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Workforce Development Officer - Sydney

Parenting Research Centre
  • Want to use your skills and experience to advance innovation in parenting and child mental health?
  • Attractive remuneration circa $90,200 FTE plus super + 5 weeks annual leave!
  • Melbourne or Sydney location, (3-4 day)
  • Contract until June 30, 2021

About the Parenting Research Centre

The Parenting Research Centre (PRC) seeks better outcomes for children by increasing effectiveness in the way families are supported in their parenting. We work collaboratively with our clients to deliver tailored, outcomes-focused solutions based on the best available evidence.

We are an independent, non-profit organisation and work with governments and community organisations in the fields of health, education and welfare.

About the Opportunity

PRC is now looking for a Workforce Development Officer to join the team in Melbourne or Sydney. This position is part of an exciting national workforce development project (Emerging Minds) and is a ‘knowledge-to-practice role that aims to build the capacity of generalist health and welfare services to more effectively identify, assess and support child mental health problems.

This role would suit a health care professional with a strong practice and/or capacity building skills in hospital, nursing or other health care settings, who has the capacity to develop workforce resources that meet the identified needs of these key professional groups. This role requires tacit knowledge (that comes with practice or workforce development experience), excellent engagement, writing and communication skills, together with a commitment to evidence‐based practice.

Reporting to the Senior Manager, you will primarily be responsible for undertaking and contributing to a diverse range of activities that aim to improve the capacity of generalist health/welfare services to identify, assess and support child mental health problems.

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 child mental health 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.
  • Engagement 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.
  • Working with internal product development and communications teams (both at Emerging Minds and PRC) to prepare and publish project outputs.

About You

The successful candidate will hold post-graduate qualifications in Social Sciences, Nursing, Public Health, Mental Health or other relevant fields, along with either high-level practice experience or experience working with practitioners to increase their skills and knowledge.

You will have a strong philosophical commitment to the scientist‐practitioner model, and the development and dissemination of evidence‐based practice, alongside demonstrated experience in working with and engaging stakeholders in collaborative practice design processes. You must be able to understand and incorporate diverse views into practice design, including the willingness to engage in a continuous quality improvement and feedback process 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 demonstrated aptitude in practice design in areas such as child mental health interventions, child maltreatment 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.

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