Published January 13, 2020
Last Modified January 14, 2020
Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC)
140 Grange Road, Australia
Job Type
Contact Phone Number
Closing Date
January 31, 2020

Job Description

Remuneration: As per award plus salary packaging

Hours/Duration: Part-time 4 days per week (2 days Oxford Houses, 2 days Recovery Support Services)

1 year contract (renewed annually, subject to funding and performance review)


The Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) is a community-based AOD service; we combine mutual self-help and social support with professional therapeutic approaches to provide assistance for people seeking recovery from the impact of substance dependency.

Oxford Houses and Recovery Support Services (RSS) sit within SHARC`s Residential Peer Programs.

RSS caters to people aged 16 to 25 by providing community-based supported accommodation in conjunction with a day program. RSS support and care is delivered within a peer support framework where our clients live independently within safe, drug-free, home-like environments.

Oxford Houses delivers a secure, supportive and affordable home environment in which residents can build the foundations of a lasting recovery. Residents in each house are responsible and accountable for managing the affairs of their home within the Oxford Houses guidelines, strengthening their individual recovery and sharing in the recovery of fellow residents.


Position overview:

This position involves working as a member of a small, dynamic team, providing AOD recovery support services for residents of the Oxford Houses and RSS programs. The successful applicant will work two days per week in Oxford Houses and two days per week in RSS and will have an ability to understand the differing client needs of half way and three-quarter way transitional housing. Additionally, the successful applicant will participate in the development, delivery and evaluation of the two programs, which will include adapting and applying mutual self-help and peer therapeutic support approaches for a broad range of drug-related problems.


The successful applicant will support RSS by:

  • Participating in the development, delivery and evaluation of an effective and credible recovery support service.
  • Developing, adapting and applying mutual self-help and peer support therapeutic approaches for a broad range of AOD-related problems.
  • Becoming familiar with, and adhering to, SHARC organisational policies and procedures.
  • Providing of induction and support for people as they transition into the service.
  • Assisting clients to identify their needs and goals, develop recovery plans, review plans and offer assistance throughout their engagement with the service.
  • Providing therapeutic interventions for young people and their families.
  • Facilitation of groups and other activities.
  • Assessment of young people with a range of complex needs.
  • Participation in bi-annual wilderness camps co-managed with The Outdoor Experience.
  • Entering accurate client-related data into relevant data bases and participation in the analysis of such data.
  • Development of exit plans and provision of assistance to clients going through these processes.


The successful applicant will support the Oxford Houses program coordinator by:

  • Participating in the delivery, development and evaluation of an effective and credible recovery support service.
  • Maintaining familiarity with, and adhering to, SHARC and OH clinical and organisational policies and procedures.
  • Adherence to Mind Victoria/OH accommodation related policies and practice and effective partnership with Mind tenancy management team.
  • Maintaining a recovery culture through role-modelling respectful and effective communication and building positive relationships with staff and program participants.
  • Providing relevant information and documents to people seeking admission to the program.
  • Providing relevant information regarding the program to other treatment providers and members of the community.
  • Attending identified Oxford Houses Chapter Meetings.
  • Liaising with Alumni community members.
  • Providing therapeutic interventions.
  • Providing individual supportive session with residents.
  • Providing intake and assessments.
  • Managing effective relationships with residents’ recovery networks, including co-residents and family members.
  • Documentation and maintenance of residents’ clinical files.
  • Maintaining allocated databases and participating in developing reports for funding and other relevant organisations.
  • Completing other allocated administrative tasks.
  • Orienting and supporting new staff members, volunteers and students.
  • Providing assistance to managers developing reports for the SHARC Annual Report and similar activities.
  • Participating in the development and evaluation of SHARC Residential Peer Programs.
  • Participating in appropriate program and organisational working groups/committees.
  • Completing other duties as required.

Key Selection Criteria

The successful applicant must:

  • Have a tertiary qualification in the health, social or behavioural sciences field.
  • Have knowledge of, and experience with, providing AOD support services for people experiencing a wide range of health and welfare challenges.
  • Demonstrate an empathetic understanding of the issues surrounding substance dependence.
  • Have knowledge of contemporary treatment practices in the AOD field - particularly self-help/peer support and trauma-informed therapeutic approaches.
  • Demonstrate effective time-management skills.
  • Have effective verbal communication, liaison and networking skills.
  • Demonstrate their ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team setting.
  • Demonstrate their ability to engage in ongoing quality improvement processes.
  • Demonstrate understanding of care planning and care coordination approaches.
  • Have demonstrated experience with assessment and recovery planning.
  • Have demonstrated experience with group and other activity facilitation.
  • Have demonstrated expertise with case note, professional letter and report writing.
  • Have demonstrated expertise using MS Windows operating systems.
  • Have effective data collection and entry skills.


Highly Desirable:

  • Lived experience of recovery from AOD-related conditions


Other requirements:

  • A current Victorian driver’s license.
  • The successful applicant will be required to undergo a criminal records check and provide a current Working with Children card.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please send a current CV and covering letter to

Applications close at 5pm, Friday 31st January.