Principal Policy Advisor

A rare opportunity exists to join a high performing team working on meaningful and substantial reform. As part of the Government’s commitment to make Victoria the Education State, the Strategic Policy – School Education and Funding Division is seeking a manager to be responsible for leading a small team which undertakes a mix of analytical and policy development relating to education policy and system design issues. Successful candidates will enjoy working collaboratively on challenging policy questions in a dynamic, stimulating environment, and engaging with diverse stakeholders to chart coherent and implementable reform directions. We have a flexible workforce model, which includes forming teams around specific projects when required. This environment is particularly suited to people who thrive in dynamic environments.
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Department: Department of Education and Training
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VG/DET/SP/SEF/29847
Closing Date: 20-Sep-2018
Salary Range: $116,863 - $156,387
Job Duration: 18 Months
Attachments: 9847 - Principal Policy Adviser 04-09-18 (002).doc (Word, 214KB)
Job Specification

Contact: David Robinson
(03) 7022 0858

Position Details

This exciting opportunity, within the School Education Branch of the School Education and Funding Division, will make a significant contribution to development of school education reform proposals within a dynamic and challenging policy environment.

As a manager the role involves leading a small team closely with other departmental and external partners to consider school education policy issues, in particular how Victorian school education policy can drive improvements in educational services, and provide children and students with the knowledge and skills they need in the 21st century.  It also plays a key role in providing advice and analysis on intergovernmental relations and educational service delivery and performance policy issues.

The role requires sound knowledge of the public sector decision-making environment, and an understanding of education policy or ability to quickly acquire such understanding.

Successful candidates will be responsible for delivering complex policy and analytical projects in a way that delivers high quality products in a timely and easy to comprehend way.

Within this context, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate strong relationship and people management skills, as well as thought leadership on complex issues. Aligned with the VPS Values, the successful candidate's core values will include integrity, impartiality, responsiveness, accountability and respect.

Your application will address the key selection criteria outlined in the position description, and in doing so will reflect your ability to convey information clearly and succinctly.

For more details regarding this position please see attached position description.

Department of Education and Training is committed to diversity. The Department places considerable effort and resources into responding to the needs of staff with a disability.  People from disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply for this position. Information about the Department of Education and Training's operations and employment conditions can be obtained from the following and

Applications close 20 September 2018

Please address the Key Selection Criteria in your application.

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