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Service Manager - Groote Eylandt Men’s Alternative to Custody Program

Having provided several residential rehabilitation programs that have effectively reduced recidivism and had a positive impact on the communities they operate in, DASA is excited to be part of this new project in conjunction with the NT Government and Anindilyakwa people, working to establish and operate a residential rehabilitation centre as an Alternative To Custody (ATC) on Groote Eylandt.

DASA has been chosen to run this program based on the success of our Women's ATC program in Alice Springs. 20 women completed the program during an evaluation period, 16 completed their corrections order and have not returned to custody, while three of the four who have reoffended show a reduction in their offending. In comparison, women who completed their sentences in prison have a reoffending rate of 60%.

This project will be a 32-bed rehabilitation facility designed as an alternative to incarceration for men, providing programs to help them with their substance use and underlying issues and provide trauma-informed practice support for them to rehabilitate. This six-month program aims to help these men gain the tools needed to prevent recidivism and encourage their productive participation in their communities. As this role is an initial 12-month contract, you will see the impacts and effects this program has on initial participants and the community.

The Anindilyakwa community is very involved in their own justice system, and this project will work closely with local community members, as well as the Anindilyakwa Community Justice Group, to ensure any and all programs are culturally informed and appropriate.

As the Service Manager, you will be part of the DASA team and will be responsible for the full set-up and operation of this service, reporting to our Deputy CEO and CEO based in Alice Springs. This role is an initial 12-month fixed-term contract with the ability to extend, dependent on funding.

One of the most important parts of this role will be your relationship-building with local community groups, including the Anindilyakwa Community Justice Group, to tailor the program to best support the community's needs and connect people to their culture.

While you will be based full-time on Groote Eylandt, you will have the opportunity to travel to Alice Springs to collaborate with our wider team, and our Deputy CEO will spend time with you on Groote Eylandt to ensure you are connected with our wider DASA community.

Our Service Manager will lead the team, including case managers, support workers, cultural advisors, maintenance workers, and caretakers. Some of these staff will come from other DASA programs, and others will be recruited by you from the local community and wider.

Responsibilities include:

  • Hiring staff, including former program members, across all levels of roles;
  • Facilities management, including initial fit out of resident accommodation and common areas;
  • Providing culturally appropriate and trauma-informed services at all times;
  • Managing a small and diverse team;
  • Collaborating with local community and community groups;
  • Working alongside government departments, courts, justice departments; and
  • Reporting to the DASA head office and collaborating with the team on a regular basis.

For a full position description, please click here.

This is a dynamic and diverse role where you will help run the service’s programs and may find yourself speaking with government representatives in their office one day, outside in the community, or with the clients on another.

Listening to the community will be one of the most important parts of your role, and you will need to make changes and adjustments to ensure the program runs effectively for the community that it is in.

The Benefits 

When you join DASA, you will have the opportunity to spearhead a new program in a new location. For this, you will receive an attractive salary circa $120,000 PLUS super, plus great benefits.

Benefits include:

  • $15,900 salary sacrificing PLUS remote area benefits
  • 6 weeks annual leave
  • Relocation assistance
  • 4 paid mental health days in addition to sick/personal leave
  • Be part of our supportive DASA community
  • Opportunities for progression and work on other projects

Best of all, as this is a one-year contract, you will have the opportunity to see first-hand the impact your work makes on this community.

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