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Organization: Guide Dogs WA
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Job Type: Full time
Deadline: November 29, 2021

Job Description

Contact at organisation: Deborah Phillips, Guide Dogs WA

Phone: 0401 189 153

Email: careers@visability.com.au

The beautiful dogs in our program do so much more than help people who are vision impaired to navigate the world around them. They do more than settle and calm a child living with autism, or someone struggling with trauma or illness.

They give the gift of independence and confidence to their handlers. They bring joy and companionship, hope and opportunity, not only to the people whose lives they are changing, but also to their families. Check out Tegan and Louis’s story in the video below, our youngest ever Guide Dog user!

We are working to meet the growing local demand for not only Guide Dogs, but also Autism Assistance Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Dementia Dogs, Court Dogs, and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) Dogs who we know, make life- changing differences to those in our local communities living with low vision, disability and illness.

An integral part of this services is our committed and hugely valued Volunteer Team.

The Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for the effective engagement, recruitment, integration and induction of volunteers for the WA Guide Dog breeding and training programs. The role will work closely with the Puppy raising team, Guide Dog trainers, Instructors and Program Managers to ensure a consistent supply of volunteers to meet growing demand.

In conjunction with People and Culture, Marketing and all Guide Dog Services, key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Leading and managing the ongoing volunteer recruitment needs for all Guide Dog programs.
  • Creating a Volunteer recruitment strategy to ensure an adequate pipeline of volunteers for all Guide Dog programs.
  • Ensuring the Volunteer team remains skilled, valued and engaged.
  • Providing ongoing support for volunteers including providing a consistent touchpoint for the volunteers of Guide Dog programs.
  • Coordinate, develop and deliver an ongoing training and development calendar for Volunteers.
  • Manage the Health, Safety and Wellbeing of all Volunteers.
  • Maintain systems to record, track and evaluate the use of Volunteers within different roles.

How to Apply

To be considered you will need:

  • Demonstrated experience in volunteer management including experience in volunteer recruitment and retention strategies.
  • Demonstrated experience in training and supervising a team of volunteers.
  • Well-developed public speaking skills.
  • Proven highly developed organisational and time management skills.
  • Excellent record management and general office administration including proficiency in MS office or similar software and experience using databases.
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience and or skills in training and development.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and sound ability to solve complex problems.
  • Strong time-management skills and ability to prioritise.
  • Proven ability to work well within a team, as well as independently.
  • Exceptional presentation, interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Be an Australian Resident or eligible to work in Australia.
  • Hold a valid driver’s license.
  • Be willing to obtain a National Police Check and NDIS workers screening check.

We encourage people with disability and of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background to apply. Everyone is welcome, as we are an inclusive and diverse workplace. EverAbility assesses all applications based on merit. Should a suitable candidate be identified, EverAbility reserves the right to close this recruitment process prior to the advertised date.

To apply, email careers@visability.com.au with a covering letter and resume attached.

If you enjoy variety in your work, where no day is the same, then this is the role for you! Feel rewarded by purpose in your work as you help people living with disability and developmental delay to achieve independence and inclusion. Be challenged by the work you do in this dynamic and changing environment. We have a number of professionals in diverse roles with expertise in their field. Learn and expand your knowledge in this specialised area.

You will also benefit from:

  • Generous Salary Packaging arrangements up to $15,800.
  • Company laptop and mobile phone provided.
  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Access to Training and Professional Development opportunities.
  • 3 additional days of paid leave as a gift to you over the Christmas / New Year period.
  • Free use of our onsite gym and discounted fitness programs.
  • An Employee Assistance Program offering external counselling and support services to you and your family.
  • Free on-site parking and close to public transport (across the road from Victoria Park Train Station).
  • Subsidised annual flu shots.
  • Dogs in the office everyday!