Drug and Alcohol – Manager of Counselling Services Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District


Employment Type: Permanent Full Time
Position Classification: Health Manager Level 2
Remuneration: $102,640 – $121,739 per annum
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ418013
Applications Close: 6 August 2023

What you’ll be doing

The Illawarra Drug and Alcohol Service Manager Counselling Services is responsible for ensuring staff adhere to best practice principles in the provision of drug and alcohol services to the community and the minimisation of drug related harm. 

Primary responsibilities include appropriate management and coordination of staff, co- ordination of client care, review of clinical practice and the operational management of service processes.   

The Manager works closely and collaboratively and reports to the Manager of Allied Health Services to ensure appropriate leadership in clinical, financial and human resource management.

All NSW Health workers are required to have completed an up-to-date course of a COVID-19 vaccine (3 doses for Category A roles, 2 doses for Category B roles) which has been approved or recognised by the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA). New applicants must have completed the vaccination course prior to commencement with NSW Health, or provide an approved medical contraindication certificate certifying the worker cannot have any approved COVID-19 vaccines available in NSW.


Acceptable proof of vaccination is the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement or AIR COVID-19 Digital Certificate. Please provide proof of vaccination if available.


Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District is committed to equal employment opportunity and embraces diversity and inclusion within its workforce. As such, people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This includes but is not limited to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, People with Disability, Women and People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.


Talent Pool

This recruitment may be used to create a talent pool / eligibility list where candidates may be offered casual, permanent, or temporary full-time or part-time positions within the next 12 months.


Please note: Employment of a temporary visa holder may only occur if no suitable permanent resident or citizen of Australia has been identified for this position following suitable labour market testing.


Successful applicants to the role must provide certified documentation of vaccination history and pathology as part of their recruitment documentation. The applicant must be certified as compliant with Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases  before employment can commence.


Criminal record checks will be undertaken on successful applicants. This position is designated as child-related employment and you will be required to obtain a Working With Children clearance from the Office of the Children’s Guardian. To apply, please go to https://wwccheck.ccyp.nsw.gov.au/Applicants/Application#


Your claim against the selection criteria is the most important part of your application as it will help determine whether or not you have met the standard of response required by the panel to be eligible for an interview. You should read the Position Description and then address the selection criteria for the role, giving examples where required. Applicants are encouraged to review the following information on Applying for a position within NSW Health at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/careers/guide/nswhealth/Pages/apply-for-position.aspx


Selection Criteria 

  1. Tertiary qualification in an allied health related discipline, and/or demonstrated knowledge of health policy, priorities and treatment in relation to the drug and alcohol field.
  2. Demonstrated management experience in a health care environment.
  3. Strong interpersonal; written and verbal communication; and consultation skills necessary to build and maintain collaborative relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders including health service managers, clinicians, government and non- government organisations and other external agencies.
  4. Demonstrated ability to motivate teams and initiate, lead and sustain change.
  5. Demonstrated capacity to effectively manage staff and be fiscally responsible for allocated budgets and resources.
  6. Demonstrated ability to write reports, briefings and other correspondence as required, high level computer literacy and ability to convey information to a range of stakeholders.
  7. Current unrestricted NSW driver’s licence.

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For role related queries or questions contact David Reid on [email protected]



Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

Job Salary

Full time