Job Details
  • ReferenceBH-144950
  • LocationCanberra
  • Salary$55 - $65 per hour
  • Job TypeFull Time
  • Posted17 days ago
  • ConsultantJess Kaur
As one of the Australia’s largest providers of human resources solutions, Chandler Macleod has a proven track record of unleashing potential in people and companies. For over 40 years Chandler Macleod’s recruitment business has connected leading-edge projects and employers with outstanding business professionals.

Our Federal Government client is seeking to engage an APS6 Mental Health Programs Officer on a contract for 10 weeks.

Position Overview

Duties & Responsibilities:
In accordance with the principles of workplace diversity, Work Health and Safety, participative work practices, APS values and APS Employment Principles, the successful applicants will:
  • Assist with aspects of the strategic review, including provision/collection of information/data to inform the review and reporting thereof.
  • Assist with desktop assessments of current group programs against an evaluation matrix to determine what is fit for purpose.
  • Assist with the development of a prioritised options list of recommended group programs.
  • Assist with the development of the Program Management Strategy and Framework and associated Communications Plan to guide the future delivery and management of programs.
  • Monitor, review and report on Agency’s Group Programs, projects and community based mental health literacy initiatives, maintaining a focus on quality and national consistency.
  • Support the coordination and delivery of community based mental health literacy initiatives. (E.g. ASIST, MHFA).
  • Develop, document and maintain service delivery pathways for internal and external stakeholder relationships that integrate group program knowledge, coordination and service delivery.
  • Identify and establish processes that will support the promotion of group program delivery across internal and external networks.
  • Assist with the evaluation of current group programs to promote continuous improvement and compliance with specifications required in current contracts.
  • Coordinate and contribute to the development of advice, briefings, papers, submissions and correspondence.
  • Actively promote a culture of continuous quality improvement across MHWSD group programs and provide leadership in quality and systems improvement processes.
  • Attend the monthly meeting with the Open Arms Assistant Directors, Clinical Outreach and Groups (ADCOGs).
Selection Criteria:
The five core capability clusters for the pathway for APS 6 level are:

Supports strategic direction - 
  • Supports shared purpose and direction
  • Thinks strategically
  • Harnesses information and opportunities
  • Shows judgement, intelligence, and common sense
The successful applicant will demonstrate an understanding of the nature of issues and challenges faced by military and Australian Defence Force personnel and their families and carers, as well as an understanding of Agency’s business objectives and broader operating environment.

Achieves results - 
  • Identifies and uses resources wisely
  • Applies and build professional expertise
  • Responds positively to change
  • Takes responsibility for managing work projects to achieve results
The successful applicant will contribute their clinical/specialist expertise and harness the knowledge and skills of others to achieve outcomes within established timeframes and quality standards. The applicant will respond in a flexible and positive manner to change and uncertainty; and share information with others when required.

Supports productive working relationships - 
  • Nurtures internal and external relationships
  • Listens to, understands and recognises the needs of others
  • Values individual differences and diversity
  • Shares learning and supports others
The successful applicant will be required to liaise with a range of internal and external stakeholders, to develop and maintain relationships and proactively offer assistance for mutually beneficial relationships. The applicant will demonstrate a high level of competence in the application of a range of up to date, evidence based, clinical interventions and other activities, relevant to promoting and supporting the positive mental health of the community.

Displays personal drive and integrity - 
  • Demonstrates public service professionalism and probity
  • Engages with risk and shows personal courage
  • Commits to action
  • Promotes and adopts a positive and balanced approach to work
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to personal development
The successful applicant will consistently behave in an honest, ethical, and professional way, and understand and comply with legislative, policy and regulatory frameworks. The applicant will be able to provide accurate, impartial, and forthright advice, and check the accuracy of information prior to release. The application will take personal responsibility for accurate completion of work within timeframe and quality requirements and follow up to ensure that issues are finalised. The applicant will also demonstrate commitment to self-development and seek opportunities to extend skills and knowledge. 

Communicates with influence - 
  • Communicates clearly
  • Listens, understands and adapts to audience
  • Negotiates confidently
The successful applicant will have a demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and succinctly, both orally and in writing. The applicant will understand and address the key concerns of stakeholders, and tailor communications to suit the audience. The applicant will be able to develop a clear understanding of the issues, and other people’s expectations and concerns in order to develop appropriate outcomes.

Essential Requirements:
  • Qualifications in Psychology, Social Work or mental health related field.
  • Experience in program design and evaluation would be advantageous.
  • Policy and project management qualifications and experience are highly desirable.
  • Clinical experience in coordinating the delivery of clinical services is highly desirable.
  • Working with Children (WWC) and/or Vulnerable People Checks/Clearance
Mandatory Requirement:
  • Successful applicant must be an Australian Citizen.

If you feel you are a suitable candidate submit your application by hitting “Apply for this job”. Alternatively, you can call Neville Smith on 02 6268 9916 or email for further discussion.