Council on the Ageing (COTA Victoria) is the leading not-for-profit organisation representing the interests and rights of people aged over 50 in Victoria. For nearly 70 years in Victoria, we have led government, corporate and community thinking about the positive aspects of ageing.
COTA Victoria’s strategic and operational focus is on promoting older age as a time of opportunities for personal growth, contribution and self-expression. We believe there are obvious National, State, community, family and individual benefits from this approach.
Seniors Rights Victoria provides leadership across Victoria by addressing and responding to older people experiencing abuse. It operates under principles of the empowerment of older people and recognition of their rights.
Seniors Rights Victoria provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people. Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as family or friends. Abuse may be physical, sexual, financial, psychological, social and/or neglect.
The services include a Helpline, specialist legal services, short-term support and advocacy for individuals and community education. Seniors Rights Victoria also provides leadership on policy, systemic advocacy and law reform and works with organisations and groups to raise awareness of elder abuse. The Service advances the rights of older Victorians at risk of/or experiencing abuse.
In addition to providing direct client services, Seniors Rights Victoria has a role in capacity building and working collaboratively with relevant sectors to better identify, address, and prevent incidences of elder abuse.
Seniors Rights Victoria is a program within COTA Vic. Funding is provided by Victoria Legal Aid (VLA), the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department, and the Department of Health.
BENEFITS AND PERKS
- Rewarding Opportunity working to support the interests of older people
- An attractive remuneration package with generous salary packaging benefits
- Being part of a friendly, collaborative team that is welcoming, supportive and enjoy making a difference.
ABOUT THE ROLE
Within the context of ageism and family violence, the Team Leader – Advocacy is responsible for all matters relating to the advocacy practice of the centre including managing the oversight and work assignments of the advocacy staff.
Working closely with the Manager & Principal Lawyer of Seniors Rights Victoria this position is a great opportunity to achieve social justice for a growing demographic. We are seeking an experienced and motivated person to:
- Provide leadership to the advocates across all aspects of the service.
- Play a key role in advancing systemic advocacy, strategic policy development and service planning, and promoting the success of the model.
- Responsibility and oversight for the provision of high quality advocacy advice and casework to the clients within the organisational guidelines and in accordance with practice.
- Maintain oversight on policies and procedures relating to the client services.
Key Selection Criteria:
- Social Work or related qualifications and at least five years’ experience in casework/individual advocacy.
- Significant experience in working with older people from a human rights perspective, including expertise in elder abuse and other matters commonly encountered by older people.
- Ability to effectively lead, supervise, mentor, motivate and build a team
- Good social work and reflective supervision skills with use of theoretical frameworks that inform the advocacy client work.
- High-level analytical skills in the formulation of policy and strategic service development.
- Attention to detail and an understanding of the principles of quality assurance and risk management.
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills (written and oral) with demonstrated ability to work with staff, clients, external stakeholders and organisations.
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work in a cohesive multi-disciplinary team
- Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, manage timelines and work with conflicting deadlines and priorities.
How to Apply
Application MUST include:
- short (1 page max.) covering letter
- statement briefly addressing each selection criteria as set out within the Position Description (max 3 pages)
- current resume
Email application to: email@example.com
For further information about the position please contact Karen Iatrou on 0417 505 900.
Applications close: Position is for immediate appointment. Applications close Tuesday the 26th January, 2021.