Community Inclusion Workers
Isaac is a 20 year old Canberra man living with a complex disability looking to hire a team of community inclusion workers to help him live a typical life in the community.
He has his own delivery business called Isaac Delivers and some great friends.
This year he wants to live in his own house and share it with some fun housemates, join some social groups to make some new friends, keep fit, develop his interests in music, and improve his communication and decision making skills.
The role is permanent and can be either full time or part-time. If you are the right person for the job, you will be paid well – between $70,000 and $85,000 pro rata including superannuation, 2 weeks of personal/carers leave and 4 weeks annual leave.
About the Role
The community inclusion worker role is crucial to Isaac achieving the typical life he wants.
The role includes aspects of community development, disability support work and teaching.
Your role will be divided into directly supporting Isaac and doing other tasks like researching, writing plans, building resources, team meetings and writing reports.
Your job will involve connecting Isaac to people in the community and build good relationships with them. Your challenge will be to bring acquaintances into Isaac’s circle of friends.
You’ll be required to design and build learning and supported decision making resources such as social stories, talking mats and communication books using boardmaker and other software.
You will also be required to develop, document and implement support practices that promote Isaac’s choice and control, dignity of risk, health and safety and valued social roles.
If you are the right person for the job you will be employed by Isaac’s Microboard – Isaac’s Band of Brothers and Sisters – or the Band as we are otherwise known. A microboard is a group of people who help me plan and build a good life – We won a chief minister’s inclusion award for innovation in inclusion in 2016.
You will be given regular on the job training and opportunities to go to conferences and workshops.
Each year we go away on a retreat with the support team, Isaac’s microboard members and other microboards where we will do some intensive learning and have fun together.
This is a role for someone who is serious about a career in disability, community or education. This is not a casual job. If you are studying accounting or some other unrelated field and need to earn some money this is not the job for you.
You need to have some shared interests with Isaac and be connected to groups in the community around these interests. Groups like fitness, car clubs, caravanning enthusiasts, the Canberra music scene, indigenous or other cultural groups, and the farming community – Isaac loves big farm equipment but he’s not so keen on animals. You will need to be a highly skilled social networker who can support people in the community to include Isaac.
You will need to be physically and mentally strong as this work is challenging. You need to be able to solve problems and bounce back quickly if things don’t work out as you had planned.
You will need to be a team player, collaborating to ensure the best outcomes for Isaac and for other team members.
You will need to be good at researching best practices and sharing them with the team. We are looking for people who don’t need to be told what to do and how to do it and are open to learning new ways of doing things.
You’ll need to be up for being videoed supporting Isaac to share amongst the team as a resource for practice development.
You will also need to be up for having your photo taken and shared on Facebook because this helps Isaac to connect to his community and we like to share what we learn to help others.
You must also have a full driver’s licence, a police check and a working with vulnerable people card.
How to apply
Applicants are encouraged to learn more about Isaac and how his organisation operates, please have a look at the following links: