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Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

35 Poplar Road Parkville VIC 3052
Melbourne, Vic, Australia

Phone: 0439335272
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Youth Vocational Specialist – headspace Sunshine


Job Description:

Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health (Orygen) is the world’s leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people. Further information available at https://www.orygen.org.au/About/About-Us

headspace is a world-first youth mental health initiative that supports young people who are going through a tough time; whether it’s depression, anxiety, relationship break-ups or alcohol and other drug issues. The youth-friendly services at headspace are aimed at teenagers and young adults in recognition of the fact that 75 percent of mental disorders emerge before the age of 25 years. Further information available at https://headspace.org.au/about-us/who-we-are/

The Youth Vocational Specialist role requires intensive work with young people experiencing a range of mental health issues. This will involve assertive outreach work combined with excellent youth engagement skills to ensure young people are well supported and are linked to suitable employment opportunities.

Reporting to the Clinical Services Manager, this exciting new role requires extensive knowledge and expertise in the career development or disability employment sector, with a demonstrated understanding of youth mental health. The focus of the position is to implement the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program within headspace Sunshine.

Job Requirements:

The Youth Vocational Specialist will:

• Develop and deliver training workshops to clinical staff, community groups and other organisations that promote vocational recovery.
• Develop partnerships with external organisations that increase access to vocational opportunities for young people of the service.
• Attend networking meetings and appointments with employers, community service organisations and education providers to create job opportunities for young people.
• Assist with the development of vocational marketing materials to promote the vocational program.
• Complete IPS and vocational recovery training and reporting.

To apply:
Please submit your resume, cover letter and a supporting statement that addresses the key selection criteria included in the position description to careers@orygen.org.au, using the subject line: Youth Vocational Specialist – headspace Sunshine.

For further information about the role, including Position Description, and Key Selection Criteria, please visit the Orygen website at https://bit.ly/2SKiuFP .

Alternatively, please contact Brendan Pawsey at brendan.pawsey@orygen.org.au

Closing Date for Applications: Sunday, 11 August 2019

Orygen is an equal opportunity employer. We are dedicated to attracting, developing and retaining our staff irrespective of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community.  We strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Orygen reserves the right to close the advertisement before this date is reached. Therefore, it is encouraged that you submit your application as soon as possible.


Business-Strategic Management: Managerial Consulting, Public Health Administration, Strategic Planning-Intelligence
Education: Customer Training
Medical-Health: Mental Health, Public Health Administration
Project-Program Management: Project Management

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Full time


Melbourne, Vic, Australia


Youth Vocational Specialist – headspace Sunshine


Consultant, Education, Health Care, Nonprofit-Social Services, Research