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Manager, Community Trauma - Adelaide / Melbourne / Brisbane / Sydney

Emerging Minds
  • Location Negotiable (Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, or Brisbane)
  • Salary $122,075 per annum
  • Full Time Fixed Term Contract Position (76 hours per fortnight) until 30 June 2021

Emerging Minds, the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health is dedicated to advancing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of infants, children, adolescents and their families. Emerging Minds is partnering with Beyond Blue who are leading a National Bushfire Response Program for early learning services and schools affected by the 2019-2020 bushfire crisis.

The focus of the Program is to provide intensive support to schools and early learning services who were impacted by the bushfire crisis. The Program will offer on-the-ground support via 25 new Be You “Contact Liaison Officers”. While support will be tailored to the needs of each individual community, the Program offers three key elements, which include:

  • Trauma Training for educators and community members
  • Recovery Planning
  • Service Mapping of local mental health support services

Reporting to the Program Director - Emerging Minds, the Manager - Community Trauma will lead the development and delivery of trauma training to the Contact Liaison Officers and provide information to early learning services and schools taking part in the Bushfire Response Program. The Manager - Community Trauma will work in close collaboration with the Program Director, Organisational Managers and BeYou’s Bushfire Response Program Management Team.

Key duties include but are not limited to:

  • Operate under broad direction and with high levels of independence and accountability to ensure the achievement of portfolio outcomes within contract timelines and budget constraints.
  • Refinement of the Program strategy in partnership with the Be You Team, bringing insights and expertise in trauma.
  • Support the development and delivery of Trauma Training to the Contact Liaison Officers and provide information to early learning services and schools taking part in the Bushfire Response Program.
  • Support the synthesis of key data and evidence to inform Workforce Development products and resources.
  • Develop a calendar of trauma training/ information events for staff, educators, and the community.
  • Develop an Implementation Plan of Trauma Training (with reference/ incorporation of the Community Trauma Toolkit) specific to delivery and implementation of the Be You Bushfire Response Program.
  • Develop an implementation manual for Contact Liaison Officers, specific to trauma.
  • Develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with key stakeholders and members of the community to ensure that their experience is included in the development of Trauma Training and resources.
  • Identify and build relationships with key stakeholders and promote collaborative partnerships to enhance existing activities and the development of new initiatives.


To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A Degree Level qualification in Health, Behavioural or Social Sciences.
  • Proven experience in planning, leading and managing projects of a complex nature.
  • Significant experience in working collaboratively with national programs and professional groups to develop and evaluate resource materials for a wide range of professionals.
  • A demonstrated ability to provide a high-quality consultancy and advisory service to management, staff and external bodies, including establishing and maintaining both integrity and confidentiality in dealing with issues of a sensitive nature.
  • Experience working in a response to bushfire crisis or similar traumatic event.
  • A strong ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, to a wide range of people across national jurisdictions on a range of sensitive and complex issues.
  • A demonstrated high level of experience in accomplishing the objectives of a complex project/s utilising high levels of initiative.
  • A demonstrated understanding of quality improvement and implementation to support practice change.

Special Conditions

  • We are seeking the successful candidate to commence as soon as possible.
  • The successful candidate may elect to work in any of our interstate offices, which include Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney. Given the current Pandemic, the successful applicant may also be required to work from home.
  • An Australian citizen or resident with the right to work in Australia.
  • Some out of hours work, including intra and interstate travel will be required (subject to COVID-19 restrictions being lifted). Overnight absences will be required on a regular basis. The employee must be willing to fly.
  • The appointment is subject to the provision of a current National Police Certificate and a Child Related Employment Screening.
  • Provision of a current National Police Certificate, to be renewed every three years thereafter from the date of issue.
  • A Child Safe Environment Certificate must be maintained in accordance with the Emerging Minds policy.
  • A minimum current South Australian ‘Class C’ (or interstate equivalent) driver’s license is essential. The employee must be willing to drive throughout the course of their duties.
  • Appointment to this position is subject to a 6-month probationary period.

Salary and Benefits

A salary package comprising of $122,075 per annum, together with an Employer Superannuation Contribution of 12.5%. Salary and entertainment packaging is also available.

A copy of the Job Description is attached and can also be found on the Emerging Minds’ website.

Enquiries and further details can be obtained from Julie Block, Manager, Human Resources on 0490 855 354 or blockj@emergingminds.com.au using the subject line: Manager, Community Trauma - Adelaide / Melbourne / Brisbane / Sydney enquiry via EthicalJobs or Telephone (08) 8367 0888.

Please provide a covering letter outlining your skills and experience together with your resume and the name and email contact details of 3 referees and send to Julie Block, Manager, Human Resources at jobs@emergingminds.com.au, using the subject line: Manager - Community Trauma application via Ethical Jobs. Only applications sent to this address will be accepted.

Applications close Sunday, 12th July 2020 at 5.00pm. (Applications received after the closing date and time will not be accepted).  Please note, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Emerging Minds are committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples or people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds to apply.

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