Principal Program Officer, Healthy Eating

A world-first health promotion foundation, VicHealth focuses on promoting good health and preventing chronic disease. We pinpoint and prevent the negative influences of ill health and champion the positive influences of good health. Our pioneering work includes creating and funding world-class interventions; conducting vital research to advance Victoria’s population health; producing and supporting public campaigns to promote a healthier Victoria; and providing transformational expertise and insights to government. We work with all levels of government, across political parties and communities, and a range of sectors across health, sports, research, education, the arts and media.
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Department: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Projects
Classification: See Advertisement
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VHPPOHEALTHYEATING
Closing Date: 18-Nov-2018
Salary Range: See Advertisement
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Principal Program Officer_Healthy Eating_PD_2018.doc (Word, 165KB)


Contact: Joel Brown, People & Culture
03 9667 1376

Position Details

  • Help lead VicHealth's strategic imperative to encourage more Victorians to adopt a healthier diet
  • Full time, ongoing opportunity for a public health nutritionist
  • Work within a collaborative team environment, providing sound technical advice and guidance
  • Work with the world's first Health Promotion Foundation
  • Close proximity to Carlton Gardens


Most Australians have enough to eat and recognise the importance of a good diet for health. But we aren't eating the right foods.

This position provides a genuine opportunity to help guide interventions to support healthy eating for Victorians well into the future.

The Principal Program Officer (Healthy Eating) is a leadership role that helps to deliver one of the five strategic imperatives in VicHealth's 10-year Action Agenda for Health Promotion – promote healthy eating.

This full time role will oversee key strategy development, project design and drive outcomes in program investments related to healthy eating, including our water in sport and salt reduction initiatives.
Key approaches will look to improve environments, policy, culture and awareness to support making the healthy choice the easy choice.

Reporting to the Manager, Physical Activity, Sport & Healthy Eating, you will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.

The successful candidate will be a highly accomplished nutrition professional who excels in providing sound technical advice.

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Closing Date: Sunday 18 November 2018
Unit: Programs Group
Tenure: 1.0 FTE Ongoing
Classification: VicHealth Grade E
Remuneration: $114,444 (plus superannuation and other benefits)

Qualifications and experience required:

  • Nutrition/dietetics tertiary qualification essential. Must be eligible for membership of the Dietitians Association of Australia or an RNutr/RPHNutr with the Nutrition Society of Australia
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience in public health nutrition policy and practice
  • Extensive experience in public health, community or government sectors
  • Extensive experience in program development, implementation and evaluation
  • Extensive project and contract management experience essential
  • Impeccable written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong, positive partner, stakeholder and supplier relationships both internally and externally.

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. Applications can be submitted by clicking Apply.


For further information about the role, please contact Joel Brown, People & Culture on (03) 9667 1376.

VicHealth is committed to ensuring appointments represent the diversity of our community. Women, Indigenous people, people with disability, young people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 


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