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Health Promotion / Community Development Coordinator (Identified) - Cairns

YETI (Youth Empowerment Towards Independence)

The Org

Established in 1994, Youth Empowered Towards Independence (YETI) is a community based not-for-profit organisation that delivers a range of voluntary youth AOD and other support services targeting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people living within the Cairns and FNQ region.

The Job

The Health Promotion/Community Development Coordinator is a Full Time, Fixed Term position until 30 June 2023.

The role is an integral role within YETI's capacity building team utilising a community development approach to health promotion by proactively coordinating activities for volatile substance use and supply reduction across FNQ including within Cairns, Cape York and Gulf communities.

This position is only open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants in accordance with the special/equal opportunity measure under section 8 (1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and s105 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (QLD).

The Role

The Health Promotion/Community Development Coordinator will coordinate planning, development, operational implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of YETI health promotion activities for volatile substance use and supply reduction across FNQ including Cairns Region, Cape York and Gulf communities. You will work alongside the VSU Supply Reduction Officer, working closely within a small team to reduce the supply of inhalants and improve support responses for young people engaging in, or at risk of engaging in Volatile Substance Use (VSU).

This will be achieved by:

  • Utilising a place-based system thinking approach to health promotion to influence collaborative change and building environments that are conducive to good health and wellbeing for young people in community.
  • Undertaking health promotion through working collaboratively with retailers in the development, implementation and monitoring of supply reduction strategies.
  • Health promotion through designing, implementing and facilitating supply reduction training for community service sector workers to increase capacity in responding to VSU.
  • Health promotion through education/training workshops, information, resources and support to retailers and other key stakeholders.
  • Working collaboratively with Dovetail, a state-wide capacity building agency) and Queensland Network Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (QNADA) to support local community inhalant planning and in the development of health promotion related resources.
  • Establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with key business, sector, community and government stakeholders to facilitate the identification of micro/trends, impact of supply reduction strategies, reporting and collection of VSU data and general feedback.
  • Collating, analysing, monitoring and reporting VSU data.
  • Supervision of the Health Promotion – VSU Officer.


The ideal candidate will have:

  1. Educational qualifications (min Cert IV) in Health, Social Service or related fields along with health and/or social service promotions, community development and/or capacity building experience, particularly within an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander context.
  2. Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing, and facilitating community education and/or training programs, and health and/or social service-related strategies.
  3. Well-developed interpersonal, negotiation, facilitation and communication skills, coupled with experience in establishing positive working relationships with a broad and diverse range of stakeholders.
  4. Ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities, particularly across Cape York/Gulf Carpentaria.
  5. Ability and/or flexibility to travel as a requirement of the role.
  6. Demonstrated experience in collating, analysing, monitoring and reporting health/social service-related data including proficiency in the Microsoft suite of products, in particular Excel, internet platforms and client information databases.
  7. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies and culture, and an understanding of the diverse circumstances and issues affecting urban and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  8. Working with Children Check (Blue Card) or exemption based on professional qualifications and registration.
  9. A current Queensland driver’s licence.
  10. Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin.

Please note, this role requires travel to remote communities, including areas identified as priority protection areas under the Australian governments COVID-19 National Emergency Response Plan. Evidence of Covid-19 vaccination status is a requirement of this position.

The full Position Description can be found below or at www.yeti.net.au.

Enquiries can be made to sally@yeti.net.au using the subject line: Health Promotion / Community Development Coordinator (Identified) enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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