- EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Fixed term to June 30, 2024. 0.4 EFT (Wednesday mandatory, other days/hours negotiable)
- AWARD DETAILS: Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 (SCHADS) Level 4. Generous salary packaging available
- REPORTS TO: Manager, Education and Research
- DIRECT REPORTS: N/A
- LIAISES WITH: EDV Staff, individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their families/support people, relevant external stakeholders
Eating disorders are complex and debilitating mental illnesses that affect up to 1 in 20 people. Like any mental illness, they are not the fault of the individual and can affect anyone no matter their age, gender or background. While serious, eating disorders are treatable.
With the right support, full recovery is possible for everyone.
Eating Disorders Victoria is the trusted guide for Victorians affected by eating disorders. We help people get the support they need to inspire hope and ensure the earliest possible recovery.
How we work
We are a committed, engaged and progressive community health service who value innovation. We are known for developing and delivering eating disorder services that can’t be found anywhere else in Australia, or even the world. We are a strong voice for people affected by eating disorders and actively advocate for our eating disorder affected community at state and national level.
We pride ourselves on being a vibrant place to work, where creativity, collaboration and lived experience are highly valued and supported.
All of our work is guided by our values of Connection, Courage, Optimism and Perseverance.
Where we are going
We are moving through an exciting time of reform in Victoria’s Mental Health System, and have every intention of ensuring eating disorders are fully supported in this new system. We want eating disorders to be considered core business when it comes to mental health, so that more Victorians are identified, diagnosed and put on the path to recovery, sooner.
We are focused on delivering high quality, data-driven community services that demonstrate the impact of our work, while underscoring the growing community demand for specialised eating disorder services. Underpinning this is an evolving culture of strong clinical governance, which supports the wellbeing of staff, volunteers and our service users.
We consider the lived experience workforce to be pivotal to the future of eating disorder treatment and are positioned to be leaders in this emerging field.
What we can offer you
- A genuinely nice place to work – we know that our people are our best asset
- Support and encouragement to grow your skill set in a hands-on environment
- Ability to take ownership of your role
- Opportunities to engage in a fun social calendar of events
- Hybrid working arrangements (50% in-office time in Abbotsford)
- Ability to take scheduled mental health days to focus on your personal wellness
- Group supervision for all staff with lived experience of an eating disorder or experience caring for someone with an eating disorder
- Salary packaging arrangements (increasing your take-home pay)
The Education Officer role is an opportunity to engage with our Victorian community to raise the awareness of eating disorders, and to support early intervention and eating disorder recovery through education.
As the Education Officer, your role will involve delivering education programs and resources to a wide range of people in our community, including people in recovery, carers/support people, professionals and the general community. This includes workshops and presentations, psychoeducational groups. and e-learning resources.
This role is ideal for someone who comes from a health or education background, has experience facilitating groups, and the skills and confidence to deliver engaging and targeted psychoeducation in a wide range of settings.
EDV has a commitment to supporting the Lived Experience Workforce through the EDV Lived Experience Framework. Candidates who have lived experience of an eating disorder or who have lived experience of caring for a person with an eating disorder must align with the definitions as detailed in the position description.
A position description is attached.
- Deliver EDV Education programs to a broad range of community members, both in person and online. This includes delivering presentations, and facilitating single-session workshops, group-based and psychoeducation programs, facilitator training, and other community awareness activities
- Develop and produce online psychoeducational content for the EDV e-learning platform, LearnED. This includes engaging with the lived experience community to co-design written, video and audio content
- Develop and produce evidence-based, practice-informed, and lived experienced informed psychoeducation content for Education programs and e-learning platform, LearnED
- Consult with other EDV programs in reviewing educational content and collaborating with other EDV staff to develop educational resources for their programs
- Coordinate Education events, including managing bookings, liaising with external organisations and individuals, and liaising with EDV Operations and Communications teams
- Provide direct support to casual staff who are employed to co-facilitate Education programs, as directed by the Manager Education and Research. This includes training staff to be able to facilitate group-based psychoeducation programs. Casual staff will have a combination of professional and personal lived experience of an eating disorder
- Provide support to EDV volunteers, interns and cadets who undertake tasks and activities as part of services provided by the Education portfolio. This includes working collaboratively and providing task-based support on an ongoing basis
- Manage administration of our e-learning platform, LearnED. Monitor and regularly provide reports on user engagement of e-learning platform, and track enrolments and completions on a regular basis
- Contribute to program reporting, including monthly and quarterly statistical reporting of Education events and e-learning platform
- Support the Manager Education and Research with implementation of program evaluation, including preparation of feedback forms, participant surveys, and collation of e-learning and CRM client data
- Create topical content for the EDV website, social media, podcasts, and community e-newsletters
- Remain up to date with current research and evidence-based practice and disseminate this information to EDV staff, as directed by the Manager Education and Research
- Contribute to quality improvement and service development
- Other duties as directed by the Manager of Education and Research
KEY SELECTION CRITERIA
- Relevant tertiary qualification in health/teaching/education or related field
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to engage and build rapport with a wide range of people in the community, including people experiencing an eating disorder and their carers/significant others
- Experience presenting educational or health promotion content and relevant presentation skills; ability to present content to a wide range of audiences, including professionals
- Experience in group facilitation, including psychosocial groups and training workshops; ability to engage with a diverse range of community members, including people experiencing eating disorders, carers/significant others/support persons, health and other professionals, and young people
- Ability and experience in developing effective, consistent and high-quality education resources, including experience using a range of software packages such as MS-PowerPoint for a wide range of audiences
- Project management skills, including excellent communication skills, good time management, and ability to achieve project milestones on time. The ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and to think strategically
- Ability to work both autonomously and as a part of a team, with colleagues within EDV and from external partner organisations.
- A commitment to ongoing learning and desire to undertake professional learning and development
- Ability to undertake some after-hours work, including evening and weekend work
- Demonstrable knowledge of eating disorders, body image and related issues; including knowledge of the risk factors, protective factors, prevention and early intervention strategies and initiatives, and the impact of eating disorders on people and carers in a range of different environments (schools, fitness industry, community, youth and adults mental health, and health/medical settings)
- Identify as a person with lived experience of an eating disorder. You may be a person who has recovered from an eating disorder or someone who has cared for/supported someone who has recovered from an eating disorder. (Refer to Lived experience definitions as outlined above)
- Experience facilitating psychoeducational or support groups for people experiencing eating disorders and carers, or other mutual support/self-help groups operating within the community health framework
- Experience specifically in health promotion, prevention and/or early intervention with regard to eating disorders and body image. This includes an understanding and alignment with the Size Inclusive Health Australia framework
- Experience with program evaluation, including data collection and analyses, and reporting writing and presenting findings to stakeholders
- Experience with e-learning software/platforms (e.g., Thinkific) and Customer Relations Management software (e.g., Salesforce)
CONDITIONS OF CONTRACT
This position will be based at the EDV office on Level 2 of the Magpies Community Centre (corner Lulie and Abbot Streets, Abbotsford).
We also offer hybrid working options (50% at the office, 50% at home).
- Normal working hours will be during Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
- Other conditions as mandated by the Fair Work Act
- Subject to satisfactory Working with Children Check, National Police Check and completion of Conflict-of-Interest Declaration
- Probationary period will apply (3-months)
All EDV staff are required to adhere to the EDV Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct, Core Values and guiding principles and relevant organisational policies, practices and guidelines.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please navigate to the 'Apply Now' section and include a resume and a cover letter including a specific response to each of the Key Selection Criteria (found on the position description). Please combine these as a single document. Direct applications to EDV via email will not be monitored.
If you don’t meet all of the key selection criteria, but are still keen to work with us, we want to hear from you! Please just tell us what you will bring to the role within your application.
For more information about the role and working at EDV contact Rebecca Lister, Director of Education and Psychosocial Programs at [email protected] using the subject line: Education Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs.