9 Jan 2019

Full-Time Commissioning & Planning Officer – Hunter Valley

Department of Family & Community Services – Hunter Region

Job Description


The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) directly supports approximately 800,000 people every year and reaches a further million people through local community-based programs.
Our vision is to empower all people to live fulfilling lives and achieve their potential in inclusive communities. We collaborate with government, non-government and community partners to work with children, adults, families and communities to improve lives and realise potential, with a focus on breaking, rather than managing, disadvantage.
About the role/ About the Opportunity
The primary purpose of the role is to facilitate engagement with the sector to improve the local supply of services, while building collaborative relationships with providers and developing contract management relationships which directly contribute to better outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.
We are recruiting 1 ongoing role and 1 temporary role for up to 3 years, in accordance with the Government Sector Employment Act 2013. When applying applicants should clearly indicate their preference for either roles.
Both positions will operate across the Mid North Coast as a part of the Commissioning & Planning team. The ongoing role will largely be responsible for contract management and sector support to those agencies implementing existing services and reforms for permanency support, domestic and family violence, early intervention, specialist homelessness and other District led initiatives. It is preferred this role be based in Port Macquarie, however may be based in Coffs Harbour by negotiation.
The temporary role will primarily be responsible for contract management and support to those services successful in obtaining the tender to deliver the Opportunity Pathways Program. This program is a wrap-around support program to be to be implemented in the Mid North Coast District in 2019 with funding for a three year period to support those utilising social housing services to achieve economic and housing independence. The location of this role is flexible and can be negotiated for either Coffs Harbour or Port Macquarie.
A Recruitment Pool may be created to fill similar roles for both ongoing and temporary opportunities if and as they arise.
Essential/Preferred Requirements:
Tertiary qualifications in a related discipline and/or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience with demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development.
Cleared Working with Children’s Check
National Criminal Records Check

What we can offer you/Benefits
Location: Coffs Harbour / Port Macquarie – location can be flexible by negotiation across these locations
Salary range $94,782.00 pa – $104,918.00 pa plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading (FACS Clerk/Grade: 7/8)
4 weeks annual leave per year of service
Generous salary packaging options and other fringe benefits
Flexible work practices
Opportunities for learning and development and internal career progression

How to apply


Only online applications will be accepted.
To apply, please click “Apply Online”. You must:


Upload an up-to-date resume which clearly details your skills and experience as relevant to this role.
Submit a covering letter (2 pages maximum) which includes preferred role, location and a response to the two (2) targeted questions below:

Q1. Describe your experience of managing and delivering against a contract or major project. Discuss how you monitored and evaluated achievements and outcomes. In your example, how did you use your knowledge and experience to contribute to broader organisational objectives?


Q2. Describe the process you have used to maintain collaborative relationships with stakeholders (providers, community members, service users etc) where you have been required to provide constructive feedback and guidance. In your response, please outline a specific example, highlighting what worked well and not so well.
Part of the assessment process may include additional online capability testing, skills testing or work samples in accordance with the new Government Sector Employment Act 2013, therefore you may be contacted to participate. You may also be asked to complete a Health Declaration Form in later stages of the assessment process.
Find out more

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Please submit your application online including the information outlined above.
If you experience technical difficulties when submitting your application, please contact ‘I Work for NSW’ on P: 1800 562 679.
Closing date: Monday, 21 January 2019 at 11:59 pm

For enquiries: Please contact Leigh Williamson, A/Manager Commissioning and Planning on P: 02 66592503 or E: leigh.williamson@facs.nsw.gov.au
FACS is committed to building a workplace culture that values diversity and inclusion. We actively promote the employment of people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, LGBTI and other diversity groups.


FACS encourages applications from people with disability and will provide reasonable adjustments in our recruitment processes and in the workplace.


If you need an adjustment in the recruitment process, please call or email the contact person listed above, and also advise us of your preferred method of communication.

If you’re looking for general information about our reasonable adjustment process, you can email WorkforceAcquisition@facs.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 8879 9115.


FACS is also the first NSW government agency to become a White Ribbon accredited workplace, for taking active steps to prevent and respond to violence against women.

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