Published November 18, 2022
Last Modified November 17, 2022
The Salvation Army
347-349 Mitcham Road Mitcham, Australia
Job Type
Closing Date
December 17, 2022

Job Description

Why work for us

Melbourne Counselling Service (MCS) is a program of The Salvation Army Australia (TSA) operating across the Alcohol & Other Drugs social mission streams.

MCS operates the following program:

  • Gambler’s Help City & Inner North (GHCIN) – GHCIN is part of the Victorian State Government’s Integrated Problem Gambling Strategy; it is one of nine Gambler’s Help (GH) programs funded by the Victoria Responsible Gambling Foundation (VRGF). GHCIN comprises four service components: therapeutic counselling, financial counselling, community education and venue support

Why this role matters

We have an exciting opportunity for a Community Engagement Practitioner to deliver Gambler’s Help City & Inner North community engagement initiatives. This role will design and deliver projects, manage internal and external partnership development, and monitor outcomes and evaluations.

The role you could play

  • Work with the program manager to Deliver on GHCIN’s community engagement three-year strategic plan
  • Develop and maintain strong internal and external partnerships with a range of stakeholders
  • Project manage multiple and diverse projects to ensure documented outcomes are achieved
  • Contribute to primary prevention and early intervention through shared effort including by piloting and evaluating new initiatives that will contribute to an evidence base for practice
  • Maintain capacity for presence at community events
  • Participate in service and program planning, review, monitoring and evaluation activities
  • Provide feedback to program and service management

This is a permanent part time position, 30.4 hours per week based in Melbourne CBD. This position may be required to work at outposts within the GHCIN catchment area (cities of Melbourne, Yarra, Mooney Valley and Moreland). After hours work may also be required.

Salary and conditions are in accordance with the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Award, Level 5.

As a Community Engagement Practitioner at the Salvos, you will enjoy:

  • (Maybe eligible to) NFP salary packaging ($15,900 tax free) plus meals and entertainment benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program - Independent confidential counselling service
  • Financial, retail and lifestyle discounts and benefits
  • Discounted health and fitness programs through Fitness Passport
  • Up to 8 weeks leave per year through our purchase leave scheme
  • Generous Parental Leave offering of 12 weeks
  • Up to 5 days paid leave per year to support a TSA program or activity
  • An inclusive culture of dedicated, passionate and professional team members
  • Positively supporting and impacting the lives of others through your career contribution

The Salvation Army is subject to public health orders. You may be required to provide evidence of vaccine status dependent on requirements.

Enquiries only

Juanita Davis at

Applications will close as soon as a suitable candidate is secured. Do not delay in submitting your application today!

About the service

The Salvation Army is one of Australia’s largest providers of alcohol and other drug services.  We offer a range of services including Harm Reduction and Primary Health Services as well as a range of treatment types (including residential treatment centres, community-based support programs, counselling and withdrawal management services). We work to a modern, evidence based and holistic Model of Care which can be viewed here: 1._AOD_Model_Of_Care_2021.pdf (

Key Selection Criteria

What we’re looking for

  • Tertiary qualifications in psychology or social work or other related disciplines are mandatory
  • Relevant experience in a social service environment
  • Applicants must be registered in accordance with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Victoria) Act 2009 or have membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) or have membership of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA
  • Demonstrated ability in motivating and supporting positive change and in addressing the impacts of problem gambling, and working with underlying or contributing issues
  • Demonstrated knowledge and competence in theory and practice of therapeutic counselling using a range of treatment modalities
  • A current VIC Drivers Licence
  • Valid VIC Employee Working with Children Check
  • Ability to provide proof of Eligibility to Work in Australia