Job Opportunity: Parent to Parent Mentor

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    DCA is seeking a casual Parent to Parent Mentor based in Queensland. Please see the job listing below, and download the position description here. Applications close 5 PM on 24 November.

    Job Opportunity:   Parent to Parent Mentor

    • Providing peer to peer support to families who have an infant/child with a newly diagnosed permanent hearing loss.
    • Casual, paid position, flexible hours
    • Statewide program seeking parents located in non-metropolitan regions across Queensland

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    Deaf Children Australia is a national not for profit organisation that provides a range of information, services and programs.  The mission of DCA is to;

    Inspire and empower deaf and hard of hearing children and young people to reach their full potential.     

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    DCA invites applications from parents who are raising a school aged child who is deaf or hard of hearing, including those with auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder, who are willing to attend training and supervision to provide non biased peer support to families with newly diagnosed children aged 0-6 years.

    This is a statewide program across Queensland, and we are presently seeking applicants from regional areas, including but not limited to:

    Sunshine Coast
    Gold Coast
    Bundaberg
    Rockhampton
    Townsville
    Cairns

    This is a casual, paid position, which will be responsible for:

    • Operating within training guidelines of non-biased strength based support (via face to face/phone contact) to parents of newly diagnosed children and babies who have a hearing loss.
    • Provision of balanced information, emotional support and sharing of personal experiences of parenting a deaf child to matched parent contact.
    • Encouraging parents contacted to connect with Early Intervention organisations or refer to appropriate service providers including Queensland Health Family Support Workers for more information and support.
    • Returning required statistics and documentation
    • Attending training and supervision as required
    • Able to commit to the program for a minimum of 12 months

    SELECTION CRITERIA:

    Essential:

    Parent of a school aged child who has a permanent hearing loss (including children with conductive, sensorineural hearing losses and/or Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder)
    Understanding of the needs of babies and young children with a hearing loss
    Positive and flexible attitude toward deafness and life in general
    Capable of delivering unbiased information (respectful of family values, culture and choice of communication method)
    Insight and ability to manage self-care (able to maintain emotional and physical well-being)
    Able to work occasional weekends and out of business hours
    Understanding of confidentiality
    Able to attend training sessions
    Current driver’s licence
    Able to commit to minimum 12 months in role

    Desirable:
    Understanding of the current service network for children who are deaf or hard of hearing
    Connections with other families raising children who have a hearing loss
    Connections with adults who are deaf and/or hard of hearing

    This is a great opportunity to become involved with an organisation whose vision is to:
    “Create a world where children and young people who are deaf or hard of hearing have every opportunity to achieve positive life outcomes”.

    The successful applicant will be required to undergo a Police Check and Working with Children Check.
    Please send your cover letter and resume to Rosy Bratt at jobs@deafchildren.org.au
    Telephone (07) 3607 0072 or email Rosy if you require any further information.
    Applications close 5 pm Friday 24th November, 2017.

    Deaf Children Australia is an Equal Opportunity Employer