Position Description POSITION: Children’s Programs Coordinator HOURS: 37.5 hours per week - flexible REPORTS TO: CEO DATE: January 2010 POSITION SUMMARY: The primary function of this role is to: Oversee and administer Mirabel’s Children’s Programs • Provide educational support, youth support, referral and follow-up for vulnerable children and youth • Supervise and coordinate staff and volunteers DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Oversee the planning, organising, facilitating and evaluating of Mirabel’s Recreation Program events and activities (8-17 years) in collaboration with the Recreation Team. Follow-up on issues and ideas raised during events and debrief with staff and volunteers. • Oversee the planning, organising, facilitating and evaluating of Mirabel’s Therapeutic Girls Groups (8-13 years) in collaboration with the Children and Youth Team. Follow-up on issues and ideas raised during groups and debrief with staff and volunteers. • Child and Youth Education Support – Provide educational support to children and young people (6-17 years). The focus of this support is to assist young people to progress their educational level to one equivalent to their peers, develop strong educational support networks, remain in school and gain a positive outlook to learning and education. This will also involve liaising with schools, accessing and monitoring tutors and assisting with the building of support networks. • Youth Support – Provide short-term support to young people (11-17 years) who are experiencing difficulties or crisis. The focus of this support is to maintain the young person’s place within the family, link them in with local services and prepare them for integration into the Mirabel Recreation Program or the Mirabel Youth Ambassadors. • Coordinate, plan and implement the Education Transition Project (12- 13 years). The focus of the project is to assist young people to make a smooth transition to adolescence. Young people are given the opportunity to practice safe behaviours and make informed choices through the provision of interactive workshops and challenging camps. • Plan, develop and facilitate the Victorian Christmas party for children and kinship carers. • Co-facilitate kinship carers support group meetings when necessary. • In collaboration with the Recreation Program worker, organise the supervision of Mirabel volunteers ensuring that adequate numbers are available to assist with Mirabel children’s programs. Provide follow-up, debriefing and support to volunteers following participation in Mirabel events and programs. • Provide regular debriefing, support and supervision for staff working in Mirabel’s Child Programs, including monitoring work load, follow-up, feedback and organising orientation for new staff. • Ensure the completion of all administration requirements for Mirabel’s Children’s Programs including database entry, timesheets, cheque requisitions and board reports. Ensure policy and procedures are adhered to and updated when required. • Provide honest and open information to children relating to the role of Mirabel, living in kinship care, coping with grief and loss, strategies for managing their feelings and behaviour, etc. • Refer children and kinship families to appropriate external services and ensure any referrals made are suitable and beneficial to the children and/or their family. Liaise with services as needed to ensure a smooth and successful referral. • Work alongside and in collaboration with all aspects of Mirabel’s service delivery. Refer children and families to appropriate programs within Mirabel. Work together with the Family Support team to foster a holistic approach to supporting children and families. • Advocate on behalf of Mirabel children and kinship carers. • Participate in Mirabel team meetings and assist other Mirabel employees where required. Undertake other duties at the direction of the CEO. • Act in accordance with Mirabel's Code of Conduct. RELEVANT SKILLS: • Extensive experience in service provision to children and families including group work and intensive individual support • Experience coordinating and supervising staff • Knowledge of the education system and services available to students. • Tertiary Qualifications in Health, Social Sciences, Education or other relevant fields • Strong belief in the rights and wellbeing of children • Knowledge of drug & alcohol issues and their effects on children and families • Knowledge and understanding of Child Protection issues and processes • Knowledge of external community services and agencies • Demonstrated engagement, negotiation and advocacy skills • Strong time management skills • Strong communication and relationship skills • Ability to work unsupervised • Ability to prioritise work and follow procedures • Ability to take direction from senior staff members • Ability to work as a team member in a team environment • Microsoft Office – Advanced • Current Victorian Drivers Licence In addition, the position requires meeting the behaviour standards outlined in our ‘practice and behaviour’ guidelines and to: • provide a welcoming and safe environment for children and young people • promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people to whom we provide services • act as a positive role model for children and young people • report any suspicions, concerns, allegations or disclosures of alleged abuse to management • maintain valid ‘working with children’ documentation • undergo periodic criminal history record checks • report to management any criminal charges or convictions you receive during the course of your employment/volunteering that may indicate a possible risk to children and young people. AUTHORITY: This position directly reports to the CEO of The Mirabel Foundation. The Children’s Programs Coordinator will be expected to make decisions in consultation with the Child and Youth team and the CEO. Constant liaison with all of the Mirabel team is required. Pre-approval from the CEO is required of all expenses incurred. I fully understand the duties and responsibilities as outlined in this job description and understand that the CEO has the right to change the above in order to suit the interests of the Foundation’s future needs. Signed…………………………………………………………………………….date……/……/…… Name…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….