Aboriginal Community Youth Worker

Job No: CCC765
Location: Cessnock, NSW, 2325

About the opportunity

The Cessnock Youth Centre and Outreach Services (CYCOS) is a relaxed place, which young people can call their own and that is supervised by a friendly team of youth workers. We are currently seeking a motivated Aboriginal Community Youth Worker to support and engage with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people and their families in the local community.  This temporary part-time position focuses on early intervention with young people, providing targeted support to increase community participation and empowerment.

Providing positive outcomes for young people within the Cessnock LGA, this key position will be required to:

  • Engage with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people and their families ensuring respectful, welcoming and inclusive service delivery for Council’s youth service, Cessnock Youth Centre and Outreach Service (CYCOS);
  • Assist in promoting CYCOS social, recreational and education programs and activities with a focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities;
  • Responsible for intake and assessment in a case management setting to ensure Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people and their families are connected to appropriate services and supports;
  • Maintain referral pathways and partnerships with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people and community service providers; and
  • Encourage, facilitate and participate in community events including Youth Week, NAIDOC Week, Reconciliation Week and other culturally significant events occurring in the Cessnock Local Government Area that seek to connect the community.

About you

To be considered for this position, you must have:

  • Is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent and identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person and is accepted as such by the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.
  • Minimum Diploma level qualifications in Youth Work, Welfare, Community Services or related discipline;
  • Demonstrated high level interpersonal and verbal communications skills with proven ability to engage and develop a professional rapport with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people and their families;
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues confronting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people and their families including within the Cessnock Local Government Area;
  • Demonstrated skills in facilitating community activities and events;
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and contribute to a culture of continuous improvement;
  • Current Class C Driver's Licence;
  • Possession of a Paid Worker’s current and valid Working with Children Check Number; and
  • Ability to work in accordance with a roster including weekends and evening work.

To find out more about your next career opportunity: Position Description


$37.53 to $43.88 per hour plus 10.5% superannuation

Why Work with Us

  • Temporary role until 30 June 2025
  • Part-time 21 hours per week as per the weekly roster
  • Flexible work arrangements and work/life balance
  • Opportunities for career development
  • Cultural supervision is available to this role
  • Fabulous Study Assistance Program 
  • Generous corporate fitness program
  • Picturesque Hunter Valley location!

This position is identified for Aboriginal and/or Torres Straight Islander people and exemption is claimed under 14d of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. Applicants must also meet the selection criteria for the position.

Applications Close: Thursday 8 June 2023 at 11.30pm

Who to Contact: 

Megan Barnes, Youth Services Coordinator on 0427 489 414

How to Apply:

Please complete the application form below and provide detailed responses to the questions which relate to the criteria within the position description, then upload a copy of your resume and cover letter. Your candidate suitability is determined by your responses to the selection criteria questions, for more information on how to address the selection criteria please visit our How to apply page.

Pre-Employment Screening:

Please note, prior to an offer of employment being made, recommended candidates will be required to undertake a medical assessment (including drug and alcohol testing) and other pre-employment checks, such as references, employment history checks, working with children checks or a criminal record check.

About Us:

At Cessnock City Council our success is built by our people and core values. We offer you a direct connection to the community, providing opportunities to both inspire growth and sustainability in our diverse region. We're committed to building a passionate and inclusive workforce. 

We are committed to the value of respect, and we strive to have an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the diverse populations we serve. We welcome applications from qualified individuals of all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans and people with disabilities.

We partner with the Veterans Employment Program and the NSW Government to implement recruitment practices dedicated to supporting veterans to pursue a career in local government. Our aim is to support veterans finding suitable, sustainable and meaningful employment.

There are options available to request adjustments. If you need any adjustments to be made to the recruitment process or if you would like to discuss any accessibility requirements, please contact recruitment@cessnock.nsw.gov.au for a confidential discussion.

Guided by staff values of integrity, respect, teamwork, accountability and excellence, Cessnock City Council is indeed an attractive, thriving Council and employer of choice.

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