A range of job vacancies for executive and senior appointments
Our senior management roles offer the opportunity to make a difference to Victoria and all Victorians. These job vacancies are unique and specialised. You'll gain public administration and leadership skills and experience that are well regarded in every business and area of employment.
Explore our executive and non-executive job vacancies
Job vacancies at a senior level are segmented into two categories: executive and non-executive. Non-executive roles are traditionally senior line managers, technical specialists and project managers.
To help you find out more about various aspects of senior appointments with the Victorian Government, click on the links below.
- Executive profile
- Your responsibilities
- Remuneration and benefits
- Women and senior appointments
- Government board roles
Profile of our executive
As an executive with the Victorian Government, you will handle high-level policy advice and a variety of complex organisational and project management challenges across a diverse range of areas. You will be responsible for providing frank, impartial and timely advice to government and high quality services to the Victorian community.
Executive level job vacancies require candidates who demonstrate public sector values. These are: responsiveness, integrity, impartiality, accountability, respect, leadership and human rights. In this role you may report to Ministers, department or agency heads, senior executives, boards of management and to the Government of the day.
Executive level positions range from heads of departments (Secretaries) and agencies (CEOs) through to departmental Deputy Secretaries and Project Directors, and carry a high level of responsibility for finances, resources and policy development.
Other senior roles are available in other classifications, for instance Senior Technical Specialist (a recognised expert in a particular field), Principal Solicitor or Principal Scientist. Salary ranges for these and other senior classifications will be shown in the position descriptions of specific job vacancies.
Senior staff in the Victorian Government are responsible for public funds and delivering on the government's agenda, although their ultimate responsibility is to the Victorian public.
Examples of issues you could be involved in include solving Melbourne's water storage and distribution problems, negotiating with graziers on the high plains grazing rights and determining appropriate levels of land tax on business properties.
Good governance is how we describe modern public sector management, in conjunction with the principles and standards of public behaviour that support it. Governance in the public sector is important, challenging and complex as we have to satisfy a broad range of political, economic, environmental and social objectives.
At the same time, the public sector also provides the opportunity for innovative thinking and planning on issues that affect the community well into the future. Job vacancies at this level seek to attract experienced problem solvers with a demonstrated commitment to social justice values.
Remuneration and benefits
Executive roles are offered as fixed-term contracts for up to five years, with similar conditions (such as leave provisions) to non-executive level appointments. Executives are employed within a three-band structure, on attractive Total Remuneration Packages (TRP) that include superannuation, and have access to annual adjustments and bonuses based on performance.
Working as an executive in the public sector also means you will enjoy the benefits of work/life balance, provided through family-friendly and flexible work practices. Our work philosophy recognises that people have lives outside of work, and conditions and attitudes in our workplaces support this.
The executive handbook provides further contract, remuneration and employment information for executives.
Women and senior appointments
The Victorian Government is strongly committed to encouraging women to apply for senior Government appointments. We have a number of initiatives in place to be sure that women are well represented among decision makers and leaders in our community, particularly in Government leadership roles.
Women are in about 38% of executive roles in the Victorian Public Service as at 30 June 2008.
Women interested in senior roles in Government can get access to resources and advice from the Office of Women's Policy in the Department of Victorian Communities. The Women's Policy office also maintains the Victorian Women's Register (www.women.vic.gov.au) aimed at increasing the number of women on boards and committees. It has been responsible for increasing the number of women on Government boards and committees to over 40% since 2001, with a broad goal of women making up 50% of all new appointments to Government boards and committees.
More informally, there are mentoring and support groups for women in senior Government roles in most agencies and departments.
Government board roles
Boards of management in Government play a very important role. They supervise, manage and 'govern' a particular public sector agency, company or facility, or those responsible for providing Government with advice or guidance on a particular issue.
While boards or committees may have different titles, in Government they also have different functions and modes of operation. Generally they fall into one of three categories:
- boards of management
- tribunals and registration bodies
- advisory boards