Youth Worker (Outreach)

  • Fixed term until June 2023
  • Full time (76 hours per fortnight)
  • Remuneration SCHCADS level 5 dependent on qualifications and experience + 10.5 % Employer superannuation


About the position

YSAS is working in partnership with Drummond Street and Odyssey to deliver an Intersectional Care Coordination Platform called ‘The Zone’. The Zone will host five sites across the northwest region of Melbourne, funded by the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN). The Zone is based on evidence informed therapeutic process and intersectional practice aimed at increasing the engagement and improving AOD treatment outcomes for specific young people and families from diverse backgrounds and identities. The Zone recognises the need to privilege cultural and intersectional knowledge and competence within therapeutic service and practice decision making. It also puts at the centre the primacy of family as a setting for both risk and protective factors for problematic patterns of AOD use, but also its importance as fundamental to support recovery. First Nations People, LGBTIQ+ people, people with disability, people of colour, public housing residents or people with a lived experience are encouraged to apply.

The role of the Youth Worker, is to provide evidence-informed AOD treatment and collaborative care to young people, using brief interventions, care planning, AOD counselling, harm reduction and trauma informed frameworks. The Youth Worker will provide treatment and collaborative care that is both safe and effective for young people and families with intersectional needs.

The Youth Worker will, drawing on their lived or living experience, provide resilience based AOD case management as well as plan and facilitate intensive and structured non-residential AOD rehabilitation programing (both individual and group). The Youth Worker will collaborate and integrate treatment with co-located and out-posted services at The Zone.


Some of the Key Selection Criteria for this role are:

  1. Understanding of and experience working with young people and their families with intersecting needs.
  2. Demonstrated ability in assertively engaging and supporting young people from a range of backgrounds, genders and age groups.
  3. Knowledge of theories and frameworks including trauma informed care and adolescent development and demonstrated ability to relate these to case management practice.
  4. Ability to work collaboratively within a team and strong crisis and risk assessment skills.
  5. Demonstrated experience of participation in collaborative work practices with internal and external services
  6. Demonstrated experience or understanding of planning and facilitating intensive and structured non-residential AOD rehabilitation programing (both individual and group).

For full details of the position, please view the POSITION DESCRIPTION below.


Please note:

  1. Service delivery aspects of the role may be modified in order to comply with Victorian Government COVID-19 guidelines.
  2. As part of our Employment screening process you will be required to undertake a National Criminal History check and have a current Working with Children Check.
  3. You must have Australian work rights to apply for this position.


Further Enquiries

For a confidential discussion about the position, please contact Brydie Hill, Community Manager, on 0418529471 regarding the role of Youth Worker (Outreach) – Recruitment Ref. Number 028_2023.

  • YSAS is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community.
  • YSAS has a zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the provision of a child-safe organisation.


Vacancy Description - PD- Youth Worker AOD - The Zone (1).pdf (316 kB)
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