Practice Lead (Family Preservation and Reunification)
The position is one of eight Practice Lead roles funded by DFFH to support practice development and implementation throughout the initiative. The role will work closely with DFFH and the Centre for Evidence and Implementation (CEI) team to develop and deliver training and coaching to the successful community service organisations in one of the four DFFH Divisions.
The Practice Lead role will undertake a diverse range of activities that result in the effective implementation of the Family Preservation and Reunification, including but not limited to:
- Undertaking the necessary training, including with CEI, to be able to support the Team Leaders and practitioners to work with service users
- Engaging with local services, assessing and developing practice capability at sites, and building on existing practice to refine and target the training
- Working with sites to tailor and adapt practice modules as required
- Mentoring ‘champions’ and developing implementation leadership
- Assisting in establishing, monitoring and revising quality assurance processes, including the collection of fidelity data and implementation data and the establishment of monitoring systems
- Observing, analysing and reporting on program adherence processes and measures and troubleshoot any problems
- Assisting in designing and delivering other implementation support activities as needed
- Supporting the development and maintenance of strong stakeholder relationships
- Undertaking other work related to this role, as required, that contributes to the effective implementation of the Family Preservation and Reunification initiative as required
- Work collaboratively with CEI, DFFH and other external stakeholders to make sure all Centre deliverables are on time, within scope and within budget.
- Work collaboratively with other Practice Leads in the Implementation and Practice Support team and share emerging findings and issues with Evaluation, Research and Practice Hub colleagues
- Provide input into all areas of the initiative for which the Centre is responsible as appropriate.
Key Selection Criteria
The successful applicant will have:
- A strong commitment to the development and dissemination of evidence-informed practice
- Experience providing community-based or home-based service delivery using evidence-informed approaches, practices and models
- Sound understanding of the community services and not-for-profit sector
- An understanding of program and service implementation and the challenges of service delivery
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders, including researchers, government, practitioners and people with lived experience
- Skills in facilitating professional development and/or training events
- High-level written and verbal skills, and ability to prepare high quality documents (such as correspondence, reports and presentations)
- Demonstrated experience and ability to carry out project work and deliver high quality outcomes within very tight time frames
- Strong IT skills, including a sound working knowledge of the Microsoft suite of programs, and IT platforms appropriate to training and engaging remotely
- Capacity to establish priorities, set and maintain deadlines and use initiative.
- Understanding of implementation science approaches and frameworks or demonstrated capacity to acquire this.
- A relevant tertiary qualification
- A relevant qualification within the community services sector and/or experience
Conditional Employment Requirements
- Satisfactory National Police Check
- Satisfactory Working with Children check
- Driver’s licence (desirable)