Partnership Lead

The Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions is focused on growing Victoria’s prosperity, building the productive capacity of our economy and increasing participation – by creating more opportunities for people through skills and jobs; helping businesses and industries to thrive; and building vibrant communities and regions. For more information, see the DJSIR Strategic Plan 2023-2027

Established on 1 January 2023, our work spans numerous portfolios, supporting departmental ministers and operating across metropolitan, regional and international offices. We oversee various public entities, including public corporations, regulatory authorities and specialist boards.

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Department: Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Education and Training
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/100975A
Closing Date: 24-Jun-2024
Salary Range: $130,673 - $174,869
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: PD_100975 VPS6 Partnership Lead Partnerships Team.docx (Word, 193KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Eve Bodsworth

Position Details

TAFE Partnerships Lead

  • Salary: $130,673 - $174,869 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed term role: until 30/06/2025
  • Usual hours of work: Full time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: 35 Collins Place, Melbourne (flexibility may be available)

The Role

Reporting to the Manager, TAFE Partnerships, the TAFE Partnership Lead will be part of a small, high performing team overseeing the management and oversight of partnerships with individual TAFEs, focusing on institute engagement, being an access point for Skillsland Employment group and broader government agencies, institute issue management, communication, and performance and accountability. 

The responsibilities of the TAFE Partnerships Lead will include, but are not limited to: 

  • Identifies issues in common for one or more clients or stakeholders and uses them to build mutually beneficial partnerships, while considering responsibilities and obligations of the TAFE network.
  • Project development and implementation of stakeholder engagement and communication plans through facilitation of discussions and engagement with an aim to progressing opportunities.
  • Exercise professional independent judgement to identify proactive opportunities and escalate emerging issues including gaining agreement to proposals and ideas; Build behind the scenes support for ideas to ensure buy-in and ownership and use chains of indirect influence to achieve outcomes.

 The Team

The position of TAFE Partnership Lead forms a part of the Office of TAFE Coordination and Delivery (OTCD).  The Office of TAFE Coordination and Delivery (OTCD) plays a system leadership and management role for the TAFE Network across Victoria. The OTCD is primarily responsible for driving change in the way in which the Victorian TAFE Network provides training as a coordinated network and serves Victorian students, employers and communities and responds to Government priorities.

 About You

The successful candidate will ideally have the following skills and experience:

  • Specialist/Technical Expertise: Create stakeholder management plans using analysis of their influence and interests; Influence and negotiate with stakeholders to contribute to the achievement of common goals; Manage relationships with and between stakeholders; Identify, classify and regularly monitor risk in accordance with Department processes and guidelines and Provide guidance on risk identification and prioritisation to support effective decision-making.
  • Organisational Awareness: Understands issues and pressures to which the organisation must respond; understands the reasons behind the organisational climate and culture.
  • Verbal and Written Communication: Confidently conveys ideas and information in a clear and interesting way; clearly understands the target audience and the objectives of the communication; uses audience feedback to refine communication and ensure communications are understood; handles difficult and sensitive communications well.

Further Information

For a confidential discussion, please contact Eve Bodsworth on

The department is committed to creating and maintaining a child safe organisation. We have zero tolerance of child abuse and are committed to taking the necessary steps to protect children from harm by adopting a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety in accordance with the Child Safe Standards.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records Check prior to commencing employment with the Department. For further information on the position, please refer to the attached position description.

Please note: We are accredited as a Disability Confident Recruitment (DCR) organisation and committed to inclusive recruitment. If you require an adjustment to participate in any stage of the recruitment process or have a particular requirement to be communicated with by either telephone or email only, please notify the DJSIR Recruitment Team at with the position number in the subject line.

How to Apply

Please click the ‘Apply Now' button. As part of the application process, you will need to provide a copy of your resume and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria outlined in the position description.

Applications close at midnight on 24 June 2024.


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