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Youth Participation Design Officer

Organisation : Orygen

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Full-time, Part-time, Contract/Temporary

Profession : Community Services, Other, Program Coordination & Management, Project Management

Sector : Mental Health, Youth & Young People

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 1 Mar, 2021

About the role

  • Join a leader in youth mental health and be part of a supportive team

  • Purposeful work, making a real difference to young people

  • Full time / Part time fixed term contract ending 30 June 2021

  • Access to generous NFP salary packaging and flexible work/life

    balance arrangements


The Youth Participation Design Officer will work with the Youth Participation Team at Orygen to support the development of an online youth participation platform. They will work in collaboration with young people, Orygen staff and external stakeholders to guide the development of this online platform, the formation of which will seek to allow young people across Australia to engage with youth participation opportunities within the organisation. An online platform could take the form of a variety of online tools that will allow young people to engage flexibly and in ways that work for them.

If you have a passion for the field of youth mental health and want to make a real difference to the lives of young people and their families and carers and share Orygen’s values of respect, accountability, teamwork, excellence and innovation, then we would love you to apply for this role!

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Orygen

The why behind what we do is important. We believe that all young people deserve to grow into adulthood with optimal mental health. Everything we do is focused on this outcome. Orygen is leading and redefining what’s possible in global research, policy, education and clinical care. Find out more on our website.

The role & your impact

The Youth Participation Design Officer will work to support the creation of a new structure for increased youth engagement and the widening of Orygen’s network of young people. The Youth Participation Design Officer will be responsible for project planning, analysing, designing and showcasing what a meaningful and accessible online youth participation platform can look like based on consultations with young people and stakeholders. Working closely with Orygen’s technical teams, the Youth Participation Design Officer will create content for an online youth participation platform and assist in its development into a working site.


Depending on your skills and experience, a salary of $56,000 - $62,000 p.a (pro-rata) is offered plus superannuation, access to generous NFP salary packaging, flexible work/life balance benefits, supportive team, development opportunities, purposeful work that makes a real difference to lives of young people and their families and carers and career opportunities within an organisation that is the leader in youth mental health.

About you

The following key selection criteria must be met to be successful:

    • Aged between 18-25 years at time of application.

    • Knowledge of youth mental health sector.

    • Interest in digital tools for youth mental health.

    • Passion, energy and determination to make a difference in how young people are engaged in youth participation opportunities within the youth mental health sector.

  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate workshops and groups in a manner that encourages creative thinking and reflective practice.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to build rapport and communicate effectively

    with stakeholders (including young people).

  • Ability to show initiative and demonstrate sound judgement and problem solving skills.

  • Ability to apply strategic and innovative thinking to support the development of the online platform.


How to apply

Contact Tharindu Jayadeva, Youth Participation Program Manager on for a confidential discussion. 

Please refer to the position description and submit your resume and cover letter  using the subject line ‘Youth Participation Design Officer’ followed by your ‘full name’

You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible. Orygen may close the advertisement before the closing date.

Orygen is dedicated to gender equality, diversity and inclusivity. We strive to continue to builda culturally safe workplace where our values underpin the way we work and our strategic commitment to partner with First Nations people of Australia, young people and their families, LGBTIQA+ people and CALD people. We strongly encourage applications from the First Nations people.

Please quote in application: Youth Participation Design Officer via Pro Bono Australia.


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