Community Counsellor

Job No: VIN785
Location: Campbelltown, NSW

  • Part-time 10 hours per week

  • Hours to be worked within Centre operating hours and will be negotiated with the successful candidate

  • Based at Nagle Centre in Campbelltown, NSW

About the Organisation

The St Vincent de Paul Society is a member and volunteer based organisation that has been assisting people experiencing disadvantage in NSW for more than 130 years. The St Vincent de Paul Society is a leading provider of community support services and has close to 100 Special Works across the State in the areas of homelessness, mental health, disability, financial counselling, supported accommodation, food provision, refugees and migrants and addiction counselling.  Our work is funded by all levels of government, the generous support we receive from the community and our 250 Retail Centres across NSW.

The Society’s Mission, Vision, Aspiration, and Key Values .

Department Overview

The Wollongong Diocesan Central Council operates a number of special works including the Nagle Centre which is under the division of Homelessness and Mental Health within the Wollongong Diocesan Central Council – Northern Region (Macarthur – Wingecarribee).  Nagle Centre is an emergency crisis support centre that supports people through immediate and ongoing issues. 

About the Role                                   

The Community Counsellor will provide centre based counselling service for people in the Macarthur area. Support will be provided through individual or group counselling where appropriate, as well as other therapeutic interventions. Your role is vital to enabling the people we assist in improving their general wellbeingYou can find more information about this role in the position description.

What you need

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in Counselling, Social Work and/or Psychology
  • Experience in working with a range of therapeutic approaches with the capacity to facilitate group work
  • Current registration with relevant professional body e.g. Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), NSW Psychologist Registration Board (APS) or Psychotherapy and Counsellors and Psychotherapists association of NSW (PACFA)
  • Experience in working with people from a disadvantaged background
  • Sound understanding of Trauma Informed Care and Client Centred Practice
  • Proven client service, problem solving and interpersonal skills
  • Computer proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to adhere to the ethos of the St Vincent de Paul Society

What we offer

  • By joining one of Australia’s largest and leading charities, you will be working in an organisation which makes a real difference to people’s lives.
  • The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW is proud to offer generous salary packaging benefits to employees where a portion of take-home pay is tax-free.
  • Training and development opportunities

Employment Conditions

The conditions of employment are governed by the Social Community Home Care & Disability Services Award (SCHCADS). The position is classified as Level 4 (transitional) and hourly rate range from $31.05.

Pre-employment Clearances

Prior to an offer of employment, preferred candidates will be required to complete the pre-employment checks that include two (2) reference checks, a Health Declaration and National Criminal History Check. You will also be required to present evidence of right to work in Australia.

The Society are committed to being a Child Safe organisation. Prior to employment, you will be required to have a Working with Children Check, further information can be found in the Society’s commitment to Safeguarding Children & Young People  .

How to Apply Online:  

Applications will include the following:

  • Claims to the Essential Criteria in the cover letter: 
    Please address the Essential Criteria by explaining how your skills, qualifications and experience meet them.  Please also provide information about why you are applying for the role.

  • Current curriculum vitae: This will include your qualifications & trainings; work history with a brief description of duties for each role; Referees - at least two (2) e.g. persons you report to who can comment on your work experience. Please provide name and contact details (work and mobile phone numbers; email address).  Or please be prepared to provide details when requested.

To apply online, follow the prompts below - answer the questions and attach your documents.  (Note:  We do not accept applications sent by email.)

If you have questions about this role, please email to Corinne Lindsell (Manager - Homelessness and Mental Health) , with email subject line Community Counsellor (Nagle Centre) / VIN785.

 Applications close at 11:30 pm on 22 January 2018

St Vincent de Paul Society (NSW) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

The Society is committed to engaging a diverse workforce. The Society strongly encourages applications from people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and mature aged applicants.


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