The Organisation:

Youth Off The Streets is a non-denominational community organisation working for disadvantaged young people who may be homeless, drug dependent and / or recovering from abuse. Youth Off The Streets supports these young people as they work to turn their lives around and overcome immense personal trauma such as neglect, physical, psychological and / or emotional abuse. It is our goal that these young people will leave our care drug free, with a high school education, living skills and a full time or part time job in hand.


The Role

We are looking for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Youth Worker to contribute to the daily running of our youth crisis accommodation in Marrickville and Erskineville. This involves assisting our young people to meet their personal goals, develop their capacity to manage personal challenges, make informed life choices and live with greater independence. You will be responsible for creating case plans, developing client’s life skills and making referrals as required to assist them to overcome their barriers, achieve their goals and build sustainable support networks.

This position is maximum term part time until October 2021 working 9 shifts per fortnight on a 24/7 rotating roster.


The Person:

The successful candidate will have proven experience in youth work duties, and be able to build strong relationships with clients, external services and support networks. They’ll be passionate, committed and take a trauma informed approach to their work. The successful candidate will be a collaborative team member, possess a ‘can do’ attitude,  and enjoy working as part of a dynamic team.


Essential criteria, including but not limited to:  

  • Identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Minimum Certificate IV qualifications in Youth Work, Community Services, Welfare or related discipline.
  • At least 2 years’ experience working with disadvantaged young people preferably in a residential care environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilise referral pathways; apply trauma- and developmentally-informed and strengths based approaches; and to achieve client outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to work with Culturally Diverse clients and Aboriginal clients
  • Superior communication skills, including diplomatic and effective liaison and interpersonal skills, and written and verbal presentation skills including Microsoft Office and Excel
  • Ability to document, evaluate and report on tasks, service delivery and outcomes
  • Demonstrated planning, organisational and superior time management skills
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of homelessness issues and its effects.
  • Understanding of confidentiality in relation to client privacy.
  • Knowledge of child protection legislation.
  • Current Drivers Licence
  • Current First Aid certificate


Desirable criteria, including but not limited to:

  • Diploma qualification in relevant field
  • Knowledge and experience of trauma informed practice (TCI)
  • Knowledge and experience in the youth sector, Specialist Homelessness Services and the Going Home Staying Home reform
  • Knowledge and experience working with CIMS

This is  a rare opportunity to join a passionate and high profile not for profit organisation that values the current youth of today and the youth of tomorrow.


YOTS is committed to providing a safe environment where all children and young people are treated with respect and are protected from harm; we have zero tolerance for child abuse


If you are excited by a challenge and have a strong focus on delivering quality youth work, we would like to hear from you.

Applications close 16 October 2020

To apply, please send your application to

Please ensure you enclose a copy of your resume and just as importantly, a copy of your cover letter addressing the essential criteria.

Recruiters need not make contact.

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