Principal Advisor - Area Partnerships

An exciting opportunity exists for a highly motivated individual to lead a collective impact initiative in Outer Eastern Melbourne to improve outcomes for children and young people at-risk of entering, in and transitioning from Out-of-Home-Care (OoHC). The Principal Advisor for the Outer East Children and Youth Area Partnership, known locally as ‘Brighter Futures’, brings senior representatives from State/Local Government and Community Service Organisations together with community members, carers and young people to co-design and implement innovative solutions that support children and young people with an OoHC experience. This is a 6 month, fixed term position commencing mid-October 2018.
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Department: Department of Education and Training
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Education and Training
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: North East Region ALL
Reference: VG/DET/NEVR24767
Closing Date: 25-Sep-2018
Salary Range: $116,863 - $156,387
Job Duration: 6 Months
Attachments: 5905 - Principal Advisor Children and Youth Area Partnership 01-06-16.doc (Word, 144KB)

Contact: Anthony Raitman
0408 993 842

Position Details

Principal Advisor - Area Partnerships, Outer East Victoria


Are you experienced in leading sustainable systems and practice change?


Are you able to motivate diverse stakeholders to achieve a collective goal?


Are you passionate about improving the lives of children and young people at-risk of entering, in and transitioning from OoHC?


As Principal Advisor for Brighter Futures, you will move comfortably between strategic leadership and operational management responsibilities, including supporting implementation of the Brighter Futures Transformation Pilot: Learning for Life through Community Connections (Brighter Futures Pilot). The Brighter Futures Pilot aims to improve outcomes for young people aged 15-23 years with an OoHC experience and was recently funded by six philanthropic foundations that comprise the OoHC Funders Group.


Key responsibilities during the 6 month period will include:

  • Oversee governance and coordination of Brighter Futures Steering Group Meetings, Brighter Futures Executive Meetings, and related activities;
  • Monitor strategic priorities of Brighter Futures Working Groups, including the Prevention Matters and Leaving Care Working Groups;
  • Lead stakeholder engagement across 11 x Partnering Organisations and 30+ Supporting Organisations involved in the Brighter Futures Pilot;
  • Coordinate and support all other activity relating to the Brighter Futures Pilot including the establishment of the Brighter Futures Youth Ambassador Group (with CREATE Foundation) and the Brighter Futures Community of Practice (with Brotherhood of St Laurence);
  • Support Brighter Futures partners to embed co-design, community engagement and developmental evaluation principles across priority areas;
  • Coordinate communications and reporting as required by the Children's Services Coordination Board and OoHC Funders Group.


The successful candidate will demonstrate capacity to apply principles from a range of frameworks and methodologies that support innovative and sustainable systems and practice change, such as collective impact, co-design, community engagement, developmental evaluation and advantaged thinking. They will build relationships quickly, prefer solution building over problem solving and be open to learning.


Strong leadership, negotiation and project management skills are central to this role, alongside creativity and innovation when it is clear that a new pathway forward is required.


For more details regarding this position please see attached position description.

Department of Education and Training is committed to diversity. The Department places considerable effort and resources into responding to the needs of staff with a disability.  People from disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply for this position. Information about the Department of Education and Training's operations and employment conditions can be obtained from the following and

Applications close September 25th, 2018

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