Job vacancy: Support Coordinator, Auckland

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Do you want to be part of an organisation that truly makes a difference in your community?

Sweet Louise is looking for a motivated, committed, compassionate individual to join our team in Auckland as part of the coordinator network.

About us

Sweet Louise is the only charitable organisation in New Zealand dedicated to supporting women and men living with incurable breast cancer. We are here to help those living with incurable breast cancer to live as well as they can for as long as possible. Sweet Louise does this by providing practical, emotional, social and financial support to its members. A Sweet Louise member is someone living with incurable breast cancer. Membership is free as is the ongoing support and services on offer through Sweet Louise services. The coordinators play a vital role in ensuring members access appropriate information and support them and their families to navigate the breadth of services available.

About the role

You will be an integral part of the Sweet Louise service and provide ongoing information and support to help improve the quality of life of those living with incurable breast cancer. The job of Support Coordinator includes being the liaison person for our members, helping them to access our services and navigate their journey. As part of our small, committed team you will have wide ranging responsibilities including building relationships with service providers, a wide range of health care professionals and other support organisations.

The ideal candidate will have a nursing or allied health background. Oncology or palliative care experience is desirable but not necessary. The ability to work autonomously is a must. There is an expectation that you will keep up with current trends and research and access training and education opportunities.

The role is part-time, 20 hours per week (ideally a combination of hours Tuesday to Friday). The role covers central Auckland and some parts of West Auckland. The successful candidate will be required to travel to meet members and health service professionals so must have the means to do so.

Qualifications & Experience

Allied health professional or registered nurse with preferably some exposure to oncology, breast cancer and/or palliative care or experience in a not for profit or health care organisation.

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • To deliver appropriate Sweet Louise services to our members in a caring and effective way
  • To organise and facilitate Member meetings in your region, which may include arranging venues, catering, speakers and transport
  • To manage a caseload of Sweet Louise Members and maintain regular contact, (at least 3 monthly or as indicated by the Member).
  • To provide support, information and signpost members as appropriate to meet the needs of the member
  • To establish and maintain relationships with relevant external healthcare professionals and agencies including providers of services for breast cancer patients such as government agencies and social service providers
  • To keep up to date with and share new developments in breast cancer care, treatment and support networks with Members and the Sweet Louise team.
  • To liaise with current and potential Sweet Louise service providers, volunteers and supporters as appropriate
  • Works as part of a team, ‘hands on’, flexible to take on other admin tasks as requested

Benefits

  • Flexible working hours
  • Home working
  • Four weeks annual leave
  • Paid supervision
  • Opportunity to travel within NZ
  • Training and development opportunities

Full job description

If you think you have what it takes, please email your application to admin@sweetlouise.co.nz

Closing Date for Applications: 9am Monday 19th July 2021

 

Meet our Support Coordinators

Compassion comes first

“Being a Sweet Louise Support Coordinator is no ordinary job,” says Nadine Morton, Support Coordinator for the Auckland region.

“Every day is unique. I have a background in occupational therapy and counselling and this framework helps me to support our members who are living with incurable breast cancer. We help in whatever way a member needs. I don’t always have the answers but I help where I can.”

When we are called to be bridges

Lesley Narayanan is the Sweet Louise Support Coordinator for Canterbury, West Coast, Otago and Southlands regions. Lesley explains more about her role providing practical, emotional and social support for New Zealanders with advanced breast cancer.

“At Sweet Louise, our kaupapa is to promote and enhance well-being for New Zealanders living with advanced breast cancer. We help with social isolation, connect people and let our members know that they are not alone.”