Government of Western Australia

Community Work Officer (BB-A94E7)

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Community Work Officer Corrective Services Salary:  Level 2, PS CSA Agreement 2019, $63,172 - $68,256 per annum Position number:  014467 Work type:  Permanent - Full Time Location:  Geraldton Closing date:  2021-02-26 4:30 PM (YYYY-MM-DD) Attachments:  -

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About us

When you join the Department of Justice, you become part of a people-focused organisation working hard to make our community a fairer and safer place to live. We offer many different employment opportunities in locations around Western Australia. You will have a chance to make a real difference to your local communities and to the lives of those you work with.

About the role

The key role of the Community Work Officer is to work with young people subject to community work obligations or orders issued by sentencing and releasing authorities. The Community Work Officer works with the aim of ensuring that young people in their care satisfy the requirements of their community work obligations according to legislation and Departmental policy in a manner that the young people make reparation to the community through the work undertaken, retain a sense of dignity and self-worth, and where possible, have an opportunity to develop new skills that contribute to their rehabilitation.

  • Supervise young people on community work projects in order to achieve compliance with community based order requirements; this may include transporting young people to and from the work project and working alongside young people to increase their motivation.
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of youth developmental stages and ability to adapt work tasks suitable to the individual developmental needs of the young person.
  • Adhere to Youth Justice Services procedures, in particular those associated with the management of young people undertaking community work activities.
  • Ensure that Youth Justice Services procedures are established, understood and maintained at all times; this includes working ethically, and within the Department’s Code of Conduct.
  • Ensure that Safe Operating Procedures are implemented and monitored in accordance with Departmental OSH policies and procedures.
  • Manage and maintain to a high standard the operational resources used by young people on community work projects in accordance with Departmental OSH policies and procedures (e.g. equipment, vehicles, safety gear).
  • Contributes to those processes that identify opportunities for, and make improvements to, the work undertaken by the DCS Repay WA Community Work Scheme.
  • Other duties as required in accordance with strategic objectives, business plans, local workload priorities and performance management plans.
  • Eligibility to Apply

    Applicants must have a current Working with Children Check or be able to successfully apply for one to be eligible for appointment to this position

    Special requirements that apply to the position: C Class Drivers License, requirement for Regular Intrastate Travel.

    About you

    As part of the team, the successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Maintain focus on the Department’s goals concerning safety, security and rehabilitation;
  • Work to improve communication and model integrity and respect in all interactions;
  • Operate within the Department's Corporate Governance Framework, policies and procedures and ensure effective transparency and accountability of all Department activity;
  • Operate within chain of command facilities to coordinate activities required to meet the Department’s strategic objectives; 
  • Work collaboratively to achieve common goals and best practice and facilitate business improvements as appropriate.
  • All employees are required to undergo employment screening, which includes a National Criminal History Check and other checks that may be relevant to the position requirements.

    How to apply

    Please ensure you review the attached JDF for further information about the job related requirements of the position. This information will assist you with the preparation of your application.

    We require you to submit:

    A current comprehensive CV including the contact details of two current referees and a statement addressing the following job related requirements and role specific criteria  in no more than 2 A4 pages:

  • Achieve Results - The ability to see tasks through to completion; rescheduling and reorganising work to reflect changes in priority. Applies own expertise to work tasks, learn new products and services and maintain accurate records and file.
  • Communicates and Influences Effectively - The ability to explain information using language appropriate to the client while limiting the use of jargon, listen and ask questions to ensure understanding and to confirm that the message has been understood and to discuss issues calmly.
  • Role Specific Criteria -
  • Demonstrated experience working with young people, their families and communities (including Aboriginal young people, families, communities and elders).
  • Demonstrated experience in manual trades, light industry and/or arts and crafts.
  • Attained or be able to attain prior to appointment a Senior First Aid Accreditation.
  • Have successfully completed or be able to successfully complete (prior to appointment) Safety Awareness Training (White Card).
  • Please ensure you allow sufficient time to submit your application, as late applications will not be accepted .

    To submit your application click the “Apply for Job” button at the bottom of this page. Emailed applications will not be accepted.

    Candidate Search

    If required we may choose to supplement the field of applications by conducting a Candidate Search.

    Equity and Diversity

    The Department of Justice is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to growing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce as a part of EEO Management Plan and its Aboriginal Workforce Development Strategy. We embrace diversity and encourage applications from a diverse field, people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, young people and people with disability including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    Subsequent Vacancies

    Applicants found suitable but not recommended for this vacancy, may be considered for subsequent similar vacancies in the Department of Justice in accordance with Part 5 (General Appointment) of the Commissioner's Instructions: Filling a Public Sector Vacancy.

    Further Information

    If you would like further information on this opportunity please contact Josette Mackay, Senior Youth Justice Officer on (08) 9920 8600 for a confidential discussion.

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