Principal Policy and Project Officer (VPSG6)

Job posted: 04/06/2021
Applications close: 20/06/2021 (Midnight)
6 days remaining

6 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / 31 December 2021

Organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Salary: $124,033 - $165,983

Occupation: Projects

Reference: VG/1539073

Reference: VG/1539073

Occupation: Projects

Salary Range: $124,033 - $165,983

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

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 policy and project management expertise to lead and deliver correctional healthcare and service delivery projects.
  • Fixed-term opportunity to December 2021.
  • VPS Grade 6: $124,033 - $165,983 per year, plus superannuation.

About the role

Policy, Strategy and Service Design, a business unit within the Corrections and Justice Services Group is responsible for strategic policy, program development and service design as well as strengthening engagement with service sector partners.

About the role

The Principal Policy & Project Officer will report to the Project Director, Health Services Review and be responsible for leading the development of new and innovative health service delivery approaches to improve health care for Victorian prisoners. Core to being successful in this role will be your strong conceptual and analytical skills, your capacity to write accurate, timely and audience appropriate strategic documents, your ability to demonstrate appropriate initiative, and the application of good project management and procurement disciplines.  The ability to innovate and think outside the box, as well as a background in policy and/or service design will hold you in good stead for this exciting and rewarding role.

The role operates within a complex and dynamic environment that requires a capacity to exercise sound judgement, and the ability to proactively develop and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders across government, using influence and negotiation skills to support the provision of clear advice to support effective, timely actions.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Manage and lead the planning, implementation and monitoring of projects relating to correctional healthcare and service delivery
  • Provide authoritative, in-depth advice on complex policy and service design issues relating to prisoner health, mental health, alcohol and other drug treatment and the corrections operating environment.
  • Provide high-level support and advice to senior staff and governance committees.

About you

To be successful you will have:

  • Experience in the development of policy advice and/or operational frameworks within a complex social and/or economic policy environment.
  • Experience in leading and managing projects, within specified time frames.
  • Excellent conceptual and analytical skills with an ability to analyse complex operational, policy and legal issues.

There are no mandatory qualifications for this role, however qualifications in a relevant discipline would be highly desirable.

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 – ongoing 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.

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. Applications close 11.59pm Sunday 20 June 2021.

In accordance with the Jobs and Skills Exchange Recruitment Policy, only Victorian Public Service employees are eligible to apply for this position. People on labour hire contracts, such as agency staff and contractors, are not eligible to apply.

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.

Principal Policy and Project Officer (VPSG6)

Job type:

Full time / 31 December 2021

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Geraldine Green | 0427929887 or geraldine.green@justice.vic.gov.au

Principal Policy and Project Officer (VPSG6)