MATES in Construction Queensland has a fantastic opportunity for a robust, adaptable and relatable individual to do the pioneering work to establish this program in the NT.
You will need a social work background and experience in working with a male dominated workforce and particularly a blue-collar workforce. This role will positively impact the mental health of the blue-collar workforce in the NT.
This role is ideally suited to someone who is passionate about reducing suicides in our construction, energy and mining workforce. This experienced professional will be passionate about improving the mental health and wellbeing of employees in the workplace through the delivery of the MATES program on sites. They will also provide a referral-based case management service to individuals who are doing it tough and may need to access additional support.
The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include:
• Promoting and delivering the MATES program across the Construction, Mining and Energy sites.
• Training and educating workers on site in suicide prevention and support.
• Through developing networks with NT service providers, you will support workers who are struggling by referring and connecting them to appropriate services.
• Establishing and maintaining key relationships with workers and appropriate stakeholders at various job sites around the NT.
• Establish and maintain relationship with key industry stakeholders including companies, associations, unions, government, mental health networks and service providers.
• You will have an understanding and ability to work within a strength-based approach using a brief intervention model.
• Encourage, educate and train the workforce to identify and refer colleagues who may require support or assistance.
• Collect and maintain confidential data and case management statistics.
• Build and maintain a case management database.
• Oversee the quality, responsiveness and availability of services provided by external contractors providing services to the industry (counselling, financial counselling etc.).
• Working independently and autonomously to service the NT whilst working collegially and collaboratively as a member of a national team.
Please note, the successful candidate will be required to travel across the Territory to help support and service the broad clients and workforce that Mates in Construction support. There will also be occasional travel interstate (predominately Qld) for professional development and collegial support.
The role requires an open driver’s licence and the ability to work flexible hours on remote sites across the Northern Territory as needed.
• Salary of $81,591.02. Salary increases by 2% on 1 July each year.
• 38-hour working week with one RDO per month.
• 13.5% Superannuation paid into the Building Unions Superannuation scheme.
• 5 weeks annual leave with loading.
• $2500 per annum personal allowance – this allowance can be used for benefits such as self-education, car parking, airline lounge membership etc.
• Income protection insurance and travel insurance while working for MATES in Construction.
• Travel allowance for any overnight travel associated with delivering the program.
A degree in Social Work or equivalent or alternatively, significant demonstrated experience in a similar role delivering and training workforce in suicide prevention and support or mental health training.
2. Suicide Prevention training
Experience in educating workforce and delivering training and workshops to large groups of workers in a variety of environments and circumstances.
3. Communication and Relationship Building Skills
Highly developed communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills, including the ability to build relationships in an effective and sensitive manner with mental health service providers, workers and employers in the construction industry, particularly workers who are at times experiencing significant levels of distress.
4. Field Officer Experience
Experience in a Field Officer or similar role, including establishing networks with service providers, building relationships with workers and increasing general awareness of mental health.
5. Case Management Experience
Experience in a Case Management or similar role, including developing brief-intervention plans that help support the needs and requirements of workers and connect them with appropriate service providers.
6. Organisation Skills
Demonstrated ability to work autonomously, independently and flexibly within a large national team, including manage workloads, set goals and establish priorities to ensure deadlines and commitments are met.
1. Experience working in Construction, Mining and Energy industries in a social work, counselling or mental health referral-based role.
2. ASIST or Connector trained.