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Reference Number 12253
Position Title Youth Vocational Specialist
Employment Type Permanent Full Time
Department Headspace Fraser Coast
Location Headspace K-ESS
Classification Social, Community, Home Care & Disability Services Industry Award 2010 - SCS Level 4
Hours per Fortnight 76
Position Summary

Youth Vocational Specialist - headspace Hervey Bay


Wesley Mission Queensland (WMQ) is an innovative and responsive not-for-profit community service provider, with more than 70 locations throughout South East Queensland. We support more than 100,000 Queenslanders every year with aged care, disability and mental health services, youth and family programs, palliative care and emergency relief. With over 100 years' experience in caring for our community, Wesley Mission Queensland has a history steeped in hope, respect, compassion, empowerment, innovation, justice and integrity. To learn more about our organisation, please see &


The Youth Vocational Specialist in collaboration with the Senior Youth Vocational Specialist is responsible for the implementation and ongoing operation of the Individual Placement Support (IPS) Trial. The Youth Vocational Specialist role requires working with young people who have a range of mental health conditions to support them into suitable employment or education opportunities. The role is not a clinical therapy based role and clients seen under the IPS program will be supported by a core mental health clinician.


Key Responsibilities Include:

  1. Align one's workplace behaviour in accordance with the WMQ Model of Care, the Wesley Charter and Wesley Mission Queensland's Vision, Mission and Values.

  2. Take referrals from headspace staff and service partners in relation to young people experiencing mental health conditions who require supported transition into employment and further education.

  3. Manage a caseload of young people through liaison with clinical teams, families, friends and employers, in an ongoing and professional manner to achieve positive outcomes.

  4. Support young people to identify, find and keep competitive employment consistent with their interests, capabilities and vocational goals.

  5. Liaise and promote cooperation and seamless integration with internal services and appropriate external services.

  6. Develop employment transition plans for individuals (that are inclusive of and work alongside other employment service providers) that address barriers to accessing and maintaining employment consistent with the individual's interests, skills, experience and capabilities.

  7. Develop an effective referral and timely feedback system between service providers.

  8. Manage data collection to ensure record keeping is in line with program and organisational standards.

  9. Participate in the development, implementation and review of quality improvement initiatives and program policies and procedures.

  10. Promote evidence based practice and processes and the use of process and outcome measurement.

  11. Ensure services meet the IPS Fidelity model and accurate information is provided during the evaluation of the services.

  12. Effectively market the IPS Trial to internal and external stakeholders and develop referral pathways across the youth sector.

  13. Develop and maintain strong networks, productive relationships and communication pathways with service providers, including mental health and vocational service providers and employers.

  14. Actively communicate and share knowledge with other headspace team members to ensure quality services are provided at all times.


Applications must address the 'Qualifications, Knowledge and Requirement' for this role (contained within the attached position description) and are to be submitted online at by close of advertising period. 


For more information, please contact Senior Youth Specialist Samuel Howard on 4303 2100 or via email at


Wesley Mission Queensland's Vision is a compassionate, just and inclusive society for all.  We are committed to EEO, OH&S, Ethical Practices and the principles of Cultural Diversity.  We are a preferred employer for older workers.  Successful applicants are expected to abide by the WMQ Code of Conduct.  Relevant criminal record checks will be undertaken on recommended applicant.  To view our Privacy Policy, please click here.  Salary Packaging is available to permanent Staff to enhance remuneration.

Essential Requirements Essential: Must have a current Drivers licence and willingness to drive in the course of work.
Essential: Working with Children Blue Card
Contact Person Sam Howard
Contact Number (07) 4303 2100
Contact Email
Alternate Contact Person Ricky GOOSTREY
Alternate Contact Number (07) 4303 2100
Alternate Contact Email
Closing Date 15/01/2021
Position Description
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Please note that this position will close at 11:45pm on the closing date.
Please ensure your application is added before this time as we do not accept late applications.