Head, Office of Women in Sport and Recreation

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Department: Department of Health and Human Services
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Executive Management
Classification: EO3
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DHHS/HISR/511588
Closing Date: 21-Aug-2017
Salary Range: $178,500 - $231,439
Job Duration: 3 years
Attachments: 2017-08-08 PD Head Office for Women in Sport and Recreation.doc (Word, 951KB)
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Contact: Clare McCartin on (03) 9929 9518 or
Melanie Pecanek on (03) 9929 9587

Position Details

Number of vacancies available: 1

Office Location(s):
 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria 

Position Summary:

  • Newly created, high profile role
  • Create greater visibility & support gender equality in sport and active recreation
  • Inaugural leader of the Office of Women in Sport and Recreation

About the Office of Women In Sport and Recreation (OWIS)

The Andrews Labor Government has created the OWIS to improve gender equality and ensure all women and girls can play the sports they love within modern, safe, welcoming and inclusive facilities that support them to thrive and realise their dreams.

The Role

An exciting opportunity exists for an energetic and innovative candidate who has significant expertise and credibility in the sport and recreation sector to become the first Head of the Office of Women in Sport and Recreation.

Reporting to the Deputy Secretary – Housing, Infrastructure, Sport and Recreation and working closely with senior leaders in Sport and Recreation, the Head, OWIS is responsible for establishing and leading a team to increase gender equality in sport and active recreation and in particular to deliver rapid change in the outcomes for women and girls in participation and leadership.

The Head of OWIS, will work closely with other Ministerial Offices, Local Government Authorities, State Sporting Associations, Regional Sports Assemblies, other sector organisations; the braches responsible for community sport and sports infrastructure and industry development and their executives as well as the media. Particularly you will work together to strengthen the collaborative effort needed to drive this sustainable change and to create greater visibility and concentration on females in sport and recreation.

The Head of and their OWIS team will implement the  Game Plan Inquiry recommendations from the recent Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation and deliver further Change Our Game initiatives to increase participation and enhance leadership opportunities in sport for females in line with the Gender Equity Strategy. Furthermore the team will ensure that success is promoted and showcased by developing a role model and ambassador program and enhancing the use of digital and social media platforms. The team will create initiatives and strategies that drive cultural change and innovation and increase the profile of women in the media.

To be successful

You will have considerable expertise and credibility within the sport and recreation sector, and be comfortable in a media environment. You will be a skilled communicator who is expert at forming strong working relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders including the media.  

What's on Offer?

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to establish the Office of Women in Sport and Recreation team, creating greater visibility and concentration on females in sport and recreation and in turn making a significant difference to their lives.


How to Apply:

Please visit the Davidson website and click on the “apply now” button and upload your CV.

Application link: https://www.jobs.davidsonwp.com/government-defence-emergency-jobs/head-office-of-women-in-sport-and-recreation/1320151

For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact Clare McCartin on (03) 9929 9518 or Melanie Pecanek on (03) 9929 9587.

Please note:
For this role, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document. Applicants are strongly encouraged to view the Information for Applicants document to obtain guidance on what to include in your cover letter and resume. This document also provides information on the department's recruitment and employment safety screening processes.
The Department of Health and Human Services has undergone a merger. Please note, as an interim measure, for further information please review both websites: www.dhs.vic.gov and www.health.vic.gov.au

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