Published May 12, 2022
Last Modified May 11, 2022
Penington Institute
95 Drummond St, Carlton, Australia
Contact Phone Number
Closing Date
June 24, 2022

Job Description

  • Part-time / Full-time 2-year contract
  • Responsible for supporting health sector workforces to minimise the harms of drug use
  • Make a positive and tangible contribution to the community
  • Generous salary including packaging options

The Organisation:

Penington Institute is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation connecting lived experience and research to improve community safety in relation to drugs including pharmaceuticals and alcohol.

Our vision is that communities are safe, healthy and empowered to manage substance use.

We focus on promoting effective strategies, frontline workforce education and public awareness activities, making individuals and families safer and healthier.

The Opportunity:

Reporting to the Workforce Development Lead the Workforce Development and Health promotion officer plays a critical role in assisting the Penington Institute achieve its strategic objectives.

You will deliver training and education across the health sector, including to needle and syringe program staff, and contribute to the development of new initiatives to reduce harm associated with drug use.  Be part of a positive, energetic and dedicated team (12 staff in total) who are passionate about Penington Institute’s mission to actively support the adoption of approaches to substance use which promote safety and human dignity.

Based at Penington Institute’s heritage offices in Carlton, the role offers flexibility for hybrid work and a great work environment.

The Person:

You are likely to understand and have experience delivering training in a range of engaging formats, and work to build the capacity of workforces including the needle and syringe programs.

You are always open to new ideas and ways to empower people with knowledge.

You understand the challenges we face supporting approaches to drug use that promote safety and human dignity.

You have a desire to give back to society by undertaking impactful, cause based work.

You enjoy being hands-on across the breadth of training but also like to contribute to other areas of an organisation where you can add value.

You understand and are committed to the values of, and benefits delivered by, the not-for-profit sector.

The Role:

The Workforce Development and Health Promotion Officer role plays a broad and critical role in the successful operation of Penington Institute.

While the primary focus is training and workforce development, the incumbent is also responsible for engaging regularly with the frontline services to understand needs, changing priorities and be able to identify and respond to challenges and emerging issues.

The role contributes to the broader objectives of Penington Institute and is key to informing the greater work of Penington Institute to address and reduce harm associated with drug use.

As a small organisation, a hands-on approach and a willingness to chip in and get things done are essential requirements.


A competitive salary package will be offered to the successful candidate commensurate with experience (full salary packaging benefits are available).

Download a copy of the position description here.

To apply, please submit your application to Anna Rolle

Please ensure your application includes a cover letter that addresses the key selection criteria as well as a current CV.

For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact Melinda Lucas, Workforce Development Lead, on +61 3 9650 0699.

There is no closing date for applications – however, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Key Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria - Knowledge, Experience, Skills


You will have:

  • Demonstrated experience in delivering public presentations and training
  • A good understanding of alcohol and other drug issues and the principles of harm minimisation
  • An understanding of the workforce development needs of frontline workers in the community and health sector and the decision-making processes within these organisations
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A commitment to quality improvement, and health promotion principles
  • The ability to liaise confidently with people at all levels and from various backgrounds
  • A current unrestricted driver’s licence and willingness to travel across the state
  • Proven self-direction with the ability to exercise initiative, discretion and judgement when working remotely
  • Appreciation of and commitment to a person-first approach when discussing drug-related harms and use


You will have:

  • Experience working in a Needle and Syringe Program or other relevant frontline service
  • Qualifications relevant to substance use and/or mental health
  • Public health and/or health promotion education and/or experience
  • Lived experience of substance use issues or mental health issues
  • Experience working with CALD communities and multiple language skills