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Workforce Development and Health Promotion Officer

Organisation : Penington Institute

Location : Melbourne (Carlton)

Work type : Full-time, Part-time

Profession : Community Services, Education & Training, Healthcare & Medical, Other

Sector : Community Development, Community Engagement, Community Support Services, Drug, Alcohol & Addiction, Education & Training, Health – General, Other

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 25 Jun, 2022

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Penington Institute

Penington Institute is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation connecting lived experience and research to improve community safety in relation to drugs including pharmaceuticals and alcohol.

Our vision is that communities are safe, healthy and empowered to manage substance use.

We focus on promoting effective strategies, frontline workforce education and public awareness activities, making individuals and families safer and healthier.

About the role

  • Part-time / Full-time 2-year contract
  • Responsible for supporting health sector workforces to minimise the harms of drug use
  • Make a positive and tangible contribution to the community
  • Generous salary including packaging options

The Opportunity:

Reporting to the Workforce Development Lead the Workforce Development and Health promotion officer plays a critical role in assisting the Penington Institute achieve its strategic objectives.

You will deliver training and education across the health sector, including to needle and syringe program staff, and contribute to the development of new initiatives to reduce harm associated with drug use.  Be part of a positive, energetic and dedicated team (12 staff in total) who are passionate about Penington Institute’s mission to actively support the adoption of approaches to substance use which promote safety and human dignity.

Based at Penington Institute’s heritage offices in Carlton, the role offers flexibility for hybrid work and a great work environment.

The Person:

You are likely to understand and have experience delivering training in a range of engaging formats, and work to build the capacity of workforces including the needle and syringe programs.

You are always open to new ideas and ways to empower people with knowledge.

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

You have a desire to give back to society by undertaking impactful, cause based work.

You enjoy being hands-on across the breadth of training but also like to contribute to other areas of an organisation where you can add value.

You understand and are committed to the values of, and benefits delivered by, the not-for-profit sector.

The Role:

The Workforce Development and Health Promotion Officer role plays a broad and critical role in the successful operation of Penington Institute.

While the primary focus is training and workforce development, the incumbent is also responsible for engaging regularly with the frontline services to understand needs, changing priorities and be able to identify and respond to challenges and emerging issues. 

The role contributes to the broader objectives of Penington Institute and is key to informing the greater work of Penington Institute to address and reduce harm associated with drug use.

As a small organisation, a hands-on approach and a willingness to chip in and get things done are essential requirements.


A competitive salary package will be offered to the successful candidate commensurate with experience (full salary packaging benefits are available).

Download a copy of the position description here.

For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact Melinda Lucas, Workforce Development Lead, on +61 3 9650 0699.

There is no closing date for applications – however, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

How to apply

To apply, please submit your application to Anna Rolle  

Please ensure your application includes a cover letter that addresses the key selection criteria as well as a current CV.


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

Profession: #Community_Services, #Education_and_Training, #Healthcare_and_Medical, #Other
Sector: #Community_Development, #Community_Engagement, #Community_Support_Services, #Drug_Alcohol_and_Addiction, #Education_and_Training, #Health_–_General, #Other


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