Specialist Case Manager - Rivergum Residential Treatment Centre | Western - Ararat

Specialist Case Manager - Rivergum Residential Treatment Centre

Application Close Date: 23-Nov-2018
Western - Ararat
Community Corrections
Position Type:
Ongoing - full time
$82,574 - $93,689
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Use best practice case management in working with complex sexual and violent offenders as a specialist case manager with Corrections Victoria. 

  • Join Rivergum, a new cutting edge offender treatment facility near Ararat
  • Aid offenders with therapeutic rehabilitation as they potentially prepare for release
  • Earn $82,574 - $93,689 per year, with great benefits and conditions

Introducing ‘Rivergum'

The Rivergum Residential Treatment Centre (Rivergum) is a new facility that will deliver short-term, intensive treatment and interventions for up to 20 offenders on supervision orders. Rivergum is a secure, therapeutic environment and forms part of Victoria's Post Sentence Detention and Supervision Scheme – a civil, non-punitive scheme which has been in operation since 2005. Offenders subject to a supervision order are not undergoing a sentence and are not in custody.

Located near the rural town of Ararat, Rivergum will have a strong focus on building collaborative relationships that both motivate and hold residents accountable for their actions. Residents will be supported in continuing their rehabilitation through the delivery of intensive treatment and interventions, provided by a multi-disciplinary team made up of clinicians, case workers, case managers, activities coordinators and more. To learn more about Rivergum, click here.

The facility is operated by the Department of Justice and Regulation, which is one arm of the Victorian State Government, a recognised top employer of choice nationally. All of our staff work to the vision of a safe, just, innovative and thriving Victoria.

About the role
Specialist case managers (SCMs) are responsible for delivering high quality case management to a caseload of sex and violent offenders under correctional supervision, some of whom have a high public profile. SCMs will be responsible for ensuring that the nature of serious offender management aligns with best practice initiatives, including managing offenders using strengths-based case management approaches and dynamic risk assessment in line with Corrections Victoria's Offender Management Framework.
The SCM will work closely with specialist case workers and clinicians to identify ways to promote residents' participation and engagement in both formal and informal processes and activities, and promote a culture where staff and residents are motivated to create and maintain a beneficial therapeutic environment.

What will a specialist case manager do?

  • Effectively manage a caseload of complex, serious violent and sex offenders who are subject to post-sentence supervision orders in partnership with a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians and specialist case workers.
  • Source and plan support service systems and training opportunities for serious violent and sex offenders.
  • Identify service gaps for offenders and assist in the development of systems or agreements that aim to fill such gaps and report against the development of local initiatives and service plans.
  • Prepare and co-ordinate high quality reports to external and internal stakeholders, including complex correspondence and briefings to the Secretary, the Commissioner, Criminal Justice Agencies, Corrections Victoria staff and members of the public.
  • Mentor and provide professional and expert advice, coaching and role modelling for non-clinical staff who supervise offenders including the facilitation of location based offender case management.

What values and skills should you have?

  • A knowledge of best practice case management frameworks and theoretical concepts to reduce risk and maximise individual outcomes.
  • Environmental scanning – consults widely to gain knowledge of underlying factors and issues affecting the operating environment and acts on this knowledge to effectively address problems.
  • Interpersonal Skills – builds strong relationships and develops an understanding of others in order to motivate them and confidently address conflict situations. 
  • Influence and Negotiation – gains respect from stakeholders, based on expertise, using effective negotiation techniques to motivate others and plan, negotiate and implement projects based on underlying trust in order to achieve objectives.  
  • Decisiveness – uses available information and exercises good judgment to make sound, timely and well-informed decisions.   

A relevant qualification in social work, psychology or a related human services discipline is preferred, with a qualification in criminal justice or criminology highly regarded.

For more information on what is involved in this role, please read through the position description attached to this job listing.

What's in it for you

The major reward of taking on this important role will be seeing the positive impact of your hard work up-close. You will be joining Rivergum at its birth, and will influence the path this exciting new facility will take. There are many other advantages in working for the Department of Justice at large, as well, including:

  • A fair salary – enjoy great work conditions and salary sacrificing options.
  • Transparent performance framework - approach your work with confidence in how you're tracking.
  • Generous leave entitlements – including provisions for many forms of leave; including personal, parental, carers, study, cultural, compassionate and sick leave.
  • Savings on private health insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program support – you are encouraged to use this short-term, confidential counselling service if you're experiencing emotional stress, relationship problems, conflict with others or personal issues.
  • The social club – option to join this lively group, which gives you access to discounted gift cards, films, travel and online shopping.

If you have any further queries, please contact Patrick Wren on (03) 86848176.

Considering a move to Ararat?

Ararat is set in a beautiful part of the world and has a little something for all comers – from stunning scenery and top notch wineries, to great schools and museums.

The township kicked off in the glory days of the gold rush, but the more recent arrival of new working residents has given Ararat a fresh vibrancy and solidified the strong sense of community. Have a quick read of our profile on Ararat right here to learn why it's such a great place to live when you're working in corrections.

Applications will be regularly reviewed up until the closing date, so please do not delay in submitting your application.


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