Senior Project Officer - Operations

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.

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/1635811
Closing Date: 03-Jul-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: 18 Months
Attachments: Position Description - VPS5 Senior Project Officer Operations - YJ1962 (1).pdf (PDF, 229KB)

Contact: Kathryn Poland on 0437 539 919

Position Details

  • Contribute to the development of a new, innovative operating model for a new youth justice facility
  • Full time, fixed term opportunity until October 2023, based in Melbourne
  • Salary range $103,920 - $125,735 plus superannuation


About us

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is responsible for the supervision of children and young people in the criminal justice system.

A new youth justice facility is being constructed at Cherry Creek in Melbourne's western suburbs, presenting an exciting reform opportunity for Youth Justice. This project will involve the formative stages of the facility's development, contributing to a new evidence based operating model.


What does a Senior Project Officer – Operations do?

As the Senior Project Officer, you will support all operational elements of the project, including project planning and supporting consultation processes the operation of the new facility. You will also contribute to the development of key project documentation, including high quality briefings for senior executives, supporting priority work to ensure a smooth transition into an operational environment.

This role operates within a complex and dynamic environment that requires sound judgement, the ability to develop and maintain effective key stakeholder relationships, using influence and negotiation skills to support the provision of clear advice and effective, timely actions.


What skills should a Senior Project Officer – Operations have?

  • experience planning, monitoring and delivering complex service development projects
  • knowledge of Youth Justice Custodial Services environment, policies, procedures and relevant legislation
  • the ability to build relationships with a diverse group of internal stakeholders
  • excellent written communication skills, writing accurate, timely and audience-appropriate documents and briefings.


For detailed information on the opportunity, please refer to the attached position description or contact Kathryn Poland on 0437 539 919 or at


What's in it for you?

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we provide every person with the means to achieve their potential through ongoing learning and development opportunities in a diverse, equitable and supportive environment.

We look for people who are prepared to do their very best in line with our values and behaviours. Our values shape and influence how we recruit, train and develop our staff and build relationships with stakeholders.

We will also provide you with professional development opportunities, an employee assistance program, access to job opportunities across the Victorian Government, salary packaging and much more.

If this sounds like a compelling job that you believe your skills would be a great match for, please APPLY NOW. Applications close Sunday 3 July.


How to apply

Please click the Apply button at the bottom of this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter outlining your relevant skills and experience for the position.

Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

Please note: there are no Key Selection Criteria (KSC) questions required for this application and you do not need to separately address all of the KSC.

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


Important information

During the COVID-19 pandemic all of our assessment processes will be facilitated remotely using online tools to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our candidates and staff. No face to face contact is required and induction training will also be completed online for those who are successful in securing a position with us.

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic).

Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19. Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
  3. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.

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


For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

For all VPS employees, due to the new Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) policy, please apply through the JSE to be eligible to be considered for this position in the first round. 

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