Head of Rural and Regional Policy and Strategy – Rural and Regional Victoria

Job Title: Head of Rural and Regional Policy and Strategy – Rural and Regional Victoria
Location: Victoria
Salary: To be discussed
Start Date: 2019-09-25
Reference: JO-1909-97859
Contact Name: Olivia O’Shea
Contact Email:
Job Published: September 26, 2019 09:42

Job Description

  • Lead a Contemporary Approach to Regional & Rural Policy
  • Newly Created Branch with Innovation Agenda
  • Flexible Locations Across Victoria
The Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) is focused on ensuring Victoria’s strong economic performance by growing industries and regions. It is doing this through making sure Victoria’s economy benefits all Victorians by creating more jobs for more people, building thriving places and regions and nurturing inclusive communities. The Rural and Regional Victoria (RRV) Group plays a significant role in this, working across government and with local communities and industry to build a stronger economy and better future for rural and regional Victoria.

Reporting to the Deputy Secretary, RRV, this role will complement their skill set and become the regional and rural policy lead across the Victorian Government. A key member of the RRV executive team, the position drives policy reform utilising greater levels of business intelligence and evidence and influences the approach of other departments in regional policy. Bringing together a newly formed group, you will provide strategic leadership, clarity of purpose and direction to the staff and invest in their capability uplift to meet the future needs of the Branch. With a mandate for looking at more contemporary approaches, you will actively explore innovations in this field and also lead a number of strategic projects.  

As a highly regarded policy professional, you bring a wealth of experience across the public sector, utilising evidence to influence the policy direction for the betterment of our community. You are known to be a connector of people and have an engaging interpersonal style which has seen you build strong networks and credibility with stakeholders across government. This in turn has seen you engage effectively with everyone from the Minister through to regional stakeholders in the field. You are a values driven leader and take pride in what you do and have been able to truly engage and inspire teams to achieve. Politically astute, you understand how to effect change and appreciate the importance of this role in facilitating the voice of regional and rural Victoria in policy. A rare opportunity to be part of a new leadership team at RRV, here is your chance to make a true difference.    

To apply for this role, please email your resume and brief cover letter through to referring JO-1909-97859 in the subject of the email. For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact Natasha Diamond on (03) 9929 9556 or Jarrod McLauchlan on (03) 9929 9515.