Senior Aboriginal Independent Prison Visitor Scheme Project and Strategy Officer

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

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 department, we’d love to hear from you.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and recognises that children’s rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

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

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - flexible
Job Function: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DJ5925NOV
Closing Date: 31-Jan-2020
Salary Range: $98,396 - $119,052
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - DJ5925 - Senior Aboriginal Independent Prison Visitor Scheme Project & Strategy Officer.docx (Word, 759KB)


Contact: Kate Ramsay on 0428 906 249
kate.ramsay@justice.vic.gov.au

Position Details

  • Fulltime ongoing role
  • Salary $98,396 - $119,052 plus superannuation
  • We encourage flexibility to work from regional offices

About us

The Justice Assurance and Review Office (JARO) is a business unit in the Regulation group which operates as an internal review and assurance function to advise the Secretary, Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) on the performance of the youth justice and Corrections systems. JARO exists separately and independently from the department's Youth Justice group and Corrections Victoria, and acts as an additional line of defence against emerging and enduring risk within both systems.

JARO coordinates the Minister for Corrections' volunteer Independent Prison Visitor (IPV) Scheme. IPVs are appointed by the Minister for Corrections to provide independent, objective advice about the operation of Victoria's prison system from a community perspective.

About the role

As the Project and Strategy Officer, you will visit your appointed prison on a monthly basis, and lead JARO's response to fulfilling its objectives under the Aboriginal Justice Agreement – Phase 4 (AJA4). This includes the refresh and implementation of a strategy to increase and sustain the involvement of Aboriginal community members in the IPV Scheme.

This role requires strong strategic thinking, stakeholder engagement and relationship management skills, and the ability to develop (or harness existing) relationships with the Victorian Aboriginal community to generate positive outcomes for the IPV Scheme.

JARO is a business unit in the Regulation group which operates as an internal review and assurance function to advise the Secretary, Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) on the performance of the youth justice and corrections systems.

JARO exists separately and independently from the department's Youth Justice group and Corrections Victoria, and acts as an additional line of defence against emerging and enduring risk within both systems.

A video with more information about Aboriginal IPVs and the Scheme can be found here

About you

You will:

  • have knowledge and understanding of the Victorian Aboriginal Community, both society and culture and the issues impacting on it and be able to communicate sensitively and effectively with members of the Victorian Aboriginal community
  • have strong strategic thinking skills, stakeholder engagement and relationship management skills
  • develop relationships with the Victorian Aboriginal community to generate positive outcomes for the IPV Scheme
  • work collaboratively to develop, recommend and implement improvements to the Scheme to make it culturally-safe and sustainable for Aboriginal IPVs and prisoners
  • lead and coordinate community engagement and promotion of the Scheme to increase the involvement of Aboriginal community members in the IPV Scheme
  • provide leadership and actively contribute to the activities and the continuous improvement initiatives led by JARO, and to the development of the capability and culture of JARO to be an effective, engaged, efficient business unit.

This is an Aboriginal Identified position; Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

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


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