Programs Officer – Launceston, Tasmania

Launceston, Tasmania

Job Summary

We are looking for a confident and inspiring Programs Officer to work with young people on a wide range of recreational and psychosocial initiatives on a 0.8 FTE (30 hours per week) as an Permanent Employee. 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 co-facilitate the local youth leadership team, including monthly meetings and annual elections and will be involved in the delivery of cancer health education projects in schools.

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.

For a detailed description about the role and further information about Canteen please read our job information pack HERE!


Selection criteria


  • Tertiary qualification in education, psychology, human services, allied health 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 in recruiting and managing 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.
  • Current National Criminal History Check and Working with Children Check


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


Demonstrated Capacity


  • 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 against 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

Once again for a detailed description about the role and further information about Canteen please read our job information pack HERE!

Applications close on 18 August 2019.

If you’d like to apply please complete the form below or alternatively send your CV and covering letter to

Good luck!