FW: Please circulate Project Officer, Community Programs position [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
Business Unit Name:
Indigenous Issues Unit
Project Officer, Community Programs
Fixed term to 30th June 2008
$58,550 – $66,431
Manager, Community Programs
9th July 2007
The Department of Justice provides the primary organisational, policy and management focus for the Justice portfolio comprising six separate ministerial responsibilities:
Minister for Police and Emergency Services;
Minister for Corrections;
Minister for Consumer Affairs;
Minister for Gaming; and
Minister for Racing.
The Department has a unique combination of service delivery obligations and strategic policy responsibilities. The primary objectives of the Department are to:
provide protection for the rights and freedoms of all people through a fair and just system of criminal justice and an accessible, equitable and responsive civil justice system;
ensure civil order is preserved through the prevention and detection of crime, and ensure the protection of individuals and property through the prevention and suppression of fires, and the provision of co-ordinated emergency services;
provide a safe, just and humane correctional system;
provide an effective framework for fair trading and business affairs; and
provide policy regulatory and advocacy services that achieves a responsible, safe and sustainable environment for gambling and racing.
BUSINESS UNIT ENVIRONMENT
The Indigenous Issues Unit, within the Department of Justice’s Community and Strategic Operations Branch, is primarily responsible for co-ordinating implementation of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement (AJA2) across the Victorian Government and justice system. In 1991, the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody made recommendations toward decreasing Indigenous peoples’ over-representation in Australia’s criminal justice system.
The AJA2 is the Victorian Government’s primary vehicle for coordinating initiatives aiming to do this. It has established extensive Government and Community networks through its Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (RAJAC) and Local Aboriginal Justice Action Committee (LAJAC) Networks and uses them to effectively deliver initiatives including the Community Initiative Program, Night Patrol Program, Frontline Youth Initiatives Program, Koori Offender Support and Mentoring Program and other initiatives in accordance with the AJA.
The objectives for Indigenous Issues Unit are to:
assist in achieving justice outcomes for the Koori community;
provide and develop leadership in the implementation of the AJA2;
build the capability in Justice and the Koori community to develop and deliver effective and efficient justice services to the Koori community;
monitor, review and propose improvements to the delivery of the AJA; and
provide executive services to the key Indigenous Issues forums and committees.
Our values play a critical role in shaping how we operate as an organisation. They influence our performance planning, recruitment, training and development, and relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Our values actively support our aim of creating a cohesive and dynamic organisational culture where staff feel happy and valued. Our values are:
Serve the Community
Act with Integrity
Respect other people
Make it Happen
The primary responsibility of this newly created position is to assist the Manager, Community Programs with the administration and coordination of the Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee (RAJAC) and Local Aboriginal Justice Action Committee (LAJAC) as well as providing support services to the committee. The successful applicant will also be required to provide assistance to the Co-ordinator, Koori Recruitment and Career Development Strategy.
Assist in the administration and coordination of the RAJAC/LAJAC functions and implementation of the Regional Justice Plans.
Provide the necessary administrative support to the Manager, Community Programs to meet the priorities of the area within required timeframes including, but not limited to, the monitoring and collation of all RAJAC minutes, agenda and relevant documents for each meeting and the collation of weekly and monthly reports of each RAJAC Executive Officer.
Provide a range of administrative functions to support the Indigenous Issues Unit and other functions associated with AJA activities.
Assist in the work of the Koori Recruitment and Career Development Strategy including the Koori Tertiary Scholarship, Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training and Gateways to Justice.
Establish and promote effective relationships between the Department of Justice, the Koori community and other agencies at all levels of governments in accordance with the goals of the AJA.
KEY SELECTION CRITERIA
A demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Victorian Koori Community, both society and culture and the issues impacting on it.
A demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with members of the Victorian Koori Community and in particular, with the RAJAC and LAJAC Networks.
Highly demonstrated organisational skills with the ability to work within strict timelines.
Demonstrated ability to provide support to the Koori Recruitment and Career Development Strategy.
Well developed interpersonal and communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to negotiate with a broad range of stakeholders.
Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
A commitment to the Department’s corporate values: Serve the Community – Work Together – Act with Integrity – Respect other people – Make it Happen.
Current Victorian Driver’s Licence as the position requires visitation to regional areas of Victoria.
The following attributes are preferred qualities sought for the role of Project Officer, Community Programs:
Approachable, flexible, composed.
OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION
The position is an Identified Position in accordance with the Department of Justice Identified Positions Policy.
Note that applications must address the Key Selection Criteria and should include a resume.
The VPS values diversity, is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and actively encourages diversity in the workplace.
Safety is everyone's responsibility at One Justice.
You need to disclose any pre-existing illness or injury that you know about which could be reasonably foreseen to be affected by the work duties described.
Pursuant to s82(7) of the Accident Compensation Act, failure to disclose such a condition will mean that if employed, you will not be paid compensation for that condition.
The Department of Justice is a smoke free environment.
You must comply with the VPS Code of Conduct.
The successful applicant will be employed pursuant to the Victorian Public Service Certified Agreement 2004
The successful applicant will be required to undergo a Criminal Record Check.
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