Employment Mentor

Job No: ASPECT1457
Location: Melbourne, VIC

  • Work with participants on the autism spectrum to find meaningful employment
  • Experience in disabilities essential
  • Full time, 12 month maximum term contract 
  • Excellent tax effective PBI salary packaging benefits
  • Meet participants in the community, some working from home, and travel between sites
  • Role also involves both Employment Mentoring and School leavers Employment Support (SLES) sessions

Aspect is committed to providing an autism friendly workplace and supporting an inclusive and diverse workforce. It is through this commitment that we encourage and welcome applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

About Aspect Employment: Aspect Employment offers guidance to assist people on the autism spectrum move into the world of work with confidence. Our Employment Mentors are experienced and well-trained in offering autism-specific employment support, so we understand individuals’ unique strengths and the barriers faced when making the transition into employment.

About the role: You will use your exprience working with individuals with disabilites to provide meaningful employment support to people on the autism spectrum by identifying and working towards employment goals, implementing action plans and develop skills to find meaningful employment. You will meet participants in the community, at times using our sites in Heatherton and  Northcote, and also working from home, using teleconferencing.  You will work with employers to raise awareness of the positive contribution people on the autism spectrum can make to the workplace and to build strong connections within the community to create opportunities for people on the autism spectrum. Click here to view the Position Profile.

 Key responsibilities:

  • Promote positive understanding of autism 
  • Actively apply strengths-based strategies to help participants prepare for and find meaningful employment
  • Build and maintain trustworthy, consistent and positive relationships with participants
  • Proactively support and communicate with participants outside of sessions
  • Coordinate meetings with participants on a regular schedule that complies with each participant’s individual requirements
  • Maintain communication between participant, Aspect Employment Manager, parents, health professionals and other interested parties
  • Update and maintain documentation and records on Salesforce database as required to enable superior program delivery
  • To build the service by raising awareness of the program, tapping into the community and networking with different organisations and employers
  • To nurture current relationships with stakeholders ensuring to meet targets/requirements

Skills and experiences:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of autism, experience working with participants with disabilities (essential) 
  • Tertiary qualification in Welfare, Social Science or Disability Studies or similar (preferred but not essential)
  • Certificate IV Employment Services highly regarded 
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to working with people who have a disability
  • Proven ability to build rapport and maintain effective relationships with job seekers towards gaining and maintaining sustainable employment opportunities.
  • Ability to manage time and workloads effectively
  • Ability to identify and provide solutions to meet the needs of job seekers in overcoming barriers to employment
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in working independently and autonomously
  • Demonstrated intermediate computer skills, including Microsoft Office applications
  • Driver’s Licence valid in Australia and use of own vehicle for business purposes - (essential)
  • NDIS Worker Screening Check clearance for paid employment
  • Current NSW Working With Children Check for paid employment 

Completion of the mandatory NDIS Worker Orientation Module ‘Quality, Safety and You’ is also required. If you have not already completed the module, click here to access it. You may be required to provide an International Police Check clearance.

What we offer: A competitive package will be based on relevant qualifications and experience. As a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI), Aspect employees receive tax-effective salary packaging opportunities including $15,899 each year tax free. This means you can increase the value of your take-home pay. These roles are covered by the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award (SCHADS) and are classified at Level 2 pay point 1, depending on qualifications and experience with a pay rate starting at $29.12 per hour.

Click here for a summary of some of the benefits you can access when working at Aspect.

To Apply: Please attach your resume and complete the candidate questionnaire as part of Aspect's online recruitment process. Cover letter is optional.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Vaccination against COVID-19 may be a requirement for some positions at Aspect, in accordance with Public Health Orders, Work Health and Safety and duty of care obligations for staff and participants/students. As part of the recruitment/interview process Aspect is collecting information related to your vaccination status to ensure we are in compliance with all government orders and directives. 

Enquiries should be directed to: Stephanie Soans, Aspect Employment Manager on 0403 945 079.

For more information: www.autismspectrum.org.au.

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is committed to providing an environment free from abuse, neglect and exploitation of the people we support.

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About Aspect

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is Australia's largest autism-specific service provider, with one of the biggest autism-specific school programs in the world. A not for profit organisation, we work in partnership with people of all ages on the autism spectrum and their families to deliver evidence-informed solutions that are person-centred, family-focused and customer-driven.

Aspect provides a range of school, centre and community based services, focussing on education, diagnostic assessments, early intervention, skills development, community engagement, and self-directed options for people on the autism spectrum.

The Aspect Comprehensive Approach supports our staff to better understand autism, enabling them to develop programs and services that incorporate an individual's strengths, interests and aspirations to achieve positive outcomes. Representing more than 50 years of research and expertise in autism practice, the Aspect Comprehensive Approach is the governing framework that underpins Aspect's work, with all staff receiving training in the ACA principles to ensure that our approach to partnering with people on the autism spectrum is consistent throughout the organisation and of high quality.

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