Purpose of Position
The NSW Healthy Children’s Initiative focuses on the promotion of healthy weight, healthy eating and physical activity, with children and young people from birth to 18 years of age. The initiative is delivered in key settings throughout NSW including pre-schools and long day care centres, schools (primary and high school), family day care centres, Out of School Hours and Supported Playgroups and community organisations. The NSW Healthy Children’s Initiative aims to build the capacity of those working within these key settings to promote and support the health of the children of NSW. The Early Childhood Program Officer will lead the implementation of the Munch and Move Program in Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD).
Munch and Move focusses on healthy eating, physical activity and the reduction of small screen recreation in the early childhood sector. It targets children 0 to 5 years and their families.
The position will also be responsible for delivery of other selected components of the NSW Healthy Children’s Initiative to the community, including the centre-based early childhood services, in association with existing members of the Health Promotion Team. The role is a vital link between program delivery, the local Health Promotion Service and the Ministry of Health, and works closely with other members of the HCI team to deliver programs in the area to ensure the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District meets performance targets, within budget.
1. Tertiary qualifications in health promotion, population health, education, communication, marketing, child care, allied health (eg. Dietician, Exercise Physiologist) or relevant field.
2. Proven experience in the Healthy Children’s Initiative, preferably the Munch and Move program, or similar area.
3. High level project management skills including demonstrated ability to plan, implement, evaluate and disseminate a population health project and report on project outcomes.
4. Sound organisational and computer skills, data entry experience and the capacity to successfully manage several tasks concurrently to meet tight deadlines.
5. Excellent written and verbal communication, negotiation, and facilitation skills.
6. Demonstrated capacity to work effectively in a cross cultural context, and the ability to work with and engage young people and their families, early childhood education providers and other stakeholders.
7. Demonstrated ability to work autonomously with minimal direction and as part of a team.
8. Current NSW Drivers Licence.