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Employment Opportunities

As an employer, Merriwa seek to recruit and select suitable employees of all abilities to reach their full potential in a positive work environment, while delivering quality products and services to our clients and customers.

We understand that every employee we recruit has different abilities and we welcome, accept and celebrate that diversity within our workforce.

Supported Employment

We are one of the leading Australian Disability Enterprises (ADE) nationally, building the standards of what supported employment and an integrated workplace should be like.

We offer the best care and service when it comes to employment by caring about each person that joins our growing family – including you! For some people, we might be their life-long employer. But for others, we’re the stepping stone between starting out in the workforce and working in open employment.

Each employment journey is unique and we’re here every step of the way for people with disability in our community. Find out more about our opportunities for Supported Employment below.

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Youth Engagement & Development Worker (Casual)


For some young people, living at home with their families is not possible for a range of circumstances beyond their control. No matter what the circumstance, young people always have a right to protection, support and education.

When these circumstances arise and young people do not have the support to live at home, Merriwa can assist to provide a safe and comfortable environment, supporting and caring for the young person in order to maximise their educational, relationship and social opportunities.

Merriwa is a Child Safe Organisation and services are provided on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services. 

The Youth Engagement and Development Worker (Casual) is required to provide high quality, responsive support to people in out of home care in Wangaratta and Benalla. The position holder actively participates in the person’s day to day living and supports the health, wellbeing and development of the person, undertaking all administrative requirements and household duties. The role contributes to the creation of an environment that embraces diversity, all abilities, and where people and team members feel respected and have purpose.

In your role you will:

  • Ensure an encouraging safe and secure environment for people and staff.
  • Encourage and support the people to build strong connections within the community, and maintain contact with family, friends and other networks.
  • Encourage and model positive behaviour’s and skills required to successfully transition to independent living.
  • Support the person to achieve their potential and the desired outcomes of their individual plans and/or aspirations.
  • Empower the people to have a voice and actively listen and respond to their views.

Expectations:

  • Conduct oneself in accordance with the Merriwa Code of Conduct which is underpinned by the values of prosperity, responsibility, integrity, diversity and excellence within the principles of continuous improvement and health and safety.
  • Maintain professional standards of care at all times and respect the confidentiality of the people, co-workers and the organisation.
  • Report any breaches of the Merriwa policies and procedures to your immediate supervisor.

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Able to play a key role as a member of the child or young person’s care team.
  • Demonstrated ability to flexibly manage competing priorities and stressful situations, monitoring own stress levels and practising and promoting self-care strategies.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a team to accomplish goals.
  • Demonstrated capacity engaging people and the ability to not only work with displays of emotional and behavioural dysregulation but to be able to understand the underlying causes.
  • Ability to exhibit empathy for people in our care in an open minded and non-judgemental manner.
  • The capacity to advocate, engage and negotiate with relevant stakeholders, including school/educational networks and family where appropriate.
  • Demonstrated understanding or willingness to learn appropriate legislation, policy and issues relating to people involved with Children Protection and Youth Justice and Disability Services.
  • Highly developed capacity for emotional self-regulation including the capacity to set and maintain consistent boundaries to provide safety, stability and consistency.
  • The ability to contribute to creation of work environment that embraces diversity, all abilities employees, and where team members feel respected and have purpose.

Qualifications and other requirements

Essential 

  • A recognised and relevant qualification e.g. Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention, Disability or equivalent or proof of enrolment.
  • A valid Working with Children’s Check.
  • Current driver’s license.
  • Prepared to undergo a Criminal Records Check prior to commencement.
  • Undertake Disqualified Carers Check.
  • Undertake NDIS Worker Screening Check.
  • Willing to work on a roster basis of shiftwork which includes sleepover shifts, weekends and public holidays.
  • Current First Aid including CPR.

We will offer you

  • A work environment that places significant value on personal growth, respect, dignity and diversity.
  • A highly supportive business with a diverse workforce.
  • A challenging and rewarding role.
  • The opportunity to join an organisation that continues to grow and invest in its people and its future.
  • Salary packaging.
  • A competitive salary plus super.

For a confidential discussion please contact Gail Miller on 0427 893 249

In your application it is important that you:

  • Submit a covering letter addressing qualifications and other requirements
  • Provide a current resume
  • Address Key Selection Criteria
 

Disability Support Officer – Wangaratta 

 

  • Full Time position based in Wangaratta  
  • Disability support experience preferred
  • Unique, engaging and fulfilling work environment  
  • Varied role with opportunities for training, growth and development   
  • Attractive salary plus NFP tax benefits  
  • Great Team Culture built on Empathy, Respect, Inclusion and Empowerment  

Did you know Merriwa is a social enterprise that provides meaningful work for people with disabilities?  

We provide many packing services such as labelling, re-packing and quality checking for customers like Mars Petcare, Stanley Chestnuts and CSR to name a few. In providing these services we employ both people with and without disability and we call this Integrated Employment. 

We believe the future of all workplaces should be based on an Integrated Employment model, so we are working hard to lead the way and set the standard of what this could look like.  An Integrated Employment environment has many benefits and all our staff are driven by a strong sense of purpose and meaning. 

Our team members who are NDIS participants are required to have support to help them achieve their employment goals. We have 2 Support Officers in the Packaging Team at Wangaratta who work to support the success of our 60 team members in this area. 

An exciting opportunity has become available for one of these positions! 

At Merriwa we know that career paths aren’t always linear.  Over the years we’ve noticed our great Support Officers share similar traits to teachers, teacher’s aids, nurses, social workers, aged care workers, sporting coaches, child care workers. Alternatively you may have a job where you are developing people’s skills in another capacity.  If you are someone who gets great joy from empowering others to learn and grow, we would love to hear from you! 

About the role:  

The Support Officer role is to provide workplace support to Merriwa’s NDIS participants, assisting in achieving their goals as set out in their NDIS plans.  

You will be developing their skills and abilities while at work; while positively contributing to a work environment that places significant value on personal growth, respect, dignity and diversity.  

Attributes, Skills and Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):  

  • Professional verbal and written communication skills and ability to liaise with staff at all levels.  
  • Ability to identify opportunities for improvement and demonstrate a level of planning for better outcomes.  
  • Develop and foster positive team relationships  
  • Use a collaborative approach to work with NDIS participants to undertake the development, implementation, monitoring and review of their Support in Employment NDIS goals.  
  • Training will be a key focus of the role, with weekly progress updates as is required in the employee’s journal notes. 
  • Work with the NDIS participant’s external support networks, to create positive opportunities for the employee whilst at work. 
  • A friendly, warm and human-centered approach, focused on empowering people.  

Mandatory Checks and Qualifications:  

  • NDIS Worker Screener Check  
  • Working with Children Check  
  • Drivers licence 
  • Certificate III or higher in Disability Support, Allied Health or Social Work, or relevant field. (Desired but not essential) 

Applications close on Sunday 9 June 2024.

Please note that the application process may close earlier should a successful candidate be sourced.  

In your application you will need to submit a covering letter, provide a current resume, identifying why you are the best candidate for the role.  

Applications can be emailed to: [email protected]  

For a confidential discussion or to obtain a Position Description for the role please contact: HR Manager – Natalie Milgate on 0419 656 426 or visit our website www.merriwa.org.au. 

Contact Us

We’re always looking for team members that align with our values and guiding principles of leadership. If you’re thinking of a future with Merriwa, please contact our HR team.

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