The Community Development Worker is primarily responsible for leading and facilitating community development initiatives across the Ipswich catchment region serviced by the Domestic Violence Action Centre (DVAC). The Community Development Worker will work alongside key stakeholders, service providers and community members in the urban and rural centres serviced by DVAC to develop initiatives and projects aimed at preventing domestic and family violence, educating the community, and providing better service integration in responding to victims of domestic and sexual violence.
The Community Development Worker will also use collaborative processes within the DVAC team to develop and lead select community awareness raising initiatives across the region serviced by DVAC, including an activity for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month and Sexual Violence Awareness Month each year, as well as quarterly Practice Forums with the support and participation of the staff team. The Community Development Worker will assist the leadership team in facilitating relevant local regional service provider network meetings, such as the Ipswich Anti-domestic violence Community Taskforce (IACT) and the Ipswich Sexual Assault Network.
The work performed by the DVAC involves frontline crisis assistance work supporting individuals and families impacted by to domestic and family violence and/or sexual violence. All staff employed by DVAC will be privy to or take part in traumatic conversations on a regular basis. In addition to the training and support provided by DVAC, the successful applicant will have to be mindful of their own personal wellbeing.
Preferred Qualifications and Experience
Possession of relevant tertiary qualifications in the human services field;
Experience and skills in community development, event management and community education;
Experience and skills in working in community based organisations utilising a feminist perspective;
Knowledge regarding feminist practice and its application in working against domestic and sexual violence;
Experience and skills in working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds;
Well developed interpersonal and communication skills, including networking and submission-writing skills; and
Current drivers licence.
What is your knowledge of the issues affecting women and children experiencing domestic and family violence & sexual violence and how do you understand the social, political and gendered nature of domestic violence from a feminist perspective?
How have you developed your experience in community development work, community education and project/ event management, and what are the skills that you have gained?
What are the key theories underpinning your work practices in relation to community development and engagement?
How have you built and maintained positive, effective and collaborative working relationships with a range of different stakeholders, including culturally and linguistically diverse people and communities?
How have you developed your ability to manage projects independently and successfully as well as manage time and budgets effectively and prioritise competing demands?
How do you show support and promote collaboration amongst other staff members in a community based organisation, and what strategies do you use when working autonomously and are they different from when you are working as part of a team?