Chief Communications Officer, Department of Health (SES2)

Job posted: 19/02/2021
Applications close: 28/02/2021 (Midnight)
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Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / Five (5) year executive employment contract

Organisation: Department of Health

Salary: $249,701 - $360,000

Occupation: Executive Management

Reference: VG/DH/CS/484172

Reference: VG/DH/CS/484172

Occupation: Executive Management

Salary Range: $249,701 - $360,000

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

The Department of Health plays a critical role in the Victorian health system and is responsible for shaping it to meet the health needs of Victorians into the future. We also lead the Victorian Government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with our partners, we oversee Victoria's health system including mental health, ageing and aged care and preventive health. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality services to all Victorians. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services.


As head of the new Department of Health's strategic communications and engagement division, you will be responsible for leading a high performing team in the delivery of a wide range of communications services and channels which promote portfolio initiatives and ensure Victorians have access to engaging information to support their best health, wellbeing and safety.

The Chief Communications Officer will shape and deliver strategies that actively position the department as an innovative voice in the health sector, driving improvement in service delivery and engagement, whilst ensuring consistent, relevant and authoritative messaging for our diverse audiences. 

A key element of the role is the provision of high-level, smart strategic advice to our Secretary and Ministers, departmental leadership and key external stakeholders at a time of innovation and reform.

Are you:

  • A motivational leader who can inspire a diverse team of creative and passionate communications and media professionals?
  • Highly skilled in issues management, stakeholder engagement, and the leadership of public-facing communications functions?
  • Adept in navigating complex and sensitive environments whilst maintaining strategic alignment and relevance of communications strategies and approaches?
  • A trusted high-level adviser on managing issues and supporting strategic positioning?


Executive appointments are subject to pre-employment conduct screening

For further information regarding the role please contact the following;

Hayley James Ph: 0411 620 136 | E: hjames@ampersand.com.au

Tim James Ph: 0400 713743 | E: tjames@ampersand.com.au

Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note: For this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.

For further information please visit the Department of Health <https://www.vic.gov.au/department-health>

Click 'Apply Now' to submit your interest in this position.

Chief Communications Officer, Department of Health (SES2)

Job type:

Full time / Five (5) year executive employment contract

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Hayley James | E: hjames@ampersand.com.au

Chief Communications Officer, Department of Health (SES2)