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Director Psychological Services

  • : Queensland Corrective Services
  • : 04-Aug-2020
  • : Brisbane City QLD 4000

Queensland Corrective Services
Offender Rehabilitation & Management; Specialist Operations; Brisbane

Queensland Corrective Services is a top-tier forward thinking public safety agency, committed to the humane containment, supervision and rehabilitation of offenders.

Every day, our work makes Queensland a safer place to live and work.

The Director, Psychological Services is responsible for providing a high standard of professional leadership and organisational management for QCS Psychological Services across multiple locations.

In this role you will:

Yearly salary Fortnightly salary
$129227 - $141773
$4953.30 - $5434.20

- Provide practice leadership for psychological and disability services activities and ensure effective delivery of psychological services across QCS locations;

- Lead the establishment and monitoring of clinical and professional leadership and governance arrangements for QCS psychology services that support evidence-based practice and robust decision making;

- Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with operational managers and staff at all levels of the organisation and key external stakeholders to consult, review service performance and collaborate on key issues; to strengthen outcomes and improve service quality, accessibility and responsiveness;

- Effectively engage with other agencies in the health, allied health and community welfare fields, including Queensland Health, NDIA and non-government organisations, to inform information sharing, referral pathways and service delivery design and entry points;

- Ensure culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other culturally and linguistically diverse populations;

- Oversee the provision of high level and clinical advice, support, training and professional development to psychological service staff and correctional centre and Community Corrections as required;

- Lead the effective implementation of processes to recruit the right people, support and manage performance and build workforce capacity and capability, in alignment with current and future psychological workforce needs; and - Develop, monitor, assesses and evaluate allocation and utilisation of resources to support service delivery.

The essential requirements for this role are:

- Significant experience in a criminal justice environment or similar human services or allied health setting;

- Specialist level of mental health/forensic psychology knowledge, clinical skills and experience of implementation of clinical practice standards to provide advocacy and leadership for QCS professional staff.

- Advanced conceptual, analytical, and problem-solving skills to develop, evaluate, and improve policies, procedures, and systems, in addition to strategic and business planning skills; - High level knowledge and application of theories, models, and research for suicide prevention, psychological services in correctional settings, contemporary offender rehabilitation, offender management;

- High level understanding and application of practice supervision models and techniques, including monitoring and reviewing supervision provision;

- Consolidated experience in leading a team of professionals, having developed excellent skills in the management and development of professional staff;

- Demonstrated experience in driving change agendas and continuous improvement processes;

- Demonstrated high level communication and interpretation skills, including negotiation, and conflict resolution skills for liaising with management and staff at all levels, to gain commitments and negotiate service delivery, priorities, deadlines, resources, and other relevant issues; and

- Demonstrated community and stakeholder engagement and relationship management, including with special interest groups at a senior management level.

Qualifications and professional registration 

- Mandatory tertiary degree in Psychology and current full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia is required. The possession of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited postgraduate qualification in forensic or clinical psychology and/or membership of a relevant professional body would be highly regarded but isn't essential.

One permanent, full-time position available.

Applications to remain current for twelve months


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Job Title
Director Psychological Services
Salary / Pay Type
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$120k to $150k
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Queensland Corrective Services
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Brisbane City QLD 4000
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