Recreation, Health and Wellbeing Officer

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The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and recognises that children’s 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 Regulation
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Arts and Sports
Classification: Cog2B
Work Location: North West - Loddon
Reference: VG/5201E
Closing Date: 01-Mar-2018
Salary Range: $69,172 - $79,545
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Applying for a position at DJR.pdf (PDF, 160KB)

Position Description 5201 Recreation, Health and Wellbeing Officer .doc (Word, 854KB)

Contact: Marcia McGrath on (03) 5479 8200

Position Details

  • Excellent opportunity to deliver recreation and wellbeing programs to prisoners
  • Ongoing, full time position
  • Salary range $69,172 - $79,545, plus superannuation

About Us

The Loddon Mallee Region provides services at Justice Service Centres in Bendigo, Swan Hill and Mildura and at various outreach locations across the region. Loddon Mallee Region also has three prisons, two within the Loddon Prison Precinct which includes a medium risk facility (Loddon) and a restricted minimum facility (Middleton). The third, Tarrengower Prison, located at Maldon, is a minimum risk women's facility.

Tarrengower Prison is committed to delivering the highest level of Transitional Support to women who are preparing to exit prison and return to the community.

About the Role

As our Recreation, Health and Wellbeing Officer, you will report to the Senior Programs Coordinator. You will facilitate and coordinate a range of diverse programs and recreation activities to the prison population. Your responsibilities will involve: creating program proposals, the scheduling of programs, resources, and service providers to suit the operational needs of the prison, facilitating wellbeing programs, preparing funding submissions and business cases, report writing, and undertaking risk assessments.

Daily prisoner contact is required for this role.

About You

As our ideal candidate, you will demonstrate:

  • experience in the planning and delivery of transitional and/or recreational programs
  • strong communication skills, both in written and verbal form
  • excellent stakeholder management skills, with the ability to work with a diverse group of people
  • good leadership skills, with the ability to motivate and support others.

A qualification in health and/or fitness or similar is highly desirable.

The successful candidate must have completed, or be willing to complete, the Prison Officer Pre Service Training.

How to Apply

Please click the Apply button at the bottom of this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

Please note:  When submitting your application online, there will be questions pertaining to a number of the position's Key Selection Criteria to which you are required to respond.

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