Special Adviser

  • ACT Government
  • ACT, Australia
  • 05 Nov, 2021
Full time Medical, Health, and Social Work

Job Description

Full-time Temporary with a Possibility of Permanency

Closes: 01 January 2021
Classification: Senior Officer Grade A/B
Salary: $131,773 - $153,041 plus superannuation
Position No: Special Adviser
Directorate: Community Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 04 November 2021
Contact Officer: FIRST PEOPLE Recruitment Solutions on Hayley@fprs.com.au and Gemma@fprs.com.au or (02) 6230 7666

About the Company

The Office of the Coordinator-General for Family Safety has a whole of government remit to lead and improve an informed, capable and connected response to address domestic and family violence in the ACT. The Office supports the Coordinator-General, providing strategic leadership coordination, policy analysis and innovation expertise to drive cultural change and system reform. The role of the Office includes developing new and sustainable ways of working across government and community that focuses on intervening earlier, reducing barriers to access, joining up and integrating services, responding to diverse needs, maximising collective impact and holding perpetrators to account. The Office focuses on:

  • leadership – setting strategic goals and direction to deliver an integrated response specifically for the ACT;
  • engagement and coordination – creating strong partnerships across government, the service sector, police and judiciary and the community;
  • investment and delivery – focusing on the best value for money through programs that show results;
  • quality improvement – building knowledge and skills across sectors, capacity to respond and a shared understanding of domestic and family violence; and insight and foresight – building the evidence base, insights, data, research, and evaluation.

About the Role

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community have brought the complex issues facing their community regarding domestic and family violence to the attention of government through the We Don’t Shoot Our Wounded (2009) and the Change our Future - Share what you know reports.

The Office of the Coordinator General for Family Safety is deeply committed to supporting community-led responses to these reports. This new role is being established to support the Office to make connections to community and build and maintain strategic external relationships; work with the office to develop policies and advice to government; and assist the office to deliver effective and culturally sound initiatives to address domestic, family and sexual violence.

Duties

The occupant of the position will support the Office of the Coordinator-General for Family Safety to:

  • Foster and develop culturally safe partnerships and engagement between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and government to develop community-led actions for responding to domestic and family violence.
  • Provide cultural supervision to junior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members working in the Office for Family Safety.
  • Provide advice to the Coordinator-General for Family Safety on matters relating to the prevention of domestic and family violence and appropriate responses within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
  • Working across the community to build and maintain strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, service providers and the sector to deliver new and improved responses to domestic and family violence.
  • Participate in relevant committees and working groups and representing the Office and the ACT Government.
  • Analyse relevant information to make recommendations to the Minister, Coordinator-General or Executive.
  • Working across the office to contribute to project initiatives, identifying policy gaps or needs and developing appropriate responses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Skills & Experience

  • Ability to provide strategic advice on best-practice approaches to preventing and responding to family violence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities.
  • Strong judgement, decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Highly developed communication skills, and the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, service providers and community members.
  • High level of ability to lead, guide and support the work of the Office.
  • Extensive experience in driving evidence-based, human services and reform strategies in a public sector environment.
  • Sound understanding of the dynamics, context and drivers of family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities.
  • Experience building the capability of junior staff and providing cultural supervision.
  • Tertiary qualifications in human services/government/public policy are highly desirable.

What’s on offer

Based in Canberra and with a view to commence in the New Year, the successful candidate will be offered a temporary position with the possibility of extension and/or permanency, with the ACT Government at the SOG A or SOG B classification, depending on the skills and experience of the successful candidate.

How to Apply

To apply please go to the First People Recruitment Solutions website here or contact Hayley Murdoch or Gemma Topic, Senior Consultant -Talent Acquisition on(02) 6230 7666 or Hayley@fprs.com.au and Gemma@fprs.com.au for a confidential discussion.

Applications must be received by 10:00 am, 29 November 2021.

This is a designated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander position as defined in Section 27 (4) of the Public Service Management Act and is only open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage is considered essential and therefore a Confirmation of Aboriginality will be required.

Note
the successful candidate will be offered a temporary position with the possibility of extension and/or permanency. This is a designated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander position

Career interest categories:
Administration and Governance
Indigenous
Leaders and Senior Management

Job Closing Date

01 Jan, 2022