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Current vacancies:

Deputy Manager – Family Support Team

  • High profile NFP – Malvern location
  • Unique leadership opportunity in a supportive, inclusive team

Very Special Kids cares for children with life-threatening conditions by providing Victoria’s only children’s hospice and professional family support services.  Our free-of-charge services help more than 900 families across Victoria, with ongoing support from the child’s diagnosis all the way through to recovery or bereavement and beyond.

We currently have a rewarding career opportunity available for a special person to support the Family Support Manager in managing a team of experienced practitioners responsible for the delivery of psychosocial support to families in the Melbourne Metropolitan region.  With backgrounds in social work, psychology, family therapy and counselling, the team provides a range of family-centred programs including counselling, sibling support, trained volunteers, group work activities and bereavement support.

To be a success, you will have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in social work, psychology or equivalent
  • Relevant experience in community health or the disability sector
  • Extensive experience in providing clinical supervision, working with families within a health setting and commitment to the provision of family centred care
  • Demonstrated experience in the day to day management of the delivery of services in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Previous experience managing a team (preferred but not essential)
  • Proven program management skills including; planning, evaluation, quality improvement and policy development
  • Demonstrated ability to work with children and families with issues of illness, disability, grief and loss.
  • Skills in providing therapeutic interventions including formal and informal counselling to one or more family members
  • A commitment to the purpose, values and philosophy of Very Special Kids
  • Current driver’s licence and ability to travel

Very Special Kids offers its employees a supportive and rewarding environment including salary packaging, a health and wellbeing program, a structured supervision support program and targeted individual development plan.

If this sounds like you, please take a look at the position description: Deputy Manager Metro FST pd

Please apply in writing by the closing date of Wednesday 11th October addressing the key selection criteria to Katrina Hall, Human Resources Manager via email jobs@vsk.org.au

 Very Special Kids is committed to providing a child-safe environment and requires all staff to have Working with Children and Police Record Checks.

Paediatric Physiotherapist – Level 3

  • Newly created role
  • 20 hours per week – days and hours negotiable
  • NFP salary packaging and free parking

Very Special Kids cares for children with life-threatening conditions by providing Victoria’s only children’s hospice and professional family support services. Our free-of-charge services help more than 900 families across Victoria, with ongoing support from the child’s diagnosis all the way through to recovery or bereavement and beyond.
Our eight bed children’s hospice offers planned respite and emergency respite as well as end-of-life care for children with life-threatening conditions. Most children who come to stay have complex medical and care needs. Due to a funding grant, we are seeking a Physiotherapist with experience in assessment and treatment of children from infancy to young adulthood, and a sound working understanding of a range of paediatric conditions, to join our multi-disciplinary Hospice team.

To be successful in this role you must be a registered Physiotherapist with demonstrated depth of experience in paediatrics and disability. Specifically you will have specialised experience in respiratory and musculoskeletal conditions. The focus of your role will involve assessment of all clients staying at the Hospice, devising plans to compliment current client physiotherapy plans in place, liaising with client families, Hospice staff, schools, outside agencies and other associated Allied Health professionals.

A passion for and commitment to providing holistic, family centred care is a must, as is experience working with children and families within a health setting. You will have experience working autonomously or be ready to take the next step in your career to work autonomously, and have demonstrated experience in teaching other staff in physiotherapy techniques.

In return you can look forward to a rewarding career, including attractive salary sacrifice options, and other employee benefits relating to health & wellbeing.

Click here for a detailed job description: Physiotherapist PD 28082017

Please apply in writing addressing the key selection criteria to Katrina Hall, HR & OHS Manager, Very Special Kids, via jobs@vsk.org.au

 

Registered Nurses

  • 2 x part time positions available with Victoria’s only Children’s Hospice
  • Self Rostering System – Day/Afternoon/Night Shift rotating roster

Very Special Kids cares for children with life-threatening conditions by providing Victoria’s only children’s hospice and professional family support services. Our free-of-charge services help more than 900 families across Victoria, with ongoing support from the child’s diagnosis all the way through to recovery or bereavement and beyond.

Our eight bed children’s hospice offers planned respite and emergency respite as well as end-of-life care for children with life-threatening conditions. Most children who come to stay have complex medical and care needs. Reporting into the Registered Nurse on shift (or being the lead Registered Nurse on shift) with our staff/patient ratio of 1:2, allows the unique opportunity for high quality care and a rewarding experience.

To be successful in this role you must be a Registered Nurse and preferably have some exposure to paediatrics or palliative care nursing. Passion for and commitment to providing holistic, family centred care is a must and experience working with children, families and volunteers within a health setting is desirable.

In return you can look forward to a rewarding career, including attractive salary sacrifice options, and other employee benefits relating to health & wellbeing.

Please refer to job descriptions:  Registered Nurse Position Description

Please apply in writing addressing the key selection criteria to Katrina Hall, HR & OHS Manager, Very Special Kids, via jobs@vsk.org.au

 

Family Support Practitioners x 2

  • Not for profit sector, Malvern & South Eastern based positions
  • Be a part of a supportive, inclusive Family Support team

Very Special Kids cares for children with life-threatening conditions by providing Victoria’s only children’s hospice and professional family support services.  Our free-of-charge services help more than 900 families across Victoria, with ongoing support from the child’s diagnosis all the way through to recovery or bereavement and beyond.

We currently have two roles available for experienced practitioners to join our inclusive team of professional staff, based throughout Victoria, responsible for the delivery of psychosocial support to families.  With backgrounds in social work, psychology, family therapy and counselling, the team provides a range of family-centred programs including counselling, sibling support, trained volunteers, group work activities and bereavement support.

The Practitioner based in Malvern will have the opportunity to improve the quality of life for your portfolio of Victorian Families, and support group work programs.

Due to the growth in referrals in the South Eastern Corridor, the Practitioner in this newly created position will have the opportunity to set up an office and build the profile of Very Special Kids in in the outer South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne covering surrounding areas as well as the Gippsland region, take on an existing portfolio of families and support Malvern based group work programs.

The successful applicants will have:

Tertiary qualifications in social work, psychology, family therapy or equivalent

  • Relevant experience in community health or the disability sector
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake family assessments and to provide therapeutic intervention including formal and informal counselling
  • Proven program implementation skills including service planning, evaluation and quality improvement activities
  • Flexibility to work independently as well as within and across teams
  • A commitment to the purpose, values and philosophy of Very Special Kids
  • Current driver’s licence and willingness to travel

Very Special Kids offers its employees a supportive and rewarding environment including salary packaging, a health and wellbeing program, a structured supervision support program and targeted individual development plan.

Download the position description for the Malvern  
Download the position description for the South Eastern

Please apply in writing by the closing date of Wednesday 23rd August addressing the key selection criteria to Rachel Ficinus, Family Support Team Manager via  rficinus@vsk.org.au

 Very Special Kids is committed to providing a child-safe environment and requires all staff to have Working with Children and Police Record Checks.