Close Search

Workforce Development & Health Promotion Officer

Organisation : Penington Institute

Location : Melbourne (Carlton)

Work type : Full-time, Part-time

Profession : Advocacy, Community Services, Education & Training

Sector : Community Development, Community Support Services, Drug, Alcohol & Addiction, Education & Training

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 29 Oct, 2021

About the role

Working at Penington Institute means that you’re passionate about the world’s public health.

You understand the challenges we face supporting approaches to drug use that promote safety and human dignity.

You are up for the challenge and believe you can make a positive contribution.

You love exploring ideas, sharing your knowledge and working with a diverse range of dedicated stakeholders. 

You understand and have experience building the capacity of workforces including delivering training in a range of engaging formats. You are always open to new ideas and ways to empower people with knowledge.

We are seeking a new team member who is self-motivated and enthusiastic to further develop the role of Workforce Development & Health Promotion Officer to assist in the ongoing development of the community and health sector workforces (including Needle and Syringe Programs) to minimise the harms of drug use across Victoria.

The Workforce Development & Health Promotion Officer will be responsible for supporting health sector workforces including Needle and Syringe Programs to minimise the harms of drug use. A central component to the role includes delivering workforce development and training to the Victorian Needle and Syringe Programs. 

Position responsibilities

  • Identify training and education needs and develop materials that are fit-for-purpose and reflect current evidence/knowledge
  • Deliver training and education programs to Needle and Syringe Programs and other related workforces
  • Engage regularly with frontline services to keep abreast of emerging issues
  • Assist in preparing proposals and tender submissions for funding
  • Contribute to identifying health promotion opportunities and support the development of new initiatives
  • Support and assist in the delivery of other services provided by Penington Institute as opportunities arise (for example: providing guidance, information and advice)
  • Administrative and communication activities to meet responsibilities above
  • Other activities as required

Knowledge, Experience and Skills


  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues
  • Demonstrate high level interpersonal, communication, and liaison skills which can be applied across a range of differing cultural environments and diverse communities and organisations
  • Value individual differences and diversity

Build and Utilise Stakeholder Relationships

  • Build networks within the wider community
  • Maintain strong, positive relationships both internally and externally

Communication Skills

  • Confidently convey ideas and information in a clear way
  • Welcome and provide constructive feedback

We offer a dynamic working environment and are located in Carlton next to the city. The remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.


Please read the position description here.



About the organisation

Organisation Name : Penington Institute

Our vision is that communities are safe, healthy and empowered to manage substance use. We connect lived experience and research to improve community safety in relation to drugs including pharmaceuticals and alcohol. Fiercely independent, we tackle the difficult questions through research and analysis, promotion and advocacy, consumer and community engagement, and education and collaboration with frontline workers and like-minded organisations.

Our approach 

Penington Institute collaborates with a broad range of sectors and organisations to identify and respond to specific substance use problems and their causes. With our outreach to the font line we are well placed to know and understand the realities of how drugs impact on communities. We add our frontline knowledge and experience to our analysis of the evidence to help support practical research and policy and the development of support services and public health campaigns. 


How to apply

To apply for this position, you must:

  • Provide a cover letter as part of your application
  • Address the essential criteria, detailing how you best meet the criteria
  • Provide a current CV


Further information

Please contact Dr Stephen McNally for further information on this position by calling 03 9650 0699.

Submit your application to Anna Rolle

Closing date.  Submit your application by Friday 29th October 



Please quote in application: Workforce Development & Health Promotion Officer via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Advocacy, #Community_Services, #Education_and_Training
Sector: #Community_Development, #Community_Support_Services, #Drug_Alcohol_and_Addiction, #Education_and_Training

You might be interested in

Due to the growth in our Regional Support Coordination team ...

Support Coordinator

The AOD Counsellor provides support to reduce AOD related ha...

Featured suppliers

Fantastic digital management app for organisations deliverin...


We specialise in data solutions consulting and IT profession...

DQUBE Solutions

pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get purpose-driven roles delivered free to your inbox every Monday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!