Project Search – Job Coach

Employer: UnitingCare Queensland

Region: Ipswich

Closing Date: 15 January 2020

Job Description:

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UnitingCare is seeking a motivated individual who is passionate about facilitating employment opportunities for young adults with a disability to join our Project SEARCH team at our new program site located in Ipswich.

About the Opportunity

Project SEARCH is an innovative, business-led, one-year employment preparation program that takes place entirely within a host workplace. The program assists young people with a disability to undertake an internship that provides on the job training across three particular roles within large service organisations such as hospitals and aged care environments.

Project SEARCH began in the US in 1996 at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and is now operating in sites across the United States and Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and the Netherlands.

In 2019 Uniting Care Queensland launched Australia’s first Project SEARCH site at The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane and due to the success of the program, will be launching a second program site at Blue Care, Ipswich in 2020.

We are currently seeking 2 part time Job Coaches to join our new Project SEARCH team based Ipswich. Work schedules for these positions are:

  • Position 1: 65 hours per fortnight, Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 3.30pm
  • Position 2: 40 hours per fortnight, Monday – Friday – 9.30am – 1.30pm

Successful applicants will be employed under a fixed term contract ending on the 26/02/2021, with a view to permanency subject to the success of the program in this region.

What do you need to be successful in this role?

  • Hold a deep commitment to the social value of people a disability.
  • Previous experience delivering NDIS funded employment supports and / or Disability Employment Services to young people with a disability is preferred.
  • Working knowledge / experience in relation to the varied learning styles and modified training needs required by young people with a disability.
  • Well developed understanding of the local labour market and employer recruitment needs.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, time management and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to use individual initiative and work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Positive Notice from Disability Services (Yellow Card).
  • Suitability Card for Child Related Employment (Blue Card)
  • Current QLD Driver’s Licence


Base Salary + Super + Salary Packaging

The successful applicant will benefit from a competitive remuneration package, dependent on experience, paid in accordance with the UnitingCare Enterprise Agreement.

UnitingCare offer a variety of benefits including values based work environment, discounted products and services, attractive salary packaging, career development and lifestyle benefits.

Culture and Benefits

As one of the largest employers in the sector and the state, UnitingCare offers the opportunity to develop your skills within a values based organization where people are at the centre of everything we do.

Our shared values drive the way that we work – Compassion, Respect, Justice, Working Together and Leading through Learning. Aligned to our values, our commitment to you is:

  • Training for your role now and development opportunities for your career
  • Diverse work arrangements and opportunities
  • Support to undertake tertiary study
  • Corporate private health discounts
  • Competitive personal and income insurance

Further information can be obtained by viewing the attached Position Description.

To Apply

Take the next step in your career with UnitingCare and apply now by submitting your cover letter, resume and selection criteria.

For more information, please contact the details below.

We work hard to make our services welcoming and safe for every person. We are united in keeping children, young people and the elderly safe from harm, within our services, workplaces and the communities we support. We are committed to speaking up loudly for their safety.

At UnitingCare, we believe in the strength of a diverse and inclusive workforce to help us achieve the best outcomes for the communities in which we operate and serve. We highly encourage applications from people who identify as a part of the Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community.