Community Awareness and Engagement Officer

Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter
Community Services & Development
Community Development
$32 - $34.90 per hour + salary packaging options
Full time
Posted 2d ago

Who are we?

Samaritans is a not-for-profit organisation who for over 30 years has been offering support to those in need including young people and families, those with disability or mental health challenges and the wider community. We have over 850 staff and more than 400 volunteers across the regions in which we work. The Samaritans values of Compassion, Integrity, Justice act as our tagline and describe the principles behind the work we do and the way we do it.

headspace Maitland & Cessnock are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing under the Youth Mental Health Initiative Program. They are two of over 100 sites in Australia which aims to reduce the burden of disease in young people aged 12-25 years caused by mental health other life factors through early identification and effective, evidence-based intervention delivered by primary care and specialist providers working together within a unified, accessible and integrated service framework.

The role

The position will focus on community capacity building, youth participation, community awareness and education and training activities designed to raise awareness and understanding of youth mental health. Applicants will need to be able to develop and/or link with a range of creative youth friendly programs and strategies that attract and engage young people.

Full time position required to work between our Maitland and Cessnock sites with travel into Upper and Lower Hunter regions. 

You will be

  • solutions focused with a positive attitude & proactive in your approach.
  • You thrive in a fast-paced environment, displaying dedication when it comes to getting the job done.
  • Passionate about mental health and young people
  • Able to work flexible hours and days to accommodate the needs of the community


Essential Criteria

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in an appropriate discipline or extensive demonstrated experience in – health promotion, public health, social sciences, communication/marketing, education or youth work.
  • Awareness of the health issues affecting children and young people and in particular children and young people experiencing mental health problems
  • Sound knowledge of health promotion and social marketing principles
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to utilise a strengths-based approach to communicate and develop respectful and professional relationships with young people 12 – 25 years
  • Experience in providing training and group activities that facilitate opportunities for young people to develop appropriate skills
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to work within a team
  • Understanding and commitment to WH&S principles and guidelines
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Word, PowerPoint, internet, social media platforms, email and publishing software)

The successful applicant must also possess a current NSW Working with Children Check, a current Provide First Aid certificate, Current NDIS Worker Screening Check and hold a current/ valid NSW Drivers Licence.


  • Experience in writing and editing written and web based social media publications
  • Grant writing experience
  • Accreditation running evidence-based group programs or mental health training
  • Attendance at a suicide risk assessment training such as ASIST, Blackdog Adv Training in Suicide Prevention, etc.


What we offer

Our teams are the heart of what we do here at Samaritans. you will have the opportunity to work with an innovative, collaborative team environment with a group of people that are warm, inspiring, passionate about social justice and advocacy, as well as:

  • Attractive salary packaging options
  • Fitness Passport corporate gym membership
  • Career and development opportunities within the wider organisation
  • Payroll giving program


If this sounds like you, click "Apply Now" 

Please submit your resume and cover letter addressing the essential criteria

Those who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander encouraged to apply. 

LGBTIQA also encouraged to apply.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia.

No agencies or third-party applications please.

Employer questions

Your application will include the following questions:
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia?
  • What's your expected annual base salary?
  • Do you have a current Australian driver's licence?
  • Do you have experience working with young people with complex needs?

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