The Opportunity

Executive Director Strategy, Policy and Planning

Job Title: Executive Director Strategy, Policy and Planning
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Melbourne
Salary: Competitive
Start Date: 2022-02-10
Reference: BH-29315-3
Contact Name: Krislin Betham
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 11, 2022 14:46

Job Description

About Forensicare
Forensicare (Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health) is the state-wide specialist provider of forensic mental health services across Victoria. It is the only agency in the state that provides clinical forensic mental health services that span all components of the mental health and criminal justice sectors. Tailored to meet the specific needs of both sectors, Forensicare provides forensic mental health services for people:

  • with a serious mental illness in the criminal justice system;
  • at risk of offending who pose a risk to themselves or others; and
  • referred from the general mental health system for specialist advice, support and/or treatment.

Forensicare’s primary focus is the provision of clinical services within a recovery framework. These services include the effective assessment, treatment and management of forensic patients, prisoners and clients. Forensicare operates under the Mental Health Act 2014 and is governed by a Board of nine directors who are accountable to the Minister for Mental Health.
A comprehensive research program operates through Swinburne University of Technology’s Independent Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science to support the ongoing development of clinical services. Specialist training and ongoing professional education is also provided to our staff and the broader mental health and justice fields.
The Role
The recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System (RCVMH) delivers a new future with many challenges that need to be managed as Forensicare moves into a period of growth that requires additional leadership bench strength. This will be a critical challenge that the newly appointed Executive Director Strategy, Policy and Planning, who will play an important role in developing strategies to build workforce capability and ensure the capacity of Forensicare to deliver on the improvements identified in the RCVMH.
Reporting directly to the CEO, this executive management position:

  • works closely with the CEO and collaboratively with the executive team to lead an integrated approach to strategic planning and public policy development;
  • collaborates with senior leaders to ensure delivery against the organisation’s strategic plan that enables delivery of reliable, timely, safe and person-centred care;
  • lead the Directorate to ensure delivery against business service plans and achievement of performance and drive innovation and business improvement across the organisation.

The Strategy, Policy and Planning Directorate takes a lead role in:

  • development and coordination of strategic and operational planning;
  • developing and implementing public policy;
  • supporting strategic external relationships;
  • coordinating organisational communications;
  • coordinating performance reporting;
  • supporting the effective delivery of information management systems.

To succeed in this role necessitates a contemporary strategy, planning and policy leader from the Health, Justice or associated Advisory sectors, preferably with deep experience within State Government. Expertise in the machinery of government, associated stakeholder management and the capacity to influence government policy, strategy and planning decisions is key, balanced with a capacity to relate to frontline staff and bring them on an evolving journey of growth, increased impact and change. Critical to your success will be your ability to lead, influence and align with important internal and external stakeholder groups. An experienced executive with good cut-through and a strong nose for implementation will thrive in this fast growing and transforming organisation.
Candidate Information
For a copy of the Candidate Briefing Document, which includes details on how to apply, please CLICK HERE. For further information, please contact Catherine Reidy (+61 435 285 344) at Derwent Search or email
To apply
Please send a resume and a brief application letter (no more than 2 pages) addressing the Key Selection Criteria outlined in the Candidate Briefing Document by the due date.
Applications close: Sunday, 20th February 2022.