Vacancy: Health Promotion Officers (Part Time and Full Time)

The Women’s Centre for Health Matters Inc. (WCHM) is a community-based not for profit organisation which works in the ACT and surrounding region to improve women’s health and wellbeing. WCHM’s objectives, as stated in the WCHM Constitution, are to improve the health and wellbeing of women in the ACT and surrounding regions, particularly those vulnerable to disadvantage. Our work is guided by the social determinants of health framework; this means that we believe that each woman’s environment and life circumstances will affect her health and wellbeing outcomes.

WCHM aims to promote women’s health by working to ensure that women can contribute to and are aware of the health choices available to them. We want women to feel in control of and understand the determinants of their own health and wellbeing. We do this in a variety of ways, including: advocacy, capacity building, community development, health promotion, information provision, social research, and working across sectors.

Information on the kind of work we have undertaken in the past is available on our website.

We have 3 permanent Health Promotion Officer positions available. Two positions are part time for approximately 30 hours per week between the hours of 9am – 5pm (or as negotiated with the Executive Director). One position is full time for 37.5 hours per week.

The positions work under the general direction of, and are responsible to the Deputy CEO, under the overview of the CEO. The salary will be paid at the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry (SCHCaDS) Award 2010 level 6.1 ($35.66 per hour gross, with superannuation paid in addition). As an endorsed not-for-profit DGR organisation, the taxation laws provide generous tax concessions to the Women’s Centre for Health Matters, including an exemption from Fringe Benefits Tax that enables generous salary sacrifice provisions.

It is a genuine occupational qualification to be female for this position.

Written applications addressing selection criteria should be submitted by COB Wednesday 31 May 2017. If you would like further information please call 02 6290 2166 or email admin@wchm.org.au.

Position Overview

Health Promotion Officers in WCHM will work within a social determinants of health framework to promote a gendered understanding of health and wellbeing issues for ACT women. Underneath the stated duties, the position will be responsible for carrying out discrete initiatives (including those specific projects for which WCHM receives funding) that are ultimately oriented towards achieving WCHM’s mission of improving health and wellbeing outcomes for women.

Health Promotion Officers are responsible for:

  • Undertaking activities and forming partnerships that promote the organisation, its mission and the health promotion initiatives of WCHM.
  • Planning, development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion initiatives.
  • Using a variety of strategies, including social research, community development and community engagement processes, advocacy and lobbying, health information provision and education, media, and digital technology.
  • Forming relationships and partnerships with community groups, businesses, and government agencies to better understand local women’s health and wellbeing needs, in order to extend WCHM’s capacity to respond to those needs.
  • Monitoring, evaluating and recommending changes to initiatives, practices and policy.
  • Contributing to the capacity building work of WCHM as required—for example, through assisting community groups in planning, developing, maintaining and evaluating community resources, programs and supports to enhance women’s health and wellbeing, and coordinating meetings, forums and events.
  • Informing the public of the WCHM’s work and health promotion initiatives, and raising awareness about women’s health and wellbeing issues,
  • Communicating and furthering WCHM’s advocacy work, including through participation in advisory groups and submission and consultation processes.
  • Undertaking project specific tasks as directed.
  • Keeping up-to-date with research, best practice, community initiatives and emerging issues within the women’s health and wellbeing agenda.
  • Working in empowering, ethical, and genuinely collaborative ways to inform and guide WCHM’s work.
  • Building organisational knowledge and capacity by providing advice and support to other staff and placement students as required.
  • Contributing to the governance, strategic planning and other activities of WCHM.
  • Representing WCHM as required.

Selection Criteria

Essential Criteria

  1. A tertiary degree in Health Promotion, Public Health or other relevant qualification and / or at least two years of relevant experience.
  2. Understanding of women’s health and wellbeing issues and the social determinants of health, and the need for a gendered approach to Health Promotion focussing on women.
  3. Demonstrated experience in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating health promotion initiatives (As evidenced by relevant experience in managing projects, project evaluation, needs assessment, and community consultation).
  4. Excellent verbal communication skills, particularly the demonstrated ability to communicate with confidence in a range of forums with a diverse range of people including the facilitation of groups, delivering presentations and speaking at meetings. (As evidenced by experience in running focus groups and discussion forums, presenting research findings at meetings or events.)
  5. Demonstrated written communication skills of a high standard which includes being comfortable writing for a variety of audiences, and a demonstrated ability to use a range of social research methodology. (As evidenced by experience in writing quality information papers, briefs, and submissions, producing reports and literature reviews, and creating surveys and consumer information materials.)
  6. Relevant experience in policy analysis and development, and advocacy. (As evidenced by experience in consulting and working collaboratively with stakeholders in research, policy and/or advocacy activities).
  7. Proven ability to establish and build good stakeholder relationships (As evidenced by relevant experience in networking with individuals, and other organisations or groups, including from ACT Government and the community sector).
  8. Well-developed digital literacy. (As evidenced by experience in writing for digital environments, creating online surveys using Survey Monkey, and proficiency in using Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.)
  9. A commitment to the mission, values and vision of the Women’s Centre for Health Matters which includes working within a feminist framework and a social determinants model of health. (For example, demonstrated activities that align with a feminist framework or are focused on the needs of marginalised women.)

Highly Desirable Criteria

  1. Current Driver’s Licence
  2. Experience in event management and coordination.
  3. Experience with media and or communications.