Head of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Practice and Engagement

Deadline: 30/11/2019 9:00am

Tell me about the role…

Reporting to the Executive Director of headspace Services, the Head of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Practice and Engagement is an exceptional opportunity to provide high level leadership and feedback to the headspace network on national strategies, initiatives, partnerships and opportunities for collaboration to improve the mental health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.

Acting as the conduit between headspace and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, mental health and wellbeing sector, the role leads a small team of individuals who will operationalise the organisational strategy to improve the cultural safety and responsiveness of headspace programs and services.

In joint partnership with a range of internal and external stakeholders, the role plays a pivotal role in building and strengthening relationships and partnerships to improve cross sector engagement across national, state and regional levels.  Additionally, a prime focus of the role is to oversee the delivery of the headspace Reconciliation Action Plan and participate in strategic planning activities for headspace National in and around this program.

Who are we looking for?

To be successful in this role, you will have degree level qualifications in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Science, Social Work, Human Services, Psychology or Social Science or a related discipline.

A highly motivated and skilled professional, you bring to the role an extensive knowledge of the social and emotional wellbeing principles and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and suicide prevention sector.  You are able to demonstrate a deep skillset in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy, programs and services, gained from previous experience in senior management positions. 

Strategically minded and with exceptional leadership skills, you have an innate ability to work both effectively and sensitively with a broad range of people from diverse backgrounds.  Your tenacity allows you to expertly navigate the landscape to problem solve and balance conflicting priorities, thereby proving your capability in assessing and managing risk.  You work collaboratively with others in challenging circumstances, to negotiate and achieve outcomes that benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Naturally, you will have a passion for working with young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

As an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, your cultural and social awareness will be central to this role.

Please note, headspace considers that being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under s28 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).

The finer details….

We offer a flexible and dynamic environment where you have the opportunity to truly make a difference to young Australians.

Ideally based in the Melbourne CBD, we offer a competitive salary, plus generous salary packaging benefits in addition to extra leave entitlements.

Application Process: Please follow the Apply Now link below to upload your personal details, CV, cover letter and response to the key selection criteria. 

The headspace Reconciliation Action Plan has recently been implemented through a co-design process with employees across the organisation. We are committed to strengthening the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in everything that we do and we strongly encourage Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to apply for this role and all current vacancies.

For more information contact:

Name: Julia Smith
Email: JSmith@headspace.org.au

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