Jobs

Community Support Workers

Cara is seeking qualified and motivated Community Support Workers to support individuals living with disability to achieve quality lifestyle outcomes in their homes and the community.

Ideally you will have:

  • Proven experience working with people with a disability
  • The ability to work flexible hours including split shifts 6.30-9.30am, 3-10pm, sleepovers and weekends
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • A positive energetic approach towards your work.

Cara offers staff development and ongoing training in a supportive working environment with excellent Salary Packaging options. People with the right attitude and experience will be able to obtain their Certificate 3 in Disability  while working as part of a committed team.

Successful applicants will be required to have:

  • Apply First Aid Certificate
  • A satisfactory DCSI Police Check issued within the last 12 months
  • A current Class C South Australian Driver’s licence
  • A Certificate 3 in Disability or equivalent
  • The ability to pass a medical assessment that deems fitness for work.

Our preference is that you have the above pre-requisites however applicants with the right attitude and experience will be able to obtain their Certificate 3 in Disability while working as part of a committed team.

For further information, please contact our recruitment team via email, at recruitment@cara.org.au

Why work at Cara?

Cara is a great place to work where people are inspired to be the best they can be.

From choosing career goals to setting personal goals, all Cara employees have the resources, benefits and support to accommodate their lifestyle. Our goal is to continue to be an employer of choice, who is able to provide a number of tangible benefits.

The Cara spirit

At Cara, there is one thing that we all have in common: passion. From your first day with us, you will notice a culture where our employees are genuinely committed to living by our values.

You will enjoy an innovative environment, where support is always close at hand and great opportunities inspire us to grow. Our Strategic Plan shows that we are constantly developing learning opportunities and anticipating the skills and resources we will need to meet our future demands.

Cara’s success requires the vision, innovation and passion of all of our employees. We are proud of a place that embraces everyone’s unique abilities.

A career at Cara is a one of a kind experience. It’s more than working for a leading organisation in the disability field – it’s an opportunity to be a part of something that impacts the community. We offer you not only the chance to build a successful career, but also the opportunity to make a difference.

Training

Our employees are our greatest assets. Bringing out the best in our employees takes a commitment to development. It’s what grows our organisation, but most importantly, it’s what’s essential to your career.

We provide on the job training to our employees across areas including manual handling, health support, individualised induction and support from a team of training professionals who can teach you more about communication, advocacy, positive behavioural support, and other learning opportunities. You will also have external and online training opportunities that are relevant to the service you are based at.

Staff also have study leave entitlements when undertaking relevant external opportunities. Some study options give employees better opportunities for internal promotion.

Leave entitlements

We emphasise the importance of work/life balance, understanding that being committed includes valuing our personal time and a much needed break every now and then.

Permanent staff rostered to work over seven days per week are entitled to five weeks annual leave with pay after twelve months of continuous service. Employees are also entitled to long service leave, personal leave, sick leave, carers leave, parental leave, compassionate leave, and community service leave.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Cara understands the value of both the professional and personal wellbeing of our employees.

The EAP is a professional, confidential counselling service for staff, paid for by Cara. Providing short term, solution focused counselling, the service is also able to provide a referral to other professionals or agencies if longer term or more specific assistance is needed.

24 hour on call back up support

Cara places great importance on the safety of both individuals living with disability who are supported in our services, as well as the safety of employees. A 24 hour on call system exists for employees who require immediate support while working a shift.

Salary packaging

Cara’s salary packaging enables employees to gain $16,050 tax free dollars per financial year. This equates to, on average, an increase in your take home pay of up to 14 per cent. You can use these savings in many unique ways!

How to apply

1.       Go to Seek and search for Cara jobs.

2.       Read the advertisement and view the video material provided (if any) to determine if this role is for you. Each Cara service is different, and it’s worth spending time to see if each role works for you.

3.       Write a brief cover letter outlining your skills and experience relating to the responsibilities and competencies of the position description.

4.       Attach your Curriculum Vitae with at least two recent professional referees who can provide details about your work performance.

Cara makes every effort to ensure quality recruitment practices based on merit are applied, so that employment opportunities are made available to people with the right skills and knowledge to competently perform a job. All applications are considered and Cara remains committed to employing the most suitable people to do the best job possible for the people we support that are living with disability.

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