Principal Investigator

Job posted: 05/07/2024
Applications close: 21/07/2024 (Midnight)
6 days remaining

6 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / Ongoing

Organisation: Department of Education

Salary: $130,673 - $174,869

Occupation: Regulatory Governance and Compliance

Reference: VG/DE/PES/20015262

Reference: VG/DE/PES/20015262

Occupation: Regulatory Governance and Compliance

Salary Range: $130,673 - $174,869

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

The Principal Investigator is responsible for leading complex investigations into complaints, allegations of misconduct by an employee, including reportable conduct allegations involving children and providing expert advice, support and recommendations to people managers and delegated decision-makers. The Principal Investigator mentors and supports Senior Investigators and Investigators in the team.

About the Department

The Department of Education (DE) leads the delivery of education and development services to children and students both directly through government schools and indirectly through the regulation and funding of early childhood services and non-government schools.

About the Division

The Conduct and Integrity Division provides expert advice and support to school principals and other people managers on managing employee conduct and performance including child safety concerns and fraud and corruption.

There are four branches within the division: 

  • Preliminary Investigations Branch
  • Child Safety Investigations Branch
  • Child Safety and Fraud Investigations Branch
  • Child Safety and Integrity (Policy and Operations) Branch.

The Division leads critical functions with respect to both school and corporate employees and operations:

  • child safety misconduct and reportable conduct investigations, including notifications to the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) under the Reportable Conduct Scheme in relation to departmental employees and others engaged in departmental workplaces and notifications to the Disability Worker Regulation Commission
  • fraud and corruption investigations, including mandatory reporting to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) and public interest disclosures
  • developing and maintaining the department's guidelines on managing complaints, misconduct and unsatisfactory performance for the teaching service and the public service
  • providing expert advice and support to principals and people managers to manage allegations of misconduct, unsatisfactory performance, fitness for duty and
  • expert advice and management of fraud and corruption, conflict of interest, and integrity performance monitoring and reporting
  • pre-employment screening, and expert advice on suitability for employment and management of the department's Employment Limitation policy
  • managing relationships with oversight and integrity bodies (including the Victorian Institute of Teaching, CCYP, IBAC, Victorian Ombudsman and the Victorian Public Sector Commission)
  • capability building and training activities aimed at increasing staff confidence to prevent, speak up, identify and respond to inappropriate behaviour, reportable conduct and misconduct
  • strengthening avenues for staff to speak up about inappropriate behaviour and misconduct
  • driving behavioural and system change to build a stronger culture of integrity in the department.

About the Role

Reporting into the Manager, Child Safety Investigations, the Principal Investigator manages a caseload of complex matters and mentors and supports Senior Investigators and Investigators in the team.

The Principal Investigator will:

  • model the Public Sector Values and ensure relevant departmental policies and procedures are followed
  • plan and undertake high quality and efficient investigations into complaints, allegations of misconduct by an employee, including reportable conduct allegations involving children, consistent with the division's processes and practices
  • provide expert advice, support and recommendations to people managers and delegated decision-makers about risk mitigation during investigations and employment actions arising out of investigations
  • provide support and advice to the department's senior executives in relation to misconduct and reportable conduct matters.
  • prepare high quality written materials including investigation reports, briefings and correspondence
  • build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and provide expert advice to senior decision- makers
  • contribute to branch, division and system improvement activities
  • support the Manager to foster talent and build team capability.


About You

This role will suit an experienced investigator who can be a leader and mentor to the wider team.  You will be a logical, problem solver, with experience providing advice and support to a broad range of stakeholders. 

As our ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • proven experience leading complex investigations
  • excellent stakeholder engagement and relationship building skills, working within a complex, multi-stakeholder environment
  • high level written communication skills, developing a range of complex written documentation
  • a successful record of supporting the professional development / capability of a team
  • sound conceptual thinking ability, as well as excellent problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • a current Employee Working with Children Check, or ability to obtain one.

How to apply

Applicants are required to submit a CV and cover letter (max 2 pages for cover letter) summarising their skills, relevant experience and suitability to the role in line with the duties, required capabilities and the Key Selection Criteria.

The department is looking to fill two vacancies for this position. 

Further Information

For more details regarding this position please see attached position description.

For further information pertaining to the role, please contact Andrea Barrell via Andrea.Barrell@education.vic.gov.au

The department values diversity and inclusion in all forms - gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information about our work, working for the Department, diversity and inclusion, and our employment conditions visit the Department website and our Diversity and Inclusion page

Applicants requiring adjustments can contact the nominated contact person.

Information about the Department of Education's operations and employment conditions can be located at www.education.vic.gov.au.

Preferred applicants may be required to have a Working with Children Check, a police check and other pre-employment checks. Information provided to the Department of Education will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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Applications close 11:59pm on 21 July 2024.

Principal Investigator

Job type:

Full time / Ongoing

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Andrea Barrell | Andrea.Barrell@education.vic.gov.au

Principal Investigator