Is this you?

You hold tertiary qualifications in Social Work, Youth Work, Community Development. Your passionate about working with at risk young people and have the experience to back it up. You are excited about the prospect of developing partnerships with key local stakeholders to design and deliver innovative local place-based solutions to achieve sustainable vocational pathways and employment outcomes for young people. You know your stuff when it comes to motivating, empowering, and nurturing a high-performance team, and one thing is for sure, when it comes to delivering high impact support to service users you see the importance of a team approach.

You may not be the captain of this team (…yet), but when we are in thick of it, we play off each-other’s strengths and have each-others back #1YP

You're bendy

You know not every day will be the same, you can switch from providing support to a service user, to providing mentoring to your team members, to writing impact reports for your manager in the blink of an eye. Changing lives is your passion but you still embrace rolling up your sleeves and mucking in to get the job done.

You see the person

You’re full of creative ways to meet our service users where they are at and believe that engagement shouldn’t be a one size fits all model. You always see the person, not just their immediate situation because you understand that everyone has different needs, and that is okay.

You care

Our frontline warriors and change makers are all here because we genuinely want to break the cycle of disadvantage, and we want you to want that too! 

A bit about the role

As the Team Leader Transition to Work (TTW), you will develop and operate a high performing team, tackling youth disadvantage by supporting young people to address barriers to employment. The Team Leader works closely with the Youth Employment Manager to identify and implement strategies that will achieve performance that aligns with or is above National and Regional Average.

This position is based out of our Glenroy HQ with outreach work across North Western and North Eastern Melbourne regions.

Here are some of things you could expect to be doing in your first month:

  • Achieving high performance across all elements of the service model, ensuring contractual compliance
  • Leading in the design, development and delivery of innovative place-based work readiness activities and industry tasters
  • Provided psychosocial assessments with participants.
  • Identify and provide assessments of a participants suicidal risk.
  • Undertaking active Business Development and develop key stakeholder relationships
  • Completing case management of young people (where required)
  • Facilitating one-on-one coaching of young people
  • Leading the development of employer and industry relationships to achieve sustainable job placements for young people
  • Undertaking compliance monitoring of the team
  • Completing monthly reports for your manager
  • Developing and maintaining effective partnerships and relationships with key stakeholders
  • Providing senior support with expansion of our youth employment models in other regions.
  • Providing line supervision to a dynamic team to support their work and maintain a high-impact, service user focussed culture
  • Conducting supported referrals across a range of domains
  • Undertaking professional develop to grow within your role
  • Work with the Youth Projects leadership team to implement business wide initiatives

For more information on this position please download the Success Profile (Job description).

Selection criteria

  • Leadership experience within employment and/or community service programs and services
  • Experience working directly with people with Mental health issues and a solid understanding of mental illness and suicide.
  • An understanding of co-mobility issues for participants with mental illness.
  • Passion and dedication for community development and social justice principles 

A bit about us

We are an independent, registered charity providing front line support to young people and individuals experiencing disadvantage, unemployment, homelessness, alcohol and other drug issues. We also help those looking to re-engage with learning and employment. We recognise the complex and varying needs of the people we work with and go above and beyond, 365 days a year, to provide pathways out of poverty.

Last year our highly skilled multi-disciplinary team, helped 15,288 people through face-to-face contacts at The Living Room, 1,243 young people through our employment and training programs and dispensed over 1.3 million safe injecting kits through our needle exchange program.

We have the ability to provide a complete wrap around, judgement free service with a strong focus on respect, service users-centred care and harm prevention. The impact we seek enables each person to lead longer lives, have improved health, meaningful employment and a greater sense of belonging, safety and security through a holistic model of care.

Located at two flagship sites (Hosier Lane and Glenroy) we are growing and now deliver services at 15 outreach locations across Victoria.

Our culture is casual yet professional and high energy. We encourage flexibility and a work/life balance. Our team is serious about their work but doesn’t take themselves too seriously.

Why should you work with us?

Every day you spend working with us, you’re making a difference. The stronger our frontline warrior, the bigger our impact of breaking the cycle of disadvantage. We think that’s a pretty great perk, but we don’t stop there… here are some of the others.

  • Working across Melbourne’s North West Regions
  • Free specialty coffee at the office
  • Access to generous salary packaging
  • Access to meals & entertainment benefits and novated leasing (if desired)
  • Flexible work environment
  • Uncapped Employee Assistance Program
  • 17.5% Annual Leave Loading
  • Plus, additional paid leave including wellbeing, parental, family violence, study and an extra 5 personal days.


We’re a non-profit organisation that fills from a full cup but not a full pocket. In order to attract strong talent, we pay competitively and remunerate based on your skills and experience and are determined to make this the best job you'll ever have.

The Team Leader position is paid under the Labour Market Assistance Industry Award.

Think you have what it takes and want to join the team at Youth Projects? Send through a cover letter (addressing the selection criteria) and your resume to [email protected].  

Recruitment for this position will be undertaken as applications are received. The position will be filled when a successful candidate has been selected. 

Please note is a requirement of all Youth Projects positions that the successful applicant holds a valid Working with Children’s Check, Police Check and is vaccinated for COVID-19.

Our commitment to diversity 

At Youth Projects, we value diversity and believe that a range of backgrounds brings a variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences that will enhance our effectiveness. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions and encourage applications from candidates with a disability, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and indigenous candidates 

Safety screening 

Youth Projects has a zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the provision of a child-safe organisation. All Youth Projects staff must undergo Police and Working with Children Checks.