Principal Project Officer - Strategy & Engagement, Youth Justice

• Lead and manage projects to develop, deliver, monitor and evaluate a portfolio of strategic projects

• Temporary up to 12 months 

• Location: Sydney City

• Clerk Grade 11/12, Salary ($128,089 – $148,134 pa), plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading 

About us

The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) is the lead agency under the Stronger Communities Cluster. DCJ works to enable everyone's right to access justice and help for families through early intervention and inclusion, with benefits for the whole community. Stronger Communities is focussed on achieving safe, just, inclusive and resilient communities by providing services that are effective and responsive to community needs. For the first time, the creation of DCJ and Stronger Communities provides an opportunity to focus on prevention and early intervention across both the social welfare and justice systems.

Youth Justice supervises and cares for young offenders in the community and in detention centres in NSW. The division provides diversionary and community-based services, as well as custodial services in detention centres for young people on remand and on control orders.

About the role

The Principal Project Officer leads and manages projects to develop, deliver, monitor and evaluate a portfolio of strategic projects, to achieve project outcomes, and support achievement of organisational reforms and objectives.

The Principal Project Officer will manage individual projects that contribute to Youth Justice NSW service delivery being rehabilitative, client focused, safe, secure and sustainable.

The Principal Project Officer will prepare and oversee project plans; develop, evaluate and analyse reform proposals and provide high quality advice that informs evidence-based decision.

Essential Requirements

• Current NSW Working With Children Check clearance for paid employment

The Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 requires persons engaged in children related work to have Working with Children clearances. 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

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

About you

• A values driven team player wanting to engage a program of work that will make a genuine difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable citizens of NSW  

• Ability to translate NSW Government  goals and objectives into strategies for delivering outcomes within the agency

• Excellent written and verbal communication and ability to synthesise multiple sources of information

• Experience managing multiple stakeholders

• Excellent organisational, time management and project management skills

Click here to download the role description. 

Applying for the role

To apply for this role you need to submit an application online via

When applying you will need to:

1. Answer the two pre-screening questions below – we are looking for you to demonstrate your competency in this focus capability.

• Describe a time when you developed a business case to support a multi-million-dollar budget bid. Detail the process you went through, including your approach to stakeholder engagement. 

• Think about a large project you have implemented. Outline the systems you developed to maintain the integrity of project governance, processes and outcomes; and monitor and report on expenditure of funds.  


2. Attach a resume (maximum 5 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) outlining how you meet the requirements and capabilities of this role as specified in the role description.

Contact: Candice Neilson | Director | Strategy & Engagement e. ***************  | m. 0476 821 ***

Closing date:  Wednesday 20 May 2020 at 11:59 pm

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.

A talent pool may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 18 months. 

The Department of Communities and Justice is committed to building a workplace that values and supports diversity and inclusion. We actively promote the employment of women, people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, LGBTI and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

The Department encourages applications from people with disability and will provide reasonable adjustments in our recruitment process and in the workplace. If you need an adjustment in the recruitment process, please call or email the contact person listed, and also advise us of your preferred method of communication.