Strategic Advisor

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Job Details
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Department: Department of Justice and Regulation
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Prison and Corrective Services
Classification: VPSG5.1
Work Location: Geelong
Reference: VG/3315
Closing Date: 01-Jan-2018
Salary Range: $92,253 - $101,935
Job Duration: 2 years
Attachments: Position Description 3315 Strategic Advisor.doc (Word, 859KB)

Applying for a position at DJR.pdf (PDF, 160KB)

Contact: Wayne Harper on (03) 5282 0720

Position Details

  • Be part of the leadership team to help build strategic capability across two prisons
  • Development opportunity, gain exposure to the business / project side of prisons
  • 2 year fixed term VPS5 position based in Lara

An exciting two year fixed term opportunity exists within the Barwon South West Prison division for a Strategic Advisor in Corrections Victoria (CV) based in Lara.

Marngoneet Correctional Centre (Marngoneet) is a medium security prison in the Barwon South West Region.  It currently houses up to 577 male prisoners.  As part of the Marngoneet the Karreenga Annexe contains an additional 300 protection prisoners bringing the entire prison population to 877 spread across two prison sites but managed by the one leadership team.

The Strategic Advisor is responsible for the provision of high-level advice and strategic direction to the General Manager on issues pertaining to Marngoneet and Karreenga and the broader Department of Justice and Regulation. Whilst maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of current internal and external issues and risks, the Strategic Advisor is responsible for making recommendations and determining solutions that provide options for decision making for the General Manager. Working with other members of the Marngoneet Leadership Team, the role helps deliver on the location's business plan and service delivery requirements.

The role operates within a complex and dynamic environment that requires the capacity to exercise sound judgement, effectively liaise with key stakeholders, provide high-level advice and undertake effective and timely actions.

As our ideal candidate you will be required to demonstrate:

  • an awareness of the key issues impacting Corrections Victoria, particularly within legislative, social, political and industrial frameworks
  • excellent writing skills to be able to produce a variety of written reports and make recommendations 
  • proven experience in responding to emerging risks, challenges and opportunities in a complex environment.

For more information on the accountabilities and key selection criteria for the role please refer to the position description attached.

Please note that due to the holiday period, interviews will be conducted over January 2018.

How to Apply

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

Please note:  When submitting your application online, there will be questions pertaining to a number of the position's Key Selection Criteria to which you are required to respond.

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