Senior Program Officer, Place Based initiatives

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

3 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / 36 months

Organisation: Department of Education

Salary: $106,534 - $128,897

Occupation: Projects

Reference: VG/DE/SRS/20008338X

Reference: VG/DE/SRS/20008338X

Occupation: Projects

Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

About the Department The role of the Department of Education is to support Victorians to build prosperous, socially engaged, happy and healthy lives. It does this by supporting lifelong learning and healthy development, strengthening families and helping to equip people with the skills and knowledge for a 21st century economy and society.

About the Division

The School Provision and Establishment Division is part of the Schools and Regional Services Group. The division's responsibilities include planning to meet Victoria's growing student population and providing end-to-end support for establishing new schools, administering school reorganisations and delivery of place-based initiatives.

About the Role

The Place-based Initiatives Unit contributes to the broader goals of the Department by facilitating the implementation of the place-based initiatives program – comprising the Our Place model and Education Plans – in selected communities in Victoria. This program contributes to the Department's system-level school support programs by implementing local, tailored strategies to improve student outcomes based on the needs of schools and their communities.

The Senior Program Advisor will be a key member of the Place-based Initiatives Unit with responsibility to:

  • provide authoritative advice about place-based initiatives to influence planning and implementation, including opportunities for reform
    • collaborate and manage highly effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders to identify and leverage opportunities to improve the design and implementation of place-based initiatives
    • lead the design and implementation of evaluation, monitoring and reporting activities, including development of reporting artefacts for a range of audiences
    • support governance to provide strategic oversight and decision-making for the place-based program
    • lead the development and review of Department policy and guidance, and provide advice and support to regions for effective implementation
    • prepare executive and Ministerial correspondence, briefings, submissions, reports and papers relating to the place-based initiatives work program
    • other duties as required to contribute to branch culture, strategy and business planning activities.

The Senior Program Officer will be part of a dynamic, respectful and collaborative branch with a culture of high integrity, responsiveness, service delivery and accountability.


The successful candidate will be a team player, have a strong continuous improvement mindset and demonstrate expertise and skills in:

  • Managing all elements of a program or project including design, delivery and implementation.
    • Stakeholder management through collaborating and building relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
    • Influencing and negotiation, with the ability to use direct and indirect influencing strategies to gain agreement to proposals and ideas, and explore alternatives.
    • Data literacy, evalaution and monitoring, with the ability to analyse and critically evaluate information and identify potential implications and risks of proposed strategy or program options.
    • Planning and managing timeframes, understanding the political and organisational environment.
    • Working in a flexible and agile manner.

Desirable Qualifications and Experience

  • Proven experience in project and/or program management; experience in managing place-based or complex projects is highly desirable.
  • Highly developed analytical, conceptual and written communication skills with an ability to prepare high quality briefs, reports, emails and project plans.
  • Proven ability to provide advice to senior management on project risks and issues.
  • Proven ability to use data and evidence to inform strategic direction and decision making.
  • A relevant tertiary qualification is desirable.

Further Information

For more details regarding this position please see attached position description for the capabilities to address in application.

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.

For further information about the role, please contact Zoe Drysdale – Director, New Schools and Education Plans via zoe.drysdale@education.vic.gov.au.

Preferred applicants may be required to complete a police check and may be subject to other pre-employment checks. Information provided to the Department of Education will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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Application close 21 July 2024, 11:59pm.  


Senior Program Officer, Place Based initiatives

Job type:

Full time / 36 months

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Zoe Drysdale | zoe.drysdale@education.vic.gov.au

Senior Program Officer, Place Based initiatives