Strategic Advisor, Office of the Head

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is are the Victorian Government’s lead agency for creating the conditions to sustainably develop the Victorian economy and grow employment. Our role is to increase jobs, investment, exports and opportunities; stimulate innovation, competitiveness, and confidence; and support sustainability.

The Department is committed to building a culture where we say 'yes' to flexible work arrangements, and support ways of working that help employees balance work and home life. The Department is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds.

The Department strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Department offers reasonable adjustments for applicants with disabilities on request.
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Department: Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPS STS
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/001832
Closing Date: 22-Oct-2017
Salary Range: $153,694 - $209,027
Job Duration: n/a
Attachments: Strategic Advisor, Office of the Head PD.doc (Word, 170KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Monique Dawson, Chief Operating Officer
(03) 9027 5488

Position Details

Strategic Advisor, Office of the Head

  • Represent the Head in inter-governmental, inter-departmental, industry and stakeholder meetings
  • Full-time, ongoing position.
  • CBD Location


Reporting to the Director, Office of the Head, you will be responsible for providing high-quality and timely policy advice to the Head, Employment, Investment and Trade (EIT) about complex and sensitive matters requiring decisions by the Head, Secretary or Ministers.

Key accountabilities include:

  • Formulate and communicate policy advice considering risks and implications of proposed policy topics.
  • Contribute to critical projects and the development of advice to Government with respect to broader strategy and policy reform of government.
  • Pro-actively build and maintain positive relationships with internal and external organisations.
  • Work with highly complex contentious and sensitive information to prepare and present authoritative technical, policy and program advice.
  • Prepare and review quality reports, briefings and ministerial correspondence.


To be successful you will have:

  • Demonstrated experience in applying policy frameworks in considering issues and developing policy papers, options and advice.
  • Acute understanding of the current economic environment to anticipate and effectively address emerging issues and trends.
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering results in dynamic multi-stakeholder operating environments.
  • Proven ability to influence and negotiate effectively with stakeholders, in what can often be on complex issues.
  • Excellent communication and highly developed conceptual and analytical skills with the ability to recognise opportunities for continuous improvement.


How to Apply:
Please click the Apply button at the bottom of this advertisement.  Applications should include a resume and covering letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria outlined in the Position Description.

Applicants should view the full position description attached to this advertisement before applying. 

Enquiries about this position should be directed to Monique Dawson, Chief Operating Officer on (03) 9027 5488.

Application close midnight on Sunday 22 October 2017.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records Check prior to commencing employment with the Department.


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