Aboriginal Cultural Advisor

Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation (IAC) is a large successful Aboriginal-owned and operated, Not-for-Profit service provider in the Illawarra. The IAC is dedicated to meeting the social, cultural and economic needs of Aboriginal people within the Illawarra. The organisation currently delivers housing, aged care, child care, employment and training, emergency relief and child, youth and family services.

The IAC child, youth and family service Myimbarr is a designated agency, authorised by the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian to provide statutory out-of-home care services in NSW and a funded service provider delivering programs on behalf of NSW Family and Community Services to the Aboriginal community.

Myimbarr’s aims include:

  • Keeping Aboriginal children and young people safe and protect them from abuse and exploitation by offering a place of safety in times when it is needed
  • Meeting the child or young person’s physical, social, emotional, educational and cultural needs whilst within our program
  • Assist keeping children and young people in their families and community
  • Supporting foster families provide the best possible care to meet each child’s unique needs
  • Work intensively with birth parents and families to support change
  • Deliver a Therapeutic Care model

The IAC is seeking an experienced Cultural Advisor to develop cultural plans for children within the care of Myimbarr or other agencies. When an Aboriginal child or young person (CYP) enters out-of-home care they must have a cultural plan that keeps them connected to their family, community and Country. A cultural plan is part of the overall Care Plan for an Aboriginal CYP and is a “living document” requiring ongoing review as more information is obtained, the connection to culture and family develops and in response to the changing needs and aspirations of the CYP. This Part Time ongoing opportunity up to 30 hours per week.

Successful candidates will have;

  • Identify as either of Aboriginal or of Torres Strait Island decent
  • Qualifications and/or extensive experience in Aboriginal Cultural Studies, Aboriginal Welfare, Child Protection or related area
  • Specialist knowledge and experience in finding Aboriginal family and cultural connections
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Out of Home Care sector
  • Strong understanding and proven ability to engage with and work within the local Aboriginal Community
  • Excellent communication skills with strong interpersonal, facilitation and conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent report writing and document preparation skills
  • Strong computer skills including database entry, word processing and Microsoft Office suite of programs
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and deliver to competing deadlines
  • Proven ability to work with other community groups, services and agencies

It is a mandatory requirement for this position to have a Working with Children Check, National Criminal Police Check and current NSW Driver’s licence. To support your application you will need to provide:

  • A cover letter identifying which position is suited to your skills and experience
  • A response to the selection criteria as detailed in the Job Information Pack
  • Your resume
  • Copy of your confirmation of Aboriginality

If you feel you have what is required for this role we would love to hear from you.

We offer an excellent range of benefits including:

  • Full non-profit status with salary sacrifice available to reduce tax and increase your take home pay
  • An opportunity to really make a difference to our community
  • Supported study and professional development

To find out more or request position description please contact jobs@iac.org.au.

Applications close at 9am 5th July 2021 .

Your application will include the following questions:

You must have the right to live and work in this location to apply for this job.

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