Program Development Officer

  • Industry Leading Psychology Consulting Services
  • High Growth & Diversity
  • Positive & Supportive Company Culture
  • Full Time Opportunity
  • Abbotsford Location
  •  One year contract ­– extension beyond 1 year depended on funding


Caraniche is a Victorian-based private psychology and consulting company that delivers a range of specialist services to government, private and not-for-profit organisations. Caraniche provides clinical and forensic services, Employee Assistance Programs, management consultancy, training, research, and evaluation. Established in 1993, Caraniche is a values driven organisation with a strong commitment to the professional growth and development of psychologists and other health and welfare professionals.  The company employs more than 150 staff including researchers, psychologists, social workers, counsellors, and other allied health professionals.  Our Victorian locations include Abbotsford, Epping, Dandenong, Ringwood, Footscray, Box Hill, Glen Waverley and Ballarat. We also operate across thirteen Victorian prison locations, as well as Victoria's two Youth Justice Centres in Parkville and Malmsbury.

Caraniche is recognised as a leader in the field of forensic alcohol and other drug services, clinical supervision, trauma services, evaluation and training.

About the Opportunity

An exciting opportunity has become available for an experienced Program Development Officer to work in our Abbotsford office. Located in the Research and Professional Practice Team and reporting to the RPP Manager, the Program Development Officer will be responsible for the design and development of psychologically-based offender rehabilitation programs including drug specific and criminogenic programs for prisoners across the Victorian correctional system. The purpose of the programs will be to facilitate and support positive behaviour change across one or more of the following portfolios areas:

  • Programs for women, youth, and those with a cognitive disability;
  • Family Violence interventions;
  • Alcohol and Drug interventions;
  • Transition and reintegration services on entry to prison and through to pre-release;
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing interventions.

This role will also involve developing conference presentations, management and analysis of data, the presentation/communication of data and other findings to internal teams and external stakeholders, and may occasionally involve collaborating with internal stakeholders in the redesign of business processes and systems. This role will require working within a team environment and will be supported by the Research and Professional Practice Manager.

Essential Selection Criteria:

  • Tertiary qualification in an area such as psychology, mental health, criminology or related discipline;
  • Experience in the design and development of complex psycho-educational and/or therapeutic programs for offenders and vulnerable cohorts;
  • Understanding and knowledge relevant to at least one or more of the portfolio areas listed above under Section 'About the Opportunity';
  • Excellent written expression;
  • Excellent organisational skills;
  • Ability to manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Ability to work within a team delivering a range of services and to be an independent and autonomous contributor, where necessary;


Desirable Selection Criteria:

  • Full unrestricted registration as a psychologist with AHPRA;
  • Postgraduate qualification in an area such as psychology, mental health, criminology or related discipline;
  • Training and/or experience in working within a Forensic, Health or Clinical Psychology context.



You will work alongside many highly skilled and experienced clinicians and research staff. Caraniche offers a great culture and flexible work environment including the following employee benefits:

  • Flexible Working Policy;
  • Ongoing Training and Development;
  • Exposure to leading industry specific training programs;
  • Career Progression Opportunities;
  • Industry leading Research Initiatives;
  • Access to employee health services – EAP, CISM.


Caraniche is an equal opportunity employer who values a diverse workforce. Caraniche strives to develop and maintain a positive, inclusive culture of respect and unity, and as such, we aim to employ individuals who share our company values of integrity, excellence, innovation and partnership. 


Selection Process:

  • A selection panel comprised of the Research & Professional Practice Manager and, if applicable, at least one additional team member will assess your application.  Applications will be assessed against the criteria stated below in Section "How to Apply" below.
  • Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by phone. Psychometric testing and work sample tests may be conducted. 
  • Following the interviews, reference checks will be conducted on applicants and Criminal Record Checks will be undertaken.


How to Apply

To apply via our Careers page, please visit our website at or Seek and submit a Cover Letter and Resume.

The cover letter should outline your suitability for the position, when you're available to start, your salary expectations, and your interest in working with Caraniche.  Applications submitted without a cover letter cannot be accepted.  A detailed position description is available on request.  For confidential discussion, please contact our Recruitment Adviser on 03 8417 0500.  No recruitment agencies please.


Please note only shortlisted candidates will be cont

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