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Senior Community Development Officer (Vpsg5)

Department of Justice and Community Safety - Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin


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 children and recognises that children’s 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?

About Us

The Community Crime Prevention Unit has responsibility for developing and implementing innovative early intervention approaches to prevent offending and support Victorian communities; and for delivering and reporting on progress towards priorities under the Crime Prevention Ministerial portfolio.

As part of a renewed Crime Prevention strategic agenda the Unit works to:

  • invest in and empower communities to deliver effective place-based crime prevention initiatives, through community engagement and targeted programs and projects.
  • enhance and connect responses for vulnerable communities and individuals to prevent offending before it occurs, working in partnership with community and government stakeholders.
  • build evidence and a shared understanding across government and the community about effective crime prevention; and contribute to the body of knowledge about effective crime prevention practice.

The Building Safer Communities Program is a core part of the government's crime prevention approach and includes grants and community forums to support Victorian councils and community organisations to deliver innovative projects to address the causes of crime and improve community safety.

The program incorporates two competetive streams of funding, a targeted grant stream called Empowering Communities and a series of forums to support communities to work together to address crime and safety issues in the context of COVID-19 recovery.

About the Role

The Senior Community Development Officer will play a lead role as part of the Unit's Communities and Places team in working directly with communities on funded initiatives and embedding principles of community development into the Unit's approach to crime prevention. Key componets of the role are to:

  • lead the implementation and refinement of key crime prevention programs to deliver sustainable community benefit.
  • collaborate with government and community partners to deliver outcomes
  • embed effective community development approaches into crime prevention practice.

About You

As our ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • strong experience in applying contemporary community development approaches to improve community well-being and build capability
  • strong experience working with diverse community stakeholders to achieve program outcomes
  • experience in facilitating community-led evaluation and action research approaches to measure impact and identify learnings
  • excellent stakeholder engagement and negotiation skills and ability to build and maintain positive relationships
  • an understanding of the underlying causes of crime and/or social policy experience
  • proven ability to drive and motivate your own workload, goals and achievements.

This role will require some travel within Victoria.

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.

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

In accordance with the Jobs and Skills Exchange Recruitment Policy, only Victorian Public Service employees are eligible to apply for this position. People on labour hire contracts, such as agency staff and contractors, are not eligible to apply.

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

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

Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency


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