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Senior Project Officer (Cdp Practice Coach)

Communities and Justice - Sydney, NSW

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin

Source: uWorkin


Are you an experienced child and family practitioner looking for an opportunity where you can share your knowledge and expertise to develop our Caseworkers’ child protection practice knowledge and experience?

Senior Project Officer

Clerk Grade 9/10

Office of the Senior Practitioner

Location: Liverpool

Temporary Full-time roles

About us 

The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) commenced on 1 July 2019 and is the lead agency which forms the Stronger Communities Cluster. The new department brought together the former departments of Family and Community Services (FACS) and Justice.

We provide services to better work together to support everyone's right to access justice and other help for families, and promote early intervention and inclusion, with benefits for the whole community.

Stronger Communities brings all government services targeted at achieving safe, just, inclusive and resilient communities under one roof.

About the role/ About the Opportunity

The role is in the Practice Learning unit in the Office of the Senior Practitioner. The Senior Project Office will be responsible for working in a team to deliver the Caseworker Development Program, which is the entry level learning program for new child protection caseworkers who start with DCJ. The role involves the facilitating of training workshops to new caseworkers. The Senior Project Officer will also be involved in coaching program participants and working with districts and other key stakeholders to give new caseworkers the best chance of completing the program successfully.

The applicant will have extensive child protection practice experience, a high level of practice leadership experience and skills, knowledge of contemporary child protection practice, including its challenges and opportunities, and strong collaboration and consultation skills with various stakeholders including young people, parents, Aboriginal people, practitioners, executive and head office units.

The roles will be based in Liverpool, however occasional travel to Ashfield and other offices within districts across the state may be required.

These are temporary roles in accordance with the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 for a period of up to 12 months.

A Recruitment Pool may be created to fill similar roles for both ongoing and temporary opportunities if and as they arise.

Essential Requirements

Tertiary qualifications in a related discipline and/or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience with demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development.

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
  • If successful in this role you will be required to provide a Working with Children Check clearance number prior to commencing in the role. To obtain further information and to apply for a WWCC clearance. Please click here.

What we can offer you/Benefits

  • Location: Liverpool
  • Clerk/Grade 9/10
  • Salary range $ 110,745 pa - $122,038 pa plus employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • 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

To apply candidates must submit a covering letter (2 pages maximum) which includes a response to the two (2) targeted questions below plus an up-to-date resume which clearly details their skills and experience as relevant to this role.

Targeted Questions

  1. A key principle of the NSW Practice Framework is ‘critique leads to improved practice’. Please describe an example of a time when you provided critique to a colleague, supervisor or supervisee. Describe the purpose of your critique, the challenges you faced and what skills you used to overcome these.
  1. Please describe what you have done to promote a collaborative culture within a team you have worked in. Provide examples of the most valuable approach you have taken and how it linked to better outcomes for practice with children and families.

Part of the assessment process may include additional online capability testing, skills testing or work samples in accordance with the 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.


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.

You may also be asked to complete a Health Declaration Form in later stages of the assessment process.

Find out more

Click here to view the role description.

For more information on how to apply for a role in the NSW Public Sector please click here

Please submit your application online including the information outlined above.

If you experience technical difficulties when submitting your application, please contact Tina Baker at tina.baker.nsw.gov.au

Closing date: Wednesday 03 March @11:59 pm.

For enquiries: please contact Dylan Thompsett on P: 0437 993 906 E: [email protected]

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.

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+ and other diversity groups.

If you require an adjustment within the recruitment process, please contact Tina Baker 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.

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