Programs Officer

Newcastle, NSW

Job Summary

As Programs Officer you will be responsible for designing, delivering and evaluating a portfolio of peer support, psychosocial and recreational initiatives for CanTeen’s service users.

You will play a key role in CanTeen’s psychosocial practices and act as a key support worker for participants where appropriate, safeguarding the wellbeing of young people through their CanTeen experience. You will be involved with the local youth leadership team and in the delivery of cancer health education projects in schools. You will lead the recruitment, management and engagement of volunteers who assist to deliver CanTeen programs and services.

As Programs Officer you will be a confident communicator, able to engage young people, volunteers and the general public about our work.  You will develop and maintain relationships with a broad cross-section of CanTeen referral sources including schools, colleges/ universities and other not-for-profit organisations.

Is this you?


  • Tertiary qualification in education, psychology, human services or related fields
  • Background in supporting young people experiencing significant life challenges
  • Demonstrated skills designing and delivering engaging events, recreation programs and programs with significant psychosocial practice elements (e.g. structured group work time)
  • Experience creating and maintaining relationships with education, health and not-for-profit professionals
  • Demonstrated abilities in group facilitation
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Current open driver’s license, ability to obtain a first aid certificate and the flexibility to travel, work weekends and evenings (with notice) are essential.


  • Certified in First Aid
  • ASIST or similar suicide prevention training
  • Mental Health First Aid


  • Good computer and digital communication skills
  • Strong organisational/project planning and time management skills
  • Strong attention to detail and good initiative
  • Ability to think creatively and innovatively with regard to recreation and other program activities
  • Strong communication and networking skills
  • Proven ability to facilitate groups of young people for a variety of activities
  • Ability to relate to young people, anticipate needs, and to present information in a clear and logical way, and with confidence, to target group
  • Knowledge of legal obligations relating to activities

Personal qualities

  • Approachable, ability to listen actively, friendly and professional
  • High level of integrity, honesty and commitment
  • Highly motivated, team player who contributes to maintaining an effective team that is focused on achieving key performance indicators for the state/ territory
  • Open and honest person who seeks and provides guidance and feedback from others including co-workers, volunteers, and CanTeen participants
  • Adaptable to change

The nuts and bolts?

12 Month Fixed term; Full time (37.5 hrs per week); Newcastle; This is a Maternity Leave Cover aiming to commence work in January 2020.


Application Info

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You can apply on our website below, alternatively, send your CV and covering letter to

The closing date for this position is Wednesday 13th November 2019

We look forward to hearing from you!