Director, Office of the Deputy Secretary, West Division

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 people and people from diverse backgrounds and abilities. .

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Job Details

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Department: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Executive Management
Classification: SES1
Work Location: Melbourne - Western Metro
Reference: VG/DFFH/CSO/379095
Closing Date: 05-Dec-2021
Salary Range: $199,014 - $257,111
Job Duration: Five (5) year executive employment contract
Attachments: 2021-11-19 PD Director Office of the Deputy Secretary West.docx (Word, 125KB)

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Contact: Paul Smith
03 9275 7237

Position Details


Reporting to the Deputy Secretary, West division, the role is responsible for providing high level and expert executive advice and support on a broad range of issues and projects within the West Division's portfolio. It undertakes executive level project work and is pivotal in prioritising and progressing urgent matters on behalf of the Deputy Secretary. The Director, Office of the Deputy Secretary oversees the following functions:

  • Care services operations support
  • Children and families strategy
  • Aboriginal engagement
  • West Directorate and executive briefing officers

The Director works within a complex environment characterised by competing priorities, and often deals with issues requiring innovative strategies in resolving various and wide-ranging issues. The role liaises, consults and negotiates at a senior level on a range of executive and policy issues and identifies and alerts the Deputy Secretary to sensitive and significant issues as they emerge.

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and clients. The department may require its employees to be fully vaccinated against preventable diseases such as the current coronavirus (COVID-19)  based on Victorian Chief Health Officer's Directions as issued and updated from time to time. Vaccination requirements may differ from role to role based on their risk category and the duties performed. The department's policy (attached) outlines the risk categories and requirements for employees working for the department. Where relevant, proof of immunisation status may be required.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note: For this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

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.  

For further information please visit Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Victoria | Jobs (

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