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Director - Practice Leadership

Our Watch Limited
  • Location: Melbourne CBD VIC 3000
  • Position type/FTE: Fixed term- Full Time
  • Tenure: Parental leave position. Ideally commencing late February 2020 to late September 2020 with possibility of extension.
  • Secondment arrangements encouraged
  • Probation period: 6 months
  • Salary classification: Senior Executive Contract
  • Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Organisation Context:

Our Watch is a national, not for profit organisation established in 2013. Our mandate is to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours, structures and power imbalances driving violence against women and their children.

Our Watch’s vision is an Australia where women and their children live free from all forms of violence. Our mandate is to stop violence before it happens, and our purpose is to provide national leadership to prevent all forms of violence against women and their children. Our work will always be based on sound research and strong and diverse partnerships.

Our Watch recognises and values diversity amongst its staff and strongly encourages suitably qualified people from all backgrounds, especially people who have a strong understanding of intersectionality either by working with diverse population groups or a lived experience.

Our Watch is committed to increasing employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the organisation. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Overview:

As a member of the Senior Executive Team (SET), the Director Practice Leadership reports to the Chief Executive Officer, implements organisational strategy and leads the Practice Leadership directorate that consists of three teams.

The directorate oversees programmatic and project-based activity across workplaces, education (primary, secondary and tertiary), the media industry, sports, government as workplaces with the aim to continue the development of primary prevention practice across Australia and increase the skill, coordination and size of people working to prevent violence against women.

The Director will:

  • Develop and deliver an annual Practice leadership operational plan identifying new and emerging opportunities for prevention practice, strategies for supporting an emerging prevention workforces and systems to support preventions infrastructure
  • Further develop the evidence base across settings and techniques outlined in Change the story and build models for good prevention practice;
  • Inform public comment and positioning relation to primary prevention practice. 

Secondment arrangements are strongly encouraged. Flexible work arrangements and hours for this position are negotiable

Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

Development and implementation of the Practice Leadership operational plan aligned with Our Watch’s strategic plan goals:

  • Australian’s understand the drivers of violence against women and their children and their role in creating change.
  • Australians act to end violence against women and their children.
  • We lead a national conversation about ending violence against women and their children.
  • We are a sustainable and well-run organisation.

Provision of leadership, direction and advice on Our Watch practice work including:

  • Fostering an ‘evidence-based and evidence-building’ culture, advising on best and emerging practice for Our Watch’s work.
  • Inform Our Watch’s public positioning relating to primary prevention practice.

Relationship management

  • Actively engage with internal stakeholders, working closely with the Chief Executive Officer, the Policy and Evaluation, and Marketing and Communications and Corporate Services directorates.
  • Promote a strong professional culture and collaborative relations within the organisation and with external stakeholders
  • Work with the organisation’s Corporate Partnerships

Leadership and Management

  • Ensure the achievement of project deliverables, including reporting to funders, the Our Watch Board through the CEO where relevant
  • Actively develop team members through setting clear role objectives and performance indicators, and providing regular performance planning and appraisal, developmental assignments, coaching and training
  • Pursue continuous improvement in the team’s functioning and delegate tasks and responsibilities to team members appropriately
  • Provide leadership across the organisation and identify and manage risks in accordance with the Risk Management Policy.
  • Work collaboratively across the organisation and encourage other to do the same
  • With SET contribute to strategic planning and organisational decision making
  • Identify opportunities for innovation and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of Our Watch’s operations.

Governance, Risk Behaviour and Conduct

  • Act in accordance with Our Watch’s Code of Conduct, policies, procedures and values.

Direct Reports: Manager Practice Systems, Manager Emerging Practice and Manager Practice Development

Indirect Reports: 18 indirect reports.

Skills and Qualifications:

Qualifications and experience

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent lived experience.
  • Leadership and executive experience in health, primary prevention or similar organisations.
  • Sophisticated interpersonal, engagement and consultative skills including at senior levels across organisations and government. Including the managing relationships with external funding bodies.
  • Extensive understanding of the primary prevention of violence against women and established relationships with key partner organisations and personnel
  • Experience in program design and implementation, and the development of policy.
  • Experience in working with Boards and Board sub committees
  • You will have an extensive understanding of the prevention of violence against women and you will apply an intersectional approach to all areas of your work.


  • High level people management skills, including interpersonal, communication, motivation, negotiation and leadership skills
  • Delegates tasks and responsibilities to team members appropriately, mentoring and supporting them to achieve their goals
  • Provides developmental assignments, coaching, training and performance management, with clarity in role objectives and key performance indicators
  • Pursues continuous improvement in the team’s functioning
  • Models the behaviour expected of others and develops a positive team culture that embraces cooperative and collaborative work practices

Strategic Planning

  • Thinks strategically and entertains wide-ranging possibilities in developing a vision for the future
  • Translates strategic plans into day-to-day activities
  • Identifies or develops overall team goals and links strategies and actions required to achieve these goals
  • Plans and reviews work based on what is important to achieve, rather than what tasks have been done

Communication Skills

  • Confidently conveys ideas and information in a clear way, understanding and meeting the needs of different target audiences
  • Welcomes and provides constructive feedback
  • Listens, understands and adapts to audience, and handles difficult and sensitive communications well
  • Negotiates persuasively
  • Structures written communications effectively to achieve their purpose, conveys ideas and information in a clear way, with a strong understanding of the information needs of target audiences

Builds effective stakeholder relationships

  • Facilitates cooperation and partnerships
  • Values individual differences and diversity
  • Develops and maintains strong, positive partner, stakeholder and supplier relationships both internally and externally using understanding of the stakeholder to ensure outcomes are achieved
  • Demonstrated skills, knowledge and behavior to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a culturally respectful way, or the capacity to develop these.
  • Identifies and manages a range of complex and often competing needs, finding innovative solutions to resolve issues
  • Builds trust through consistent actions, values and communication, keeping

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