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Project Officer

Part-time – 30 hours per week.

Kin Advocacy (formerly known as Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre/EDAC) is a community-based agency that provides state-wide advocacy services to people with disability from ethno-culturally and linguistically diverse (ELD) backgrounds, their families and carers. Kin Advocacy also works with other agencies to raise awareness of issues impacting on people with disability from ELD and Aboriginal backgrounds. Kin Advocacy is seeking a part-time Project Officer to facilitate the design and implementation plan of an Independent Support Person (ISP) programme for people with intellectual or cognitive disability who come into contact with the WA criminal justice system. The population cohort for the pilot ISP Programme are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with intellectual or cognitive disability. The ISP programme builds on an Aboriginal Disability Justice project undertaken by Kin Advocacy in 2019.

The Independent Support Person (ISP) project is responsible for developing the framework of and a business case for a WA Independent Support Person Pilot Programme. The proposed WA ISP model is intended to assist those residents living with cognitive and/or intellectual impairments as they engage with the WA Police Force.

Working collaboratively with the existing ISP Project Officer this role is to:

  • Assist with the coordination of project activities and liaison with relevant project stakeholders and working group members to facilitate key project outcomes.
  • Undertake assessment, scoping and systematic review of existing models to determine best practice principles.
  • Undertake reviews of existing WA policies, procedures and other materials to identify areas that may impact on the proposed pilot programme.
  • Prepare relevant research content for documentation including project reports, working group presentations and other reports and correspondence as necessary.
  • Assist with development of a business case to undertake an ISP Pilot Programme Providing Secretariat support to the ISP Project Working Group.

The successful applicant will have (selection criteria):

  • Well-developed analytical, conceptual and problem-solving skills, particularly applied to the development of community programs and projects.
  • Excellent oral communication skills, particularly a strong ability to communicate with influence. Strong and effective written communication skills with the ability to construct clear and concise reports, presentations and other correspondence.
  • Experience in undertaking desk-top research, including literature reviews and consultations with stakeholders that may be based in other Australian jurisdictions.
  • Strong organisational and time management skills including the ability to coordinate and implement project activities, prioritise work activities and meet deadlines.
  • Experience of working in a team setting to achieve specified objectives. Experience in writing business cases and reports to government
  • Demonstrated competence in the use of MS computer applications and other relevant technologies

The position is based at Kin Advocacy’s headquarters in Osborne Park.

Salary: Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010, Level 7. Salary packaging options are available within ATO limits and guidelines. Regular support, training and professional development opportunities are provided.

Kin Advocacy is an EEO employer and has an affirmative action policy that applies for people with disability, ELD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and/or lived experience of disability are encouraged to apply.

A Job Description Form (JDF) can be obtained by emailing: [email protected] or by phoning: (08) 9388 7455 or freecall 1800 659 921. For further information about this position please contact Noel Johnstone on (08) 93887455 or freecall 1800 659 921.

To be considered for interview, applicants must make claims against the Selection Criteria in the JDF and attach a resume detailing work history, including the names and contact details of two professional referees. Applications can be sent electronically to the “Chief Executive Officer” at [email protected] or alternatively be posted to Chief Executive Officer, Kin Advocacy, PO Box 223 Osborne Park WA 6917. Applications must be received by 5.00pm AWST on Friday 6 August 2021.

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