Policy Officer, Education Strategy

Apply for an exciting Policy Officer- Strategy role at the heart of the Government’s Education State reform program. Policy Officers help shape critical projects, and provide advice and solutions on challenging and complex problems. Their work often involves engagement with stakeholders within government and across the education sector. Recent examples of projects include: health and wellbeing in schools strategy, strategy for rural and regional students, review of the Education State Training Reform Regulations 2007, STEM in the Education State, and preparing the government response to the Bracks Review into Government School Funding.
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Department: Department of Education and Training
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Education and Training
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DET/PRG/SPD21636
Closing Date: 05-Mar-2017
Salary Range: $78,773 - $89,375
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 7036 - Policy Officer - Education Strategy 16-02-17.doc.docx (Word, 169KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Nick Brown
(03) 9651 3112

Position Details

The Strategic Policy Division, within the Department of Education and Training, needs a Policy Officer – Education Strategy. You would join a high performing team focused on developing Victoria’s educational reform agenda in the Department’s Strategic Policy Division.

If you are the successful candidate, you will be eager to find out more about the education system and the evidence base of what has worked to improve systems elsewhere. You will have a sense of curiosity about how systems operate and how the component parts fit together. You will also want to engage with the people who work on different parts of the education system and understand how to engage them in proposed policy reforms: the Policy Officer role is as much about people as it is about policy.

You will enjoy working collaboratively on challenging policy questions in a dynamic, stimulating environment, and engaging with diverse stakeholders to chart coherent reform directions. Your role may include identifying and developing system wide reform programs and initiatives, working with strategic governance and advisory bodies, reviewing education regulations and associated policy projects.

Within this context, you will confidently challenge the status quo, and be a thought leader on complex issues. You will have a good sense of when to seek further advice or information and when to back your own judgement. You will take the initiative, take responsibility for your work and be confident in managing upwards to ensure that work is completed and approved within tight deadlines.

You will be highly motivated and have performed successfully in your recent role(s). You will aspire to make a difference.

Aligned with the VPS Values, your core values will include integrity, impartiality, responsiveness, accountability and respect.  


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 websites:www.education.vic.gov.au and http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx.

Applications close 5 March 2017.

Please address the Key Selection Criteria in your application.

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