Youth Projects's logo
More from this Employer
Youth Projects's logo

Youth AOD Team Leader

Youth Projects

Is this you?

You hold tertiary qualifications in Social Work, Youth Work, Community Development, Welfare or a related discipline along with qualifications in AOD. Your passion about working with at-risk and vulnerable young people with AOD concerns and have the experience to back it up. You’re familiar with using a family focussed approach to case management with working with young people along with understanding the broader community context, that is inclusive of all community members.

You know your stuff when it comes to motivating, empowering, nurturing and growing skills of the team, and one thing is for sure, when it comes to delivering high impact support to service users you see the importance of a team approach.

You may not be the captain of this team (…yet), but when we are in thick of it, we play off each-other’s strengths and have each-others back #1YP

You’re bendy

You know not every day will be the same, you can switch from providing support to a service user, to providing mentoring to your team members, to writing impact reports for your manager in the blink of an eye. Changing lives is your passion but you still embrace rolling up your sleeves and mucking in to get the job done.

You see the person

You’re full of creative ways to meet our service users where they are at and believe that engagement shouldn’t be a one size fits all model. You always see the person, not just their immediate situation because you understand that everyone has different needs, and that is okay.

You care

Our frontline warriors and change makers are all here because we genuinely want to break the cycle of disadvantage, and we want you to want that too!

A bit about the role:

You will be working with our Manager Harm Reduction & Outreach to lead and empower our Youth AOD Services. Based out of our Glenroy office with outreach work across Melbourne’s Inner North West.

This is a brand-new role, here are some of things you could expect to be doing in your first month:

  • Providing line supervision to a dynamic team of Youth AOD Outreach Clinicians to support their work and maintain a high-impact, service user focussed culture
  • Managing a 0.5 FTE caseload focussed on engaging service users in structured and semi-structured counselling sessions
  • Supporting service users to reduce the service user’s level of substance use, reduce their high-risk behaviours and experience of AOD related harm, improve physical and mental health, including emotional and psychological well-being
  • Leading an evidence-based triage, risk assessment and prioritisation process
  • Ensuring some of our services’ most vulnerable service users are linked with the appropriate services to address the needs and barriers to health and housing outcome
  • Engage service users to improve health literacy to improve the service user’s capacity to better understand and manage their own health and wellbeing:
  • Integrating care with the existing service system to ensure enhance service coordination and collaboration
  • Conducting supported referrals across a range of domains
  • Undertaking professional develop to grow within your role
  • Work with the Youth Projects leadership team to implement business wide initiatives

A bit about us:

We are an independent, registered charity providing front line support to young people and individuals experiencing disadvantage, unemployment, homelessness, alcohol and other drug issues. We also help those looking to re-engage with learning and employment. We recognise the complex and varying needs of the people we work with and go above and beyond, 365 days a year, to provide pathways out of poverty.

Last year our highly skilled multi-disciplinary team, helped 15,288 people through face-to-face contacts at The Living Room, 1,243 young people through our employment and training programs and dispensed over 1.3 million safe injecting kits through our needle exchange program.

We have the ability to provide a complete wrap around, judgement free service with a strong focus on respect, service users-centred care and harm prevention. The impact we seek enables each person to lead longer lives, have improved health, meaningful employment and a greater sense of belonging, safety and security through a holistic model of care.

Located at two flagship sites (Hosier Lane and the vibrant Northern region of Melbourne) we are growing and now deliver services at 15 outreach locations across Victoria.

Our culture is casual yet professional and high energy. We encourage flexibility and a work/life balance. Our team is serious about their work but doesn’t take themselves too seriously.

Why should you work with us?

Every day you spend working with us, you’re making a difference. The stronger our frontline warrior, the bigger our impact of breaking the cycle of disadvantage. We think that’s a pretty great perk, but we don’t stop there… here are some of the others.

  • Working across Melbourne’s North West Regions
  • Free specialty coffee at the office
  • Access to generous salary packaging
  • Access to meals & entertainment benefits and novated leasing (if desired)
  • Flexible work environment
  • Uncapped Employee Assistance Program
  • 17.5% Annual Leave Loading
  • Plus, additional paid leave including; wellbeing, family violence, study and an extra 5 personal days we also provide flexibility to take extra unpaid leave or travel while working,


We’re a non-profit organisation that fills from a full cup but not a full pocket. In order to attract strong talent, we pay competitively and remunerate based on your skills and experience and are determined to make this the best job you'll ever have.

The Team Leader Youth AOD position is paid under the SCHADS Award Level 5

Recruitment for this position will be undertaken as applications are received. The position will be filled when a successful candidate has been selected.

Our commitment to diversity

At Youth Projects, we value diversity and believe that a range of backgrounds brings a variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences that will enhance our effectiveness.

We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions and encourage applications from candidates with a disability, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and indigenous candidates

Safety screening

Youth Projects has a zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the provision of a child-safe organisation. All Youth Projects staff must undergo a Police and Working with Children Checks. Any person with a negative notice on their Working with Children Check will not be eligible for employment with us.

How to apply

This job ad has now expired, and applications are no longer being accepted.

Email me more jobs like this.