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Career Advisor - Work and Study Specialist

headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation Ltd
  • Join an award winning service and well recognised national Not for Profit
  • Full-time role, working from home (accepting candidates from Sydney and Central Coast, NSW)
  • Competitive salary ($60K - $70K) plus super plus generous salary packaging

What is headspace

Established in 2006, headspace is a well-recognised, national not-for-profit organisation making a difference to the lives of young people aged 12-25 years. To learn more about headspace and the services we offer, visit headspace.org.au.

Tell me about the role…

headspace Work and Study is an international first, providing vocational assistance to young people facing barriers to work and study. Support is tailored to a young person's needs using strengths based approaches to help them reach their work and study goals. All support happens online, meaning young people right across Australia can access the service. Based on the Individual Placement and Support model of employment support for people living with mental ill health, the service targets 15-25 year olds who are looking to find, engage or maintain work and/or study.

Work and Study Specialists (Career Advisors) work directly with a caseload of young people providing appointments via web chat, phone, email and video chat. Specialists collaborate with educational institutions, employment agencies and employers to assist young people with identifying opportunities. Stakeholder engagement with referral partners, including headspace centres, to promote service referrals and participation is an important part of the role.

This role works within a small and collaborative team alongside mental health clinicians who work closely with Specialists to provide integrated clinical care. You will deliver vocational interventions aimed at minimising the impact of mental health challenges on a young person's engagement with work and study, building resilience and enabling recovery.

Due to the online and accessible nature of the service, Work and Study Specialists (Career Advisors) work from home or as negotiated. Their knowledge of their community and state/territory is critical for supporting young people and for increasing service awareness and referrals. It also provides integrated connection to local headspace services, other providers and education and employment opportunities.

This is a career opportunity not to be missed for professionals who want to work in an environment that promotes a positive, personalised and strengths based approach to career development, job seeking and educational attainment.

What we're looking for

If you have experience providing work, study and career support to young people in your local area, have a comprehensive understanding of the employment landscape, coupled with an ability to actively engage young people with complex needs, then this is an opportunity you won't want to miss.

Naturally, you will demonstrate exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, along with a proven ability to develop solutions to complex problems and sustain collaborative partnerships with a range of stakeholders within the employment and education service system in your state or territory. As driving service engagement and referrals is an important part of the role, existing networks and sector relationships are of real benefit.

We are currently recruiting for candidates in Sydney or the Central Coast of NSW who have strong connections and networks in their area. Anywhere within the state/territory will be considered but you will at times be required to travel locally for stakeholder work and more intermittently to connect with other team mates. Please read further in the finer details for job location details.

The finer details…

In return we offer a flexible and dynamic environment where you have the opportunity to truly make a difference to young Australians, in a highly engaged workplace culture. The salary for this role is competitive and will commensurate with skills and experience, plus superannuation and generous salary packaging opportunities up to the maximum amount. For more information on salary packaging, please refer to: https://www.smartsalary.com.au/.

The headspace Reconciliation Action Plan was launched in July 2019 and was developed through a co-design process with staff across the organisation. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply for this role and all current vacancies.

headspace is committed to being a child safe and child friendly organisation that recognises, respects and promotes the rights of children, young and vulnerable people.

Application Process:

The position description can be viewed by clicking on the "Apply Now" button below.

To apply for this this position click on 'Apply now' to upload your application which must consist of the following to be considered for the role.

  • Your personal details
  • A 2 minute video introduction (30mb). Directions on the video content are provided below.
  • Your CV and a cover letter for the position.

Video introduction: All applications must submit a video introduction to be considered for the role. This is a chance for us to get to know you and understand your passion for the role. Please note; if submitting a video introduction presents any unexpected challenges or impacts your ability to best highlight what you could bring to the role, please contact us to discuss alternative arrangements.

The video must:

  • Be no longer than 2 minutes in length with a file size no larger than 30mb (you won't be able to upload it otherwise).
  • Provide a quick overview of why you are interested in this role and what experience you have that makes you the ideal candidate.
  • Provide a quick overview of what you believe are the key issues young people living with mental health challenges can face in reaching their work/study goals, particularly those in your state/territory.
  • Tell us one unexpected skill you'd bring to our team.

We are keen to fill this role with the right person as soon as we can and therefore might start looking at applications sooner rather than later, so if this role sounds like you, be sure to apply by submitting your CV as soon as possible.

To be eligible for this position you must have the right to live and work in Australia. A Working with Children Check (or State/Territory equivalent) and a Police Check are required for this position.

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