Riawunna Wellbeing Development Counsellor

Launceston/Hobart, Australia
08 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Feb 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

This is an Identified position.  Applicants must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.  Exemption is claimed under Section 57 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1988 (TAS).  To be considered for this role candidates must provide eligibility documentation with their application.  Eligibility and confirmation is based on the three tiered criteria for Aboriginality used by the Commonwealth and State Agencies. 

The University’s strategic plan recognises that the student experience, within and beyond curriculum, is a critical component of university life. The Riawunna Centre for Aboriginal Education within the Student Experience portfolio provides a holistic approach to the provision of programs and services designed to support Aboriginal students’ intellectual and personal development.

The Riawunna Wellbeing Development Counsellor will be responsible for a comprehensive range of counselling and wellbeing services to students, with a priority focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at the University; with a specific focus on mental health, proactive wellbeing and on students with complex needs.  The Riawunna Wellbeing Development Counsellor will work as part of the Riawunna team to enhance the retention and success of Aboriginal students, and to facilitate the transition of students to and through university life.  The position will work closely with staff from Student Wellbeing and will sit across the Riawunna and Student Wellbeing teams. Professional supervision will be conducted with the Head of Student Wellbeing. 

Statewide travel is an expectation for this position.

In the role you will:

  • Provide assessment, support and therapeutic counselling to students with a priority focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander at all stages of study. Provide appropriate referral where necessary to other University and community based services.
  • Provide ongoing support and case management to students with complex and comorbid presentations in order to enhance student retention and success. Function as one of the primary referral points for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander student identified as ‘at academic risk’ and provide ongoing support to students and staff in complex cases to enhance student retention and success.
  • In consultation and collaboration with key stakeholders, collate, review, develop and promote mental health strategies through online and hard copy resources to further equip students to self-manage mental health and self-care while studying.
  • Provide information and training to University staff and students regarding mental health and wellbeing issues including the development of guidelines and policies as required. Liaise with and support academic and professional staff to ensure students are consistently and appropriately supported throughout their University experience.
  • Liaise with and work in close consult with external government departments, community organisations and private practitioners to ensure students are consistently and appropriately supported throughout their university experience.
  • Participate in Riawunna events, projects and programs as required; such as, NAIDOC week activities, Orientation Week, Open Day and other University events.

Based in Hobart or Launceston, you will be employed on a full-time three-year fixed term contract. 

To be considered, address the selection criteria:

  • Evidence of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.  Evidence of this eligibility is   based on the three-tiered criteria for Aboriginality used by the Commonwealth and State Agencies.
  • Tertiary qualifications in Psychology or Social Work and eligibility for membership of the Australian Psychological Society or membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of issues related to education attainment and post-school participation in education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including relevant strategies and policies. 
  • Demonstrated effective culturally sensitive communication skills with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and high level of written and oral communication skills demonstrated through effective interaction with people in educational or similar institutions and the broader community.
  • Relevant counselling experience working in mental health or related field.
  • High-level interpersonal, counselling, negotiation and conflict resolution skills on matters that may require sound professional judgment and tact.
  • Demonstrated high-level ability to work across teams with leadership and networking skills.
  • Demonstrate ability to innovate, to explore new ways of working and to adapt to changing environments and to take responsibility for modelling professional behaviours important to the University.

Appointment to this role will be at HEO 7 and will have a total remuneration package of up to $107,515 comprising base salary within the range of $82,515 to $ 91,893 plus 17% superannuation.

For further information about this position please contact Caroline Spotswood, Head of Service – Riawunna on caroline.spotswood@utas.edu.au or 03 6226 8542. 

If you require assistance with the application process, please feel free to contact Jacinta Vanderfeen, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Co-ordinator on Jacinta.Vanderfeen@utas.edu.au  or 03 6430 4505.

**Please note, your application must include your resume, a cover letter and your responses to the position criteria and your proof of eligibility as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.

Applications close Monday, 19 February 2018.