Senior Policy and Project Officer - Youth Mental Health and AOD

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of young people and recognises that young peoples’ rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

We’re proud of the important work we do across Victoria. Want to be part of it?
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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/YJ1182_SEP
Closing Date: 02-Oct-2022
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: until 30 June 2024
Attachments: Position Description - Children and Youth - Senior Policy Officer - Youth Mental Health and AOD.pdf (PDF, 226KB)


Contact: Natalie Rose on 0437 873 414
Natalie.Rose@justice.vic.gov.au

Position Details

  • Utilise your understanding of mental health and alcohol and other drug services to develop policies which support young people in the Youth Justice system.
  • Opportunity to work with a high-performing and passionate team in the Victorian Public Service for up to 24 months.
  • VPS Grade 5: $103,920 - $125,735 plus superannuation.

 

The Department of Justice and Community Safety (the department) is seeking a Senior Policy Officer - Youth Mental Health and AOD to provide a critical role within Justice Health

 

About the business unit

Justice Health's objective is to improve the health of adults and young people in Victorian custodial settings. As a business unit of the Department of Justice & Community Safety, Justice Health is responsible for overseeing the delivery of health, mental health and alcohol and other drug (AOD) services to persons in Victoria's adult and youth justice facilities by contracted service providers.

Justice Health sets the policy and standards for health care in all Victorian prisons and youth justice precincts and monitors and reviews the performance of health service providers. Justice Health is also responsible for facilitating an integrated approach to health service planning and service delivery, leading health prevention and promotion activities, and facilitating the release of health information to community health care providers, legal representatives, and individuals.

 

About the role

Justice Health is seeking a motivated individual with extensive knowledge and experience working in the areas of mental health and/or alcohol and other drug (AOD) services. The right candidate will have demonstrated experience managing projects, developing policy advice, and strong written and oral communications skills. Some understanding of the Youth Justice environment is desirable.

Some of your duties will include:

  • Provide authoritative advice to Justice Health's senior management on the development and implementation of health, mental health and AOD services, policy and strategies.
  • Support the implementation of recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System as they relate to children and young people in contact with the forensic system.
  • Develop and enhance effective relationships with key internal and external stakeholders in order to gain support for the design and implementation of programs and services for young people.

To learn more about this role before applying, please read the attached position description.

 

About you

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of mental health and/or AOD service delivery with young people.
  • Experience in the development of policy advice within complex environments, particularly in the mental health or AOD sector.
  • Well-developed analytical and conceptual skills, together with an ability to identify policy and program needs and an understanding of risk management principles.

 

How to apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

FOR INTERNAL VPS EMPLOYEES:

For all VPS employees, due to the new JSE policy, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position.

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Upon commencement of employment with the department you will be required to provide evidence that you have an up-to-date vaccination status within the timelines specified by the department into the DJCS Service Portal. This includes evidence of all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine required by the department (from time to time).

Acceptable evidence includes:

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate or ATAGI exemption certificate (available via your myGov account)
  2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account)

Other documentation outside the above will not be accepted as evidence of having received your COVID-19 vaccine doses.


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