Senior Program Officers

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: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Projects
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DH/CSI/1693819
Closing Date: 02-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: Ongoing
Attachments: Senior Program Officers Ongoing.docx (Word, 162KB)
Job Specification

Senior Program Officers Ongoing.pdf (PDF, 193KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Odete Rodrigues
9456 3119

Position Details


Role purpose

The Senior Program Officer roles in the Maternal & Child Health and Early Parenting (MCHEP) Unit will support and strengthen the delivery, management and improvement of Maternal & Child Health (MCH) and Early Parenting services across Victoria. The positions will play a key role in service planning and ongoing program management functions, implement election commitments, workforce initiatives and program priorities including Sleep and Settling.

The roles will build strong partnership approaches and work across a broad range of internal and external stakeholders to deliver program and system improvements to underpin a strong, responsive, and high-quality MCH and Early Parenting service system.  The roles require resolution of policy issues, program management capability, project planning and delivery, including contract and procurement management, budget management and reporting.

The successful candidates will have high level stakeholder management skills and advanced government and program experience with a demonstrated ability to deliver on complex service or program improvements. 

Key accountabilities

Operating at value range 1, you will:

  • Negotiate, manage and monitor service agreements for organisations, against program and service targets with a focus on delivery high quality programs/services.
  • Pro-actively build and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders to facilitate a partnership and service improvement approach.  
  • Manage and oversee projects or programs and be accountable for the successful planning, delivery, completion and monitoring of projects/programs within resourcing, timeline and budget parameters.  
  • Formulate compliance and evaluation strategies to address specific issues related to the effective provision and implementation of required outcomes.
  • Provide expert and authoritative advice, reasoned recommendations and innovative program options and solutions to highly complex and sensitive issues and prepare and present detailed, comprehensive reports, ministerial briefs, cabinet and agency submissions on complex matters including service delivery issues, risks and trends impacting on achieving key business objectives, policy initiatives and operational imperatives.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Mandatory Vaccination Policy

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 up-to-date with their vaccinations 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.

The Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) Recruitment Policy allows for priority consideration for Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

As such, these employees are strongly encouraged to submit their application through rather than via external advertisement.

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 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 <>

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