Mental Health Programs Manager Sonder



Who are we?

At Sonder, we’ve been helping people across South Australia to improve their wellbeing and live better lives since 1993. We support thousands of people each year with mental health challenges, drug and alcohol use concerns, chronic disease management and employment.


Why are we hiring?

Join Sonder at a pivotal time of growth and expansion! 

​Our recent success in securing significant additional funding, including being named preferred provider of Adelaide’s first Head to health Centre, will see our service footprint and reach grow to support the most vulnerable people in our community. In tandem to this, we have capitalised on our success to inform a review of our Mental Health and AOD portfolio structure to better meet the needs of our clients and our staff to ensure sustainable and inclusive service delivery and achieve the portfolio’s long-term vision and goals in a values-based way – the Sonder way. 

​This is where the role of Mental Health Services Manager comes in.

​Reporting to the Senior Manager, Mental Health & AOD, the Mental Health Services Manager will work with an experienced leadership group acting a key leader within the organisation that fosters good workplace culture, exemplifies a positive leadership style and embraces and embeds Sonder’s values into everything they do. 

​Join us in this career defining opportunity leading some of South Australia’s most progressive mental health services!  

For more detail on the services Sonder provides to improve people’s wellbeing and live better lives, please visit our website.


What benefits can we offer?

When you work with Sonder, you become part of the Sonder family and that provides you with a number of benefits such as:

  • Salary (excluding super) paid above award and reviewed annually
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Professional development allowance provided yearly
  • Generous salary packaging options – increase your take home pay by 6-12%
  • Modern and welcoming office spaces
  • Christmas Closure Bonus Leave (above annual leave entitlements) 
  • Training opportunities
  • Meal & entertainment allowances
  • Paid parental leave, and much more!

Sonder are open to negotiating further benefits with the successful applicant to ensure an excellent working environment for you.


Hours: Full-Time (1FTE) Ongoing

Location: Edinburgh North

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Learn about the position:

As the Mental Health Services Manager, you will operate under broad direction and play a pivotal role in the overall leadership, management, and integration of the Western Wellbeing Hub, Safe Haven and Enhanced Mental Health Services. 

Along with oversight of these services, a significant responsibility of this role will also involve the establishment, effective service provision and operation of the Northern Adelaide Head to Health Centre.

You will have the opportunity to develop, implement and oversee operations and clinical service delivery, along with assisting in strategic planning to address the future growth and development of mental health services within the Adelaide metropolitan area. 


 Experience Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience working in a leadership role within a mental health and or alcohol and other drug setting, ideally adult Mental Health Services.   
  • Minimum of five (5) years clinical practice in mental health treatment and care, preferably providing therapeutic treatment and/or case management and support 
  • Demonstrated Experience in implementation of Recovery Orientated Services  
  • Demonstrated leadership skillset, formal training preferred.   
  • Strong Clinical background to deal with complex mental health issues across a wide range of services and clients.  
  • Experience in successfully leading/coordinating a team of staff and working as a member of a multi-disciplinary team with the ability to inspire and facilitate team commitment and cooperation.  
  • Proven track record in building and maintaining effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders.  


Qualification Requirements:

  • Allied Health Qualification 
  • Current registration with one of the following bodies is preferred but not essential:   
    • Social Workers – Registered member of the AASW and having AASW Mental Health Accreditation  
    • Psychologists – Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)  
    • Registered Nurses – Registered with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses  
    • Occupational Therapists – Registered with the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists and AHPRA  
  • Relevant Leadership or Management Training is desired 
  • Current Working With Childrens Check (WWCC) or willing to obtain.


How to apply:

Applicants are requested to send a cover letter and resume to Sonder via our careers portal on our website.

Feel free to send any enquiries to [email protected]


Closing Date: 28th of August 2023