Published January 23, 2023
Last Modified January 24, 2023
Odyssey House Victoria
455 Princes Highway, Australia
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Closing Date
February 23, 2023

Job Description

Love      Trust      Honesty      Respect      Concern

Clinical Team Leader


  • Full-time, Maximum term contract until 17 February 2025
  • Based at Bairnsdale  
  • $90,533 - $94,630 per annum (neg), plus super
  • 17.5% annual leave loading and generous salary packaging options
  • Progressive Workplace Flexibility options that enables genuine work life balance

About Odyssey House Victoria:

Odyssey House Victoria (OHV) is a place of hope and positive change for individuals working towards breaking their pattern of addiction. At Odyssey House we believe that every person should have the opportunity to change and grow. Our diverse teams work with individuals, families, and communities to reduce alcohol and other drug (AOD) use, improve mental health, and reconnect people to their family and the community. OHV is a dynamic and fast-growing organisation committed to excellence in service provision and innovation in responding to alcohol and other drugs use problems.

About The Hope Centre (HC):

The Hope Centre (HC) is one of three residential rehabilitation facilities operated by OHV. Establishment of the centre has come together through a unique partnership between the Hope Board and OHV, with funding contributions from the Commonwealth and State Governments, and from the community. Ongoing operational funding is provided by the Victorian State Government.

Using a therapeutic community model, the program offers a holistic treatment experience for those seeking help for problematic drug or alcohol use. To enhance individual motivation for change, the Therapeutic Community (TC) combines meaningful work and recreational activities, with therapeutic group work and skills development, in a physically and psychologically safe environment.

Role Purpose:

The key purpose of the position is to support the Program Manager in the development, implementation, and coordination of programs to enhance clinical practices and meet organisational and funding agreements.

The Clinical Team Leader is responsible for ensuring that Clinical Team members have a sound understanding of the underlying principles, theory, and essential qualities of informed and considered clinical practice within the TC environment.

Key areas of focus:

  • Effectively lead the Clinical team by:
    - Role modelling, supervision, mentoring and support
    - Providing advice and direction in all aspects of clinical care within the principles of the TC
    - Conduct annual staff appraisals in consultation with the Manager
    - Oversee and participate in therapy team reviews, case reviews and other meetings
    - Present organised and timely reports to supervision groups and staff meetings
  • Work collaboratively with the Program Manager in the development, implementation, monitoring and review of resident-focused clinical practice.
  • Participate in clinical supervision and be opened to receiving constructive feedback in all areas of clinical practice.
  • Manage and support Clinical and Admissions staff to ensure operational targets and objectives are achieved.
  • Facilitate therapy groups and individual sessions.
  • In consultation with the Program Manager, facilitate house meetings and general meetings.
  • Supervise and support all activities related to resident assessment, pre-residential support, and admissions to the program.
  • Coordinate clinical activities in the medical office, psychological testing, and related activity.
  • Monitor and support the timely assessment and treatment response for priority resident groups e.g. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents.
  • Contribute to and monitor the development, review, and implementation of the program against ATCA standards and all relevant OHV policies.
  • Carry out effective recruitment, onboarding and induction practices and ensure adequate staffing levels are maintained.
  • Ensure that all staff are appropriately qualified, professionally supervised and provided with regular feedback regarding their performance.
  • Participate in an “on call” roster with other senior staff including the possibility of recall.

A week in the role:

If you were here last week, you would have:

  • Realised that no two days will look the same, and your daily plan will continually change according to what is needed in the facility.
  • Supported the clinical staff with decision making.
  • Supported the facilitation of conflict resolution groups, therapy groups and psychoeducation groups.
  • Participated with residents in daily scheduled activities such as meetings and meal times.

Who are WE looking for?

We are looking for an experienced and passionate Clinical Team Leader to work collaboratively with he Program Manager in the development, implementation, and coordination of programs to enhance clinical practices.

To be successful in this role, you must…

  • Hold (or working towards) a relevant degree or diploma in Health, Mental Health, or Allied Health.
  • Have completed or able to complete within the first 12 months of employment the required AOD competencies * refer to appendix A.
  • Have extensive experience in leading and working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, giving, and receiving feedback, and recognising and resolving interpersonal and team conflicts.
  • Possess a leadership style that embraces accountability, teamwork, and shared responsibility.
  • Have high level case management and group management skills and the ability to work with complex clients.
  • Demonstrate experience and knowledge of high-quality therapeutic service delivery, coupled with a strong theoretical and practice base in the principles of recovery, knowledge and experience implementing the TC model, and a commitment to community education and health promotion.
  • Have high-level stakeholder engagement skills, with the ability to build and maintain relationships and communicate with a wide variety of agencies and individuals at various levels.
  • Well-developed capacity to continuously review and make responsive changes where needed to ensure a high standard of service delivery.
  • Be able to self-regulate and self-monitor own behaviours, practice self-reflection at all times, display a commitment to realistically assess own personal strengths, limitations, biases, and effectiveness, and remain open to feedback and constructive criticism
  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance and application of inclusive practice when working with people from diverse communities, such as cultures, genders, sexualities, bodies, abilities, spiritualities, ages and backgrounds
  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance and application of intersectionality when working with people from all cultures, genders, sexualities, bodies, abilities, spiritualities, ages and backgrounds

*Appendix A (AOD Competencies)

OHV requires staff in clinical positions to have the following competencies (or their equivalent). Where people do not already have these competencies, OHV will invest in the staff’s professional development by providing them through our registered training organisation (RTO).

The competencies required in the first 12 months of employment are:

  • CHCAOD001 – Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
  • CHCAOD004 – Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • CHCAOD006 – Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • CHCAOD009 – Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans

What we can give YOU!

In return we are committed to offering you an inclusive and transparent workplace culture where our people can develop to be their very best by:

  • Ongoing learning and development opportunities
  • Providing work that is meaningful and challenging, with career development opportunities through project and secondment opportunities and succession planning
  • Providing career pathways across diverse OHV programs.
  • Access to 24/7 counselling through our Employee Assistance Provider (EAP)
  • Generous leave options such as 48/52 Purchase Leave, Study Leave and Sabbaticals
  • Flexible working arrangements such as, school-orientated part-year hours and monthly RDO’s for full-timers (arrangements will vary based on role requirements).

In addition to the above, staff will also be provided monthly Clinical Supervision sessions for professional development and personal wellbeing.

Application information

Please apply directly via our careers website (applications via external recruitment websites or via email will not be considered)

Applications should be addressed to Cristina Francioli and include your CV and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria.

If you have any questions relating to the position, please contact Cristina Francioli  Hope Centre Program Manager  on, 0460 765 223 or at

We will be assessing applications on a rolling basis and suitable candidates will be shortlisted immediately. This role will close once a suitable candidate has been selected, so please don’t wait to apply!

Our commitment to diversity

At OHV we value diversity and believe that a range of backgrounds brings a variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences that will enhance our effectiveness. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions by encouraging people with disability, Aboriginal Australians, LGBTQIA, young people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for this position.

Safety screening

OHV is committed to child safety and is a child safe organisation. All OHV employees must undergo Police Records and Working with Children Checks. Any person issued with a negative notice on their Working with Children Check will not be eligible for employment with us.

Mandatory COVID vaccinations

In line with recent Victorian Government mandatory vaccination requirements for the health industry, and OHV's Mandatory Vaccination Policy, all Odyssey House Victoria staff are required to hold full vaccination status, and effective as of 1 March 2022 also have received the Booster Vaccination. Evidence of such vaccination status will be requested during the onboarding process and offers will be rescinded where such evidence cannot be provided.

All Odyssey House Victoria sites are smoke free for all employees