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Assistance Dogs Instructor

Purpose of position

The key purpose of this position is to provide Assistance Dog services to meet client’s needs, consistent with the Assistance Dog international federation and the standards, policies, procedures and values set by Assistance Dogs Australia (ADA), contribute to the successful operations of ADA and support/provide initiatives for the future plans of the Organisation moving forward.

Context

Assistance Dogs Australia is Australia’s main national provider of Assistance Dogs, for clients with mobility needs, people living with autism, PTSD and Educational  Support Dogs.

Assistance Dogs Australia is growing its client services provisions across the country. This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic, experienced Instructor to be a part of our client focussed, vibrant, multidisciplinary and innovative team culture. Using positive training techniques with our beautiful dogs, we provide high quality Assistance Dogs to improve the quality of life of many individuals, families and communities.

Principle responsibilities

  • Train clients in the use and care of their selected Assistance Dog.
  • Assess clients and dogs
  • Support dogs up to matching standards
  • Provide ongoing support and education/training of Assistance Dog teams.
  • Work in close collaboration with marketing, volunteers, other external bodies to implement change that enables Assistance Dogs Australia to deliver on the strategic plan with a focus on continuous quality improvement, team up skilling, agility, and Organisational growth.
  • Oversee caseloads and support the team/volunteers and individuals by building capability through coaching and mentoring.
  • Support the General Manager of Operations to develop a strength-based collaborative culture where staff and volunteers can maximise their effectiveness and efficiency, and develop/ deliver quality person-centred services in an individualised funding environment.
  • Contribute to team meetings including staff, Instructor team, professional development and Operations meetings.
  • Contribute to and lead (as required) assistance Dogs continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Undertake projects as required.
  • Ensure records and databases are maintained.
  • Participate in community education and public relations, activities as required in order to increase community awareness of Assistance Dogs Australia.
  • Maintain a safe workplace by ensuring staff, volunteers and clients receive adequate information, training and Instruction on WHS.

Key Performance Indicators

Key performance indicators will be clearly defined through the performance planning process.

Essential Job Competencies

  • Qualified Instructor with a school recognised by Assistance Dogs International and/or International Guide Dog Federation
  • Minimal five years’ experience as an Instructor.
  • Ability to meet the physical demands required of this role.
  • Excellent dog handling skills.
  • Excellent client management skills.
  • Well-developed written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Presentation and training skills.
  • Strong staff training, coaching and mentoring skills.
  • Good computer literacy skills, Microsoft applications and experience with relevant data bases.
  • Current drivers licence and ability to travel independently.

Please send your CV and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria to: info@assistancedogs.org.au with the subject line; Assistance Dogs Instructor.

Assistance Dogs Senior Instructor

Purpose of position

The key purpose of this position is to provide Assistance Dog services to meet client’s needs, consistent with the Assistance Dog international federation and the standards, policies, procedures and values set by Assistance Dogs Australia (ADA), contribute to the successful operations of ADA and support/provide initiatives for the future plans of the Organisation moving forward.

Context

Assistance Dogs Australia is Australia’s main national provider of Assistance Dogs, for clients with mobility needs, people living with autism, PTSD and Educational Support Dogs.

Assistance Dogs Australia is growing its client services provisions across the country. This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic, experienced Instructor to be a part of our client focussed, vibrant, multidisciplinary and innovative team culture. Using positive training techniques with our beautiful dogs, we provide high quality Assistance Dogs to improve the quality of life of many individuals, families and communities.

Principle responsibilities

  • Train clients in the use and care of their selected Assistance Dog.
  • Assess clients and dogs
  • Support dogs up to matching standards
  • Provide ongoing support and education/training of Assistance Dog teams.
  • Work in close collaboration with marketing, volunteers, other external bodies to implement change that enables Assistance Dogs Australia to deliver on the strategic plan with a focus on continuous quality improvement, team upskilling, agility, and Organisational growth.
  • Oversee caseloads and support the team/volunteers and individuals by building capability through coaching and mentoring.
  • Support the General Manager of Operations to develop a strength-based collaborative culture where staff and volunteers can maximise their effectiveness and efficiency, and develop/ deliver quality person-centred services in an individualised funding environment.
  • Contribute to team meetings including staff, Instructor team, professional development and Operations meetings.
  • Contribute to and lead (as required) assistance Dogs continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Undertake projects as required.
  • Ensure records and databases are maintained.
  • Participate in community education and public relations, activities as required in order to increase community awareness of Assistance Dogs Australia.
  • Maintain a safe workplace by ensuring staff, volunteers and clients receive adequate information, training and Instruction on WHS.

Key Performance Indicators

Key performance indicators will be clearly defined through the performance planning process.

Essential Job Competencies

  • Qualified Instructor with a school recognised by Assistance Dogs International and/or International Guide Dog Federation
  • Minimal ten years’ experience as an Instructor.
  • Ability to meet the physical demands required of this role.
  • Excellent dog handling skills.
  • Excellent client management skills.
  • Well-developed written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Presentation and training skills.
  • Strong staff training, coaching and mentoring skills.
  • Good computer literacy skills, Microsoft applications and experience with relevant data bases.
  • Current drivers licence and ability to travel independently.

Please send your CV and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria to: info@assistancedogs.org.au with the subject line; Assistance Dogs Senior Instructor.