This position combines two vital practice lead roles.  These are practice training and coaching for a workforce that supports people with intellectual and cognitive disability, and employment matching and vocational support for people with disability.

The Vocation and Practice Lead has the primary responsibility for monitoring and enabling the implementation of Inclusion Melbourne’s Practice Framework and developing individualised vocational preparation and support strategies with people with intellectual and cognitive disability. The aim of the latter responsibility is for people supported by the organisation to attain valued and fulfilling vocational roles, positive relationships and to achieve their goals.

They will also provide expertise, guidance, coaching, and mentoring for Direct Support Professionals, Community Inclusion and Vocation Officers, training staff, and other staff as required, as part of the delivery of the IM Practice Framework and the Personal Vocational Journey model. This is to ensure that our support staff are enabled to deliver high-quality support that is inclusive and builds capacity.

Do you want to help people achieve their dream life? Are you organised and reliable?   We are looking for flexible Direct Support Workers, who can work closely with the people we support to promote the dignity, independence, choices, rights and responsibilities of each person and to support the achievement of goals and personal development.

Successful candidates will work flexibly across two departments – Direct Support and Inclusion Training.  Activities may involve an overlap of supports to some participants where classroom learning and community experiences can support each other.

The Direct Support component of this role will be achieved by assisting people to attain a valued identity as a member of their local community through the establishment of valued roles and to develop and extend their skills, competencies and networks within the community.

The Inclusion Training component of this role will involve assisting the Trainer & Assessor and members of the Inclusion Training Team to deliver quality education programs that meet the individual needs of each student in a classroom setting.

Every person is different, and goals and aspirations are different, this makes the Direct Support role exciting and interesting and more than just a job! 

In a typical week at work, you may: 

  • Support someone to attend and participate in an educational course
  • Support a person while they work or carry out a volunteering role at the local Salvos
  • Take a person to a local café to enjoy a coffee together, building relationships of trust and respect for each other and helping them to develop relationships with people in the local community
  • Pick the person up from home and take them to their weekly art class
  • Utilise your strong literacy and communication skills to record progress notes to monitor how participants are moving towards meeting their goals.
  • Under the supervision of the Trainer & Assessor, you will be directed to provide support to students engaged in planned classroom activities that focus on developing community access skills, life skills, literacy, numeracy and employability outcomes.
  • Provide personal care and support when required.

We have a strong belief that happy, satisfied and supported staff deliver better services. Come join our team and help us build real, meaningful, and desirable lives for the people who honour us by trusting us to hold their dreams.

Do I need Qualifications or Experience?

Qualifications or experience are not necessary; we are looking for individuals with a desire to deliver high-quality support, who align with our values to support people to live in inclusive communities.