Senior Community Engagement Officer

The Sentencing Advisory Council is an independent statutory body established under amendments to the Sentencing Act 1991.

Our mission is to bridge the gap between the community, the courts and government by informing, educating, and advising on sentencing issues.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our organisation, we’d love to hear from you.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

If a career that can give you the opportunity to contribute to a safe and just Victoria appeals to you, we look forward to hearing from you.
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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DJ5473MARCH2024
Closing Date: 17-Apr-2024
Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - VPS5 Senior Community Engagement Officer.pdf (PDF, 190KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Dr Paul McGorrery on 1300 363 196
paul.mcgorrery@sentencingcouncil.vic.gov.au

Position Details

  • Utilise your community engagement expertise to provide support and advice to the Sentencing Advisory Council
  • An ongoing, full-time opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service
  • VPS Grade 5: $106,534 - $128,897 plus superannuation.

About the Council

The Sentencing Advisory Council is an independent statutory body established under the Sentencing Act 1991. Our mission is to bridge the gap between the community, the courts and government by informing, educating, and advising on sentencing issues. The Council aims to provide sound evidence upon which to base sentencing policies and practice, and to engage with the community in relation to sentencing policies and practices. The Council's functions are set out in legislation and include conducting research, publishing statistical information, gauging public opinion, consulting with the community, government, courts and others about sentencing issues, and providing community education in metropolitan and regional Victoria.

About the Role

Reporting to the CEO, the Council's Senior Community Engagement Officer is responsible for coordinating the Council's community engagement program and social media presence, maintaining and developing relationships with the Council's key stakeholders, including the media and community, and ensuring that the Council's educational products continue to be best practice and fit-for-purpose

Some of your duties will include:

  • Leading the development and implementation of the Council's community engagement strategy
  • Leading the development and implementation of the Council's social media strategy
  • Developing, maintaining, innovating and delivering the Council's suite of educational products (eg. You be the Judge sessions, Virtual You be the Judge, A Quick Guide to Sentencing)


As our ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • Demonstrated experience developing educational materials
  • Demonstrated experience in stakeholder relations and community engagement
  • Demonstrated experience providing strategic media advice
  • Knowledge of the Victorian criminal justice system would be highly desirable

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • A tertiary qualification in communications, public relations or similar field is preferred

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We're all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our organisation, we'd love to hear from you.

For more information on the recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

How to Apply:

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include reference checks, national police checks and misconduct screening. Dependant on the role, other checks may include VicRoads checks, drivers licence checks, medical checks, Working with Children Checks, and Declaration of Private Interests (for executive and responsible officer roles).

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

FOR INTERNAL VPS EMPLOYEES:

  • For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.
  • For all VPS employees, due to the new Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) policy, please apply through the JSE to be eligible to be considered for this position in the first round.

CHILD SAFE STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT:

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. We seek to prevent harm of any kind impacting children and young people and have zero tolerance for racism, child abuse and inequality. Children and young people's rights, relationships, identity, and culture must be recognised and respected, their voices heard, and their concerns acted upon. We aim to foster a culturally safe, child safe and child friendly environment for all children and young people we have contact with, deliver services to, or are impacted by our work.


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