Careers

Interested in a career at The Shepherd Centre?

In 2018 The Shepherd Centre was awarded Excellence in Business and their CEO Dr Jim Hungerford was recognised as an Outstanding Business Leader at NSW Business Chamber Awards for the City of Sydney region. Dr Hungerford and our General Manager of Clinical Programs, Aleisha Davis were nominated for the 2019 Impact 25 Awards for their work in the social sector. We pride ourselves on our commitment to excellence and effectiveness, qualities that we believe come from a healthy work/life balance.

Our flexible working arrangements and family-friendly culture enables our expert staff to perform at their best. We have approximately 80 staff based at our six centres in Newtown, Macquarie, Liverpool, Wollongong, Canberra and Campbelltown.

The range of skills and breadth of experience among our staff – encompassing Clinical, Communications and Fundraising and Support – enables The Shepherd Centre to provide world-class programs to children and families, raise strong support and awareness, and continue to deliver outstanding services.

Clinical program staff are at the front line of our work. Our clinicians are highly experienced and are among the best in the world. Our multidisciplinary clinical team consists of: Listening & Spoken Language Specialists; Audiologists; Child & Family Counsellors; Speech Pathologists; Teachers of the Deaf; Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists (ENTs); Research Assistants; and Pre-School Directors and Assistants.

Communications and Fundraising staff help to create further awareness of The Shepherd Centre. Our team works with a variety of supporters and donors, from individuals and large organisations to trusts and  foundations. As The Shepherd Centre must fund the majority of its programs and services through fundraising, these roles are vital for the organisation to continue its work.

Support roles ensure The Shepherd Centre is able to continue to deliver its world class services to children and families. These roles encompass a range of skills including IT, Administration, Finance and Human Resources.

Volunteers across all areas of the organisation are welcome, to express your interest in becoming a volunteer and to see any specific volunteering opportunities currently available, opportunities can be found here.

Current vacancies

Positions vacant at The Shepherd Centre will be listed below.

To apply, please send your completed application, consisting of your resume and cover letter (addressing the position criteria) to [email protected].

We encourage you to submit an application as soon as possible as we are actively shortlisting applications as they are received. We will only contact shortlisted candidates.

 

Group Programs Administrator

About Us

The Shepherd Centre is a not-for-profit early intervention provider that runs specialised paediatric programs for children with hearing impairment and their families, to enable them to develop spoken language and go on to achieve their potential in life.  The Shepherd Centre has been operating for almost 50 years and helps over 500 children and families each year throughout 6 centres across NSW and ACT, as well as running a number of outreach services, and working with remote families through our teleintervention and e-learning platforms.

We work with families to support them in achieving their vision for their child, through Listening & Spoken Language. Speech Pathologists work collaboratively as Listening and Spoken Language Therapists with Paediatric Audiologists and Child and Family Counsellors in a family centred approach.

About The Role

We are seeking a highly motivated Group Programs Administrator to work as a part of our friendly and supportive clinical team. This is a 12 month part-time maternity leave cover role based at our Newtown Head Office centre (right near Macdonaldtown train station), working 20 hrs per week (40 hours per fortnight) Monday to Thursday.

The role reports to the Senior Manager Group Programs and is primarily responsible for supporting with the administration of our Early Childhood and School Age Group Programs, including volunteer coordination and some direct interaction in groups with families, while supporting with groups coordination.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assistance with the administration of enrolments for all group programs
  • Coordination of groups volunteer recruitment, database and documentation
  • Clinical Database Management and NDIS administration
  • Assistance with groups coordination at centres as required, including preparation of materials for child and parent groups, networking with families and support with child care

Why join The Shepherd Centre?

At The Shepherd Centre, we are passionate about improving outcomes for the children accessing our programs. We support a genuine work-life balance and offer benefits including;

  • Competitive not-for-profit salary packaging (tax-free salary component)
  • A Supportive and collaborative work environment
  • Family-friendly and professional company culture
  • We were Finalists in the NSW Business 2019 – Employer of Choice awards

About You

  • A minimum of three years’ work experience, with strong administrative skills
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Tenacious with excellent organisational capabilities
  • Proven customer service skills
  • Experience working with Groups, ideally in a family centred/early childhood or school environment
  • A current Working with Children Check NSW or willingness to obtain one
  • Full working rights to work in Australia

 

Senior Child and Family Counsellor

About Us
The Shepherd Centre is a not-for-profit early intervention provider, that runs specialised paediatric programs for children with hearing impairment and their families, to enable them to develop spoken language and go on to achieve their full potential in life.  The Shepherd Centre has been operating for 50 years and helps over 500 children and families each year through 6 centres across NSW and ACT, as well as running a number of outreach services, and working with remote families through our teleintervention and e-learning platforms.

About the role
We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Senior Child and Family Counsellor (CFC) to work with this friendly and dynamic team at our Newtown Head Office. This is a permanent part-time position, working approx. 22.5 hours per week. We are flexible on actual working days and hours and we are currently working a mixture of in office and remotely.

Working closely with the Principal Child and Family Counsellor, you will primarily provide supervision and management support to other Child and Family Counsellors and have a low-level clinical case load, which would include family support and counselling sessions, along with facilitating parent education/well being groups. As a coach and mentor, you will work towards further developing Counsellors’ skills and the overall capabilities of the team. When capacity enables, the role will include coordination and management of any clinical CFC related projects.

The focus of our Child and Family Counselling Service is to:

  • support families in the early stages of diagnosis of hearing loss and during their early intervention years;
  • provide support and therapeutic interventions to families in a range of areas, including: individual/family counselling; group work; grief and loss counselling; supporting families in making decisions related to their child’s hearing devices; enhancing family resilience and parent advocacy and helping prepare families and children for school.

The Child & Family Counselling team is also responsible for promoting and facilitating close interdisciplinary teamwork with other team members, including Listening and Spoken Language Therapists, Paediatric Audiologists, Clinical Administration and Research & Assessments Teams. They also develop key relationships with external agencies within the hearing, disability and Early Intervention sectors.

Why work for us?

At The Shepherd Centre, we are passionate about improving outcomes for the children accessing our programs. We support a genuine work-life balance for staff and offer an extensive range of employee benefits including:

  • Generous not-for-profit salary packaging options (tax-free salary component)
  • Six weeks annual leave (pro-rata for part-time)
  • Flexible work hours
  • A supportive and collaborative work environment
  • Family-friendly and professional company culture
  • Great professional development and training opportunities
  • We were Finalists in the NSW Business 2019 – Employer of Choice awards

About you:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Counselling/Psychotherapy, Social Work, Psychology or equivalent degree.
  • Eligibility for registration with the Australian Association of Social Workers or the Australian Psychological Society or equivalent professional organisation.
  • Previous clinical leadership, supervision and/or management experience.
  • Experience in providing therapeutic counselling and support to children, young people and their families.
  • Experience in development, implementation and facilitation of therapeutic and Psychoeducation groups.
  • Excellent verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work within multi-disciplinary team setting.
  • Strong knowledge of the NDIS process.
  • Some project management and/or implementation experience.
  • Knowledge of current child protection legislation and mandatory reporting guidelines.
  • A current Working with Children Check (NSW) or willingness to obtain one
  • Full working rights to work in Australia

Highly Desirable:

  • Experience in Early Intervention service provision.
  • Knowledge or experience in family centred practice.
  • Knowledge of hearing loss in children and hearing services.
  • Experience in and knowledge of Infant and Family Mental Health.

How to apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter addressing how you meet the key requirements of the role. The closing date is 5:00pm on Friday 21st August 2020.

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, as we will be actively shortlisting applications as they are received. As such, this position may be filled prior to the closing date.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

 

 

 

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