National Disability Coordination Officer - Melbourne, Northern Region
The National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program is a Commonwealth funded service to address the barriers that people with disability face, in successfully accessing and completing post-school education and training, and subsequent employment.
The ideal candidate will be an individual with strong community development project management skills and an understanding of barriers faced by people with disability. The opportunity on offer is for someone looking to promote education and employment outcomes for people living with disability, working with government, community and education stakeholders to harness existing resources.
The National Disability Coordination Officer has three key objectives to be achieved for the NDCO Program:
- Improved linkages between schools, Tertiary Education providers, employment service providers and providers of disability programs and assistance at all government levels;
- Improved transitions for people with disability between school / community and Tertiary Education, and then to subsequent employment; and
- Improved participation by people with disability in Tertiary Education, and subsequent employment.
- Establish and maintain sustainable networks, and strengthen links with and between all key stakeholders.
- Support existing networks to incorporate a disability focus, address key issues and effect change.
- Improve knowledge among stakeholders about opportunities for collaboration and coordination between programs and stakeholders Link and collaborate with NDCOs at the regional, state and national level, particularly with NDCOs in the adjacent regions.
- Collaborate with local stakeholders across all relevant sectors to identify systemic barriers and service gaps to transitions and participation in Tertiary Education and subsequent employment for people with disability.
- Facilitate projects in collaboration with local stakeholders across the relevant sectors to overcome identified systemic barriers/issues.
- Provide advice to the Department and relevant stakeholders about barriers and solutions.
The successful applicant will enjoy the many benefits of working for the IMVC including: above award wages; a social/diverse working environment; commitment to ongoing professional development; flexible work arrangements; additional days leave; and generous travel allowances.
Key Selection Criteria
- Be self-motivated with experience in establishing and maintaining stakeholder networks in the disability, education or employment sectors
- Demonstrated ability to coordinate the flow of information across a broad range of sectors
- Have an interest or knowledge of the challenges facing people with disability in the higher education, training and employment sectors
- Be committed to working in the not-for-profit sector and improving educational and employment outcomes for people with disability
- Have the ability to develop projects and programs in collaboration with key stakeholders that address barriers and build capacity in the sector
- Proven ability to work independently and within a team environment
- Strong personal values, excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Demonstrated report writing skills
- Demonstrated effective time management and organisational skills
- Previous experience in project management
- Resourcefulness and capable of strategic thinking
- Applicants must be willing to travel throughout their nominated region
- Must be able to demonstrate an understanding of appropriate behaviours when engaging with children, and of children with diverse needs and/or backgrounds.