Position Details
Reference Number 16597
Position Title Senior Therapeutic Residential Coordinator
Employment Type Fixed Term Full Time
Location TYRC North East
Award Classification General Staff Agreement 2015 - Senior Coordinator Level 5/1 to 5/3
Hours Per Fortnight 76
Position Summary

Uniting Communities is a leading not-for-profit organisation, working across South Australia through more than 90 community service programs. Our team of over 1500 staff and volunteers support and engage with more than 30,000 South Australians each year. We strive to build compassionate communities and great lives through community strengthening, quality service delivery and advocacy.


About the Role

Therapeutic Youth Residential Care, also known as Jo’s, is highly regarded in South Australia as a unique residential care service for young people. The service commenced operations in 2017, with the Service Model being developed through a process of conducting research into national and international frameworks for residential care and complex trauma, as well research into the previously released Nyland Report. The service was designed to support our aim of creating something extraordinary in South Australia - more than just a house, but rather a loving home environment for young people where they are supported to move away from their past trauma to a place of transformation. 


Jo’s focuses on having a down-to-earth, fun and relaxed culture – in which both staff and young people are supported to flourish. Some of the key aspects that makes Jo’s unique include:

  • One full time Senior Therapeutic Coordinator based in each of the Jo’s houses to ensure consistency for young people and above average support to youth workers.
  • One full time Therapeutic Specialist/Senior Practitioner based across the houses to oversee all clinical therapeutic practices, providing coaching, role modelling and professional development.
  • Therapeutic Youth Workers are assigned to one house, on a two week rotating roster, allowing meaningful and authentic relationships to be formed amongst young people and staff.
  • Jo’s houses are sourced through private investors, thus creating high quality home-like environments to ensure the young people and staff feel comfortable in the Jo’s environment.
  • Daily support from the Senior Therapeutic Coordinators and Therapeutic Specialist/Senior Practitioner, both of whom are based at the Jo’s houses and as such have a relevant and current understanding to the needs of the young people.
  • Fortnightly Team Meetings, in which we have a fun shared lunch and award fun team awards, as well as holding a group clinical supervision session to ensure all staff feel comfortable with the support of young people.
  • Fortnightly Supervision, along with 24/7 on call support, for which you are encourages to call whenever you need – even if just to debrief.
  • Jo’s work with families following a young person commencing, thus enabling a systemic intervention to break the cycle of intergenerational abuse, child protection intervention and welfare dependency.


About You

Jo’s is seeking highly skilled and passionate Senior Therapeutic Residential Coordinator to join the team on a full time, 12 month contract. You will be an experienced manager, well equipped to support a team of staff in their practice and development. You will have experience in working with young people facing complex trauma and will draw upon these skills to ensure your team of staff can assist young people to achieve a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team comprising of Youth Workers and a fellow Coordinator, as well as a Therapeutic Specialist and Service Manager, you will also have the opportunity to participate in ongoing professional development.


A day in the Jo’s house will include overseeing the basic functions of the service, as well as engaging with internal and external stakeholders. You will work closely with your team of Therapeutic Youth Workers in their daily activities to support the young people, as well as being responsible for People and Culture, Data, Reporting and Financial Acquittals.



            Video: https://youtu.be/qppfc4ZdeVo 

            Podcast: https://emergingminds.com.au/resources/podcast/therapeutic-residential-care-the-example-of-jos-place/



The successful candidate will possess;  

  • Tertiary qualifications in Psychology, Social Work, Social Science or equivalent
  • Experience in supporting a team and overseeing the daily operations of a service
  • Experience in working with young people who are placed under the Guardianship
  • Experience working with young people who have complex trauma
  • Experience in successfully managing conflict and crisis

About the Remuneration

The salary range will be dependent on experience and/or qualifications. We also provide salary packaging benefits that enable you to increase and maximise your take home salary, as well as vehicle packaging benefits if required. In addition, other available benefits include; paid maternity leave, early intervention Physio Program, and discounted private health insurance. Check out our benefits at www.unitingcommunities.org


Your Application

Please attach a brief cover letter and a current resume including the names of 2 referees.


As an organisation, we are committed to protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults. All staff are required to work within our code of conduct and undergo relevant pre-employment checks.

Contact Person Ashlea Richardson
Contact Number 0427584076
Alternate Contact Person Claire Dalziel
Alternate Contact Number 0427940580
Closing Date 08/06/2020
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