Sexual Assault Counsellor

  • Job Reference: 00002349-1
  • Date Posted: 13 April 2022
  • Recruiter: Gladstone Women's Health
  • Location: Gladstone, Queensland
  • Salary: On Application
  • Bonus/Benefits: Salary sacrificing, training opportunities and flexible working
  • Sector: Community & Sport, Healthcare & Medical
  • Job Type: Full Time

Job Description

Gladstone Women’s Health Centre is a not-for-profit organisation that has been serving the Gladstone Region for over 29 years. We provide generalist Women’s Health Services and counselling, group therapy, support, information and referral for women, and children who have experienced Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified women to fill this role in the Gladstone Region. 

Employment is commensurate with experience and qualifications under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Award, 2010. 

Remuneration package: SCHADS Award, level to be negotiated with the right candidate, Flexible work arrangements and other benefits to be negotiated.

Gladstone Women’s Health Centre are committed to continually professional development and promote and encourage the professional development of all team members.

It is a genuine occupational requirement of this position that it be filled by a woman as permitted by, and arguable under Sections 25, 104 and 105 of The Anti-Discrimination Act 1991. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other culturally and linguistically diverse women are encouraged to apply.

 About the Role

This position is primarily responsible for providing specialised counselling to women and young people who have been sexually abused, in a therapeutic, strengths-based framework. 

In this role, you will also have the opportunity to facilitate and develop group programs to respond to client and community need.  

Qualifications and Experience

Essential

  • Degree or above qualification in social work, psychology, family therapy or similar discipline.
  • Experience working with women and young people who have experienced sexual violence
  • A thorough understanding of case management practice informed by a gender analysis of violence against women and children, the impact of trauma, human rights, and feminist theory.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to build rapport and foster harmonious and collaborative relationships internally and with external stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrated resilience and aptitude in working with complex and important matters, sound judgement and ability to prioritise competing demands.
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office Suite skills (Word. Excel, Outlook). 
  • Current valid C-class driver’s license. 
  • Emotional strength to work in an environment where exposed to people who have been abused and who experience mental heal issues.
  • Ability to successfully pass a police check Working with Children Check (blue card). 
  • Confidentiality and experience with working with personal and sensitive information.
  • Lives locally in the Gladstone Region or is willing to relocate to the area.
  • Membership of a Professional body associated with the position's prime purpose.
  • Current Working with Children (Blue Card)
  • Australian Police Check 

Selection Criteria:

  • Appropriate undergraduate tertiary qualifications in the social or behavioural sciences. 
  • Demonstrated experience, and theoretical knowledge of, sexual abuse in a variety of settings, for example women, children, young people, and groups.
  • Previous experience in managing caseloads and effective time management. 
  • Knowledge and application of relevant legislation and regulations, specifically Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1978, or ability to rapidly acquire. 
  • Demonstrated competency in computer use (Microsoft Office, email, and ability to learn new programs). 
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal. 
  • Capacity to engage constructively and respectfully with individuals of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, abilities and genders, to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes and promote the principles of social justice, effective consultation and equitable access to services – particularly for those identified as vulnerable or at risk. 
  • Ability to work as a team member whilst upholding the values of Gladstone Women’s Health Centre.

Benefits and Perks:

  • Salary sacrificing available
  • Additional salary sacrificing for meal and entertainment
  • Training and professional development opportunities.
  • External supervision of 1.5 hours per fortnight for full time roles and pro rata for part time/casual roles.
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Family friendly organisation
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