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EL1 Assistant Director- Mental Health & Wellbeing Services


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This highly regarded federal government service is responsible for the delivery of mental health services for veteran and defence force communities and their families. You will be working as part of an Australian wide team who provide counselling, telephone support and case management to individuals. You would be joining a large team of highly professional specialist staff, within a supportive environment which provides clinical supervision, peer and management support.

Your new role:

In accordance with the principles of workplace diversity, Assistant Director Community and Peer Program - Families is responsible to the National Director Community and Peer Program for these duties:

  1. Identify as a person with lived experience of military family life and of mental health recovery (which may include as a relative/ carer of a Veteran with a history of mental health issues ) for the purpose s of leading program development, service improvement and stakeholder engagement activities
  2. Take a lead role in informing the continuous improvement of service delivery for families of current and ex-serving ADF personnel including through research, design, implementation and evaluation of family-focused projects and with a dedicated focus on the expansion and improvement of the Open Arms Family Peer capability.
  3. Provide leadership of activities that strengthen the integration of lived experience across Open Arms and the broader Department . Provide lived experience advisory input including through membership of key governance committees and advisory forums, and through representing the Department, Open Arms and the Community and Peer Program nationally .
  4. Oversee and contribute to the development of advice, briefings, papers, submissions and correspondence for use in both internal and external decision-making forums.
  5. Provide supervision, mentoring and coaching for direct reports to effectively manage performance and encourage professional growth.
  6. Support an environment that encourages a willingness to adopt participative work place practices in line with policies of WHS, Workplace Diversity and the Australian Public Service values, Employment Principles and the APS Code of Conduct

What you'll need to succeed:

The mandatory requirement for this position is a lived experience of military family life & of mental health issues, which may include as a relative/carer of an ex-ADF member with a history of mental health issues. Ability to respectfully and effectively utilise this experience to mentor and support others, to engage with internal & external stakeholders and to inform service development and improvement activities is essential.

The ideal candidate will be highly experienced in leading teams; bring skills & experience in the implementation of programs, projects, practice change or continuous improvement agendas ; strong demonstrated capacity to engage strategically with stakeholders from a range of personal and professional backgrounds;This position also requires eligibility & a willingness to obtain a Working with Children Check or equivalent.

1. Previous experience providing support in the MH sector
2. A tertiary qualification or equivalent experience in MH
3. Previous experience in MH peer work.
4. Leadership of a lived experience or peer workforce.
5. Experience working in the APS

What you need to do now

If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV.

Linda McGovern
E: linda.mcgovern@hays.com.au, using the subject line: EL1 Assistant Director- Mental Health & Wellbeing Services enquiry via EthicalJobs
SA Licence number : LHS 297508

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