Director, Aboriginal Policy and Strategy

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) works hard to create equal opportunities for all Victorians to live a safe, respected and valued life.

Our areas of focus are child protection, housing, disability, the prevention of family violence, multicultural affairs, LGBTQI+ equality, veterans, women and youth. The work we do benefits thousands of Victorians, particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.

We work in a variety of community-based settings, including people's homes, residential facilities and secure settings across metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria.

We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated. All jobs can be worked flexibly, and we encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from diverse backgrounds and abilities. .

If you’re having any trouble viewing this ad and would like it or any attachments in an accessible format (such as large print), please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on the ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (www.dffh.vic.gov.au/jobs)

Job Details

Careers Logo

Department: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Executive Management
Classification: SES1
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DFFH/ASDO/376034A
Closing Date: 29-Feb-2024
Salary Range: $216,376 - $279,238
Job Duration: fixed term to 31 October 2026
Attachments: 376034~3.DOC (Word, 129KB)
Job Specification

PD Preview: Preview unavailable for this role
Contact: Sharon Paten, Executive Director
sharon.paten@dffh.vic.gov.au

Position Details

THE ROLE

The Director, Aboriginal Policy and Strategy leads the Aboriginal Policy and Priority Projects teams, working collaboratively across the department and in partnership with Aboriginal stakeholders to promote and deliver a lasting Aboriginal reform agenda and whole of system response to Aboriginal communities in line with the Victorian government's commitment to the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework, Self Determination Reform Framework, Closing the Gap, Treaty and Yoorrook.

You play a key leadership role in the delivery and implementation of Korin Korin Balit-Djak, the department's Aboriginal health, wellbeing and safety plan, and its associated governance and oversight. You support the Executive Director in the leadership of the division and participate in key advisory and governing bodies, projects and connection with community and other key stakeholders, including facilitating and embedding self-determination for Aboriginal organisations and communities in all that we do.

The position will require a strong knowledge of Aboriginal culture and principles of self-determination, as well as highly developed leadership, negotiation and relationship building skills. It will also require a strong understanding of public policy and the political environment in relation to Aboriginal communities.

ACCOUNTABILITIES INCLUDE

Implementing the Korin Korin Balit-Djak: Aboriginal Health Wellbeing and Safety Strategic Plan and system transformation by:

  • Working across the branch, division and wider department identify and deliver on high priority Aboriginal policy and reform opportunities for the department in the context of the Victorian government's commitment to the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework, Self Determination Reform Framework, Closing the Gap, Treaty and Yoorrook  in collaboration with the department's program areas, First Peoples – State Relations Group (DPC), the Aboriginal Community Controlled sector, Traditional Owner Groups and the wider Aboriginal community.
  • Monitor legislative context and ensure policies and programs align with changes or implementation of new legislation, including liaison with government, industry sectors, community and other stakeholder groups in relation to legislative and policy direction and development as required.
  • Lead organisational business unit in developing and implementing priority projects, reforms, programs, and initiatives, including liaison across the organisation and key stakeholders to build collaborative approaches and co-design.

Please open the position description to read more.

COVID-19 VACCINATION
The department strongly recommends (but does not mandate) that employees maintain their COVID-19 vaccination status in accordance with current ATAGI (Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation) advice, given their individual circumstances. As of June 2023, DFFH does not require evidence of COVID-19 vaccination status.

A SPECIAL MEASURE PROVISION APPLIES TO THIS ROLE
The Equal Opportunity Act 2010, provides for lawful 'Special Measure' provisions, therefore the following has been applied to this role. 

This is a Designated role - Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.

HOW TO APPLY

All VPS employees (and ex-VPS employees with extended access to the Jobs and Skills Exchange website) MUST apply via the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) <https://jse.vic.gov.au/user/login?destination=/new-home-page> portal.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.
Applicants are required to submit a CV and Cover Letter (max 2 pages) outlining their suitability to the role in line with the Key Selection Criteria. 
Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process. 
Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (www.dffh.vic.gov.au/jobs)

Please apply to submit your interest in this position.


From here...