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Policy and Project Officer

Mental Health Australia
  • Excellent opportunity to work with a national not for profit organisation
  • Full-time position to June 2022 (with possible extension)
  • Competitive salary range of $77,000 (FTE), plus super, plus charity salary packaging options
  • Supportive, family-friendly work environment

About us

Mental Health Australia is the peak, national non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector and is committed to achieving better mental health for all Australians.

Mental Health Australia aims to promote mentally healthy communities, educate Australians on mental health issues, influence mental health reform so that government policies address all contemporary mental health issues, conduct research on mental health issues, and carry out regular consultation to represent the best interests of members, stakeholders and the Australian community.

These endeavours in education and policy reform are matched by our commitment to researching more innovative approaches to the provision of mental health care. In addition, Mental Health Australia continues to focus on the human rights of people with a mental illness and their carers.

The role

Reporting to the Manager Lived Experience Programs this position is responsible for providing a high standard of policy and project support to the Manager Lived Experience Programs and the Strategic Projects Consultant to deliver a number of projects as part of Mental Health Australia's contractual responsibilities to the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF).

The position is responsible for assisting with the design, implementation and delivery of projects in accordance with the NMHCCF Work plan with a specific focus on policy development and advocacy.

We are seeking a person with:

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline and/or equivalent related experience
  • Competent in project management principles including planning, monitoring and evaluation
  • Well organised, pragmatic and able to handle a diverse workload and stakeholder portfolio
  • Strong organisational skills including the ability to manage numerous tasks concurrently, use initiative, establish priorities and work to tight or competing deadlines
  • Established capacity to work collaboratively and cooperatively as a team member and to undertake work independently and with supervision
  • Sound secretariat experience in preparing meeting documentation (agendas, minute taking and writing, and preparation of meeting action lists) and organising travel and venue requirements
  • Ability to work effectively with limited supervision, independently when required and contribute positively as part of a team
  • A commitment to working in partnership with consumers and carers to achieve mental health reform
  • Highly developed communication skills, both oral and written, and proven ability to exercise discretion, maintain confidentiality and guide others in order to achieve desired outcomes
  • Ability to liaise with individuals at all levels in a variety of contexts and to work collaboratively with consumers, carers, co-workers, community groups, government agencies and individuals
  • Proven administrative skills, including use of Microsoft Office products (or ability to quickly learn and acquire new digital skills), general correspondence and report generation and preparation

This is a unique opportunity to become involved with an organisation that is dedicated to driving better mental health for all Australians.

Your hard work and dedication will be rewarded with excellent remuneration circa $77,000 (FTE), plus super, plus charity salary packaging options.

We provide flexible work and leave arrangements, and a range of additional employment benefits to enable employees to balance their work and other commitments.

next steps

Please refer to the attached Position Description. 

For further information please contact Danica Browne, Manager Lived Experience Programs, via email Danica.Browne@mhaustralia.org using the subject line: Policy and Project Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

To submit your application, please click Apply Now. 

Applicants should include a copy of their current resume and a statement addressing the key selection criteria (skills, knowledge and experience) of the position. 

We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to creating an equitable and diverse workplace. We encourage people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.

The preferred applicant for this job will be asked to consent in writing to a police and entitlement to work in Australia check. People with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this job. Each application will be considered on its merits. Applicants can contact Mental Health Australia to find out more information.

Ref code: 5794916

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