Government Relations Lead

We have a fantastic opening for an experienced Government Relations Lead to join Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA). As a Government Relations Lead, you'll play a key role to provide strategic advice to our Assistant Treasurer and Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) and work with VMIA’s subject matter experts and the executive leadership team to deliver maximum impact.
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Department: Victorian Managed Insurance Authority
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Insurance and Superannuation
Classification: As per advertisement
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VMIA/BO/1799858
Closing Date: 24-Jun-2024
Salary Range: As per advertisement
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: No File Attached
Contact: Hanita Singh
talentacquisition@vmia.vic.gov.au

Position Details

Government Relations Lead opportunity at Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA)

  • Permanent, ongoing role
  • Hybrid working
  • Convenient location in Melbourne CBD

About VMIA

Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) is the Victorian Government's insurer and risk adviser, covering the people and projects that help Victorians thrive. We're an agency in the Department of Treasury and Finance portfolio, established under the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority Act, and report to the Assistant Treasurer.

We provide insurance and risk advice to government departments and agencies, with more than 4,600 clients, ranging from small community service organisations to public hospitals, schools, and core service providers. We also provide domestic building insurance to builders, giving Victorian homeowners peace of mind for building projects valued over $16,000.

We help our clients prepare for, prevent, or reduce the impact of harm. When things don't go to plan, we help clients restore services and recover quickly.

Our unique perspective across Victorian Government clients is an opportunity for learning and development in the risk and insurance industry as well as the broader public sector, creating deep connections with our clients, and a shared understanding of best practice in our fields of expertise.

People are at the heart of everything we do. At VMIA, you'll be encouraged to achieve your career goals in a progressive and flexible workplace that most importantly lets you be yourself.

Your role

As the Government Relations Lead, you will play a key role to provide strategic advice to our Assistant Treasurer and Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) and work with VMIA's subject matter experts and the executive leadership team to deliver maximum impact.

You will be the conduit between the government and VMIA, ensuring that VMIA's role in government is well understood and that communication between the two entities is timely and effective.

You will be accountable for leading the development and the delivery of ministerial and department briefings, parliamentary questions, public accounts, and estimate's committee briefing and other obligations from DTF's corporate planning and performance reporting requirements.

Your role reports to the Head of Corporate Affairs and will collaborate with the Corporate Affairs Team, our Minister's Office, the Assistant Treasurer, and our portfolio department, the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF).

What you do 

  • You proactively manage VMIA's relationship with the Assistant Treasurer and DTF to ensure they are informed, have confidence in and are advocates for VMIA.
  • You anticipate stakeholder's requirements and work with your networks across VMIA and government, to obtain information and translate it into a form that is valuable to the Minister/DTF. You coordinate the timely delivery of advice to the Minister/DTF. You are a skilled brief writer.
  • You source, develop and deliver, high-quality, accurate, well-thought through advice that meets government reporting obligations.
  • You work across VMIA to build networks and provide advice and support to facilitate high quality reporting, briefings, and engagement with stakeholders.

Who you work with

  • You will closely work with the Head of Corporate Affairs to deliver organisation-wide government relations advice and to manage VMIA's relationship with the Minister and DTF.
  • Collaborate with communications advisors in the Corporate Affairs team to support their deliverables and to help ensure internal and external communications are appropriately framed by VMIA's government context.
  • Engage with VMIA staff to understand and contribute to operational activities and to share your expertise on government protocols, processes, and policy.
  • Engage with Minister's Office and DTF to share information, build effective relationships, and facilitate briefings on relevant matters.

About you 

  • You are experienced in building networks and working with multi-disciplinary teams to deliver accurate relevant information in a form that suits the audience.
  • You have an eye for detail and produce high quality, accurate material that you effectively communicate in writing and verbally.
  • You are experienced in writing Ministerial and departmental briefs that are timely, accurate and meet the audience's requirements.
  • You have highly developed interpersonal skills, including an ability to engage and work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders.
  • You are experienced in dealing with senior stakeholders across government and have the confidence and resilience to persevere in seeking clear and accurate information as needed.
  • You enjoy working flexibly and under pressure, noting that when our stakeholders require information, they often need it urgently.

Qualifications

  • You hold a tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline (for example, public administration, finance, business, law, insurance, or commerce).
  • You are experienced in working in a government environment and have worked with ministerial offices and/or central agencies in the past.

Benefits

There are many reasons to work at VMIA, here is how we will support you:

Flex Work - VMIA is supportive of hybrid working to help our people perform at their best. We come together for a minimum of two days per week in a collaborative office environment, fostering connection and strengthening networks.

Parenting support – VMIA provides 14 weeks paid parental leave (after six months of service) for primary carers and 2 weeks for secondary carer. And we're breastfeeding friendly accredited.

Learning and development - You'll be encouraged to achieve your career goals in our progressive learning organisation supported by in-house training programs, an annual investment of up to $2,500 in your learning and development, access to LinkedIn Learning, and annual performance and development planning.

Physical and Mental wellbeing – We provide Wellness sessions, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Wellness leave (two days per year), annual flu shots, and an ergonomic subsidy for every new starter.

Culture and lifestyle - People are at the heart of everything we do! On offer are an office in the heart of the city in an iconic building with end of trip facilities, access to one day per year paid Volunteer leave, assistance with transitioning through life stages such as welcoming a new baby or retirement.

Financial Support – We understand, every dollar counts. We offer salary sacrifice, income protection insurance, discounted public transport and 5% private health insurance discount.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are key strategic priorities at VMIA.

Our people benefit when they belong, are safe to bring their whole selves to work and are respected and heard. The business benefits from a diverse and inclusive culture as our people bring unique strengths, experiences, and perspectives, creating a connected community.

We have a bold and ambitious Diversity and Inclusion Program - a consolidation of 60+ initiatives shaping and supporting each of the following focus areas: LGBQTIA+, gender, disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and cultural and linguistic diversity.

Employee Reference Groups, led by an executive sponsor, support each key focus area, and play a key role in contributing to an inclusive culture and a sense of belonging and connection.

Our aspiration:

  • Diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging are part of VMIA's culture.
  • Everyone has a role to play.
  • We support and advocate for diverse groups in our organisation and beyond.

How to apply

To submit your interest in this position please click the APPLY button and fill in your application. If you have any questions about the position or the application process, please email  talentacquisition@vmia.vic.gov.au.

We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace and encourage candidates from all gender identities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, with disabilities, and from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.

Please let us know of any accessibility needs to be considered during the recruitment process via talentacquisition@vmia.vic.gov.au.

Other relevant information

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment and misconduct screening including a national police check, and probity checks prior to commencing employment.

It is a requirement that employees attend for office-based days (minimum two days) at their primary work location. In line with this requirement, interstate applications will be considered only where the candidate is able and willing to relocate to Victoria, unless part of a border community.


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