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Communications Coordinator
  • Join a leading not-for-profit supporting Victorian children and families
  • Be a part of a dynamic and high performing Fundraising and Marketing team

Very Special Kids provides specialist palliative care for children with life-limiting conditions, improving overall quality of life for them and their families. Our focus on an integrated approach to professional, practical and emotional support services help families create positive, lasting memories together.

We are experts in complex care and tailored interventions for children, and supportive services for their families, across the full journey from diagnosis to bereavement. Our free-of-charge services support more than 850 families across Victoria from trained family experts and volunteers, including counselling, advocacy, sibling support, bereavement support, networking and peer activities.

Reporting to the Marketing and Communications Manager, we currently have a rewarding and dynamic role for a Communications Coordinator who will enjoy a high level of variety and take ownership of the creation and delivery of communications and marketing content and activities for Very Special Kids. As part of a small team, the Communications Coordinator will be proactive and hands on, with the ability to respond to requests swiftly.

In this role, your typical day will include:

  • Planning, coordinating and executing communications, media and social media content for fundraising campaigns e.g the 24 Hour Challenge, and the annual Piggy Bank Appeal, initiatives and the services provided by Very Special Kids
  • Producing online communication materials, such as website content and electronic newsletters
  • Developing rich content, stories and key messages for collateral and publications
  • Working with third parties e.g. graphic designers, agencies to ensure all internal and external marketing and communications content are in-line with Very Special Kids brand, tone and key messages
  • Supporting the preparation of public statements, speeches and presentations
  • Supporting the execution of the media relations plan to generate publicity through media outlets
  • Coordinating and producing briefs for photography and videography to support campaign collateral.

About you:

  • You will have two or more years’ experience in marketing, public relations or a communications role
  • Degree qualified in PR, Communications or Marketing
  • Have prior experience in a NFP or health organisation would be desirable
  • Writing skills will be your key strength and you’ll have proven experience in creating engaging content for printed publications, social media, eDM campaigns, newsletters, events and speech notes
  • Developing and executing marketing campaigns from inception to completion of a project will be in your skillset
  • You’ll bring experience in media relations and be able to support proactive and reactive media engagements
  • Your style will be authentic, empathetic and adaptable to be able to engage with stakeholders of all levels, internally and externally.

Very Special Kids offers its employees a supportive and rewarding environment including a highly engaged team, unique beautiful setting conveniently located to shops, parking and transport in Malvern, salary packaging, and flexible working.

At Very Special Kids, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, Aboriginal Australians and varied cultural backgrounds. If this sounds like you, please take a look at the position description here.

Please apply in writing by Friday 24 September, with your cover letter addressing the key selection criteria in the position description and resume addressed to Katrina Hall, General Manager People & Culture, via jobs@vsk.org.auPlease note, cover letters are required to progress to interview. 

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

Registered Nurse
  • Part Time Positions available
  • Rewarding paediatric nursing role in Victoria’s only children’s hospice

Very Special Kids provides holistic care for Victorian families facing the potential death of a child with a life-limiting condition.  We provide; counselling and emotional support for the whole family, medically-supported respite care and end of life care and long-term bereavement support.   Our free-of-charge services help more than 850 families across Victoria, with ongoing support, from the child’s diagnosis all the way through to  bereavement or the child joining adult services.

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. Our staff/patient ratio of 1:2, allows the unique opportunity for high quality care and a rewarding experience.

In 2021 we are embarking on our single biggest service improvement project; a hospice rebuild to deliver a new world class centre and ensure the highest level of internationally led best practice care can be delivered.   During the time of the build we will be temporarily based in Monash Children’s Hospital.

The Registered Nurse is responsible for:

  • Ensuring all clinical nursing practice and delivery of care of the shift is consistent with VSK and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Standards, NSQHS Standards and accepts responsibility for professional activities that support service delivery and the professional development of self and others.
  • Providing comprehensive, safe, evidence-based practice to facilitate optimal care; performing self-assessment of scope of practice and competence related to assigned responsibilities.
  • Provision of high quality care to the children and families accessing Very Special Kids Hospice is demonstrated.
  • Works effectively as a hands on part of a skilled, creative, professional and compassionate team.

To be part of our team, you will be a Registered Nurse with at least 2 + years post graduation Registered Nursing experience.   You will have a passion for providing holistic, family centred care and experience working with children, families and volunteers within a health setting is desirable.

Very Special Kids offers its employees a supportive and rewarding environment including a supportive team, unique beautiful setting conveniently located to shops, parking and transport in Malvern, salary packaging, health & wellbeing initiatives and targeted individual development plans.  Note, the role will be based at Monash Children’s Hospital during the rebuild of the Hospice due to commence in August 2021 for the period of the rebuild project.

At Very Special Kids, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, Aboriginal Australians and varied cultural backgrounds.  If this sounds like you, please take a look at the position description here.

Please express interest with a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria and a copy of your resume to Katrina Hall, Human Resources Manager, Very Special Kids, via 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.

Infection Prevention and Control Nurse
  • Based at Monash Children’s Hospital (12 to 18 months)
  • IPC Circa 8 hours per week + 3 Registered Nurse shifts
  • Full NFP Salary Packaging

Very Special Kids provides holistic care for Victorian families facing the potential death of a child with a life-limiting condition.  We provide; counselling and emotional support for the whole family, medically-supported respite care and end of life care and long-term bereavement support.   Our free-of-charge services help more than 850 families across Victoria, with ongoing support, from the child’s diagnosis all the way through to  bereavement or the child joining adult services.

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 lead 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.

In 2021 we are embarking on our single biggest service improvement project; a hospice rebuild to deliver a new world class centre and ensure the highest level of internationally led best practice care can be delivered.   During the time of the build we will be temporarily based in a four bed facility in Monash Children’s Hospital.

This position will oversee and provide guidance in ensuring the best practice of Infection Control is delivered to a high standard at all times.  You will manage and develop the existing infection control processes, procedures, auditing and other requirements in accordance with relevant NSQHSS legislation and HICMR guidelines.  Duties will include:

  • Be the main point of contact for any advice, guidance and carry out required risk assessments when needed
  • Preparation of reports, audits, statistics and recommendations on observations and best practice
  • Strategic planning on improvement methods
  • Be the Lead on the Standard 3 NSQHSS accreditation committee in the next audit

To be successful in this role, you will be an experienced clinical registered nurse and preferably have some exposure to paediatrics and/ or palliative care nursing.  In addition, you will bring a depth of experience working within an Infection Control Capacity.  You will have excellent IT and record management skills and the proven ability to work autonomously.  A 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, Very Special Kids offers its employees a supportive and rewarding environment including a supportive team, unique beautiful setting conveniently located to shops, parking and transport in Malvern, NFP salary packaging, health & wellbeing initiatives and targeted individual development plans.

At Very Special Kids, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, Aboriginal Australians and varied cultural backgrounds.  If this sounds like you, please take a look at the position descriptions (IPC and Registered Nurse) here.

Please apply by Monday 30 August with a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria and a copy of your resume to Katrina Hall, Human Resources Manager, Very Special Kids, via 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.