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Career Advisor

Habitat Women

Habitat for Humanity

Job description

ABOUT US

Habitat Women is a program under the Habitat for Humanity Australia Organisation. It is an all-female program that provides a safe space for women to learn basic construction skills to assist them in entering construction industry roles. Participants are onboarded as a cohort and with their learnt skills in a workshop environment, and the support of the Program Team, are introduced to career paths.

One of these career path opportunities is employment within the Habitat Women Social Enterprise. This building and maintenance business provides renovations and repairs to Specialist Homelessness Services and Community Housing Providers with their crisis and transitional accommodation.

Other career pathways are also made available to the women, through engagement opportunities with construction organisations or further training and study. These opportunities are identified and managed on behalf of the women participants.

MORE ABOUT OUR WORK

Habitat Women is currently recruiting its second cohort of participants. During the course of the 6-month cohort placement Habitat Women assists in identifying and mapping a pathway for follow-on positions for these women with partnering organisations. The Careers Advisor is responsible for managing this key process in the Program.

CAREER ADVISOR – ABOUT YOU

You are energetic, positive, motivated, with a can-do attitude. You have experience working within a coaching, mentoring or similar framework, and are passionate about inclusion and innovative practice.

You thrive in environments where you work as part of a diverse team to achieve results, where your own unique skills, knowledge and experiences you bring are valued.

You are pro-active, responsive and use initiative when you identify opportunities or barriers, and you work as a team member to create enabling environments.

Importantly you have a passion for assisting women with their career goals, particularly women who may have experienced difficulties and need a guiding hand to overcome disadvantage (often not easily recognised or visible).

The Career Advisor undertakes a range of functions including:

  • Maintain a bespoke coaching approach that focuses on the individual and acknowledges that everyone is unique.
  • Facilitate learning, awareness and skill building to increase employability and minimise employment barriers for participants
  • Engage participants in realistic but aspirational discussions about career opportunities and support the development of viable action plans including skills recognition pathways and career pivot if required
  • Monitor and manage the expectations of participants to ensure appropriate planning and preparation.
  • Build on participant’s strengths and capabilities, including the identification of current and past success stories, to motivate them towards vocational goals.
  • Support participants to understand the requirements and expectations of employers including available job opportunities in construction/trade industries
  • Advocate on behalf of the participant where access to services or resources can’t be accessed independently and facilitate referral to specialised services as required.
  • Connect with and maintain relationships with all participants throughout the program
  • Match participants with volunteer corporate mentors to increase their confidence and build their professional networks
  • Ensure that reporting accountabilities and deliverables are met
  • Assessing participant competency levels and compiling feedback reports for participants
  • Liaising with referring partner organisations, partner companies and other key stakeholders

ESSENTIAL SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Relevant tertiary qualification and/or significant professional experience
  • Demonstrated experience working in career path advisory and work placement in the construction industry
  • Demonstrated experience operating within a coaching and mentoring framework or similar approach involving facilitation of personal and professional goals of others
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, including the ability to build influential and empowering relationships with individuals and stakeholders
  • Strong negotiation skills and demonstrated ability to prioritise, work to meet deadlines and manage complexity
  • Technologically savvy, adaptable, personable, collaborative and a team player
  • Experience delivering training, whether it be as a teacher, coach, or mentor
  • Can achieve a Working with Children’s Check and National Police Check clearance

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • The successful applicant will need to provide evidence of a clear criminal history and adhere to HFH’s Code of Conduct, policies, and procedures.  
  • Demonstrated experience working in a professional capacity with young people and women from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Prior experience working alongside disadvantaged people, often with mental health issues
  • Understanding TAFE and other educational systems
  • First Aid Mental Health qualification (desirable)

HABITAT’S STATEMENT OF EXPECTATIONS SURROUNDING SAFEGUARDING

Habitat for Humanity requires that all employees take seriously their ethical responsibilities to safeguarding our intended beneficiaries, their communities, and all those with whom we work. Managers at all levels have particular responsibilities to support and develop systems that create and maintain an environment that prevents harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse; safeguards the rights of beneficiaries and community members (especially children); and promotes the implementation of Habitat for Humanity’s code of conduct.

To ask any questions about the role please email Habitat Women, [email protected] using the subject line: Career Advisor enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Applications will be considered as they are received so we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.