The Organisation

Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC), formerly Mt Theo Program, was started by Yuendumu Community in 1993 to address chronic petrol sniffing in Yuendumu. WYDAC achieved unprecedented community success in this initial struggle, which led to considerable growth in the scope of the services provided. WYDAC now provides a comprehensive range of programs that deliver diversion, development, treatment, and leadership services throughout the Warlpiri region.

WYDAC was created by and for Warlpiri people and is governed by a Warlpiri Committee. WYDAC head office is located in Yuendumu Community and WYDAC has permanent staffing and operations at five different Warlpiri sites; Yuendumu, Willowra, Nyirrpi, Lajamanu remote communities and Mt Theo Outstation. The notable and sustainable successes of the program have been firmly based on the support and strength of local Warlpiri youth and their communities, as well as the ongoing commitment of staff.

Positions

Youth Program Team Leader (Lajamanu)

About WYDAC and the Youth Development and Leadership Programs

Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC), formerly Mt Theo Program, was started by Yuendumu Community in 1993 to address chronic petrol sniffing in Yuendumu. WYDAC achieved unprecedented community success in this initial struggle, which led to considerable growth in the scope of the services provided. WYDAC now provides a comprehensive range of programs that deliver diversion, development, treatment, and leadership services throughout the Warlpiri region.

WYDAC runs youth development and leadership programs in the communities of Yuendumu, Lajamanu, Nyirrpi and Willowra. These programs are clearly designed to improve the safety and wellbeing of Warlpiri youth, their families and community, as well education, training and employment outcomes.

This has now evolved into a settled and successful model in all four Warlpiri communities. The Jaru Pirrjirdi process can be divided into three levels of Youth Diversion, Youth Development and Youth Leadership. It is a progressive model that young Warlpiri people can slowly move through, engaging in positive, healthy and challenging activities before culminating in their ‘graduation’ as strong, empowered young leaders within their family and community.

About the Opportunity

Due to continued growth, WYDAC now has a rewarding opportunity for a Youth Program Team Leader to join their team based in Lajamanu, NT on a full-time basis.

Reporting to the Youth Services Manager (YSM), your primary role will be to lead the Lajamanu Youth Worker team, to provide a five day per week program of activities that effectively and appropriately fulfil the purpose of the youth program and promote positive and meaningful pathways for all young Warlpiri people, their families and communities.

You will work with the YSM to provide activities that are in line with WYDAC’s strategic plan and ensure that Warlpiri governance and direction is adhered to and included in all aspects of program development and delivery.

In the context of this objective, daily duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Working closely with the Lajamanu Youth Development Team to facilitate a daily youth activities program (activities will involve, not exclusively, basketball, softball, disco, youth drop-in centre, educational activities, and cultural excursions);
  • Supporting the Lajamanu Youth Development Team to deliver youth program activities to a high and efficient standard;
  • Supporting the facilitation of projects, including WETT training, Southern Ngalia, Milpirri and others in consultation with the YSM;
  • Actively engaging with Jaru trainees, with a focus on building strong relationships;
  • Identifying and supporting appropriate pathways for Yapa young people to become youth workers;
  • Ensuring regular contact is made with the Cultural Advisors around programming activities, ideas, and projects;
  • Attending meetings with external stakeholders as required; and
  • Ensuring all required reports are completed on time and are of a high standard.

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About You

The successful candidate will be a resourceful and self-motivated team player with a demonstrated understanding of youth-at-risk and remote community issues. Experience working with cross-cultural persons and community development is essential, as is the ability to communicate effectively.

Ideally, you will hold a Certificate IV in Youth Work (or be willing to obtain one), or hold a relevant tertiary qualification. This role will require ongoing training and professional development while maintaining high professional standards of practice.

Finally, WYDAC are looking for candidates with excellent communication skills, the demonstrated ability to work in a team with resourcefulness, self-motivation and independent decision-making capabilities. A resilient operator, you will have good negotiation skills and be calm under pressure.

The position would best suit someone who is passionate about youth work and remote-area assistance, who would fully appreciate an opportunity to embrace another culture and learn while they teach!

Please note: To be considered you must have a current ‘Class C’ Open Driver’s License, and be willing to undergo a criminal history check and Working with Children clearance (Ochre Card) prior to commencement.

About the Benefits

This is a truly rewarding position where the results of your work can be seen in a very real way.

For your dedication, you will receive a competitive salary as well as salary packaging with salary sacrificing options to significantly increase your take home pay!

In addition, you will also benefit from fully furnished accommodation, free utilities, phone and internet allowances, as well as exciting training and development opportunities!

Take advantage of this opportunity to take the next step in your career – Apply Now!

About Lajamanu, NT

Located around 560 kilometres south-west of Katherine – and approximately 890 kilometres from Darwin – Lajamanu sits on the edge of the Tanami Desert and the eastern side of Hooker Creek.

Lajamanu has a population of around 800 people and is home to the Indigenous Warlpiri people. The Warlpiri have a long history of creating art on wooden artefacts, the ground, rocks, and their bodies. In the late 80’s, the Warlpiri began incorporating canvas and acrylic paint to their artistic process following a traditional painting course held in the community.

The Lajamanu Council was formed in 1980 and was the first community government council to be formed in the Northern Territory.

 

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Volunteering with WYDAC

During the longer school holiday periods in June-July, and December-January, WYDAC often seeks volunteers to assist with Youth Program Activity in Yuendumu and in Lajamanu. These roles are unpaid, but WYDAC does provide assistance getting volunteers to site, and provide basic accommodation for the duration.

Volunteers assist existing Youth Teams to run a vibrant and varied youth program for Warlpiri young people. This includes sport activities, bush trips, craft and educational activities, discos, and in Yuendumu, helping out at the Swimming Pool. All in all, it is an intense, but rewarding experience, that gives volunteers a chance to build their skills in this field. Past volunteers often represent very strong applicants when positions become available within the WYDAC team.

If you are interested in applying for a volunteer role this year, please email admin@wydac.org.au with a brief cover letter and resume. We will need to know what availability you have, what motivates you, and if you have a preference to work in Yuendumu or Lajamanu.

All WYDAC staff and volunteers are required to have an Ochre card. These can be applied for at the following site https://forms.pfes.nt.gov.au/safent/