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Marketing & Communications Manager

  • Exciting opportunity to manage the overall brand and organisation wide communications
  • Be a part of a dynamic and high performing Fundraising and Marketing team
  • High profile NFP based in Malvern

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 approximately 850 families across Victoria, with ongoing support, from the child’s diagnosis all the way through to recovery or bereavement and beyond.

Reporting to the GM – Fundraising & Marketing, we currently have a rewarding opportunity for a Marketing & Communications Manager to join us and take the lead on all components of the marketing and communication plan.  You will manage the overall brand, organisation wide communications, advocacy, media, digital and ambassador program.

Through your team’s success you will help raise funds to support children with life-limiting conditions and their families, increase awareness of the Very Special Kids purpose and services, as well as increase consumer and stakeholder engagement.

To be a success, you will bring:

  • Minimum of five years’ experience in a senior marketing, brand or communications role.
  • Highly developed strategic marketing, communications, and project management skills.
  • Excellent strategic thinking, creativity and ability to problem solve.
  • Proven track record in successful development, delivery and evaluation of multi-channel campaigns including digital, media and print.
  • Excellent editorial skills and the capacity to generate content for use across diverse audiences and channels.
  • Previous management experience.
  • Superior relationship management and influencing skills.
  • Prior experience in the not-for-profit or health sector is desirable but not essential.

Very Special Kids offers its employees a unique rewarding environment including a highly engaged and supportive team, the opportunity to connect with a very special cause, full NFP salary packaging, flexible working (yes – all the managers truly get this and live and breathe it), a beautiful setting conveniently located to shops, parking and transport in Malvern, 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 description on our website.

Please apply in writing by Wednesday 25 November, addressing the key selection criteria in the position description including a cover letter to Marcia Christmas, GM Fundraising & Marketing, via jobs@vsk.org.au.  Please note, early applications are encouraged as interviews will commence immediately rather than waiting until the closing date.   

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

 

Family Support Practitioner

  • Not for profit sector, Geelong location
  • Be a part of a supportive, inclusive Family Support team
  • 4 days per week (flexibility available)

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 approximately 850 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 role available for an experienced practitioner 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.

Based in our Geelong office, working autonomously, this role will have the opportunity to improve the quality of life for an existing portfolio of families and support Barwon based group work programs.

The successful applicant 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
  • Demonstrated understanding and application of counselling theoretical frameworks
  • 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, flexible working, a health and wellbeing program, a structured supervision support program and targeted individual development plan.

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 here.

Please apply in writing by the closing date of Thursday 26 November addressing the key selection criteria to Katrina Hall, Human Resources Manager 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.

 

Senior Nurse

  • 3 shifts per week – day & night shift rotations
  • Senior Nursing role in Victoria’s only children’s hospice
  • 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. Leading the shift with our staff/patient ratio of 1:2, allows the unique opportunity for high quality care and a rewarding experience.

The Senior Registered Nurse is responsible for:

  • Leading the shift team for the rostered shift
  • Ensuring all clinical nursing practice and delivery of care of the shift is consistent with Very Special Kids’ 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.
  • Demonstrating leadership in role modelling, performance counselling, Performance & Development Review discussions, coaching and mentoring
  • Works effectively as a hands on part of a skilled, creative, professional and compassionate team.
  • Leadership role/s within the hospice e.g. National Standards, Standard Lead/Support Lead. Committee participation role, support education within the hospice
  • Actively participates in and contributes to initiatives that have organisational impact
  • Undertakes ongoing professional development activities for self and contributes to others’ development
  • Engages in quality improvement and research activities to improve practice

To be part of our team, you will be a Senior Registered Nurse with at least 4 + years post graduation Registered Nursing experience; with at least 3 years’ experience in paediatrics or palliative care.   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.  You will bring demonstrated experience with nasogastric tubes, tracheostomy care, gastrostomy care and seizures, ventilators and preferably CVAD.  In addition, post graduate qualifications/working towards/or preparedness to work towards same, in palliative care or related field is highly desirable.

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

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 by Friday 25 October 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.auPlease note a cover letter outlining your motivation and candidacy is 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.