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Senior Project Officer

Communities and Justice - Sutherland, NSW

Executive & Strategic Management
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Senior Project Officer

  • Ongoing Full-Time
  • Location: Ashfield
  • Clerk Grade 9/10, Salary ($110,745 - $122,038), plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading

About us

The Department of Communities and Justice carries an important purpose across many areas of its work, particularly when it comes to improving outcomes for children and young people, Aboriginal people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people experiencing domestic and family violence, victims of sexual assault, juvenile offenders, people at high risk of reoffending, and people experiencing homelessness.

Working together for stronger communities means we can continue to deliver our services with a more unified and collaborative approach. This means a greater focus on prevention and early intervention, faster responses, more seamless operations, less duplication of effort and better outcomes.

Governance and Assurance unit provides secretariat support to 6 sub-committees of the DCJ Executive Board and one Cluster –wide Committee including developing a forward agenda. Committee meetings are held monthly.

We also facilitate the development of subcommittee performance indicators for dashboard reporting selected DCJ governance groups, implement staged effectiveness reviews for subcommittees and support Cluster-wide governance activities

About the role

This role provides proactive and evidence-based expert advice and reports to the Director and/or the Deputy Secretary to ensure business unit’s matters that impact current business and future decision-making are fully considered. It requires you to seek out and actively manage key internal and external stakeholder relationships based on open and regular discussions and feedback to ensure effective running of sub-committee’s to the Executive Board; and work with stakeholders to improve the governance of critical DCJ priorities and reforms.

Key challenges of the role

  • Dealing with sensitive, complex matters appropriately and confidentially. 
  • Maintaining a current knowledge of DCJ structure, government policies, procedures, projects, programs, initiatives and government protocols.

Essential requirements of the role

Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience.

About you

In addition to meeting the essential requirements, the successful candidate must demonstrate strong capabilities in:

  • Strategic/ critical thinker
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills
  • Anticipate identify and address issues which may impact subcommittees and the Senior Executive
  • Remain composed and calm under pressure in challenging situations
  • Manage competing priorities with tight deadlines

Does this sound like you? Click here to download the role description.

Applying for the role

When applying you will need to:

Attach a resume (maximum 5 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 3 pages) outlining how you meet the requirements and capabilities of this role as well as providing answers to the 2 pre-screening questions below:

  • Targeted Question 1

This role requires strategic thinking, influencing and planning skills in working with Subcommittees to assist them in setting a forward agenda focusing on NSW Government, Departmental and Cluster priorities, describe a time when you used strategic thinking, influencing and planning skills to deliver the desired outcome. What did you do and what was the outcome.

  • Targeted Question 2

Describe a time when you had to provide expert advice within tight deadlines in an environment characterised by conflicting priorities and multiple stakeholders.

Closing date: Sunday, 16 May 2021 at 11:59 pm

For role enquiries please contact Zoe Petridis on 0421 012 979 or via email at: [email protected]

If you experience technical difficulties when submitting your application, please contact Anjy Fayad on (02) 9765 3042 at [email protected]

Appointments are subject to reference checks. Some roles may also require the following checks/ clearances:

  • National Criminal History Record Check in accordance with the Disability Inclusion Act 2014
  • Working with Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012


To ensure recruitment at the Department of Communities and Justice continues without interruption during the COVID-19 pandemic, some interviews and assessments may be performed using alternative methods.

This may include video interviewing, telephone interviewing and online assessments. If you are successful following review of your application, you may need to perform assessments and/or interviews via online platforms using a PC, laptop or smart phone. By doing so, we will be adhering to the strict social distancing advice currently in place.

Inclusion and Diversity lies at the heart of how we recruit

We continue to hire great people with a wide variety of skills, experience and backgrounds. This includes people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people identifying as LGBTIQ+, culturally and linguistically diverse people, carers and other diversity groups.

If you require an adjustment within the recruitment process, please contact Anjy Fayad on (02) 9765 3042 or via email at [email protected] and advise us of your preferred method of communication.

If you are looking for more information about workplace adjustments at DCJ, please visit our Careers site.

A talent pool may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 18 months. 

Thank you for your interest in this role. We look forward to receiving your application.

Sutherland, NSW

Executive & Strategic Management


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