Chief Practitioner, Community Operations and Practice Leadership (Executive Director, Office of Professional Practice) - Fisher Leadership
Close Date: 14/08/2022
REF: DFHchi0522
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Chief Practitioner, Community Operations and Practice Leadership (Executive Director, Office of Professional Practice)

Close Date: 14/08/2022
REF: DFHchi0522
  • Principal clinical adviser across community services
  • Drive ongoing, evidence-based practice to improve outcomes for vulnerable Victorians
  • Lead integrated approach to developing practice, strengthening capability and staff wellbeing

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) is responsible for child protection, prevention of family violence, housing, disability, multicultural affairs, LGBTIQ+ equality, veterans, and the offices for Women and Youth.
As a key portfolio within the Department, the Deputy Secretary, Community Operations and Practice Leadership (COPL) is responsible for delivery, stewarding and overseeing Victorian community services, through the work of almost 5,000 Victorian staff and in partnership with funded agencies.
This is a key period of transformation for the Department as it seeks to strengthen evidence-based practices and ensure it meets the needs of the community (upholding safeguards and rights of at-risk Victorians).
Operating through four geographic divisions, 17 DFFH Areas and state-wide services, COPL directly delivers Child Protection, housing, emergency management, disability and other services and stewards the broader funded community services sector (non-government funded agencies). This includes contract managing and implementing operational policy and funding frameworks across child and family services, family violence and sexual assault services, homelessness, and community settings.
Reporting to the Deputy Secretary, Community Operations and Practice Leadership (COPL), the Chief Practitioner (Executive Director of Professional Practice) will lead the Office of Professional Practice to improve outcomes for Victorians in need. The Chief Practitioner will lead a team of specialists across multiple disciplines to drive evidence-based practice and provide expert clinical advice, for individual clients and at a system-level. Working closely with a range of internal and external stakeholders, the Chief Practitioner will collaborate to deliver contemporary and ethical practice and provide insights and evidence to operational and program areas to drive system reform and practice changes.
You will bring strong clinical practice and strategic leadership to enable an integrated approach to developing and leading practice and strengthening capability and wellbeing. As a principle clinical advisor and influential, collaborative leader, the successful candidate will lead a team to partner across community services (including funded agencies), such as Child Protection and child and family services, disability/homelessness, prevention, family violence, sexual assault services, and complex client groups, as well as demonstrating a commitment to cultural safety and ensuring Aboriginal self-determination is at the core of Victorian practice.
To be successful in this role, you will possess specialist practice knowledge of an area relevant to Child Protection, disability service, health, and/or clients with complex needs. With a strong understanding of the challenges and issues facing the system within Victoria, as well as significant professional knowledge of Human Services practice and relevant Victorian legislation and policy, you will have the opportunity to be a thought leader in this space, supporting and improving practice leadership to contribute to improvement of the service.
Previous experience leading change initiatives, building collaborative partnerships, and risk management will be key to the success of this role. A professional qualification to the community services sector in social work, psychology, psychiatry or clinical field is essential.
For more information about DFFH, visit:
Applications close: Sunday 14th August 2022
To apply – please click on ‘APPLY ONLINE’ and using reference DFHchi0522, address your cover letter and resume to Kate Wheeler or Sandra Kerr of Fisher Leadership, or call 1300 347 437 for further information.

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