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Director – Merger Implementation and Strategy

  • Are you passionate about ending family violence and violence against women?
  • Critical role in strategic merger
  • Significant cultural change management component
  • Two-year contract (with the possibility of extension)

The organisations

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV)'s vision is to create a world in which gender equality ensures women and their children are thriving, respected and free from violence. We are a state-wide organisation working to build the capability of professionals, organisations and systems to prevent and respond to violence against women.

DVRCV is looking to merge with Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic), the peak body for specialist family violence response services in Victoria, recognised as the state-wide voice of Specialist Family Violence Services (SFVSs) responding to victims-survivors. Its work is focused on advocating for, supporting, and building the capacity of specialist family violence practice and service delivery for victims-survivors; system reform; and research, policy development and law reform.

The newly merged organisation would be the peak body for specialist family violence services in Victoria, working from an intersectional feminist approach, informed by an understanding of the gendered nature of violence and with the interests of all victim survivors at the heart of everything we do. We would apply a specialist lens across primary prevention, early intervention, response and recovery to:

  • Lead, influence and advocate for law reform, policy, practice and effective systems.
  • Build the capability of specialist and mainstream workforces and industries to prevent and respond to family violence and violence against women through o design and delivery of specialist education, training and professional development o providing specialist practice leadership o leading state-wide workforce and sector development activities.
  • Promote well-resourced, accessible and inclusive service provision and actively reflect the diversity of lived experience in our work.
  • Provide cultural, social and community leadership to address the drivers of violence and promote the rights of all victim survivors to live free from violence.

The role

Reporting to the CEO, you will be part of the Senior Leadership Team, playing a key role in guiding the two organisations through the merger, with a focus on effective operational transformation and culture to ensure the new organisation's resilience, growth and sustainability.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Managing the effective development and delivery of an organisational change management plan which includes strategies focusing on changes to culture, business process, operations, people and systems.
  • Managing risk and compliance processes ensuring the leadership team are provided with up to date information and advice about risk and mitigation strategies.
  • Providing specialist advice and support regarding industrial relations and human resources.
  • Overseeing the effective and efficient management of work health and safety, injury management, return to work, employee relations, recruitment, payroll, learning and development and organisational development.
  • Overseeing the successful merging of the organisational finances and financial management processes, systems and operations.
  • Overseeing the accreditation and registration process for the Registered Training Organisation.
  • Developing strategic relationships with a wide range of key government and non-government stakeholders and suppliers.

Experience and skills required

You possess exceptional strategic thinking capabilities and a deep understanding of the dynamics of guiding an organisation through a period of significant change. You see change as a challenge and are agile to embrace a dynamic environment. Experience with mergers and transformations will be highly regarded.

Your experience and skills will include:

  • A proven track record in positively designing and implementing organisational wide change management processes in complex and sensitive circumstances.
  • Knowledge and management of industrial relations processes.
  • The ability to influence others and move toward a common vision or goal.
  • The ability to gain cooperation from and influence a wide range of internal stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to positively build effective working relationships, drive engagement, motivate staff and influence culture.
  • Project management and contract management skills.
  • Sound business planning, operational and financial administration knowledge.

How to apply

To apply, send your resume and a covering letter addressing the Experience and Skills Required to [email protected] using Director – People Services and Change as your subject line.

Please note that there is no closing date for applications as they will be assessed as they are received. We are likely to cease acceptance of applications once a shortlist is finalised for this position, so if you are interested in applying, please do so as soon as possible.

For a confidential discussion, call Wendy Lown on +61 414 229 827.

DVRCV actively encourages applications from people from culturally diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disabilities. If you are interested in the role but feel you may not meet the full range of selection criteria, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your experience and application for this position.