Senior Policy Officer

Job overview

The purpose of this role is to assist the Policy Manager in the development, implementation, monitoring, review and amendment of governance, corporate and regulatory policies to ensure that are up to date and align with best practice. This includes providing legal and policy advice about individual policies as required.

Do you like leading and managing projects? Do you like working with a variety of stakeholders? Do you like legal and policy research? Do you have attention to detail? Do you have exceptional writing skills?

If you fit this profile, then you could join the Policy Unit at the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) with an exciting and challenging mandate for change. The Senior Policy Officer offers an outstanding career opportunity for a professional who is passionate about using their expertise and leadership to support VIT in its regulation of Victorian teachers. With expert legal and policy knowledge and practice, the role will make a substantial contribution to enhancing the work of the VIT.
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Department: Victorian Institute of Teaching
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VIT5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VITAPPP013
Closing Date: 21-Jul-2019
Salary Range: $95,601 - $115,669
Job Duration: 12 months
Attachments: VIT-APPP-013 - Grade 5 - Senior Policy Officer - 2 July 2019.pdf (PDF, 420KB)

Recruitment Information Sheet.docx (Word, 154KB)

Contact: Elena Totino

Position Details

About the role

Be part of a forward-thinking, risk based regulator where ideas and opinions are valued. This role will require you to:

Reporting to the Policy Manager provide authoritative, strategic and practical advice and manage key strategic projects related to legislative and policy reform.

Communicate clearly, effectively and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders.

Engage, consult and collaborate effectively with internal and external stakeholders to develop and implement strategic and policy outcomes.

Support and undertake functions relating to primary and subordinate legislative proposals, including providing advice and instructing on the drafting of bills and regulations, as required.

Maintain an understanding of contemporary risk-based and outcomes-focused regulatory practice and be knowledgeable about key State and national priorities in education.

About you

As an experienced senior policy officer, you will have sound and practical knowledge of project management, stakeholder engagement and current policy and regulatory practice. You will have experience working with regulators, lawyers, professionals and other policy officers. Ideally, you will have a passion for child safety and experience working with the education sector.

You will have strong interpersonal skills combined with a highly organised approach and a proven track record in policy development and implementation.  In addition to this, as the successful candidate, you will have:

Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships with colleagues and external stakeholders to inform policy development.

Demonstration of the Victorian public sector values, behaving in a principled and respectful manner at all times.

Resilience and flexibility. Self-motivating with a strong attention to detail.

In addition, you may have the following specialist expertise:

Relevant education, policy and legal qualifications are desirable.

Comprehensive knowledge of regulatory policy and the application of professional standards within a risk-based regulatory environment.

About us

VIT offers a supportive, inclusive working environment, plus an attractive remuneration package and flexible work options. Our team of diverse, high performing individuals are talented, supportive and inclusive. Every role within VIT provides for the safety and wellbeing of children; our work enables quality teaching and the best educational outcomes for young Victorians.

VIT promotes and encourages the Victorian Public Sector Employee's Code of Conduct of responsiveness, integrity, impartiality, accountability, respect, leadership and human rights.

Recruitment and Selection Process

Our recruitment and selection process is based on the public sector employment principles and will include the following overarching principles: 

  • Our decisions will be based on merit. We will assess each applicant's skills, knowledge, attributes and qualifications objectively against the key selection criteria.
  • We will be fair, reasonable and equitable. We will provide equal employment opportunities.
  • We will be objective.
  • We will comply with our privacy obligations during the recruitment and selection process.

How to Apply

Please see attached position description and recruitment information sheet.

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