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Community Service Not-For-Profit

The Community Service or Not-For-Profit field operates a little differently than other industries. Sometimes referred to as the "third sector," this field seeks to provide services, aide, awareness and advocacy to disadvantaged populations, community engagement, environmental problems and many other issues of concern. Many not-for-profit organisations fill a need in the society that the government may not have the capacity to address. Organisations have unique mission statements and objectives for the purpose of their work, but most of them should have a dedication to the well-being and betterment of society and its population.

Since community service/not-for-profit organisations do not seek to make profit for themselves, funding is often a constant concern. Community service organisations look for funding by the governments to administer services to the population, or by private foundation grants and corporate social investment programs. Not-for-profits typically only keep enough money to pay employees and account for running costs of its operations. The rest of the funds raised should go towards offering training and services to the community it serves.

Due to the dependency on funding from external investors, the Not-for-Profit industry employs fewer numbers of professionals than other private companies. There are still numerous opportunities for employment, however. Careers in this field typically offer rewards other than financial. The pay scale for professionals compared with other industries is lower, however most individuals interested in careers in this field do it because they are dedicated and passionate about the mission, issue or population they work with. Some professionals may begin their careers working within organisations and eventually start their own private practice which offers greater flexibility and often higher wages.

Community service careers may not seem as competitive as other fields, however, due to funding concerns, organisations can only hire employees that are absolutely necessary to running their services and furthering their objectives. The not-for-profit field also requires highly skilled individuals to administer its programs. Professionals may need to illustrate a dedication to the field by volunteering or interning with particular organisations. Careers include positions working directly with patients or clients such as counsellors, case managers, rehabilitation drug treatment workers and residential care workers. Some of these positions require advanced degrees in counselling or social work areas. Other careers in the field include administration needs such as developing and evaluating programs and their impact in the community, advocacy work promoting laws and practices that benefit the community, and fundraising or development careers raising necessary funds and awareness of programs. While community service organisations do not seek personal profit for their organisation, individuals with business skills and background are also highly valued for their ability to manage the financial circumstances and survival of the organisation.

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Careers in Community service not-for-profit

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker

The aim and objective of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Health workers is to deliver care and health outcomes to individuals or communities. Health care workers will interact with a wide range of people of all ages and will assist, provide and deliver health outcomes to benefit the Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander communities, which includes providing counselling and support.

Carers (Aged and Disabled)

Aged and Disabled Carers perform a variety of tasks and functions in order to assist aged and disabled populations in their daily life. They may assist clients with personal care, household chores, medical support and acting as a companion to them. They should be compassionate, attentive and proactive.

Child and Youth Residential Carers

Child and Youth Residential Carers provide specialized care and supervise the children residing in correctional and childcare facilities or other types of refuges and shelters. They develop and implement programs and activities for the children in the facilities as well as supervise day to day tasks such as proper hygiene routines, eating meals and keeping their areas neat and tidy. Child and Youth Residential Carers must also see to the safety and well-being of the residents and provide emotional support to the children.

Child Care Centre Managers

Child Care Centre Managers perform a host of diverse duties including planning, organising and coordinating programs and activities for the children at their establishment. They also work closely with child carers, parents and other staff members. Specialised Child Care Centre Managers may work in before or after school facilities, day care centres or establishments offering holiday or vacation care for children.

Child Carers

Child Carers perform a variety of tasks and functions in supervising and caring for children in residential households and childcare centres. They should be compassionate, attentive and dedicated to children's development.

Community Arts Workers

Community Arts Workers are vital to the community. They develop strategies and programs to help the people of the area during difficult times. These programs are designed to provide aid for financial, social and economically troubled individuals through education, programs and other important community resources. Community Arts Workers provide a valuable and necessary service to those in the community.

Counsellors

Counsellors work with people to help them through difficult times and advise them on life issues and problem solving strategies. They provide tremendous support to those in need of assistance with emotional, social and relationship problems. Counsellors also advise others on educational, behavioral and vocational issues. They provide a vital service to those in the community seeking to improve their lives and lifestyles.

 

Disabled Carers

Disabled Carers perform a variety of tasks and functions in order to assist disabled populations in their daily life. They may assist clients with personal care, household chores, medical support and acting as a companion to them. They should be compassionate, attentive and proactive.

Health and Welfare Services Managers

Health and Welfare Services Managers perform work that is mostly administrative in nature. These professionals work at a management level to plan, implement, and coordinate various health and welfare programs and services.

Indigenous Health Workers

Indigenous Health Workers provide health care and support to patients in Indigenous communities. They should be culturally sensitive to work with Indigenous populations and have knowledge of health care practices and procedures.

Managers Child Care Centre

Child Care Centre Managers organise and coordinate the activities of child care facilities. They are responsible for not only human resources like staff and clients, but also for physical resources on the centre property.

Ministers of Religion

Ministers of Religion are spiritual leaders tasked with performing the duties ascribed to them by particular religions or faith traditions. They may be responsible for performing services, providing spiritual formation for members of their congregation, acting in social justice or poverty alleviation programs, or liaising with members of the wider community.

Personal Care Assistants

Personal Care Assistants (PCAs), also known as home care aides, caregivers, personal care attendants, etc., are persons who are employed to aid those who are chronically ill, mentally ill, disabled, etc. with their daily living activities, including inside their homes, outside their homes, or both. They assist these individuals with physical mobility, personal needs, and therapeutic care needs.

Personal Care Consultants

Personal Care Consultants (also referred to as Health Care Consultants) have many job duties in accordance with their particular positions. The overall goal of a personal care consultant is to improve hospitals and health care organisations overall care and business performance. They do this by offering suggestions on methods to improve these practices.

Recreation Officers

Recreation Officers, also known as welfare, recreation, and community arts workers, assist individuals and families with financial, emotional, or social difficulties in a variety of ways. They may assess current living situations and environments and offer advice on ways to improve those situations. They also work to secure food, housing, and other social benefits and help with access to job training and education.

 

Recreational Therapists

Recreational Therapists, also known as Diversional Therapists, work with patients to create and implement a plan of recreational action. They work with individuals on recreational and physical activities to support and enhance the physical and psychological well-being of those individuals undergoing some form of health regimen.

Refuge Workers

Refuge Workers, also known as special care workers, work with children and adults in a variety of capacities. They may work with high-risk children who live in residential facilities, group homes, or correctional facilities, or they may provide emotional and psychological support to people who live in refuges.

Social Professionals

Social Professionals are historical research professionals whose work primarily focuses on the study of human behavior as well as social institutions and society as a whole. Additional responsibilities include translating text from one language to another.

Social Workers

Social Workers provide a key function in society as they work to help families, individuals as well as groups address a range of problems. In this capacity, they work to help address social problems and human rights issues. They may be called upon to help very diverse groups of people in a variety of ways. The goal is always to improve the situation of those in need of assistance.

Special Care Workers

Special Care Workers provide supervision to children in childcare facilities, which can include residential childcare situations as well as childcare in correctional facilities, hospitals, offices, factories and other locations. Wherever there is a need for childcare, you will find special care workers.

Welfare Case Workers

Welfare Case Workers, also known as welfare, recreation, and community arts workers, assist individuals and families with financial, emotional, or social difficulties in a variety of ways. They may assess current living situations and environments and offer advice on ways to improve those situations. They also work to secure food, housing, and other social benefits and help with access to job training and education.

Welfare Services Managers

Welfare Services Managers, also known as health services managers, perform work that is mostly administrative in nature. These professionals work at a management level to plan, implement, and coordinate various health and welfare programs and services.

Welfare Support Workers

Welfare Support Workers support individuals and families with emotional, financial, or social difficulties. They may directly help secure housing or food or refer clients to agencies that can provide additional services. They also frequently do larger coordination and management work for welfare agencies.

Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers

Welfare, Recreation, and Community Arts Workers (also known as welfare case workers) assist individuals and families with financial, emotional, or social difficulties in a variety of ways. They may assess current living situations and environments and offer advice on ways to improve those situations. They also work to secure food, housing, and other social benefits and help with access to job training and education.

Professional associations and industry bodies

AusAid 

Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA)

Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF)

Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)

Australian Institute of Welfare & Community Workers

Community and Public Sector Union

Friends of the Earth Australia

The Wilderness Society

Skills and personality

  • Ability to plan and coordinate people, equipment, services and activities
  • Certification and education in specialised programs such as mental health, drug rehabilitation treatment, social services, etc.
  • Compassion and dedication to the population or community issue working with
  • Effective coordination and organisation capabilities
  • Enjoy working with people and promoting individual and societys wellbeing
  • Event planning skills
  • Leadership skills directing activities and events
  • Patience with population working with as well as funding concerns
  • Problem solving and analytical skills providing training and services to the community
  • Strong writing and communication skills