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Job Description

About Foundation House

The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc. (also known as Foundation House) provides services to advance the health, wellbeing and human rights of people of refugee backgrounds in Victoria who have experienced torture or other traumatic events in their country of origin or while fleeing those countries.

The organisation was established in Melbourne in 1987 and is non-denominational, politically neutral and non-aligned. Foundation House is a state-wide agency offering services in metropolitan, regional and rural areas, with head office based in Brunswick. We have approximately 200 staff with metropolitan regional offices in Dallas, Sunshine, Dandenong and Ringwood.

The program

The Practice and Sector Development (P&SD) group is responsible for supporting the continued development in professional practice of the staff of Foundation House and the learning and practice development of the wider sector and key partners with whom Foundation House works.  P&SD has the following core responsibilities:

  • Providing professional learning, supervision, reflective practice, and consultancy services to build the capacity of external service systems, organisations and individuals to support the needs of refugee communities who have experienced torture and other traumatic events;
  • Providing practice development support to the staff of Foundation House through supervision, reflective practice, professional learning, and specialist consultation;
  • To be a source of professional and policy advice and expertise related to the VFST Integrated Trauma Recovery Service Model;
  • To support the development of research and evaluation that deepens practice knowledge in the field of trauma recovery work with survivors of torture and other traumatic events. 

Foundation House has an excellent reputation in providing quality professional and organisational development activities including: a widely promoted calendar; tailored on-request training; reflective practice and supervision; consultancy services; and communities of practice for a range of participants including education, health, family support and community services.

About the position

This Practice Leader role reports to the Manager Practice & Professional Learning and is an 18-month part-time position

The Practice Leader will provide expert advice, consultation, practice supervision and training to teams of multi-disciplinary practitioners to strengthen their skills and knowledge, integrating findings from best practice into their service delivery. Practice Leaders will work within the Integrated Trauma Recovery Service Model to support staff to work with clients towards recovery.

The primary focus of this position is developing capacity across the organisation and the wider sector in to provide trauma informed services to survivors of torture and trauma from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

About you

You will be a leader in in your specialised field practice with survivors of trauma, with demonstrated experience in the delivery of evidence informed practice in trauma recovery. You will hold post-graduate tertiary qualifications in psychology, social work (or related) which along with your excellent interpersonal and communication skills will enable you to work across multi-disciplinary teams. You will be an experienced facilitator of training, practice/clinical supervision of individuals and groups of practitioners working with survivors of trauma with a knowledge of the application of trauma recovery models demonstrating a commitment to excellence. Your ability to build effective relationships and work collaboratively will support your skills in specialised case consultation and advice on complex cases.

You have practice leadership expertise in one or more of the following portfolio areas:

·        Infant Mental Health and Wellbeing

·        Child Mental Health and Wellbeing

·        Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing

·        Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing

·        Community Capacity Building

Remuneration & Benefits

Remuneration is based on our Enterprise Agreement 2014, of $113, 995 gross salary per annum (pro rata), plus 17.5% leave loading and 10% superannuation, Additional benefits include generous salary packaging of up to $18,550, a range of flexible working options and a highly supportive team environment.

Conditional employment requirements

  • Satisfactory Police Check
  • Current Working with Children Check
  • Current Driver’s Licence
  • COVID-19 vaccination*
  • Proof of the right to work and live in Australia.

* In accordance with the recent Directions from Chief Health Officer in accordance with emergency powers arising from declared state of emergency, COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions (No 7), Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic), Foundation House must comply with employer obligations regarding mandatory COVID 19 vaccinations for authorised workers. If you are to be successful in gaining employment with Foundation House, you will be required to provide evidence of your COVID 19 vaccination for work at our sites after 26 November 2021.


Applications close for this position close on Tuesday 7 December 2021

Applicants must submit their resume and address the key selection criteria (KSC) contained in the Position Description. Please ensure you submit your KSC as part of your cover letter as you can only upload 2 documents.

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please click the link:    

For any enquiries regarding the position please contact Rudy Gonzalez on 9389 8953

Foundation House is committed to promoting and protecting the interests and safety of children and actively plays a part in combating family violence; this is reflected in our organisational policies, protocols and staff development.

Foundation House is an equal opportunity employer.

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