Work for Us

The MJD Foundation partners with and supports Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander families living with Machado Joseph Disease (MJD) and Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 7 (SCA7) to live fulfilling and rewarding lives. We provide specialist supports, engage in research and provide hope for the future. We have staff working for us from a variety of locations, for example in Darwin, Cairns, Sydney, Groote Eylandt, Ngukurr and Alice Springs.

How we work 

‘Our Way’ is a self-determination approach based on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander way of experiencing the world and preferred practices. These include the centrality of family and kinship
relationships, as well as prioritising collective decision-making and place-based responses. To deliver health and disability services effectively in a non-dominant culture displaced for centuries, we find it is critical to prioritise and genuinely value the cultural and social issues that may constitute barriers to accessing these services. This requires a ‘two-way’ approach, where staff members from different cultures (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) work side-by-side and learn from each other, partnering and sharing skills and knowledge to develop solutions tailored to meet the needs of people living with MJD and SCA7 and minimising workforce power imbalances.

Do you want to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal families living with Machado Joseph disease or SCA7?

It is important that you demonstrate that you are self-motivated and that you will take key tasks through to completion. You will have strong interpersonal skills, work well in a team environment and you have the ability to interact effectively and in a culturally appropriate manner. You will build close relationships with inspiring clients and their families. The expertise that you bring to the role may be varied, including skills that you have developed in your previous roles, your life experience as a member of the community and a user of the service system.

What we offer

  • A supportive and inclusive work environment with opportunity to learn;
  • Above award level pay rate for the right person;
  • Tax free fringe benefit up to $15,900 p.a, plus meal entertainment benefit up to $2,650 per annum;
  • 6 weeks annual leave;
  • One day paid wellbeing day and gift;
  • A holistic workplace that offers flexibility.

Vacancies

Grants and Communication Lead

Darwin

Closing date   17 March 2024

The Grants and Communication Lead is a member of an integrated team and has overall responsibility for managing the MJD Foundation’s funding and income generation portfolio, Communications (internal and external) and Branding.

It is important that you demonstrate that you are self-motivated, have a passion for communication and that you take key tasks through to completion. You have strong interpersonal skills and are very organised. You have exceptional communication skills and your IT skills are very strong. We are looking for an organisational talent who is experienced working with (sometimes conflicting) deadlines. A great communicator who knows how to address a range of different audiences. If you are a self-starter with an internal locus of control who enjoys taking initiative and working autonomously, we would love to hear from you.

This is a part-time position for 30 hours per week. Days and hours are flexible, which could mean working during school hours if preferred.

Please have a look at the position description here. For more information you can contact Jacquie Hatt, Chief Operating Officer at Jacquie.hatt@mjd.org.au or 0499 213 350.

If you have the knowledge and experience we are looking for and are excited to join our team, please submit your CV (max 3 pages) and a statement (max 1 page) addressing the selection criteria by Sunday 17 March 2024. Please apply here. We will start interviewing candidates as they apply for the role.

Project Administrator (part time)

Darwin

Closing date   10 March 2024

The Projects Administrator is a member of our Shared Supports team and will assist across the organisation (and externally) to plan and manage various projects and provide administrative assistance. This is a diverse role, as you will be supporting a range of people and projects. We are looking for someone who is well organised and knows how to work with deadlines. If you are self-driven, creative and enjoy taking initiative we would love to hear from you. The types of projects this role might engage in include, but are not limited to, major events (conferences and camps), capital works and software implementation.  

This is a part-time position for 20-24 hours per week. Days and hours are flexible, which could mean working during school hours if preferred.  

 Please have a look at the position description here. For more information you can contact Jacquie Hatt, Chief Operating Officer at Jacquie.hatt@mjd.org.au or 0499 213 350. 

 If you have the knowledge and experience we are looking for and are excited to join our team, please apply here by submitting your CV (max 3 pages) and a statement (max 1 page) addressing the selection criteria by Sunday 10 March 2024. We will start interviewing candidates as they apply for the role. 

 

Community Services Lead, Cairns (fulltime/ 4 days per week)

Cairns

Closing date   21 January 2024

We are currently recruiting for a fulltime (4 days a week will be considered for the right candidate) Community Services Lead to provide our services to MJDF and SCA7 clients and build further relationships as a member and leader of our team in Cairns.

The Community Services Lead (CSL) role comprises leadership, relationship building and stakeholder engagement, education and direct client support for clients and families living with Machado Joseph Disease (MJD) and Spinocerebellar Ataxia 7 (SCA7).

The CSL will work as part of a multidisciplinary team that responds to our clients and their families by delivering holistic person-centred practice. The CSL will be responsible for building relationships with our clients and stakeholders, and for providing education about MJD, SCA7 and what the MJD Foundation can offer. The CSL will provide intensive services and support to clients and families such as assessing client, family and carer needs; planning, co-ordination, information and referral, including of NDIS plans; group work; liaising with and providing access and participation to community groups and services, welfare agencies, and government bodies, so people living with MJD and SCA7 live stronger for longer.

The CSL will be responsible for leading the Community Services team comprising of a Community Services Specialist, Family Support worker and Aboriginal Community Worker and making sure the team has what they need to be able to operate. In addition, the role will provide support to the Management Team across all core activities of the MJD Foundation.

For more information have a look at the position description here or contact Kylie Jackson, Manager Community Services Team at kylie.jackson@mjd.org.au or 0499 330 207.

If you have the knowledge and experience we are looking for and are excited to join our team, please submit your CV (max 3 pages) and a statement (max 1 page) addressing the selection criteria.

 

Community Services Specialist

Darwin

The Community Services Specialist (CSS) will work as part of a multidisciplinary team that responds to our clients and their families by delivering holistic person-centered practice, and working in partnership with families living with MJD, by valuing and respecting MJDF’s ‘our-way’ approach.  By providing flexible and culturally responsive care based on a strong foundation of enduring relationships, we aim to provide families living with MJD specialist care and support, working together to stay stronger for longer.

A central part of the vision of the program is working in partnership with MJDF clients and Aboriginal Community Worker staff to explore opportunities to learn from each other, integrating  knowledge and values to work towards clients’ goals.

The CSS will provide intensive services and support to families such as assessing client, family and carer needs; planning, information and referral; group work; liaising with and providing access and participation to community groups, welfare agencies, and government bodies.

The role is greatly varied in its day to day tasks, and provides hands on support to MJD clients and their families.

In addition, the role will provide support to the senior management team across all core activities of the MJD Foundation (Education, Equipment, Advocacy, Research and Community Services).

Please find the position description here. For more information you can contact Kylie Jackson, Manager Community Services Team, at kylie.jackson@mjd.org.au or 0499 330 207.

How to apply?

If you have the knowledge and experience we are looking for and are excited to join our team, please submit your CV (max 3 pages) and a statement (max 1 page) addressing the selection criteria. You can apply for the role here.

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