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Jobs: Exec Officer



Position Vacant

Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association

Executive Officer



The Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association (ATCA) is the peak association representing alcohol and other drugs service in Australia and New Zealand that operate under both the Therapeutic Community and the Residential Rehabilitation Services models of care. 


ATCA leads on driving quality in organisations operating as Therapeutic Communities (TCs) and Residential Rehabilitation Services (RRS), as well as being the focal point for advocacy for TCs and RRS.


ATCA seeks to recruit an Executive Officer (EO).  The position is available for 20 – 27 hours per week on a fixed-term contract basis, initially being offered for a two year period until June 2022, with extension likely subject to funding.


Working with and supporting the ATCA Board, the role of the EO involves:

  • providing leadership to ATCA’s membership,
  • the management, liaison and lobbying of key stakeholders,
  • ensuring the profile and image of TCs, RRS and ATCA is maintained and increased, and
  • the operational management of ATCA.


As an experienced executive, you must have highly developed strategic / collaborative leadership skills, analytical, problem solving, management and planning skills.


A commitment to ATCA’s values and priorities in representing and advancing the interests of the ATCA membership.  Ability to work effectively with a Board, within a membership-based organisation. An advanced understanding of the financial, social, economic and political environment that TCs and RRS operate within.


The location of the position is negotiable and remuneration (pro rata for 20 – 27 hours per week – part time position) will be negotiated with the successful candidate.  ATCA offers salary packaging.


For a copy of the Position Description and Selection Criteria, please email:

Mr Garth Popple, Chair ATCA Board at:


Completed applications addressing the Selection Criteria and a Curriculum Vitae are to be emailed to:

Mr Garth Popple, Chair ATCA Board at


Jobs – Programs Manager – NSW

Job at Hepatitis NSW:


Programs Manager

Full-time, 35 hours per week (on-going contract)

Salary $74,493 base ($82,575 including superannuation and annual leave loading)

Full salary packaging is available.

We are seeking a highly motivated person to join our team. Reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, your primary responsibility is to coordinate, strategically develop and manage our programs team which includes our education projects (workforce development, capacity building, and Aboriginal projects) and our Community Support services (Hepatitis Infoline, treatment access and support projects, Peer Projects and Counselling).

You will supervise and manage a small team including casual staff and volunteers. You will also contribute to the planning and development of our general service delivery programs and to policy development.

Your demonstrated experience includes:

  • Education, training, and group work
  • An understanding of one or more of the following: counselling, chronic disease self-management or social work
  • Staff recruitment and management
  • An understanding of access and equity issues.


You will have the ability to develop a thorough understanding of medical and social implications of viral hepatitis, as well as a commitment to harm reduction and health promotion concepts as they relate to injecting drug use.

You also have relevant qualifications or experience in social services, health or education, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and exceptional organisational abilities

Closing date: 9am Thursday 12 April 2018

Interviews: Week commencing 16 April 2018


A job pack containing job description, selection criteria, terms and conditions of employment and a guide for job applicants must be obtained before applying.



Our offices are in Surry Hills, Sydney and are wheelchair-accessible.

  • Hepatitis NSW is committed to the ideal of equal opportunity in employment and does not discriminate against applicants or employees on any grounds.
  • People with lived experience of viral hepatitis are encouraged to apply.
  • We also encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


Jobs: Registered Nurses – Southern Highlands NSW

David Martin Place (DMP) is a new in-patient withdrawal unit at Triple Care Farm in the Southern Highlands (Robertson) of NSW run by Mission Australia.

We are currently recruiting 4.2 FTE Registered Nurses to provide holistic care to the young people (ages 16 to 24) in a rural detox setting.

DMP is a brand new purpose built 10 bed in-patient withdrawal management facility. Interested?

Then please follow this link:

Jobs: Project Officer – Western Australia

The Western Australian Substance Users Association (WASUA) is a state-wide, community based organization that aims to improve the health and social circumstances of people who use drugs (PWUD) in WA.

WASUA is staffed and governed by people who have had personal experience of substance use and /or people who have an interest in substance use issues and support WASUA’s practice and principles.

The Overdose Prevention and Management Program (OPAM) and Peer-administered Naloxone Project aim to reduce the incidence of death and morbidity associated with opioid overdose (OD).

They work to educate community members and to increase awareness of risk factors and knowledge of prevention and management strategies appropriate to OD.

Duties include recruiting, training and supporting a small team of volunteer peer educators and delivering training to, and supporting, people who use drugs, their families and significant others to develop skills, including; recognising an overdose and responding as a first aider, basic life support, and how and when to administer naloxone.


Job tasks and responsibilities;

  • Support the recruitment and training of volunteer peer educators,
  • Facilitate accurate record keeping and ongoing supervision of peer volunteer activities,
  • Organise and facilitate the provision of Naloxone training events as per the service contract,
  • Participate as a productive team member.


Further details can be found here;

Jobs – Clinical Director, South Austraila

Clinical Director, Drug & Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA)

 DASSA is looking for an esteemed medical consultant with superior skills and experience in addiction medicine to fill the role of Clinical Director. An individual with well-developed networks in the alcohol and drug field including links to academic institutions and a track record of published research would be well regarded.

While reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive, System Performance and Service Delivery, SA Health, the appointee will work in partnership with the State Director, DASSA, on a day to day basis.  This role will contribute to the achievement of relevant key performance indicators and strategic and operational deliverables for government operated alcohol and other drug treatment services for South Australia. Operationally, the Clinical Director will be responsible for the overall management and operation of clinical services and infrastructure across DASSA, including inpatient and outpatient services.

It is essential that the Clinical Director has a high level of knowledge of state, national and international drug policy and an understanding of the legislation and the structural mechanisms, which impact on drug related harm in South Australia. The position will also provide significant state-wide clinical leadership, particularly with the ongoing implementation of the DASSA model of care.

Highly developed communication skills with an exceptional degree of initiative with proven ability to develop innovative solutions to organisational issues and operational practices is required. Proven ability and experience in public speaking and media communication skills are also key to the success of this role.

DASSA has a well-established clinical governance framework and this role is the clinical lead and Chair of the DASSA Clinical Executive Committee.  Importantly, DASSA maintains a high level of transparency and accountability to internal and external stakeholders. The Clinical Director is an ex-officio member of the Community Advisory Council, a strategic committee for clients, carers and community to participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of DASSA programs and broader policy.

Through providing advice to the Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse and membership on the SA Health Safety and Quality Strategic Governance Committee, the Clinical Director has a significant opportunity to provide high level advice and influence to ensure drug and alcohol policy service delivery initiatives are appropriately prioritised.

Since 2003, DASSA has worked with the University of Adelaide to operate the DASSA World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Research in the Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Problems. The Centre has developed project and research based collaborations with many overseas organisations interested in evidence based treatment. In addition, the Centre provides valued support to the Cochrane Collaborative Review Group on Drugs and Alcohol. Up to 0.3 FTE of the Clinical Director role can be dedicated to further the achievements of the Centre.

Employment Terms: A competitive salary and flexible on-boarding arrangement including relocation and accommodation support will be negotiated with the successful candidate. In addition, from October 2016, there will be the option for this role to undertake private practice arrangements.

 For a confidential discussion, please contact Principal Search Consultant, Chris Thorburn
m: +61 (0) 407 620 918 e:

To obtain selection documentation please email quoting Ref No. H16_2320.

Applications Close: Friday 29th July 2016

Jobs: CEO – Canberra ACT

Are you passionate about making a difference to the lives of Australians who use drugs, people in drug treatment and people living with hepatitis C? Would you like to lead a dynamic national organisation committed to improving the health and human rights of people who use drugs?

The Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL), is the national organisation representing people who use or have used illicit drugs and is the peak body for the state and territory organisations. AIVL is looking to fill the position of Chief Executive. This role will be responsible for the strategic leadership and management of the organisation.

This full-time position is based at the AIVL office in Canberra with a salary range of $105,000- $120,000 p.a. plus superannuation and salary packaging.

AIVL operates on a peer-based philosophy and strongly encourages applications from people with lived experience of drug use and who identify with the community of people who use drugs.

Applicants will need to address all key selection criteria to be short listed for interview. The position description/application pack can be obtained by calling Amy McDonell on 02 6279 1600  or by visiting the AIVL website.

The closing date for this position is close of business on the 27 May 2016.

Jobs: Case Worker – Sydney

WHOS (We Help Ourselves) is based in NSW and QLD, and caters for individuals who are experiencing difficulties with Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) dependence. Our programs are based on the Therapeutic Community model of care. Transitional and Exit Housing is available to all WHOS clients after they have completed the residential treatment program.

We are currently looking for a Full Time Case Worker to join the WHOS Gateway Aftercare/Outreach service.

The primary focus of the Case Worker role will be working with clients in the Aftercare (‘Gateway’) phase of the WHOS program based in Rozelle (NSW). This program works with clients who have completed the main residential treatment programs and focuses on clients  re-integration back into the community through a structured and supported program.


Essential Selection Criteria:

  • Minimum Cert IV in AOD / Community Services
  • Minimum two years paid work experience in Alcohol & Other Drugs treatment services
  • Case management experience
  • Experience and knowledge of assisting clients into employment and training, relapse prevention and the development of independent living skills
  • Sound written and oral communication skills
  • Flexible, motivated and enthusiastic team player
  • Computer literacy and word processing skills
  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Current Drivers Licence

Desirable Selection Criteria:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the Therapeutic Community model.

The position reports to the WHOS Service Enhancement Team Manager and will also be expected to contribute to policy development, maintaining data records in relation to KPIs relating to this service and producing monthly activity reports.

Remuneration: Negotiated dependant on qualifications and experience equivalent to SCHDS Award. Successful applicants will need to provide current Police Record Check.

Please forward a covering letter addressing the Essential Selection Criteria and a copy of your current Resume to Steve Hocking, Service Enhancement Team Manager .  (02) 85727482


Applications close: 5pm Monday May 23rd 2016.

Jobs: Community Aboriginal Worker – Western Australia

South Metro Community Alcohol and Drug Service –  Mandurah

 Community Aboriginal Worker – drug and alcohol

Full time contract to 30 June 2017

Palmerston Association is a leading and respected not for profit organisation supporting people with alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues in Western Australia.

Based in Mandurah the Community Aboriginal Worker will provide AOD support to the local Aboriginal community in the Peel region. The successful applicant will have significant life skills and experience in building trust with local Aboriginal communities. The role includes outreach services, yarning and support to individuals and families struggling with alcohol and other drug issues, working with allied agencies including referrals and shared care. A strong sense of community connection is essential, along with good communication and individual support skills.

Palmerston can offer you:

  • an organisation that understands the importance of culture
  • excellent working conditions and environment
  • salary packaging benefits
  • training, development and support

Salary range is: $63,000 to $67,700.

For further information please download the job description form (JDF) from

This appointment will be made under a Section 50(d) exemption of the Equal Opportunity Act.

For a confidential chat, please contact Terry Slomp on 9581 4010 or email:

Applications to by 5pm Monday 7 March 2016. Please include your resume along with a statement outlining your interest and suitability for the position.

Jobs: Assistant Manager – Cessnock

Assistant Manager 

An exciting opportunity exists to lead a dynamic team within a larger organisation.

We Help Ourselves (WHOS) – Hunter Valley operates a residential Therapeutic Community for 30 men & women within the Cessnock area.

We are currently looking for a highly motivated, reliable person to coordinate the daily duties of the drug and alcohol facility and assist in managing 10 staff members.

Ideal qualities: 

  • AOD or related field Qualifications
  • 2 yrs Experience working in AOD, mental health or related field
  • Experience coordinating teams
  • Good time management
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent computer literacy
  • 1st aid certificate
  • NSW drivers licence


  • Experience working within a therapeutic community

Remuneration: Negotiated based on qualifications and experience equivalent to SCHDS Award. Salary packaging applies. Applicants required to undergo a Criminal Record Check.

Please forward your resume to

If you require any further information contact Gemma Campton, Manager, on (02) 49917000

Applications close: 16/12/15 looking to carry out interviews on the 18/12/15

Jobs: Project Officer – Sydney

Part time: 30.4 hours per week (4 days)

12 months contract with possibility of extension

Salary range from $51,331 to $62,251 pro rata (depending on experience) + superannuation contribution + eligibility for salary packaging

The Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (NADA) is the peak organisation for the non government alcohol and other drugs sector in NSW. Our goal is to advance and support non government alcohol and other drugs organisations in NSW to reduce the alcohol and drug related harm to individuals, families and the community.

If you have demonstrated experience managing projects, understand the non government alcohol and other drugs (or broader health and community) sector, and have experience in events and/or grants management we would like to hear from you. The successful candidate for this position will have highly organised administrative skills, possess strong written and verbal communication skills, and have ability the ability to engage with a diverse range of stakeholders.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

The Position Description can be downloaded here.

Guide to Applying for NADA Positions can be downloaded here.

All applicants must:

o   Provide a cover letter as part of their application

o   Address the essential and desirable criteria, detailing how they best meet the criteria

o   Provide a curriculum vitae with references.

Contact Robert Stirling or ph. 8113 1320 for more information.

Please forward all applications to

Closing date for applications is COB Friday 14 August 2015