Positions Vacant

Employment and Vocational Pathways Worker

An opportunity has arisen to join Wayside’s Vocational Programs Team in the role of Pathways Worker – a new role focussing on providing individual support and coaching for staff engaged in Wayside’s Supported Employment Program as well as developing and facilitating internal training opportunities for visitors.

To advance its mission to create community with ‘no us and them’ The Wayside Chapel engages people who face barriers to mainstream employment. Wayside offers support and tailors roles to ensure sensitivity to the barriers faced by individual supported staff members. Barriers are typically not physical, but mental-health or addiction-related, trauma or literacy based.

The Pathways Worker role is a permanent full-time position, 38 hours per week, Monday to Friday. The role will have reach across both Wayside sites: Kings Cross and Bondi. To be considered for this role you will possess the following:


  • Relevant qualifications and/or experience related to coaching, mentoring, recruitment, employment placement, Vocational Education and/or Training;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Apprenticeships and Traineeships;
  • Strong organisation and time management skills including IT literacy and administrative efficiency;
  • Experience working with marginalised people, (including people affected by issues such as mental health, addictions or homelessness), or people experiencing barriers to accessing the mainstream employment market;
  • Highly developed communications skills and a demonstrated capacity to network and engage with people at all levels;
  • Demonstrated experience working both independently and collaboratively in a team environment;
  • Good sense of humour and ability to create a fun and supportive environment;
  • Willingness to work within the mission and values of The Wayside Chapel and adhere to relevant policies and procedures.


For further information on this role and the application process please download the full job information pack here. Applications will be accepted until 9am on Friday 28 April 2017.


Vocational Programs Manager - 12 Month Maternity Cover Contract

An opportunity has risen at The Wayside Chapel for a Vocational Programs Manager. Reporting to the Head of Programs, the Vocational Programs Manager is responsible for the delivery of a suite of vocational programs (D2DL, Pathways and Twilight) all aimed at advancing the pathways of marginalized visitors to The Wayside Chapel. In this 12 month maternity cover contract, the Vocational Programs Manager will lead a diverse team of staff and volunteers, as well as Wayside’s transition into the NDIS model ensuring that Wayside’s mission and model of care remain focal priorities in the face of a changing public funding landscape.

The Vocational Programs Manager is responsible for managing the Day to Day Living, Twilight and Pathways programs at The Wayside Chapel. The Vocational Programs Manager is responsible for the management of this suite of programs across all Wayside sites, including in-reach into the Bondi Community Services Centre at Norman Andrews House. The Wayside Chapel’s vocational programs include:

Day to Day Living Program (D2DL) -a structured activities and care coordination program, designed to offer support for people with severe and persistent mental health issues.
Pathways Program - assists marginalised people to move towards vocational, educational or employment-related goals through training, placement and support.
Twilight Team - this program supports the needs of people in the neighbourhood in the early evening (4pm-8pm). The Twilight Team delivers structured activities programs, a drop in space and facilitates outside groups’ use of hired spaces.

To be considered for this role you will possess the following:

  • Qualifications in Social Work, Mental Health, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Community Development or related field;
  • Experience delivering programs, in particular in the mental health and/or structured activities sector;
  • Time managements skills and the ability to continually re-prioritise a high-volume workload;
  • Experience in a professional leadership role;
  • Experience managing a team with diverse qualifications and disciplines, life and work experiences, ages, personalities and backgrounds;
  • Exposure to supported employment concepts and programs, and a well-developed understanding of how to walk alongside supported staff members including the provision of appropriate supports and career development.
  • Evidence of ability to create and maintain a fun and supportive workplace environment;
  • Knowledge and experience providing individual and/or group support to assist people with mental illnesses to achieve personal goals
  • Ability to work collaboratively across multiple program areas to build strong relationships and achieve results;
  • Willingness to learn from mistakes and take a solutions-focused approach to overcoming barriers;
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Passion to make a positive impact in the community and a willingness to work within the Wayside Chapel ethos, support its values and advance its mission;
  • Willingness to work within and promote the importance of Wayside’s WHS policies and procedures.

For full details about the application process, please download the full job information pack here. Applications will be accepted until 9am on Wednesday 26 April 2017.

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