Team Leader - Specialised Residential Care

Job No: Berry3365
Location: Noble Park/Mooroolbark

  • Noble Park/Mooroolbark location
  • Full time, permanent position
  • Salary package equivalent up to $111,000 FTE per annum (inclusive of base salary - SCHCADS Level 7, super and salary packaging)
  • Motor Vehicle Allowance $10, 500 per annum 

For over 140 years, Berry Street has adapted to a changing world, and we will continue to adapt to achieve our purpose. We believe children, young people and families should be safe, thriving and hopeful. Our Vision for 2022: Together we will courageously change lives and re-imagine service systems. We look forward to working with children, young people, families, carers, staff and partners to achieve this vision. Together.

The Opportunity

Berry Street are implementing an evidence-based model of care called the Teaching Family Model (TFM). TFM is a therapeutic behavioural program, which sees young people living with highly trained staff, known as Practitioners in a home setting. The TFM Practitioners use teaching interactions, relationships and skills building which is targeted to reduce challenging behaviours and increase pro-social behaviours. The model is trauma informed and helps young people identify personal stressors and develop appropriate self-regulation techniques.

For further information on the model please visit our website:

Key Responsibilities

This Team Leader role is known as the Teaching Family Consultant, the key responsibilities are:

  • Mentor, coach and supervise Practitioners and build a supportive team.
  • Provide hands-on support through on the job coaching, formal observations and consistent verbal and written feedback.
  • Day to day operations of one Residential home in Mooroolbark.
  • Possible requirements to be part of the on-call/recall service as required.
  • Provide a family sensitive and child focused service to the children and adolescents who reside in Berry Street’s residential care program.

To download the position description, please click here.

About You

You will;

  • Have a sound understanding of the Child Protection system and of the needs and demands of children and young people entering the Out of Home Care (OoHC) system.
  • Be a true leader who can mentor staff within the program to care therapeutically for those who have experienced the impacts of trauma and neglect.
  • Sound knowledge of Therapeutic Care principles and legislation regarding the Child, Youth & Family Act, especially as they relate to the Victorian OoHC system.
  • Minimum Bachelor level qualification in Social Work or a relevant field.

The Benefits

  • Additional salary packaging available for meals/accommodation.
  • Flexible work arrangements and generous leave conditions.
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), including access for staff members’ immediate family.

How to Apply

Applications including resume and one-page cover letter to be submitted as soon as possible as applications will be assessed as they are received.

Queries to Frances Head, Teaching Family Senior Manager on 0455 587 197.

Please Note; the successful applicant will be subject to comprehensive reference and background checking prior to employment, including a Working with Children Check and National Police Check.

Berry Street is committed to being a child safe, child friendly and child empowering organisation. In everything we do we seek to protect children. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; children with a disability; children who identify with a sexual and or gender minority identity. We aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their cultural background, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, spirituality or religion.

Aboriginal people; people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability are encouraged to apply.

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