Senior Manager, Mental Health Workforce Reform Implementation and Operations

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/MH/1682536
Closing Date: 07-Dec-2022
Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579
Job Duration: 31 December 2023
Attachments: 690893 - Senior Manager - Workforce Reform Implementation and Operations.docx (Word, 528KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Phillipa Thomas

Position Details


The Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System Final Report sets a comprehensive and ambitious reform agenda that the Victorian Government has committed to implementing in full. We are looking for exceptional individuals to join the Mental Health Division to support implementation of the Royal Commission's recommendations relating to the mental health and wellbeing workforce.

Assisting the Director – Workforce Strategy and Reform. the Senior Manager, Workforce Reform Implementation and Operations is a key role in the Division that will provide senior leadership to two workforce implementation teams: the Growth and Development teams, overseeing collaborative workforce analysis, planning, design, and consultation to support implementation of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy 2021-2024, as well as to support system and service redesign across the Royal Commissions 65 Recommendations.

The division values and welcomes applications from people with lived experience of mental illness, mental health challenges or psychological distress, including as a family member, carer or supporter.


  • Provide high quality leadership and guidance with respect to business intelligence, advice and sound policy recommendations to executive leadership and government based on comprehensive research.
  • Contribute advanced expertise and knowledge to benefit strategic planning and organisation/sector-wide outcomes.
  • Assisting the Director, oversee implementation of programs and operations each with increased budget, staff responsibilities or strategic importance.
  • Respond productively to deliver solutions and outcomes in an organisational environment complicated by scale, heterogeneity and complexity
  • Contribute advanced expertise to steward shape and coordinate large scale, complex projects that inform workforce growth and development priorities and policy.
  • Coordinate and provide advice to support departmental system design and service planning activities.
  • Support teams to manage the full life cycle of projects to meet departmental objectives including project development and delivery, monitoring and evaluation of workforce growth and development initiatives.
  • Assist the Director in establishing and maintaining strong connections across the department, other key departments and external stakeholders to facilitate a collaborative approach to implementation of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy and funded growth initiatives.
  • Respond flexibly and adapt approaches in order to deliver outcomes in the face of uncertainty.
  • 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.

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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