ROLES AVAILABLE (updated 8th January 2019)

Youth Development Manager

Operation Flinders Foundation Inc.

Operation Flinders Foundation is a highly respected South Australian based charitable organisation that runs a world leading clinically proven outback intervention program for young people at risk.

The program takes participants between the age of 14 and 18 years on an eight day trek/exercise in the northern Flinders Ranges where they learn basic bush survival skills, take part in team challenges,  abseil, discover Indigenous culture and learn of the rich history of the Flinders Ranges. By enabling participants to develop self-esteem, responsibility, team-work and respect; the program offers a transformational opportunity for young people to break away from their past, take a new direction in life and grow as valued members of the community.

Working closely with Executive Staff, the Operation Flinders team and a dedicated volunteer support base this role will have responsibility for coordinating and delivering the follow up program and post exercise activities for participants.  You will manage New Directions, including the Peer Group Mentor program for participants who return for additional leadership development training that enables them to return on exercises as a mentor and complete certified training and workplace pathways. You will work closely with a diverse volunteer group and overarching committee dedicated to the New Directions Programs. You will manage ongoing partnerships with Operation Flinders Foundation to enhance participant outcomes, including Duke of Edinburgh award.

You will have a passion for serving the community, enjoy outdoors and fun activities with youth while delivering and supporting the evidence based outcomes of our remote outback intervention program.  You will  measure and report on outcomes for the program through data and statistical analysis. You will possess strong written and verbal communication skills and well-developed interpersonal skills that foster respect and inspire young persons to achieve. 

The role is ideally suited to a passionate and flexible person with qualifications in social work / counselling / psychology / youth work or outdoor education/recreation.  You will engage in goal setting, problem solving and advocating with and for young people to address any post exercise challenges that may arise. You will work in partnership with stakeholders to facilitate the best possible outcomes for young people attending our program.  Travel is expected in the role both within and out of the state.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants with the necessary skills are encouraged to apply.

For further enquiries please contact Linda White, General Manager - Programs, People and Culture on 08 8245 2666 or email lwhite@operationflinders.org. Applications must include a resume and cover letter and are to be received by 5.00 pm on Thursday 31st January, 2019. 

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