School Ties Project Officer

  • Part time, fixed term to 31/01/2024
  • $79,000 - $85,000 FTE + super + salary packaging
  • Join one of Victoria's largest community health organisations renowned for its fantastic work culture
  • great work/life balance and employee wellbeing initiatives

Seeking a dynamic, organised and collaborative Project Officer (0.8FTE, fixed term until Jan 2024) to coordinate a new project called School Ties.

School Ties aims to improve educational outcomes, wellbeing and school engagement, primarily for students in Merri-bek, their teachers and families.

You will join an inclusive, fun and welcoming team based in Coburg.

Flexible and hybrid working available.

Your new organisation

At Merri Health, we strive to enrich diverse communities through the provision of quality health care and support services.  A career at Merri will see you contributing to a culture that affects change for our clients and the wider community.  We are committed to supporting the talent and skills of our employees because we know their capability is the key to our success.

Your new role

The Project Officer will coordinate School Ties, a project that aims to improve educational outcomes, wellbeing and school engagement, primarily for children in grades Prep to grade 2, their teachers and families in the Merri-bek local government area.

Reporting to the Team Leader, Youth Health Promotion, this position will work alongside the Community Engagement Officer - School Ties. The School Ties Project Officer will be responsible for managing the delivery of a series of targeted interventions in partnership with schools and community organisations, that help to improve educational outcomes, wellbeing and school engagement for children, teachers and families. The Project Officer will also be responsible for overseeing project governance, capacity building for teachers, evaluation, budget management and reporting.

You will be responsible for:

Targeted programs

  • Support schools and local community organisations to identify and deliver evidence-based interventions to improve support for vulnerable cohorts of students (primarily Prep to grade 2); addressing learning needs, wellbeing or attendance concerns.

  • Support the Community Engagement Officer with community engagement activities

Capacity building and governance

  • Work with existing local networks, to support teachers to respond to widening educational disparities and wellbeing impacts resulting from extended COVID-19 lockdowns.
  • Establish a governance committee, or utilise existing groups/networks for advice

Planning and accountability

  • Consult with schools and community organisations to establish and identify areas of most need
  • Develop project and evaluation plans, as well as evaluation tools and data collection methods
  • Provide oversight for intervention implementation.
  • Monitor and evaluate intervention outcomes.
  • Completion of reporting requirements in accordance with grant guidelines

What you will need to succeed

  • Tertiary level qualification in relevant discipline such as community development, social work, youth work, psychology, education, health promotion or equivalent as determined by Merri Health
  • Demonstrated understanding of the complexity of issues that exist for children and families, particularly in relation to educational disparities
  • Experience in program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Experience in developing and maintaining partnerships with key stakeholders.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, including liaison, collaboration, negotiation and facilitation.
  • Strong verbal, written and computer literacy skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to participate in the planning and development of new and innovative programs. Excellent administrative and organisational skills with the ability to manage multiple activities with minimal supervision required
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating groups, forums, committees, collaborative partnerships and professional development workshops.

What we offer

We offer a diverse, inclusive and flexible environment which encourages you to bring your whole self to work. As the successful applicant you’ll be joining an organisation where you will be supported to grow, learn and develop your skills to reach your potential.
You will also have access to generous salary packaging, purchase leave and flexible work arrangement options.

What you need to do now

Start by reviewing the attached position description. If this perks your interest, take a few minutes to learn more about us on our website. If you have any questions, contact Jackie, Team Leader - Youth Health Promotion,, Ph. 0449 751 663.

When you're ready to apply, email your CV and cover letter to

Applications close 30/11/22

What else do I need to know

Preferred candidates will be subject to comprehensive reference and pre-employment background checking conducted by Merri Health prior to an offer of employment, including criminal record history check, NDIS worker screening and other employee screening and credential checks as determined by the position description.

All candidates must have the right to work in Australia. Merri Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to ensuring a safe environment for children and young people.

We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds including but not limited to those from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, the LGBTIQA+ community and those living with a disability to apply.