Manager, Food Systems

VicHealth is the world's first health promotion foundation that supports independent, long-term, evidence-based health promotion practice, partnerships and leadership. We continue to be a global leader in health promotion, as a Collaborating Centre with the World Health Organization and technical partner to UNICEF. The successful candidate in this role will be a subject matter expert and leader of the Food Systems team, driving programmatic efforts to transform local food systems.
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Department: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Community Services
Classification: See Advertisement
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Closing Date: 18-Jun-2024
Salary Range: See Advertisement
Job Duration: 1 year
Attachments: Manager,FoodSystems_PD.pdf (PDF, 100KB)

Manager,FoodSystems_PD.pdf (PDF, 100KB)

Contact: Brea Pape
03 9667 1341 /

Position Details

  • Bright and modern office in Melbourne CBD, with a hybrid-work model
  • Influence system change and shape the future in line with VicHealth priorities
  • Contribute to helping people across Victoria enjoy better health and wellbeing

VicHealth welcomes and values applications from candidates who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, with culturally diverse backgrounds, with disability, and those from the LGBTIQA+ community. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to ensure a safe and healthy working environment.

About the role:

The Manager, Food Systems serves as a subject matter expert and leader of the Food Systems team, driving programmatic efforts to transform local food systems to be healthy, equitable, and sustainable. This work aligns with the focus on food systems within VicHealth's new multi-year strategy.

This is an exciting full-time, fixed-term opportunity, with the position having a close working relationship with the Executive Manager, Health Promotion Systems and the broader Health Promotion Systems Group, while leading a team of five.

Key responsibilities:

  • Enable increased access to healthy, local, and culturally appropriate food for more Victorians, by designing and implementing multi-year investments.
  • Support the food systems sector to become more equitable and collaborative, driving actions that allow for better representation in decision-making roles.
  • Actively embed planetary health principles into programs and policies.
  • Think strategically, identify approaches and activities, and generate opportunities to influence system change and shape the future by creating new ideas and attracting diverse partners.

About you:
This successful candidate is expected to develop and nurture excellent relationships across program units and with key external stakeholders, including staff in government departments, agencies and communities. As such, you must be able to provide efficient and effective liaison; maintain relationships with stakeholders; and represent VicHealth through professional, ethical and values-based leadership.

Additional qualifications and experience:

  • Relevant tertiary or post graduate qualifications
  • Extensive experience in public health, sport, community or government sectors to improve food environments and systems at a population level

Preferred but not essential:

  • Extensive experience in the Victorian food system sector
  • Strong understanding of food system approaches and theories
  • Strong understanding of the various actors, stakeholders and programs currently operating to address food system transformation in Victoria

Closing Date: Tuesday 18 June 2024
Unit: Health Promotion Systems
Tenure: Full-time, fixed-term (30 June 2025)
Classification: VicHealth Grade E
Remuneration: Starting at $129,472 per annum (plus superannuation and other benefits)

How to apply:
Applications must include a cover letter and a current resume.

The cover letter must include why the applicant feels they are suitable for the position, and also address the Key Selection Criteria from the Position Description.

Please refer to the position description to view the associated qualifications and experience associated with the position.

The successful applicant may be required to undertake a Police Check and Working with Children check.

For further information about the role, please contact Brea Pape on (03) 9667 1341 or

VicHealth acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government

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