Investigator (Investigations Team) Or Investigator (Suitabil...


Reference: VG/VIT-CC-5015/5038

Do you have experience undertaking investigations into professional conduct matters or conducting suitability assessments for a regulator?

If you fit this profile, then you could join the dynamic Investigations or Suitability Re-Assessment Project teams at the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). These positions provide an exciting opportunity for two investigators who are passionate about using their expertise to support VIT to contribute to the safety and wellbeing of children, and to register and regulate Victorian teachers.

About you

In order to be one of the successful candidates, you will have:

  • Specialist expertise in conducting investigations and/or suitability assessments in a regulatory environment.
  • Sound and practical knowledge of risk based regulation.
  • Ability to analyse large volumes of information, identify issues, conduct research and provide authoritative advice on how to apply the relevant legislation and policy to individual teachers or applicants for registration.
  • Strong written communication skills including the ability to prepare detailed correspondence, and complex reports and briefings that include in-depth factual and legal and policy analysis.
  • Strong verbal communication skills including the ability to explain complex concepts and policies to applicants, teachers, staff and other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Resilience and flexibility.

These roles will also require the successful candidates to undertake sensitive investigations, which may involve allegations of child sexual abuse and other confronting material.

Candidates will be considered for either position. The first-ranked successful candidate will be offered their preferred position.

Candidates must be able to commit to the entire fixed term period and any visa holders must have permission to work in Australia and a current visa that enables them to work until 31 October 2021.

About us

VIT offers a supportive, inclusive working environment, plus an attractive remuneration package and flexible work options. Our team of diverse, high performing individuals are talented, supportive and inclusive. Every role within VIT provides for the safety and wellbeing of children; our work enables quality teaching and the best educational outcomes for young Victorians.

VIT promotes and encourages the Victorian Public Sector Code of Conduct of responsiveness, integrity, impartiality, accountability, respect, leadership and human rights.

We pride ourselves on allowing our staff to grow to their full potential, by offering new professional challenges and providing career growth opportunities.

VIT is centrally located at 628 Bourke Street near Southern Cross Station in modern and up to date offices. Due to COVID-19 - there is a requirement to work from home until further notice.

Please see attached position description for more information.

About the role

Salary range: $85,548 – $97,063 plus 9.5% super

Be part of a progressive, risk based regulator where your ideas and opinions are valued.

The Investigator (Investigations Team) role will require you to:

  • Plan and conduct focused and timely investigations
  • Prepare authoritative and high quality reports, briefs and correspondence on complex issues
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with stakeholders
  • Negotiate with stakeholders utilising persuasion
  • Provide specialist support to the Senior Investigators and Investigations Manager to enable high quality investigations and regulatory enforcement activity is undertaken within agreed timeframes
  • Effectively utilise existing systems to capture and record enforcement activities.

The Investigator (Suitability Re-Assessment) role will require you to:

  • Assess registered teachers and applicants for registration to determine whether they are suitable to teach
  • Analyse large volumes of information, identify issues, and source relevant information and documentation to inform the assessment
  • Communicate clearly, effectively and sensitively with registered teachers and applicants
  • Prepare detailed reports that provide authoritative advice and make recommendations about individual teachers and applicants for registration.

How to apply

Please apply online.

Your application needs to include the following:

  • A resume, including the names of at least two professional referees, one of whom should be your current or a recent supervisor.
  • A cover letter (no more than two pages, addressing your claims against the following Key Selection Criteria:

1. Specialist expertise in at least one of the following:

  • Qualifications or training in investigations (preferably a Certificate IV in Government investigations); and/or
  • Extensive experience in conducting investigations and/or suitability assessments in a regulatory environment; and/or
  • Admitted as an Australian Legal Practitioner or Australian Lawyer with knowledge of professional regulation or elated area, including one or more of the following areas of law: administrative law, civil litigation, disciplinary proceedings and criminal law.

2. Ability to analyse large volumes of information, identify issues, conduct research and provide authoritative advice on how to apply the relevant legislation and policy to individual teachers or applicants for registration.

3. Strong written communication skills including the ability to prepare detailed correspondence, and complex reports and briefings that include in-depth factual (and legal) and policy analysis.

4. Strong verbal communication skills including the ability to explain complex concepts and policies to applicants, teachers, staff and other internal and external stakeholders.

Interviews will be held via Teams or Zoom.