Principal Engagement Adviser (VPSG6)

Job posted: 09/05/2022
Applications close: 30/05/2022 (Midnight)
2 days remaining

2 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / Ongoing Full Time

Organisation: Department of Health

Salary: $125,893 - $168,473

Occupation: Communications, Marketing and Media

Reference: VG/DH/CE/1628627

Reference: VG/DH/CE/1628627

Occupation: Communications, Marketing and Media

Salary Range: $125,893 - $168,473

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.

Application Closes: 23 May 2022

Role: Principal Engagement Adviser (Ongoing)

Number of vacancies available: 1

Office Location(s): 50 Lonsdale Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Position Summary: 

The Principal Engagement Adviser is a strategic role within the Department of Health's newly established Stakeholder, Community and Consumer best practice team within the Communications and Engagement Branch. Central to assisting the branch support the department in ensuring engagement best practice, the role is responsible for establishing best practice engagement frameworks for stakeholders, community and consumers to ensure they are kept informed and provided opportunities to participate in the reform and delivery of Victoria's health system, as well as other health initiatives. 


  • Provide authoritative and expert advice to executives, business units and other key internal and clients on the development, delivery and evaluation of change communication and staff engagement strategies and related change and reputation risk management.
  • Develop contemporary and integrated engagement strategies that are audience and insight led. In addition, the strategies need to ladder up to the department strategy and meet ministerial requirements and key Government priorities.
  • Work collaboratively across the branch and other areas of the department to build and maintain positive and productive relationships with colleagues, senior internal and external stakeholders and ministerial office staff
  • Contribute engagement expertise and insight, providing advice and guidance to the Communications and Engagement Branch and business units on opportunities, emergent issues, risks and ministerial priorities.
  • Forge strong connections across the department and with external stakeholders to facilitate a partnership approach to developing high quality, contemporary and cost-effective communications outcomes.
  • Represent the department on government and non-government committees and bodies concerned with achieving government and departmental objectives.
  • Maintain an understanding of issues impacting the department's clients and investigate and lead critical engagement activity that enhances service delivery, budget effectiveness, efficiency and improved consumer outcomes.
  • Develop a stakeholder engagement plan that links to departments overall business plan objectives that identifies the specific requirements of each stakeholder group
  • Devise, coordinate, deliver and evaluate the effectiveness of events, workshops and consumer consultation activities to maximise engagement and feedback, including customer information, internal communication, and issues management
  • Build and maintain collaborative and consultative working relationships with internal teams and external stakeholders, including consumer groups and associations to promote open communication and facilitate delivery of best practice communication and engagement
  • Keep accurate and complete records of your work activities in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's records, information security and privacy policies and requirements.
  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and for that of others in the workplace by working in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate how the actions and outcomes of this role and work unit impact clients and the department's ability to deliver, or facilitate the delivery of, effective support and services.

Mandatory Vaccination Policy:

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and clients.  As it is an essential element of any role within the department that employees be able to attend work onsite and to do so safely, employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of their employment.  This requirement applies unless they have a medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID -19.  Therefore, the department will ask any prospective employee, who has been identified as the preferred candidate for a role within the department, to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status prior to any offer of employment being made.  If a prospective employee has a relevant medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19, they should contact the department to discuss their individual circumstances



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>

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Principal Engagement Adviser (VPSG6)

Job type:

Full time / Ongoing Full Time

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Simone Williams | simone.williams@health.vic.gov.au

Principal Engagement Adviser (VPSG6)