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Queensland Youth Housing Coalition Inc. (QYHC)
Project Officer – 38 Hours Per Week
SCHCDS Award Level 5-6 TPEO

The Queensland Youth Housing Coalition Inc. (QYHC) was established in 1984. We have evolved since that time to become a significant voice for the issues impacting marginalised young people with a focus on addressing the underlying causes of youth homelessness, including poverty and social disadvantage.

The vision of the Queensland Youth Housing Coalition is: All Young People Safely Housed. We accept the plethora of life issues that lead young people to homelessness but reject any notion that such issues need negatively impact their life trajectory. The experience of homelessness for young people can be short lived and rapidly resolved. There is no reason for young people to experience chronic homelessness and the associated myriad of problematic life outcomes.

QYHC acknowledges that social connection and relationships are key for all young people and underpin our collective work. QYHC is a not-for-profit state-wide coalition of organisations and individuals engaged across projects and campaigns. QYHC is intent on conducting projects, engaging in advocacy, informing policy and enhancing community education as well as working on workforce development activities to ensure a robust sector and community able to address homelessness and the associated issues that impact young people.

QYHC is committed to improving the life opportunities and wellbeing of young people impacted by homelessness by working collaboratively across government and non-government organisations to address homelessness, through the provision of appropriate housing solutions as well as addressing the multitude of associated issues.

We further recognise that access to safety, education, health and income is key in responding to young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. QYHC is proud to partner with Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy (DCHDE) in realising the intent and actions particularised within the Queensland Housing Strategy 2017-2027.

The SCHCADS award can be accessed here: https://www.fwc.gov.au/documents/documents/modern_awards/award/ma000100/default.htm.

 

Are you an all rounder interested in improving opportunities for and responses to Queensland’s young people who experience homelessness or are at risk?

 

Extent of Authority

The Project Officer is free to act within the policy parameters of the organisation and within the framework of the responsibilities as outlined below. Work outcomes are monitored.  Leadership and assistance is available from the Executive Director.

Primarily responsibilities

As Queensland’s Youth housing and homelessness peak body, QYHC leads or engages in various campaigns, advocacy, projects, forums, sector and stakeholder engagement and development and a range of meetings with the vision that all young people are safely housed. The Project Officer will contribute to this work.    

Key Requirements

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the issues and needs of young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships and work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders.
  • Have an understanding of or willingness to learn the Queensland Housing Strategy, the specialist youth homelessness service system and the related service sectors homeless and marginalised young people interface with such as: child safety, youth justice, domestic and family violence, education, employment and health.
  • Develop and manage projects. This includes planning and mapping tasks, reviewing literature and available data and research.
  • Demonstrate high level verbal communication skills that include the ability to facilitate meetings and consultations.
  • Demonstrate high level written skills to produce written information in a wide range of formats such as: literature reviews, project plans, progress reports, briefing papers, information papers, fact sheets, and training and resource materials.
  • Facilitate and/or support sector engagement and development.
  • Contribute to marketing and promotional material.
  • Represent QYHC at a range of meetings.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Executive Director.

Essential:

  • Degree in Social Sciences or equivalent.
  • High level computer literacy skills.
  • High level written and oral communication skills.
  • Driver’s Licence.
  • Blue Card.

Desirable:

  • Research experience.
  • Project management experience.
  • Report writing experience.

To Apply:

Please send your current CV with the names of 3 referees and a cover letter of a maximum of 2 pages addressing your suitability for the role to:

Lorraine Dupree
Executive Director
[email protected]

Applications are due by 5 pm on Friday October 1st, 2021