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Community Chaplain (Newcastle)

About Us

For over 30 years Samaritans has been providing unconditional support to many different groups of people. Samaritans core values of compassion, integrity and justice continue to be central to everything we do. Our services support people with a disability, young people, children, families, those escaping domestic violence, and those leaving prison, among others.

Our vision is to build communities where there is care for the vulnerable and where each individual has the opportunity to contribute and participate fully in community life. Behind this vision is a united team made up of over 800 staff members and 400 volunteers who work together throughout Newcastle, Hunter, Central Coast, Mid-Western and the Mid-North Coast regions of NSW.

About the Position

Community Chaplaincy contributes to the protection of society by actively encouraging and assisting people who are exiting prison to safely and successfully reintegrate into society.

As the Community Chaplain (Newcastle) you will assist people exiting prison and their families by providing them with practical, spiritual, and emotional support. You will be part of the post-release team and attend team meetings and required training.

The principal function of the Community Chaplain (Newcastle) is the provision of direct chaplaincy support, with the purpose of mentoring and assisting people existing prison and their families to participate in a positive and constructive way into the wider community. Equally important is the role of educating the wider community about the need for its support and involvement in this ministry.

You will be a key member of the Samaritans post-release team, working closely with other members to deliver a range of coordinated services and participating in staff meetings and training.

This is a permanent part-time (30 hours per week) position based out of our office in Broadmeadow, NSW. Samaritans is willing to negotiate with the successful applicant for the hours to be worked across either 4 or 5 days per week.

The Essentials

  • Licensed for Ministry by the Bishop of Newcastle (for an Anglican Chaplain) or equivalent (for other denominations).
  • Demonstrated experience as a Chaplain who has worked with people who have served time in prison, in either a correctional centre or community
  • Demonstrated experience in helping people explore their spirituality, whether or not they have any religious
  • Demonstrated ability to relate with empathy and build rapport with people regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation, ethnicity, or sexual
  • Basic skills and training in counselling or related area, and a willingness to take up opportunities for further personal
  • Demonstrated empathy in working with vulnerable people and their
  • Full acceptance of Samaritans mission, vision, and values, with particular reference to social justice and support to people on the margins of community
  • Completion of one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), or willingness to complete
  • Specific skills that can be used to develop innovative models of support, for example musicianship (Desirable).
  • Completion of a pre-employment medical, National Criminal History Check, Working with Children Check, and a valid NSW Driver’s License (or willingness to obtain prior to commencement)

Joining Samaritans

Our team are the heart of what we do here at Samaritans. As a part of the Samaritans team, you have access to the following great benefits:

  • Generous salary packaging options
  • Access to Fitness Passport gym membership
  • Payroll giving programs
  • The opportunity to work within an innovative, collaborative team environment
  • Progressive organisation with a focus on advocacy and social justice

Applying with Samaritans

To obtain a copy of the Position Description or obtain further information, please contact stacey.irwin@samaritans.org.au or 0447 190 273.

To apply for this position, please email your application to hr@samaritans.org.au. Please include your cover letter addressing the essential criteria, and your resume.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Thursday 21 March 2019.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia.

No agencies or third-party applications please.