Career Opportunities

About the role

As a Linker you will work within the local community to assist people with disability, their families and carers to be valued and active members of their community. This role provides a locally based first point of contact, designed to improve access to, and engagement in, local community utilising formal and informal supports, that facilitate social and economic inclusion of people with disability. 

We currently have a vacancy in the Shoalhaven; based in Nowra. Flexibility to travel within the Southern Region is required. This is a full time (70 hours per fortnight) contract position until 30th June 2018.

About Ability Links

Ability Links NSW (ALNSW) is a new way of supporting people with disability, to link with their local and extended communities, as well as working to promote greater inclusion within communities. ALNSW values and recognises the diversity of NSW communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.

SSI is funded by the NSW Government's Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC) Division of FACS to deliver the ALNSW Program in the ADHC Southern/ Illawarra Shoalhaven, Metro South and Metro North Regions. This Program forms part of the NSW Government's contribution to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Developing and maintaining good working relationships with individuals, families, carers and diverse communities
  • Actively supporting positive partnerships between individuals, families, carers, local organisations (including Aboriginal, ethno-specific, multicultural, faith-based organisations) and the general community to build a more inclusive, welcoming and accessible community
  • Organising and maintaining administrative records
  • Participating in supervision and performance development processes and taking part in regular training and development activities
  • Contributing to team activities and participating in meetings and workshops
  • Working independently in remote locations, including travel throughout the region.

Selection criteria


  • Relevant qualifications and/or equivalent experience in human services or community development
  • Demonstrated understanding of the needs and challenges affecting people with disability and their families/carers; particularly people from diverse backgrounds
  • Awareness and recognition of cultural diversity, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and CALD communities
  • Ability to apply cultural considerations to meet the individual needs of people with disability and their families/carers
  • Knowledge and understanding of person-centred approaches to support people with disability, social inclusion and community development principles
  • Demonstrated ability to work with limited supervision, manage a variety of tasks and display personal drive and integrity
  • Experience or understanding of the benefits of involving people with disability in their local communities
  • Lived experience or awareness of the impact of disability upon individuals, families, carers and the community
  • Willingness to travel and work flexible hours and in a range of locations across areas and regions as required
  • A valid NSW drivers licence


  • Bilingual/bicultural 
  • Experience in the disability sector or a related field
  • Experience working in a not-for-profit community organisation

How to apply

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please email your resume and a cover letter outlining your experience against each selection criteria listed above to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note: only applicants who address the selection criteria will be considered.

The successful candidate must undergo a current National Police Clearance and a Working with Children Check in order to be employed in this role.

SSI adheres to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and workplace health and safety.

Applications close date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

People with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Vision and values

SSI’s vision is to achieve a society that values the diversity of its people and actively provides support to ensure meaningful social and economic participation and to assist individuals and families to reach their potential.

Social Justice

Equity and access to all


Respecting diversity and being non-discriminatory


Caring, empathy and respect for the dignity of others


Co-operation and mutual respect


Dynamic, flexible and responsive service


Professional practices and accountability


Commitment to partnerships and excellence