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Program Coordinator (HESA Program)

About Equal Ed:

Equal Ed is a social enterprise that provides a variety of services to schools, non-profits and local government. Equal Ed aims to:

1.    Empower individuals through increasing access to learning and development opportunities, and

2.    Strengthen communities through delivering innovative and people-centred services and solutions


Our work is currently split into 3 main divisions:

  • Strategy & Consulting 

  • Programs

  • Education Technology

 This role is a core function within our Programs Division

Role Overview:

The HESA Program

Starting in 2018, the HESA Program has worked with over 1,000 students over the last 4 years. HESA stands for Higher Education and Student Advancement Program and was initially developed to support high school students with identifying and accessing opportunities for meaningful education and employment.

In 2022, the HESA program will be working with VicHealth through a substantial partnership grant and will aim to achieve the following objectives in 2022 and beyond:

1. Create more robust program content through collaborative design with community and clinical mental health practitioners, school staff and students

2. Create more robust training and development pathways for lived-experience facilitators delivering our content

3. Expand our programming and increase our reach to 10+ schools 

4. Design and trial a “Bridging Program” that supports students as they transition from High School to Tertiary Education

5. Set a clear direction for the HESA program’s growth and development and create sustainable revenue streams from full fee-paying schools to continue our subsidisation model for low-SES schools


  • Work with the Managing Director to set clear goals and trajectory for the HESA Program

  • Facilitate team discussions to generate ideas on design and implementation of the HESA Program

  • Support and drive the HESA team in achieving the goals and objectives set for the HESA program
    o    The program co-ordinator will also be given the opportunity to set goals and objectives for the HESA program as it develops

  • Liaise with partners, clients and stakeholders to ensure the effective delivery of programs

  • Work with staff and volunteers from other projects and teams where needed to ensure effective operations and delivery of the HESA program

  • Support senior leadership in the recruitment of team members to ensure the HESA program is sufficiently staffed

  • Support team members in measuring and reporting on the efficacy of the HESA program


Who you'll work with:

  • Junior projects team members and/or young people with lived-experience

  • Directly report to Managing Director 

Who We're Looking For:

Equal Ed may look upon these skills and experiences favourably. However, we understand that individuals who may not have some or any of these experiences can still excel at Equal Ed. We encourage potential applicants to use this section as a guide to determine role suitability, rather than a checklist for minimum criteria, and encourage all interested individuals to apply.

  • Experience working in a team environment

  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders

  • Project management/program development experience

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • A good understanding of the youth mental health sector through lived-experience, work, volunteering or studies

Minimum 5 years' experience in the community impact space preferred.

Application Process:


1. Submit an online application (15-20mins process, no cover letter required).


2. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in an online interview/selection process


3. Successful applicants will be notified of their outcome by end of September 2022

Remuneration & Time Commitment:



$85,000-$90,000 (pro rata) + 10.5% Superannuation

Time Commitment:

0.7 - 1.0 FTE

10 month contracted term with potential to change to permanent full-time

Applications are now closed. 

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