Chief Social Worker


The iThemba rape and trauma support centre is a nonprofit organisation, dedicated to offering comprehensive care for the survivors of traumatic events, as well as their family and friends. This care includes counseling, treatment for physical trauma, prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases and the careful gathering of forensic evidence.

The iThemba rape and trauma support centre seeks to appoint Chief Social Worker to be based in Johannesburg.

Employment Type: Fixed Term Contract

Start Date:15 December 2020 until 30 April 2021.

Manage all staff at the Braamfontein Centre (20) and Social Workers of the Benoni VEP and Benoni VEC.

The purpose of this Chief Social Worker position is to provide supervision and professional guidance to the iThemba Social Workers in the VEP and VEC services.Manage all staff at the Braamfontein Centre (20) and Social Workers of the Benoni VEP and Benoni VEC.

Develop and execute a practical monthly debriefing schedule for all Social Workers and Social Auxiliary Workers.
Develop and facilitate a plan for the growth and development of professional staff in the field of Victim Empowerment services.
Implement a monthly Social Work Departmental meeting that encourages cross pollination of experience and ideas in iThemba.
Must have a degree in Social Work, obtained from a recognised and registered university.
Be registered as a social worker at the SACSSP.
Have a minimum of five (5) years chief social work experience. Supervisory experience large teams will be an advantage.
Must not have a criminal record or pending disciplinary procedures.
Be trustworthy and have the values of honesty and care.
The candidate needs to have demonstrable skills in organising, planning, implementing social work activities and leading professional staff.
Takes full accountability for the performance of Social Work department.
Display effective decision-making ability.
Be able to read, write and speak English fluently.
Be in the possession of a valid driver’s licence and must be able to drive competently.
Travel between all 10 centres is essential.
Client casework management
Supervision and debriefing of all social work staff
Identifying, Planning and coordinating training programmes
Generating monthly reports to DSD, DCS and the board
Planning community-based outreach
Serving as an ex-officio board member
Serving as an Executive Committee member
Serving as a brand ambassador at all events
Petty Cash management
Attend DSD and DCS sponsored training and workshops
Send your application with the necessary attachments – CV, certified copies of your qualification/s, identity document, drivers licence, proof of payment and registration with SACSSP to [email protected]

Should you not hear from us by 15 December 2020, please consider your application unsuccessful.

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