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

Job Description

The Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) is a community-based service with a unique approach to helping people affected by substance use problems. SHARC combines mutual self-help and social support with professional therapeutic approaches.

SHARC’s programs include recovery support services for youth and adults, help for families affected by drug use problems, advocacy services for people who use drug treatment services and peer workforce development programs. We have earned a reputation as an innovative and successful service with a commitment to helping people to help themselves.

SHARC places a priority on a positive, supportive and productive work environment. Our services operate within an empowerment framework which maximises clients’ and volunteers’ opportunities for self-responsibility, mutual support and participation.


Position overview:

Remuneration: 85 – 92 K dependent on experience and qualifications, plus full use of a car and mobile phone

Duration/Hours:  Full-time, 12-month contract (renewed annually, subject to funding and performance review)

This position involves the delivery and coordination of Residential Peer Programs (Supported Accommodation Services) at SHARC, including the Recovery Support Services for young people, the US Women's Recovery Program, Oxford Houses, and Peer Projects, a program funded to build and maintain peer support activity in the broader AOD sector.

In addition to providing a range of direct care / psychosocial opportunities, the position entails providing professional and strategic supervision to 2 teams of multidisciplinary staff, participation in training and research activities and participation in the planning and development of SHARC services.

The role of the manager is to manage and develop the Residential Peer Programs and Peer Projects in line with the practice principles and strategic directions of SHARC and within the boundaries of contractual and legal obligations—this includes resourcing the Chief Executive Officer, working in collaboration with other SHARC services and meeting all funding compliance requirements.

In addition, the manager has delegated authority to:

  • manage the residential services and peer projects staff.
  • prepare and implement the programs’ annual service and management plans.
  • coordinate and administer all activities of the programs.
  • initiate further developments of the services provided.
  • develop and maintain effective working relationships with relevant stakeholders and organisations.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Significant experience in a community sector management role and project management
  • Demonstrated experience of, and commitment to, working within a self-help and recovery framework
  • Lived experience of the impact of drug issues and recovery associated with this
  • A high degree of initiative and a capacity to enhance service delivery
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the provision of drug and alcohol rehabilitation / support services for people with a wide range of drug related problems
  • Direct experience and knowledge of contemporary treatment practices in the AOD field including self-help/peer support therapeutic approaches
  • Demonstrated experience in the planning, implementation, coordination and evaluation of rehabilitation programs in a residential setting
  • Demonstrated program and policy development and service / business planning experience
  • Demonstrated analytical, strategic planning and change management skills
  • Financial management skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to ensure that all funding and compliance requirements are met
  • Proficiency with and awareness of current compliance activities e.g. VADC reporting, Redicase or other clinical data base, PHN and AIHW reporting
  • Experience in working with government and non-government services and other key stakeholders
  • Highly developed written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and information technology
  • Highly developed human resource management, team building and organisational leadership skills


Educational qualifications:

The applicant should possess:

  • A tertiary qualification in the health, social or behavioural sciences field
  • A qualification in an appropriate management and leadership course


Desirable experience and/or qualifications:

  • Experience in management and leading small teams of multidisciplinary staff within a program area
  • Empathic understanding of the issues surrounding chronic and dependent drug use
  • Practical understanding of the dynamics of peer support, its application and value
  • Experience with managing, training, supervising and supporting a peer workforce
  • Experiential knowledge in the resolution of drug use problems
  • Experience with the professional facilitation of drug self-help therapeutic approaches including understanding of 12 Step Facilitation Therapy
  • Experience with the planning, conceptualisation, implementation, coordination and evaluation of rehabilitation programs in a residential / supported accommodation setting
  • Experience with working with young people and adults who may have dangerous and/or life-threatening conditions such as substance use disorders, self-injurious or suicidal behaviours
  • Experience with advancing mechanisms for service user participation in all aspects of service planning and delivery
  • Experience with the development, implementation and evaluation of training and psycho-educational programs.
  • Experience with providing secondary and/or tertiary consultation services to health and welfare agencies and other professional groups (e.g. service planners and policy makers).
  • Highly developed communication / liaison / networking skills.
  • Well-developed written, verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Well-developed word processing, data entry and other computer skills

Other requirements:

  • A current Victorian driver’s licence
  • An offer of employment will be subject to the satisfactory clearance of a criminal records check and a Working with Children Check


How to Apply:

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

Applications close at 5pm, Friday 31st January.