Scrutiny Officer

Job Title: Scrutiny Officer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Melbourne
Salary: Competitive
Start Date: 2019-01-11
Reference: JO-1901-92876-6
Contact Name: Paris Plompen
Contact Email:
Job Published: January 11, 2019 15:50

Job Description

  • Sector-first, Critical Role
  • Conduit Between Council and the MPS Workforce
  • Attractive Seaside Location
Mornington Peninsula Shire (MPS) is one of Melbourne’s destination municipalities, characterised by unique townships, world renowned tourist regions and areas of national and international conservation significance. With approximately 1200 employees, MPS is a busy, vibrant and values led workplace, with primary sites located at Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings. There currently exists outstanding opportunities to make your mark in Local Government in newly created leadership roles under the helm of MPS’s newly appointed Chief Executive Officer.

Reporting to the Head of Governance and Democratic Support, the Scrutiny Officers plays a critical role throughout the organisation being a conduit between Council and the MPS workforce to ensure efficient information flow and effective governance is achieved. Supporting Council, the CEO and Senior Officers in the development of a Scrutiny program, this role will proactively support and lead work relating to the Council’s decision-making structure and will include providing professional advice to a range of stakeholders.
A new role to MPS and the sector in general, the Scrutiny Officer will ensure the activities of the function are undertaken in a manner which promotes public participation, and which considers (and where appropriate, improves) the Council’s processes and standards for consultation. The role is also one of organisational culture, where the incumbent must build strong relationships with internal staff and Councillors to ensure the role of scrutiny is understood as a positive; and access to information is readily available and accessible.
The Scrutiny Officers will deliver a high quality of support to Council on procedures, protocols and processes in relation to work arising from research, policy development decisions and broader macro changes within the public sector operating environment.
To be successful in this role, you will need to possess exceptional relationship building skills and well-developed political acumen. You will have a deep understanding of the functions and legislation of Local Government and a detailed understanding of democratic decision-making processes. Whilst being strong interpersonally, you will have outstanding research skills and be able to convert your research into easily understood advice and recommendations. You bring a high level of resilience and energy to the workplace and enjoy setting up systems, processes and structures for good governance, performance reporting and effective organisational management.
To apply for this role, please click on the “apply now” button to upload your CV. For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact Cameron Norton on (03) 9929 9522 or Melanie Pecanek on (03) 9929 9587.

Please do not apply directly to Mornington Peninsula Shire.