About the roles

The Western and the Northern Region Managers will provide program and practice leadership to teams of multi-disciplinary practitioners delivering child and family mental health and wellbeing services in the western or northern Melbourne regions.

drummond street services (ds) delivers responsive, intentional and evidence-based programs, within a public health framework, focusing on prevention and early intervention and treatment. These efforts strive to build and enhance the innate resilience of children, young people, their families and communities and to increase protective factors. The Managers will have responsibility for ensuring our services are responsive the needs and input of the communities we seek to assertively engage.

The ideal candidates will be passionate and committed to social justice and will lead our teams to ensure our efforts are culturally safe and affirmative for all children, young people and families. In addition, the Manager has accountability for the performance of our programs.  This includes contractual and reporting requirements, program and client risk and safety, and our evaluative practices.

You will

  • Lead high performance teams through engaging staff, setting clear direction and performance expectations
  • Contribute to and foster a positive and affirmative team environment
  • Manage the delivery of our children, youth and family services by ensuring we meet best practice standards whilst meeting our contractual obligations
  • Manage and coordinate teams at the operational level across different service sites in the respective region
  • Provide leadership by supervising and supporting senior practitioners and others in the team to ensure that our team has regular staff meetings and planning meetings and practice quality is maintained to a high standard
  • Coordinate, collate and prepare reports/information for funders and contractual obligations
  • Ensure performance targets are met and data and evaluation material is collected and input into our systems consistently and in a timely way
  • Work with our funders to ensure they understand our work and are aware of the needs and aspirations of the communities we serve

About you

You will have an ability to:

  • Use collaborative leadership and management techniques to support and empower team members
  • Experience and confidence to provide leadership to a team of people that reflects the communities we service by upholding cultural safety for staff and in our service model
  • Guide, direct and facilitate staff high performance
  • Be goal focused and driven by meeting key deliverables
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of child and adolescent development and whole of family practice and the impact of structural disadvantage on individuals, families and communities (such as racism, sexism, Islamophobia, homophobia or transphobia)
  • Manage multiple contracts using project management skills and stakeholder engagement strategies

Selection Criteria

All of the following must be addressed in your application to be considered.


  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of therapeutic & supportive approaches for families and specifically children and young people with focus on early intervention and preventative family-based interventions.
  • Ability to contribute to organisation including culture, people, research, best practice and sustainability including income generation, along with high level written skills, including reports and funding submissions.
  • Outline your qualifications in Social Work, Family Therapy, Psychology, or another relevant qualification, as it relates to the position responsible for leading a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate your genuine interest and commitment to collaborating with First Nation, LGBTIQ+, and people of color. Please use examples showing experience of collaborating with these communities.
  • Do you have a minimum of three years’ experience in successfully leading and managing highly dynamic teams? If yes please outline your understanding and approach to these using examples
  • Describe how you would use your leadership and management skills to support and develop a team during a period of growth and change and the ability to manage multiple funding streams and programs.
  • Victorian driver’s license

Highly desirable

  • You identify as belonging to one/ more of the communities ds assertively engages

For further information please contact Jemma Mead or Andrew Rush on 03 9663 6733

Application process

  • Applications close at midnight (00:00) on Sunday 7th October 2018.
  • All applicants must include a resume and respond to all the key selection criteria for the relevant position. Please specify if you are applying for the Northern or Western Region role or both. Email to recruitment@ds.org.au

Position description

Please download the Western Region Manager position description by clicking here.