Student Wellbeing Officer (Youth Worker)

Job posted: 22/06/2022
Applications close: 10/07/2022 (Midnight)
8 days remaining

8 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Southern Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 08/08/2022 - 23/06/2023

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Education and Training

Reference: 1284292

Reference: 1284292

Occupation: Education and Training

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Southern Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

KSC 1: Demonstrated capacity to provide wellbeing support to young people and families in an educational setting, including experience in the development and implementation of individual support, group programs and whole cohort strategies and approaches.

KSC 2: Demonstrated capacity to assess and establish the needs of student cohorts based on data collation, devise and implement relevant evidence based strategies and programs, based on best practice.

KSC 3: Highly developed communication, interpersonal and networking skills with a demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively with young people, parents and carers, school staff and other professional agencies, including Care Teams.

KSC 4: Demonstrated ability to design, deliver and/or broker professional development to staff and community including provision of information, consultation and resources.

KSC 5: Demonstrated capacity to reflect critically upon their own professional practice and apply the knowledge, skills and expertise derived from ongoing professional learning.

KSC 6: Knowledge and understanding of Child Safe Standards as relevant to education settings.


Range 3 is distinguished by the introduction of management responsibility and accountability for the delivery of professional support services. The role will usually impact beyond the work area or professional field. It seeks to gain cooperation of other staff members or members of the school community to achieve specific objectives, such as in school administration, operations or educational programs.

Direction on targets and goals is provided but the position will have some degree of latitude in determining how they are achieved. This latitude will generally be limited by standard procedures and school policy.  Deviation from standard procedures and school policy will require guidance and direction from senior management.

The provision of business management responsibilities becomes a feature at range 3.  Management of staff to achieve the expected outcomes is a key responsibility.  Staff management issues will be resolved with minimal reference to senior management, although guidance will be required in more complex cases.  Senior management will be provided with timely reports and advice, although this will generally be confined to matters relating to the immediate work area, service provision or educational program and is unlikely to impact substantially on whole of school operations.

This is the minimum range for positions that carry a mandatory qualification requirement of not less than four years.  Professional student support positions become a feature at range 3 (e.g. therapists, psychologists) where standard professional services are delivered.  Professional support and guidance will be close at hand and deviation from standard procedures and school policy will require guidance and direction from senior management.

An education support class position supports the educational services being provided to students, but must not include duties of teaching as defined in clause 2.6.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) or its successor.  Supervision of students cannot be required except where it is an integral part of the employees position or involves supervision of students individually or in small groups, in controlled circumstances, where the responsibility for students remains clearly with a teacher.


Student support

  • Coordinate support of students including liaising with families, College staff, external agencies and regular Student Support Group meetings
  • Conduct assessments of students including risk assessments 
  • Develop and implement acute interventions for identified students; including assessment and development of safety and support plans for identified students in consultation with relevant school staff, the student and their family
  • Design and deliver small group programs to empower students to be happier, healthier and more resilient
  • Provide critical incident coordination and support including following policies and procedures
  • Develop and implement strategies and actions to deliver outcomes related to DET identified vulnerable cohorts to ensure all students achieve positive education experiences and outcomes
  • Support student/staff requests for assistance in the application of reasonable adjustments and modifications
  • Support implementation of Positive Education Framework as related to student wellbeing

Teacher capacity

  • Act as resource for teachers to build their capacity in the identification and development of educational, social and emotional supports to assist students who are vulnerable or have additional needs
  • Coach and mentor staff in the implementation of interventions and support strategies
  • Deliver and participate in staff professional learning sessions and attend staff meetings

Policies and processes

  • Work collaboratively with the Wellbeing Team and the College Leadership Group to develop, update and review wellbeing policies and processes
  • Input into Strategic Planning
  • Supervision of tertiary placement students

Stakeholder relationships

  • Strengthen links, referral pathways and collaborate with other health professionals and a range of community organisations and government agencies related to wellbeing
  • Actively contribute to a range of College-based teams including attendance of out of school hour events where appropriate (eg Grade 6 Information Night)

Who May Apply

Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department of Education and Training is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion for all. We value diversity and inclusion in all forms – gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for roles within the Department.  The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Other Information

Organisational Relationships

Reports to:                  Head of Wellbeing and Support

Internal Liaisons:        Business Manager, Assistant Principals

External liaisons:        SSSs, agencies, community, parents


Must be qualified in any of: Social Work, Social Sciences, Psychology, Youth Work, Counselling, Occupational Therapy, or, any other relevant qualification.  Applicants must have experience in an educational or mental health setting.

If relevant to your qualification, eligible for board registration of qualification.

Employee Working with Children Check

Police Check Required

Vaccination Requirement

A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Elisabeth Murdoch College (EMC) is a coeducational secondary college, 7-12, located in the south eastern suburb of Langwarrin with a current student population of 1800. The College is positioned as the first choice for local families. An enrolment zone is in place.  We care about developing each of our students as a whole child.  We build relationships and offer opportunities that position students for their pathway to success.

Our key priority areas are Literacy, Student Engagement in Learning, and Community Engagement. The College has an instructional model that guides teaching and learning for staff and students. The model provides flexibility to incorporate current department initiatives.

The College adopts evidence-based strategies to support student’s social and emotional learning. We offer a learning environment where all students can achieve their best and be positioned for a positive pathway.  Respect, Empowerment, Aspiration, Courage, and Honesty are the core values that guide our work.  We set high expectations for all students in all aspects of school life.

Elisabeth Murdoch College leads and implements initiatives and strategies to support the wellbeing of students, staff and the wider community.  EMC is a lead school for the Department of Education Respectful Relationships initiative.  We also have a newly established Inclusive Education team supporting students with additional needs including the new Tier 2 disability inclusion approach and Disability Inclusion Profiles (formerly Program for Students with Disabilities).  EMC drives reconciliation in education, and celebrates and supports our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through our endorsed Reconciliation Action Plan.  We are proud to work in partnership with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to support students building strength in cultural identity in engagement activities across the College.

Elisabeth Murdoch College, Langwarrin Primary School, Langwarrin Park Primary School, and Woodlands Primary School have partnered to create the THRIVE positive education network. Together we are using best practice teaching and the science of positive psychology to help every member of our school community to THRIVE.

Elisabeth Murdoch College is proud to offer a diverse set of pathways to cater to every aspiration. We strive to meet the learning needs and passions of every student, while also creating a supportive environment with opportunities for students to develop an individual sense of self and belonging to the community.

Our four Middle School Specialist Programs provide an insight into our unique approach to support students to transform their interests and passions into learning and career pathways in preparation for senior school.  These programs are:

  • Leaders in Sport – Strong leadership within the community
  • The Murdoch Program – Providing strong academic pathways
  • The Performing Arts Collective – Inspiring success through a passion to perform
  • THRIVE Aspirant Leaders – Empowering students to become change makers

These four Specialist Programs extend our regular curriculum, creating an environment where students can challenge each other, take risks and develop the behaviours and leadership skills that will support their continued learning well beyond secondary school.

We also provide a vast curriculum that caters for the interests and abilities of a diverse range of learning styles and pathways including:

  • Extensive VCE and VET offerings
  • School Based Apprenticeships with an extensive vocational program
  • Many additional opportunities to be involved in further educational experiences, ie. sport, academic, performing arts and community partnerships
  • Strong community links with the iCAN challenge and the Royal Children’s Hospital, The Salvation Army, Monash University, Lifeblood and Cruden Farm
Student Wellbeing Officer (Youth Worker)

Job type:

Full time / From 08/08/2022 - 23/06/2023

Job classification:

Not provided


Felicity Inall | 9788 2600

Student Wellbeing Officer (Youth Worker)