Current Vacancies

Family and Community Engagement Practitioner

Position Number 68/21
Location ECTARC Clipper Road Education and Care Service
Status Fixed term 24 months - Part time 24 hours per week
Closing Date 22/10/2021
About the Service

ECTARC Clipper Road is a 40-place service providing early childhood education and care for children from birth to school age in Nowra, Clipper Road is ideally located amongst community hubs and schools within Worrigee and East Nowra areas.

We recognise that every child, regardless of their individual challenges has the right to participate in an education and care service.

We have a strong commitment to ongoing learning and acknowledge the traditional owners of the land specifically the Dhurawa and Dhurga language groups and have strong authentic relationships with our local families. Our program in every aspect is enhanced by the participation of families and community.

We are committed to ongoing reflective practice to continually improve our service provision. We pride ourselves on respectful and secure relationships with families and children, with community partnerships which we believe strongly support children to reach their full potential. We see children as active participants in their community and regularly invite visitors to the service and excursions to promote learning.

About the Role

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to work with an experience Director, Educational Leader and passionate team in our quality early childhood service, making a significant difference to lives of vulnerable children and their families.

The successful applicant will:

  • develop positive relationships with families and the wider community
  • support families including parenting support and outreach support to other community/early intervention services.
  • support and build the capability of the educators to enhance relationships with families, sensitively discuss children’s development and access to early intervention services.
  • training, coaching and mentoring of educators to strengthen the implementation of trauma informed practice, the Circle of Security (CoS) and attachment theory at the service.
  • Be supported by an experience early childhood management team.

Originally known as Illawarra Area Child Care (IACC) our organisation was incorporated in October 1985 and have a proud history of providing optimum education and training services.

ECTARC is proudly a not for profit organisation, that successfully manages education and care services in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. Our specialist early childhood knowledge, extensive experience and commitment to early education and care for children is why we are a respected leader in the sector. We live by our vision of enriching the futures for the children, families, students and our communities.
We have a professional, experienced leadership team at our head office who support and resource our ECTARC services to strengthen quality learning and education programs. ECTARC is committed to providing optimum work environments for staff with ongoing professional development opportunities.
ECTARC is a child safe organisation. We understand that the safety and wellbeing of all children is paramount, we aim to provide environments where all children feel safe and are safe. ECTARC has policies and systems to protect children, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated seriously.

Essential Criteria:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Early Childhood, Social Science or other relevant Community Service qualification
  • A Working with Children Check clearance number
  • Completed an approved child protection Statement of Attainment
  • Current NSW Drivers Licence
  • COVID-19 Vaccination is required by the Public Health Order
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience working with children and families in one of the following – early childhood, child related social work, family support or case work
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Diplomatic and able to resolve problems in a timely manner
  • Reliable, proactive and child focused
  • Demonstrated high level of ethical, professional behaviour including collaboration and confidentiality
  • Willingness to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • A clear understanding of issues pertaining to child protection, children at risk and mandatory reporting responsibilities
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with key local child and family services and participate in local interagency networks to meet client needs.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy using Microsoft word, excel, PowerPoint, email and the internet
  • A commitment to practicing ECTARC values everyday
  • Strong commitment to your own professional learning
  • COVID-19 Vaccination is required by the Public Health Order. Evidence must be provided.
Next Steps

At ECTARC we pay highly competitive salaries above the award rate in accordance with the policies and procedures of ECTARC.

We have a comprehensive induction process and a dedicated wellbeing program to support you and your family.
Successful applicants will be required to undergo pre employment screening and probity checks.
ECTARC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background to apply for this position.

If you have any questions in regards to this position please call ECTARC on (02) 4223 1100 or email employment@ectarc.com.au.

If you would like to be considered for this position, please click on the Apply Online button below.