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Practice Design Specialist / Psychologist - Melbourne / Sydney

The Parenting Research Centre
  • Use your skills and experience to advance best practice & innovation in parenting & family support
  • Flexible Work Practices + 5 weeks annual leave!
  • Would Consider Part Time

About the Parenting Research Centre

The Parenting Research Centre (PRC) is Australia’s only independent non-profit research and development organisation exclusively focused on parenting.

We believe that parenting is the most important influence on a child’s health and wellbeing. To help parents, raise happy healthy children, we seek and share scientific knowledge of effective parenting, develop evidence-based practical solutions and build the capability of the community to support parents.

About the Opportunity

Due to continued growth, PRC are seeking several Practice Design Specialists to join either the Melbourne or Sydney team. Currently we are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, but a balance of home and office-based will be available post pandemic.

The position will work across various projects to support the design and development of evidence-based programs and practices to help bridge the knowledge-to-practice gap in parenting and family support.  We are looking for a person with exceptional practice skills in a relevant field (psychology, social work or similar), who can apply evidence-based principles and strategies in the real world. This role requires substantial tacit knowledge (that comes with clinical experience), good clinical judgment, and support skills, together with a commitment to evidence-based practice.

You would primarily be responsible for undertaking the adaptation or design of evidence-informed practice and resource guides, frameworks, programs and training materials. You will also be involved in various research and evaluation activities.

More specifically, some of your key duties will include:

  • Working with internal and external stakeholders, via workshops, forums or other means, to identify how existing practices/programs are intended to achieve positive outcomes for children and where there are gaps.
  • Working with subject matter experts and practitioners to propose, plan and co-develop practice support resources (e.g. practice guides, training resources, brief interventions) drawing on best practice and research evidence.
  • Developing training and implementation resources to support effective practices.
  • Seeking to apply a systems-level focus to practice development and workforce support, where relevant.
  • Managing the project lifecycle from initiation through to completion
  • Engaging in feedback loops and evidence checks to ensure that the designed practices, practice elements and related resources are of high quality and are accepted and implementable by the target group.

About You

The successful candidate will hold a post-graduate qualification in Psychology, Social Sciences, Public Health or other relevant fields, along with experience working with practitioners to increase their skills and knowledge.

You will have a strong philosophical commitment to the scientist‐practitioner model and be able to use your knowledge and expertise in evidence-based, best practice, in the development of practice frameworks, resource guides, training materials and the like.

You will have demonstrated experience working with and engaging stakeholders in collaborative design processes and be able to understand and incorporate diverse views into practice design, including the willingness to engage in a continuous quality improvement and feedback processes to continually trial and refine practices or resources as needed.

Your exceptional written and verbal communications skills will ensure a high level of personal productivity and work impact, while your excellent interpersonal skills ensure your ability to design, adapt, and support the systematic application of practices and programs.

Experience working with diverse client groups, in addition to high-level knowledge and experience in areas such as child mental health interventions, child disability, development or parenting support will be highly regarded.

About the Benefits

In recognition of your hard work and dedication, you will enjoy an attractive remuneration along with a range of benefits including:

  • A supportive, flexible and autonomous working environment;
  • 5 weeks leave each year with the option to purchase additional leave;
  • Support to develop your skills and practice; and
  • Opportunity to be part of exciting projects and make a difference in the lives of parents and children.

Best of all, you will gain tremendous satisfaction in this rewarding role where you will have the opportunity to support parents with raising happy and healthy children.

If you're ready for a new challenge and want to join a supportive and dynamic organisation — Apply Now!

We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and people with disabilities.

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