Manager, Professional Practice (VPSG5)

Job posted: 09/06/2021
Applications close: 18/06/2021 (Midnight)
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Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / 12 months

Organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Salary: $101,120 - $122,348

Occupation: Prison and Corrective Services

Reference: VG/CV0456B

Reference: VG/CV0456B

Occupation: Prison and Corrective Services

Salary Range: $101,120 - $122,348

Work location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of young people and recognises that young peoples’ rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

We’re proud of the important work we do across Victoria. Want to be part of it?


  • Utilise your strong stakeholder engagement skills
  • Make a positive difference in keeping our community safe
  • Attractive salary between $101,120 - $122,348 + superannuation


An exciting opportunity exists for a Manager, Professional Practice in the Sentence Management Division in a fixed term role for 12 months.

What does the Sentence Management Division do?

The Sentence Management Division (SMD) is responsible for guiding the journey of offenders through the period of their sentence by applying risk assessment tools to assess a prisoner's general risk of reoffending and identifying their criminogenic needs. identifying prisoners' needs and matching correctional resources with the objective of placing and managing prisoners appropriately. It is a process of balancing security, management and needs of the prisoners, the community need for protection and efficient and effective operation of the correctional system.

What will the Manager, Professional Practice do?

The role of Manager, Professional Practice sits within the Systems & Planning unit of the Sentence Management Division.

Working closely with the Offender Management Development Branch, it is responsible for enhancing the quality and effectiveness of prisoner classification, interviews and risk assessments through the provision of individual support and professional development for Sentence Management Division staff.

The Manager, Professional Practice provides highly developed assessment and classification advice, and delivers regular practice forums and education sessions to embed consistency in practice in line with the Sentence Management Manual and the Risk Assessment Quality Management Strategy.

What skills should a Manager, Professional Practice have?

  • An understanding of the application of risk assessment tools, interviewing techniques (especially motivational interviewing), and trauma informed practice in the management of prisoners/offenders.
  • Demonstrated experience in staff development and training to embed quality practices within a workplace.
  • An understanding of the Victorian prison system and government initiatives that include the Reducing Re-offending and Offender Management frameworks.

To learn more about the type of skills you will need to thrive in this role, please read the position description.

What's in it for you?

You will be working for the Department of Justice and Community Safety, which is one arm of the Victorian State Government, a recognised top employer of choice nationally. All our staff work to the vision of a safe, just, innovative and thriving Victoria.

There are many advantages in working for the department, including:

  • Job stability – fixed term position as a member of the Victorian Public Service (VPS)
  • A fair salary– enjoy great work conditions and salary sacrificing options.
  • Transparent performance framework– approach your work with confidence in how you're tracking, working to professional development plans agreed on by you and your manager.
  • Generous leave entitlements– provisions for many forms of leave; including personal, parental, carers, study, cultural, compassionate, and sick leave.
  • Employee Assistance Program support – you are encouraged to use this short-term, confidential counselling service if you're experiencing emotional stress, relationship problems, conflict with others or personal issues. It is also available for financial counselling and retirement planning.

If you have any queries, please contact Nathan Baldwinson on 0417 341 305  at nathan.baldwinson@justice.vic.gov.au

We want to make sure all Victorians feel represented by the department's work. One of the ways we do this is by recruiting a diverse workforce – we welcome people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability and cultural background. We are also committed to the Victorian Government's promise to increase the number of veterans working in the public sector.

We're proud of our individual differences. We're proud of the many languages we speak and the stories we can share with each other. We hope you will share your story too.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is continually working towards increasing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) workforce. The Aboriginal Employment Team aims to attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal staff across all our roles. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, email aboriginal.employment@justice.vic.gov.au

If this sounds like a compelling job that you believe your skills would be a great match for, please APPLY NOW.

How to apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

Manager, Professional Practice (VPSG5)

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Full time / 12 months

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Nathan Baldwinson on 0417 341 305 | nathan.baldwinson@justice.vic.gov.au

Manager, Professional Practice (VPSG5)