity to be heavily involved in advancing the growth and change agenda of this organisation as it evolves and contributing to the safety of people impacted by DFV and SA in rural/regional WA.

About You

To be effective in this role, the ideal applicant would have experience in delivering and/or overseeing services within rural/regional WA, or have lived in these areas and understands the unique challenges and barriers. You will also need a minimum of 3+ years’ experience supporting those impacted by domestic, family and/or sexual violence and at least 2 years’ experience coordinating, developing and supervising positive and effective teams, preferably in a telephone service. Other essential requirements include:-

• Relevant tertiary qualifications in social work, psychology, counselling, behavioural or social sciences or related field.
• Eligibility for membership with either Australian Association of Social Workers; the Australian Psychological Society Australian Counselling Association would be desirable.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a demanding (although rewarding) environment.
• Be prepared to be flexible with working hours at times to meet the organisational requirements of the role and available to ideally commence in the beginning of September 2020.

Full details of the selection criteria and essential requirements in addition to the above are in the attached position description.

Why Join Breaking the Silence
• Be part of something very special in establishing a new service and making a difference in the lives of people impacted by domestic, family and sexual violence.
• Flexible and family friendly workplace
• Generous Salary packaging, meal and entertainment card and discount program available
• Free on-site parking
• EAP support and Professional Supervision provided

Interested? Apply online today!

To apply for this position please ensure that you:

• Review the position description
• Submit your current CV and a cover letter (max 2 pages) to careers@breakingthesilence.com.au outlining why you are interested in the role and how your skills experience match the role requirements above and the selection criteria contained in the position description.

Applications will be considered as they are received, so early application will be advantageous. If you would like more information about the role please contact:-
Sophie on 0421 454 314

Applicants who are under-represented in the workplace are encouraged to apply

 Please note those applications without a cover letter and a response to the selection criteria and/or the right to work in Australia will not be considered. 

We thank you for your interest in the role, however only those applicants shortlisted for interview purposes will be contacted directly.

 

SPECIALIST TELEPHONE COUNSELLOR

  • Exciting opportunity to join a new service supporting those in regional, rural and remote WA impacted by domestic or family violence
  • Flexible work practices – part time roles (Mon-Fri 9am – 7pm)
  • Friendly, supportive and passionate management and Board

About the Role

Exciting opportunity for professional, motivated and friendly practitioners to fill 2 part time roles for our new service. The primary duties of this role are providing telephone and into the future online counselling to clients in rural and remote WA who have been impacted by domestic or family violence. Working within a newly established clinical framework, the roles will provide triage, risk assessments and safety planning, information and referral and both single and multi session phone counselling. Our operating hours when we first commence will be Monday-Friday (9am -7pm) and over time we will move to a seven day a week service with expanded hours. Being a new service, we are seeking staff who can be flexible and adaptable to support our clients as the service evolves. The role will be located in our new office in Subiaco. 

 About You (Essential Requirements)

  • Applicants will ideally have relevant tertiary qualifications in social work, psychology, counselling, behavioural or social sciences or other appropriate qualification/s and solid experience in the DFV sector

Other essential requirements include:

• Able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the barriers and complexities that exist for regional, rural and remote WA communities in accessing services.
• 2 years + experience in supporting people who have been impacted by DFV (telephone counselling experience would be well regarded)
• Knowledge or ability to rapidly acquire knowledge of services within the DFV sector
• Demonstrated ability to work within a challenging and demanding (although rewarding) work environment and maintain composure and effective engagement with clients
• Sound IT skills and experience working with a variety of databases
• Friendly, positive and flexible approach to work activities.
• Available to commence by mid to late September 2020 and availability to attend 2 weeks part-time training during this time.

Full details of the selection criteria and essential requirements in addition to the above are in the position description.

About the Organisation

Breaking the Silence is a unique and innovative new organisation that addresses the complex issue of abusive relationships in regional, rural and remote areas by providing readily accessible advice and services to assist people to live meaningful and safe lives. We focus on the delivery of online advice and localised confidential support to people who are traumatised by abusive relationships. Through caring, trained professionals we provide people with access to tools needed to enhance their lives and personal safety, whilst advocating for positive social change for current and future generations.

 Why Join Breaking the Silence

  •  Be part of something very special in establishing a new service and making a difference in the lives of people impacted by domestic, family and sexual violence.
    • Flexible and family friendly workplace
    • Generous salary packaging, meal and entertainment card and discount program available
    • EAP support and Professional Supervision provided

How to Apply for this Job

• Review the position description
• Send a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) that outlines how your skills and experience match the essential requirements above and in the position description and provide a current resume
• Send your application to careers@breakingthesilence.com.au

Applications will be considered as they arrive, so early application will be advantageous. If further information is required please contact Kathy on 0402 365 036.

 

Please note those applications without a cover letter and the right to work in Australia will not be considered.

We thank you for your interest in the role, however only those applications shortlisted for interview purposes will be contacted by telephone.