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Working or volunteering for Very Special Kids offers a unique, rewarding and fulfilling opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of children, young people and families facing childhood life-limiting illness. Our circa 100 employees and more than 600 volunteers provide essential, free-of-charge paediatric palliative care services across Victoria.

Culture at Very Special Kids

At Very Special Kids, we cultivate a nurturing and inclusive culture that prioritises the empowerment, support, and safety of our team members as they care for children and families.

We value teamwork, collaboration, and personal growth, creating a positive atmosphere that encourages professional development and wellbeing.

Our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, Aboriginal Australians and varied cultural backgrounds.

Why work at Very Special Kids

Learning and development – we are committed to providing programs and opportunities to develop and maintain a highly skilled workforce, including formal and on the job training, and professional development allowance.

Benefits – employees can access discounted health insurance, wellbeing support, an immunisation program, a very special discounts program and free onsite parking.

Careers – we offer generous study leave and study assistance to all employees, a learning and development allowance and annual performance reviews.

Compensation – as a not-for-profit organisation, all employees are entitled to salary packaging benefits including novated car leasing and generous leave entitlements. Service delivery staff receive added value through their enterprise agreement.

Meet some team members

Meg - family support team leader

Meg has been with Very Special Kids since 2013 and worked with us in the early 2000s. Meg is the Team Leader of our highly professional Family Support Team.

 

Meg has a Bachelor of Science Health from the University of Texas, San Antonio, a Bachelor of Social Work, and a Master of Social Work, both from the University of Melbourne. She is also undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne, researching the lived experiences of bereaved siblings aged 5years to 12years. Her specific areas of practice include grief and bereavement counselling and support, psychosocial support, advocacy, play-based counselling with children, children’s rights, community education and program development.

 

Meg facilitates the Very Special Kids Children’s Advisory Group, where members are responsible for sharing ideas, views, insights, reflections and providing input into the way Very Special Kids supports children within the organisation.

 

Meg is EPEC paediatrics trained and is a member of the International Work Group of Death, Dying and Bereavement.

 

Cat - donor relations lead

Cat joined Very Special Kids in May 2021 after many years working with children’s charities.

 

The former primary school teacher is now part of the team who raise the valuable funds that keeps Very Special Kids open and free to families.  “Knowing that every dollar I am able to raise goes towards the crucial programs and services helping the very special children and families in our care, keeps me motivated.”

 

And on working with Very Special Kids, Cat says: “I feel grateful every single day to work for Very Special Kids – what a very special bunch of people! You’d be hard pressed to find a more rewarding and heart-warming organisation to work for. All our colleagues live and breathe the ethos, and as a result I get to work with such kind, caring and genuine people every day.”

 

Jaffa - very special therapy dog

There is one thing that certainly brightens up a child’s day at Very Special Kids House – and that is when Jaffa makes her way into the room.

 

Jaffa has been with us since February 2021 and is much loved by staff, volunteers and, most importantly, the kids.

 

Jaffa is gentle, calming and highly intuitive. She is trained to help children and young people turn the pages of their books and offers encouragement to initiate movement during their physiotherapy sessions.

 

Many children have fallen asleep with Jaffa by their side, and she has also helped children reluctant to get out of bed and encouraged them to take the leash and walk her up and down the path or onto the front lawn for a game of fetch.

 

Time spent with Jaffa can also be meaningful to a child who is missing their own pet at home, bringing normality to their stay.

 

Jaffa creates a relaxed environment in the hospice, enabling children and young people to feel comfortable, settled and supported. She not only provides physical comfort to assist children in regulating their emotions when adapting to new and unfamiliar situations, but her interventions also provide pure joy.

 

Current vacancies

Campaign and events lead
  • Fixed term part time (up to four days per week)
  • Parental leave replacement
Learn more

This exciting opportunity works closely with the Events Manager to develop and lead delivery of campaigns and peer and peer fundraising strategy.

 

The role is responsible for delivering event campaigns to agreed budget and timings and, will implement strategies to retain past participants and acquire new participants and corporates for Very Special Kids events.

 

Click here for position description.

 

Applications are open until Friday 5 July. Please include a cover letter, addressing the key selection criteria and an updated copy of your resume via jobs@vsk.org.au. We will review applications as they are received.