Established in 1912, Open Minds is a leading independent not-for-profit organisation and registered NDIS provider. Open Minds works to enhance mental health and wellbeing through tailored supports to people living with mental illness, disability, and employment.
Our Purpose is "Enabling an independent and positive future" for people living with mental illness and disabilities.
The Community Development Officer will focus on developing and implementing strategic community development initiatives to address current and emerging issues in the area of youth mental health; strengthen communication between the headspace centre and the local community; and strengthen the headspace centre’s capacity to advocate, support and address the needs of identified key target areas.
The role will involve the development and delivery of health promotion activities and events, as well as promoting the services of the headspace centre to encourage and assist young people with early and meaningful access to health and other services, and to increase mental health literacy among young people and the wider community to assist in breaking down the stigma of mental health.
This role is based at headspace, Strathpine.
Mandatory Requirements and Credentials
- Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline (such as Community Development, Health Promotion, Public Health, Social/Behavioural Science, and/or Social Work/Planning), or a minimum 4 years’ experience in a related field of employment.
- Demonstrated knowledge of working within a Community Development Framework, specifically in the areas of youth, mental health, alcohol and other drug, and/or other social issues.
- Demonstrated knowledge of project management principles with the demonstrated ability to plan, develop, and implement strategic initiatives related to youth engagement and community development settings.
- Sound knowledge of and capacity to implement community effective engagement techniques, including the effective use of social media applications.
- Demonstrated highly developed social research, analytical and evaluation skills related to community service initiatives.
- Demonstrated highly developed interpersonal and communication and reporting skills with the ability to liaise and network across the community and service agencies.
- Demonstrated sound computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office Suite including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain networks and partnerships to contribute to community capacity building.
- Integrity and empathy when dealing with community members who may have special or complex needs.
- Have some flexibility to travel, and to work after hours (including weekends and evenings).
- Demonstrated understanding of the not-for-profit/non-government sector, in particular in relation to mental health.
- Demonstrated knowledge of community development and social service related policies, program development and planning.
- Demonstrated ability to operate within a community development framework which promotes the principles of the headspace model.
- Current Driver Licence and reliable vehicle
- Hold or be eligible to obtain NDIS Worker Screening (or current Yellow Card)
- Hold or be eligible to obtain Working with Children Check (Blue Card)
- Undergo a current and satisfactory Police Check