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The Role 

The focus of this position is to support relevant personnel in government and non-government schools to plan,  implement and evaluate joint projects of benefit to refugee children and young people and participate in ensuring that  STARTTS approach to working with schools in consolidated, coherent and well-coordinated. The position will take on  coordination of an identified Regional School Cluster Committee and ensure that the schools participated in that cluster  receive intensive support. The position will also act as a bridge between STARTTS and schools in the allocated region.


Reference No.1022-5
Applications CloseApril 17, 2024
Job Board
Job CategoryCommunity Development
Job FieldCommunity, Community Awareness/Development/Engagement, Mental Health and Counselling
Employment BasisPart Time
LocationNorthern Rivers NSW

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Essential Criteria

  1. Tertiary qualifications in education, psychology, social work, social sciences with demonstrated significant  experience in the field. 
  2. Understanding of the effects of torture and trauma on individuals, families, and communities and its impact on  resettlement in Australian context with particular emphasis on the needs of children and young people.
  3. Demonstrated understanding of the complementary role of clinical and community development approaches in  assisting young people affected by refugee trauma. 
  4. Demonstrated training skills and experience and a thorough understanding of the NSW Public and Private  Education systems. 
  5. Excellent oral, written & interpersonal communication skills and proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office and ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team within a multicultural environment.
  6. Capacity building skills and demonstrated experience in ability to advocate, cooperate, liaise and negotiate with  school personnel including counsellors and teachers as well as parents.
  7. Ability to develop, implement and evaluate strategies to support children in a group and individual settings and  significant experience working with children and youth.
  8. Current NSW Drivers Licence and Current First Aid Certificate.

* This position is considered child-related employment and will require a Working with Children Background Check and  a National Police Check. 


*This role is a Category A role. It is mandatory for Category A workers to meet and maintain the vaccination criteria (as  per the current NSW Health and STARTTS policies) including annual Influenza vaccinations. Two doses of an approved  COVID-19 vaccine will be required to provide a record of your COVID-19 vaccination status. If successful you must provide  evidence of vaccination). 

Additionally, vaccination and/or assessment is required for Category A workers for the following transmissible diseases – measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and  tuberculosis. If successful you must also provide evidence of vaccination and/or assessment.  

Should you not be able to comply with vaccination requirements before your commencement date, the offer of  employment may be withdrawn. 

If you have a medical reason for why you cannot be vaccinated, a medical contraindication evidence will be required. 

Desirable Criteria

  1. Experience in counselling interventions with children and young people in a multicultural context.
  2. Understanding of classroom management issues and ability to implement relevant strategies.

Other Information

Enquiries: Rachelle Coe on (02) 9646 6700 

Work Type: Part-time; 24 hours per week. Contract up to 14 February 2027 (Continuation subject to ongoing funding) 

Location: Coffs Harbour 

Vaccination Requirement: Category A. 

Salary: Health Education Officer, or other relevant classification based on qualifications, experience and  requirements of the role. A generous salary packaging scheme is also offered. 

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please ensure you address the selection criteria as thoroughly as  possible.

  1. Complete a STARTTS Application for Employment Form
  2. Write a Statement Against the Selection Criteria outlining how you meet the selection criteria (see the guide How to apply for a job at STARTTS)
  3. Submit an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
  4. Provide copies of relevant Qualifications if applicable (overseas qualification must be assessed by an appropriate Australian body to be considered)
  5. Statements of Service from previous relevant roles (if applicable, please ask us for a sample)
  6. A cover letter is optional.
  7. Email your application and supporting documents to:

Closing date: Wednesday 17 April 2024

NB: Depending on the role, if appointed, you may need a current ‘NSW Working With Children Check’ clearance, follow this link for information on how to apply of your check:


Do you want to work in one of Australia’s leading organisations providing treatment and rehabilitation to torture and trauma survivors; that’s quality focused, diverse & committed to making a difference in the lives of vulnerable people in communities? 

Come & join us! 

The Organisation 

"STARTTS is a not-for-profit Affiliated Health Organisation focused on providing a broad range of services to refugees in  NSW. The focus of STARTTS approach is on building capacity and empowering people and communities to take control  over their own lives, using a strengths-based approach and building on individual, family, community and cultural  strengths."

ContactRachelle Coe
Phone number 02) 9646 6700