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Community Awareness Officer

  • Be part of the revolution to lead positive change in youth mental health
  • Generous NFP Salary Packaging and flexible work/life balance arrangements
  • Rewarding and well-supported career opportunity
  • Generous employer PPL scheme

About Orygen

The why behind what we do is so important. We believe that all young people deserve to grow into adulthood with optimal mental health. Everything we do is focused on this outcome. Orygen is leading and redefining what’s possible in global research, policy, education and clinical care. Find out more on our website.

The Opportunity

Orygen is currently seeking applications for a Community Awareness Officer at headspace Melton. An exciting opportunity to join a supportive and multidisciplinary team, making a difference to young people. 

If you have a passion for the field of youth mental health and want to make a real difference to the lives of young people and their families and share Orygen’s values of respect, accountability, teamwork, excellence and innovation, then we would love you to join the Orygen team to revolutionise youth mental health. 

The role and your impact

Full-time fixed term position available until 30 July 2022, with potential for further employment.  

Working within a supportive team, including dedicated young people and staff, as the Community Awareness Officer, you will develop, deliver and evaluate awareness raising, community engagement, and youth participation activities in the local area with a focus on promoting early help-seeking for mental health, drug and alcohol, and other health/social issues facing young people. This position will also oversee the coordination of headspace Melton’s Youth Advisory Group and Youth Peer Worker.

About you

Essential to this role is that you will hold tertiary qualifications in the social or health sciences, community development or a related field, and/or substantial relevant experience in a similar field. You will be able to demonstrate experience and skills in the development, implementation and evaluation of community awareness programs. You are passionate, energetic and determined to make a difference to health outcomes for young people. In addition, you will need:

  • Demonstrated experience/understanding of engagement issues related to young people.
  • Demonstrated sound judgement, the ability to identify and manage a range of risks (including brand and reputation) and well-developed problem solving and negotiation skills.
  • Experience and understanding of mental health, drug and alcohol and other health/social issues facing young people.
  • Experience in the development and delivery of youth participation programs. 
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve outcomes in partnership and liaise with the community, government and non-government agencies.

To view the FULL selection criteria and learn more about this opportunity, please view the Position Description attached or contact Amali Abayawardana at amali.abayawardana@orygen.org.au, using the subject line: Community Awareness Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs, for a confidential discussion.

Salary and Benefits

As a guide, remuneration of $73,765 - $79,811 per annum is offered plus superannuation and access to generous NFP salary packaging. 

Orygen is committed to providing an inclusive work environment that supports employees to achieve their career goals without compromising their life goals. With this in mind Orygen offers a range of employment benefits including generous paid leave, flexible work arrangement, an employee assistance program, well regarded supervision and a supportive team, career growth and development opportunities, purposeful work that makes a real difference to lives of young people and their families and carers and career opportunities within an organisation that is the leader in youth mental health.

You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible. Orygen may close the advertisement before the closing date. 

Orygen is dedicated to gender equality, diversity and inclusivity. We strive to continue to build a culturally safe workplace where our values underpin the way we work and our commitment to First Nations people of Australia, young people and their families, LGBTIQA+ people and CALD people. We strongly encourage applications from the First Nations people.

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