- Are you committed to working with people who have suffered from human rights violations?
- Multiple opportunities to join a dynamic not-for-profit organisation
- $78,309 p.a (pro-rata) + super and generous salary packaging
- Choose between 4 or 5 days
About the Organisation
The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc. (also known as Foundation House) provides services to advance the health, wellbeing and human rights of people of refugee backgrounds in Victoria who have experienced torture or other traumatic events in their country of origin or while fleeing those countries.
The organisation was established in Melbourne in 1987 and is non-denominational, politically neutral and non-aligned. Foundation House is a state-wide agency offering services in metropolitan, regional and rural areas, with head office based in Brunswick. They have approximately 200 staff with metropolitan regional offices in Dallas, Sunshine, Dandenong and Ringwood.
About the Opportunity
Due to continued growth, internal staff movement and maternity leave, Foundation House has multiple opportunities for Counsellor Advocates to join their teams in Sunshine, Ringwood and Dallas. These roles are being offered at either 4 or 5 days a week, on a 12-month contract.
Reporting to the Coordinators – Direct Services, you’ll be responsible for delivering effective and appropriate assessment, counselling and advocacy services to clients. This client base are survivors of torture and other traumatic events and you will be working with refugee background people of all ages and various backgrounds.
Dallas and Sunshine have positions working with people with permanent residency and within the Child Adolescent Family (CAF) program. The Ringwood based position is working within the Child Adolescent Family program. The CAF roles will require expertise working with this age group.
Some of your responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:
- Performing intake assessments to ensure client eligibility and their basis for priority for service provision;
- Undertaking comprehensive psycho-social assessments;
- Providing a wide range of interventions designed to address the psychological effects and social consequences arising from their past experiences of human rights violations;
- Providing psychoeducation in individual and group settings;
- Undertaking advocacy and liaison on behalf of clients with a range of relevant health, community, education and legal services to enable access to and use of those services; and
- Facilitating referrals to relevant agencies.
The successful candidate must have the following:
- A qualification as a psychologist, social worker or similar, and experience providing therapeutic interventions;
- Have considerable experience and understanding of trauma informed practice models in working with children and their families; and
- Have a demonstrated knowledge and application of a range of trauma-focused therapeutic approaches as well as experience supporting complex cases such as mental health, family violence, and substance abuse issues.
Although both roles will need you to have experience and knowledge in trauma counselling, your specialisations will vary. The child adolescent family focused roles will require applicants with experience working with an early intervention approach. In addition to your strong understanding of advocacy, you will possess excellent written communication and organisational abilities.
These roles are well suited to candidates who are organised, client-focused and who can effectively manage tasks and deadlines while maintaining a high degree of self-awareness and professionalism. You will also demonstrate a positive, creative and collaborative approach to the delivery of these vital services.
Please note: You can choose which location/hours you’d prefer, but in all roles, you will need to travel throughout the Melbourne metro area to perform some home visits. You will be provided with company vehicles for business use and as such it is a requirement of these roles that you have a valid driver’s licence.
Remuneration and Benefits
Remuneration is based on our Enterprise Agreement 2014 up to $78,309 gross per annum pro rata plus superannuation. Benefits include generous salary packaging, leave loading, a range of flexible working options and a highly supportive team environment.
VFST promotes the safety and well-being of children
VFST is an equal opportunity employer.
The right to live and work in Australia is an essential requirement of this role.
Applications for this position close on 30 July 2017
To be considered for this role, you must complete the application form, and attach a cover letter and your resume. The application form and Position description can be downloaded below:
Please email applications to Jane Ellis, Human Resources Advisor, at
If you are unable to email please post to: Jane Ellis, Foundation House, 4 Gardiner Street, Brunswick 3056.
For any enquiries regarding the position please contact Jane Ellis on 9389 8971.