Network Coordinator

Employer: Queensland Advocacy Incorporated

Region: Brisbane

Closing Date: 15 November 2021

Job Description:

QAI will shortly commence operating an inaugural Statewide disability advocacy network, including:

A) An information hub with telephone and online information resources; and

B) An advocacy network of organisations providing disability advocacy in Queensland. 

The Coordinator of this Network is responsible for supervising and managing the activities of this disability advocacy hub and chairing the advocacy network. The coordinator, with the CEO, will ensure satisfaction of funding obligations, identify funding and project opportunities, and provide strategic direction and guidance for the program. 

The Coordinator will supervise call centre staff and QAI’s Systems Advocacy Program, working in accordance with the planning and implementation of the information hub and advocacy network to
achieve positive individual outcomes and systemic reform for people with disability, in line with QAI’s values, goals and priorities.

Key Position Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

· Responsibly manage the program and team in accordance with the National Association of Community Legal Centres’ Risk Management Guide and Queensland Government funding guidelines.

·   Be responsible for induction, training, supervision and performance appraisal of call centre staff and systems advocates.

·   Develop, design and maintain resources for the call centre, such as intake scripts, self-help kits, referral manual, submissions, brochures, discussion papers, reports, newsletter contributions
and other publications within the expertise and responsibilities of the position
.

·  In collaboration with the communications officer and CEO, develop, implement and maintain online resources such as a website and social media platforms, to educate and provide information on disability trends, issues and announcements, as well as tips and resources on self-advocacy.

·   Provide information, referrals and advocacy support to people with disability, their families, caregivers or support organisations, regardless of disability type, location or cohort.

·  Identify trends, through the analysis of data from the call centre and the wider network, to achieve or promote systemic reform of laws, policies and practices impacting on people with disability.

·    Prepare reports for QAI management and funding bodies as required.

·    Establish and develop referral pathways and networks to ensure the program is well resourced.

·    Represent QAI at network meetings, conferences and other events, to ensure services, data capture and referrals are integrated.

·   As chair, lead a Queensland advocacy network on advocacy issues state-wide, including identification and action on systemic issues, presentations to industry and government, advice to the Minister, Queensland Disability Advocacy Council (QDAC) and department, and provision of advice to mainstream agencies.

Essential

·   Strong commitment to human rights, social justice and diversity, including the promotion and protection of the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.

·   Proven experience in implementing, managing and evaluating funded programs.

·   Highly developed organisational skills to identify priorities, manage workload, and maintain records within a community-based service.

·   Excellent communication skills and the ability to liaise with a wide range of stakeholders including management, staff, clients, external support providers and other external organisations such as funding bodies.

·   Ability to exercise initiative and judgment within the sphere of work to plan, coordinate, implement and evaluate work in a strategic way.

·   Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

·   Good knowledge of the welfare and/or disability sector/s with understanding of what makes people vulnerable.

Desirable

·   Previous experience at a Community Legal Centre and/or with the Community Legal Assistance Services System (CLASS), would be advantageous.

·   Legal/social work/allied health training or equivalent qualifications.

·   Individual advocacy experience (legal or non-legal), with demonstrated ability to reason and argue assertively on important issues on behalf of people with disability.

Location

Address: Level 2, 43 Peel St
Suburb: South Brisbane
Postcode: 4101

Contact

Name: Matilda Alexander

Position Description:

  
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