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Career Advisor - Work and Study Specialist

headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation Ltd
  • Join an award winning service and well recognised national Not for Profit
  • Full-time role, working from home (accepting candidates nationally)
  • Parental leave cover position - contract until June 2022

Tell me about the role

headspace Work and Study is an international first, providing vocational assistance to young people facing barriers to work and study. Support is tailored to a young person's needs using strengths based approaches to help them reach their work and study goals. All support happens online, meaning young people right across Australia can access the service. Based on the Individual Placement and Support model of employment support for people living with mental ill health, the service targets 15-25 year olds who are looking to find, engage or maintain work and/or study.

Work and Study Specialists (Career Advisors) work directly with a caseload of young people providing appointments via web chat, phone, email and video chat. Specialists collaborate with educational institutions, employment agencies and employers to assist young people with identifying opportunities. Stakeholder engagement with referral partners, including headspace centres, to promote service referrals and participation is an important part of the role.

This role works within a small and collaborative team alongside mental health clinicians who work closely with Specialists to provide integrated clinical care. You will deliver vocational interventions aimed at minimising the impact of mental health challenges on a young person's engagement with work and study, building resilience and enabling recovery.

Due to the online and accessible nature of the service, Work and Study Specialists (Career Advisors) work from home or as negotiated. Their knowledge of their community and state/territory is critical for supporting young people and for increasing service awareness and referrals. It also provides integrated connection to local headspace services, other providers and education and employment opportunities.

This is a career opportunity not to be missed for professionals who want to work in an environment that promotes a positive, personalised and strengths based approach to career development, job seeking and educational attainment.

Who are we looking for?

If you have experience providing work, study and career support to young people in your local area, have a comprehensive understanding of the employment landscape, coupled with an ability to actively engage young people with complex needs, then this is an opportunity you won't want to miss.

You will demonstrate exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, along with a proven ability to develop solutions to complex problems and sustain collaborative partnerships with a range of stakeholders within the employment and education service system in your state or territory. As driving service engagement and referrals is an important part of the role, existing networks and sector relationships are of real benefit.

We are currently recruiting for candidates who have strong connections and networks in their area. Anywhere within the state/territory will be considered but you will at times be required to travel locally for stakeholder work and more intermittently to connect with other team mates. Please read further in the finer details for job location details.

The finer details

We offer a flexible and dynamic environment where you have the opportunity to truly make a difference to young Australians. As this service is delivered online and staff work remotely, you will be supported to work from home. As a result, you will need to have access to a safe, professional and confidential work space with reliable internet connection.

This role is offered as a full time position. Applicants may be required to work flexible hours between 7.30 am-7.30pm to ensure all young people can access the service at a time that suits them.

Remuneration is dependent on skills and experience, and includes generous salary packaging opportunities.

Application Process

Click on 'Apply now' to upload your application which must consist of the following to be considered for the role. You are not required to provide individual written responses to the selection criteria.

  1. Your personal details
  2. A 2 minute video introduction (30mb). Directions on the video content are provided below.
  3. Your CV and a cover letter for the position.

Video introduction

You must submit a video introduction to be considered for the role. This is a chance for us to get to know you and understand your passion for the role. Please note; if submitting a video introduction presents any unexpected challenges or impacts your ability to best highlight what you could bring to the role, please contact us to discuss alternative arrangements.

The video must

  • Be no longer than 2 minutes in length with a file size no larger than 30mb (you won't be able to upload it otherwise).
  • Provide a quick overview of why you are interested in this role and what experience you have that makes you the ideal candidate.
  • Provide a quick overview of what you believe are the key issues young people living with mental health challenges can face in reaching their work/study goals, particularly those in your state/territory.
  • Tell us one unexpected skill you'd bring to our team.

To apply please visit our website: https://headspace.org.au/about-us/work-for-us/. Once you see the advertisement, there are links to the PD where you can find the key selection criteria and application instructions. Please note that this position requires you to record a two minute video introduction.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply. The service has dedicated Specialists who work specifically with First Nations young people.

Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received meaning the position may be filled before this date.

For more information please contact Khan Churchill, Work and Study Coordinator at kchurchill@headspace.org.au using the subject line: Career Advisor - Work and Study Specialist enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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