Senior Project Manager

The Department of Health plays a critical role in the Victorian health system and is responsible for shaping it to meet the health needs of Victorians into the future. We also lead the Victorian Government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with our partners, we oversee Victoria's health system including mental health, ageing and aged care and preventive health. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality services to all Victorians. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services.

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Department: Department of Health
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Projects
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DH/CR/1596533
Closing Date: 30-Jan-2022
Salary Range: $125,893 - $168,473
Job Duration: Fixed Term until 30 June 2024
Attachments: 2021-10-26-664087-VPS6-Senior Project Manager.docx (Word, 263KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Garry Jackson

Position Details


Application Closes: 30th January 2022

Role: Senior Project Manager

Number of vacancies available: 1, Fixed Term until 30/06/2024

Office Location(s): 35 Collins Street/Work from home


The Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) is responsible for the delivery of an ongoing capital investment program (circa $1Bn p.a.). The High Value-High Risk (HVHR) Team delivers projects categorised as HVHR by the Department of Treasury and Finance. These projects typically exceed $150m in value and are highly complex.

The primary purpose of the Senior Project Manager is to manage the design process and represent VHBA on design and technical related issues. The role requires significant experience in procurement, planning and design of Heath, mental health and/or secure facilities including an understanding of mental health services and how they are translated into the built form.

The role will be responsible for overseeing the development of design briefs, ensuring quality standards and targets, quality assurance and quality control processes have been met and that design management plans are established, including the coordination of all users into the design processes.

Are you:

  • Passionate about improving the delivery of public sector capital health projects? 
  • A strong team player with the ability to work autonomously to deliver outcomes?

Committed to delivery of sustainable services to Victorian communities?

Key accountabilities

The purpose of this role is to manage capital projects which include managing client relationships, consultant and contractor procurement, project budget and delivery, project cashflow and forecasting, monitoring and performance reporting.

The role will provide leadership and management to a multidisciplinary, internal and external, project team. 

Operating at value range 1, you will:

  1. Contribute to the full life cycle of projects to meet departmental objectives including:

(a)    Undertaking research, analysis and implementation of projects based on defined outcomes and outputs.

(b)    Managing projects or sub-projects and being accountable for the successful delivery and completion of the projects/sub-projects within resourcing, timeline and budget parameters. 

(c)    Monitoring and evaluating projects to ensure departmental objectives are met.

     2.Provide authoritative advice to internal and external stakeholders and prepare and present detailed reports, ministerial briefs, cabinet and agency submissions on complex matters.

     3.Build and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders to facilitate a partnership approach.

     4.Effectively manage and provide leadership to a team of employees by:

a)      leading and supporting individuals to achieve their potential and contribution to organisational goals and outcomes

b)      modelling behaviours integral to good people management and departmental values

c)      where relevant, managing and monitoring specific improvement objectives in annual improvement plans relating to the area of responsibility

     5.Be responsible for overseeing, monitoring and delivering projects using internal or external resources in accordance with relevant legislation, government regulations and guidelines.

     6. Undertake all project management activities in accordance with departmental processes and the VHHSBA Project Management Framework.

     7.Oversee all project activities ensuring deliverables and standards of excellence are achieved on time and on budget.

     8.Observe the safe working practices you have been trained in, and as far as you are able, protect your own and others' health and safety.

     9.Keep accurate and complete records of your work activities in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's records, information security and privacy policies and requirements.

    10.Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and for that of others in the workplace by working in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures.

    11.Demonstrate how the actions and outcomes of this role and work unit impact clients and the department's ability to deliver, or facilitate the delivery of, effective support and services. 

Operating at value range 2, you will perform all the above together with increasing involvement to:

  1. Operate within increased level of autonomy and accountability in delivering within broad strategic directions.
  2. Provide professional leadership and guidance.
  3. Make decisions that establish precedents.
  4. Manage stakeholders through effective negotiation and influence.
  5. Manage cross-functional delivery of departmental policies and services impacted by sensitive and complex issues.

Essential Information:

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.  As it is an essential element of any role within the department that employees be able to attend work onsite and to do so safely, employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of their employment.  This requirement applies unless they have a medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID -19.  Therefore, the department will ask any prospective employee, who has been identified as the preferred candidate for a role within the department, to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status prior to any offer of employment being made.  If a prospective employee has a relevant medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19, they should contact the department to discuss their individual circumstances.


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 the Department of Health

Click 'Apply Now' to submit your interest in this position.


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