Team Leader Farm Stay

  • A unique new respite service
  • Mount Barker location

About Cara's Farm Stay service

The first of its kind in South Australia, the Farm Stay service provides young adults aged between 18 and 30 living with disability the opportunity to immerse themselves in the country living experience. It provides a unique respite program in a peaceful country setting in the Adelaide Hills, allowing families living locally the chance to have a much needed break. It also creates opportunity for young people with disability to connect with new people, experiences and places.

Team Leader role

An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced and highly motivated person to provide frontline leadership of this innovative respite service. You will establish and lead a team of staff and volunteers in supporting young adults to holistically meet their needs, enhance their independence, consider their abilities, and to improve their community participation and quality of life.

Additionally your ability to manage a 2.5 acre property with new housing and facilities where you will be accountable for regulatory and land management, property maintenance and animal care will ensure your success in this role.


  • Certificate IV in Community Services (Disability), essential or
  • Equivalent qualification

The ideal applicant will have:

Knowledge and experience working with individuals who have an intellectual and/or physical disability, along with experience in small hectare property maintenance and companion animal care is essential.  A willingness to work with volunteers and community groups and welcome community support is desirable.

You must be available to work outside of ordinary business hours.

Salary package

Base salary is $43,492- $45,705 p.a. pro-rata plus relevant shift penalties, superannuation and exceptional PBI salary packaging benefits.

How to apply

Please apply by sending your resume and written application addressing the essential position criteria of the position description, via the Seek website.

Please direct enquiries to, Robyn Moss, Respite Services Manager, on (08) 8347 4588.

Applications close on Monday 21 April 2014. To find out more about one of the many Cara families who hope to use the Farm Stay service, please click here.

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

Program Coordinator – Weekend Kids Club

  • 0.5 FTE or above

Kids Club gives young people living with disability the opportunity to enjoy an active break during the weekend, as well as give families some much needed respite.

As part of our energetic team, your role would include leading a group to provide support in a consistent way with the use of structured respite plans and programs. This includes supporting young people living with disability to participate in various activities which contribute to their ability to make friends and further develop their social and independent living skills. You'll enjoy supporting clients to be active in play and to help develop skills through tailored activities and experiences in a group setting.

Our Kids Club program is currently based in Thebarton but as supply meets demand we envisage a growing number of locations that Cara will offer this unique support for children with a disability.

To apply for this Program Coordinator position it is essential that you have the following prerequisites:

  • Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education or Bachelor of Education (Special Education) or equivalent.
  • A recent satisfactory Police check (within the last 6 months).
  • Child Safe Environment training
  • A current Apply First Aid Certificate.
  • Flexibility, creativity, enthusiasm and commitment.

This role ideally suits a special education teacher or developmental educator passionate about the disability sector and who is familiar with the support needs and developmental milestones of children with complex behaviours of concern.

Please apply by forwarding a covering letter and resume addressing the selection criteria outlined in the position description. Please click here to view the ad on the Seek website.

For all enquiries, please contact Todd Williams, Executive Manager Respite and Client Services on (08) 8347 4588. Applications close Friday 4 April 2014.

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.


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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