Principal Investigator

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If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: VPS STS
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/D00679_JAN
Closing Date: 09-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $173,134 - $235,465
Job Duration: until December 2023
Attachments: Position Description - STS7 - Principal Investigator - OSI -October 2022.pdf (PDF, 206KB)


Contact: Brett Randall on 0484 909 054
brett.randall@osi.vic.gov.au

Position Details

  • Utilise your extensive experience and training in investigations to manage multi-disciplinary teams and contribute to high-quality outcomes for the OSI.
  • Opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service until December 2023.
  • VPS STS: $173,134 - $235,465, plus superannuation.

 

About the business unit

The Office of the Special Investigator (OSI) is being established as an independent statutory body to implement recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants (Commission).

The Commission recommended the Victorian Government legislate to establish a Special Investigator to investigate whether there is sufficient evidence to establish the commission of a criminal offence or offences connected with Victoria Police's use of Nicola Maree Gobbo as a human source.

The Commission also recommended the Special Investigator be responsible for investigating whether there is sufficient evidence to charge any current Victoria Police officers with breaches of discipline connected with Victoria Police's use of Ms Gobbo as a human source. The OSI is responsible for administering the Special Investigator Act 2021.

 

About the role

Reporting to the Chief Investigator, the Principal Investigator will be accountable for managing multi-disciplinary teams undertaking complex and sensitive forensic based investigations into allegations of corruption and serious misconduct as directed by the Special Investigator. Under the direction of the Chief Investigator, the Principal Investigator will ensure that investigations are planned and conducted in accordance with relevant legislation, achieving high quality outcomes with the utmost professionalism.

The Principal Investigator will have extensive knowledge, skills and experience in conducting and managing forensic based criminal investigations. The role requires a high standard of written and verbal communication, leadership and project management skills.

The operational requirements of investigations may require irregular and extended work hours, including weekend work and afterhours deployments when required.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Under the direction of the Chief Investigator, coordinate resources for complex investigations ensuring compliance with the use of specialist investigative powers and a range of other legislative requirements, processes and industry standards.
  • Supervise the operations of the OSI's investigations function to ensure work efficiency.
  • Prepare investigation plans and monitor investigations ensuring adequate resources are available.
  • Initiate and build collaborative relationships across the organisation to ensure access to resources and commitment to investigation timelines.

To learn more about this role before applying, please read the attached position description.

 

About you

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Formal qualifications and/or training in investigations, law enforcement or a related discipline are required.
  • Demonstrated experience in the management and conduct of sensitive and complex forensic based investigations, with a particular focus on complex criminal investigations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding in the principles and practices of conducting investigations and evaluating evidence for both criminal and disciplinary matters.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the difference between evidence and intelligence.
  • Demonstrated experience formulating, preparing, drafting affidavits and reviewing applications for search warrants, preparing operation plans, execution of search warrants, preparing briefs of evidence for court, and preparing internal status reports.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting interviews with witnesses and suspects in the context of forensic based investigations, to establish the truth, ascertain the facts and to ascertain any degree, or lack of, involvement in criminal conduct.
  • Demonstrated understanding of risk in the context of sensitive and complex forensic based criminal investigations and implementation of corresponding risk mitigation measures.
  • Demonstrated experience in the command, control and conduct of field based tactical operations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, management and oversight expertise in case management related to criminal investigations.
  • Demonstrated experience managing, and working collaboratively as part of, a high functioning multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated experience as a witness in criminal proceedings and trials.
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying, developing and implementing strategic investigative objectives.    

  

How to apply

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

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

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

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.

At interview stage and prior to commencement of employment with the department, you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19 with three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Upon commencement of employment with the department you will be required to provide evidence that you have an up-to-date vaccination status within the timelines specified by the department into the DJCS Service Portal. This includes evidence of three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department (from time to time).

Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account)

Other documentation outside the above will not be accepted as evidence of having received your COVID-19 vaccine doses.


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