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Assistant Director, Cities Division

Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development - Canberra Airport, ACT

Government, Defence & Emergency
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Executive Level 1

Assistant Director

Executive Level 1

Employment Type:
Ongoing/Non-Ongoing, Full-Time/Part-Time

$106,141 - $111,989

Regional, Cities and Territories


Alinga Street, Canberra, ACT

Security Clearance:
Baseline Vetting

Job Reference No:

Contact Officer:
Helen Viali, 02 6274 6730

Closing Date:
11.59pm AEDT, Sunday 7 February 2021

We invest in, trust and care about our people. We create a fulfilling, flexible and supportive workplace that helps our people achieve their goals. We invest in the tools, systems and training our people need to do their jobs.

The department supports workplace diversity and values the contribution of people from diverse backgrounds. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, people with cultural and linguistic diversity, and LGBTIQ people. The department is committed to achieving gender equality and, in particular, supporting women’s progression into senior leadership .

A little bit about us

As a Division in the Regional, Cities and Territories Group. The Cities Division is responsible for implementing the Australian Government’s Cities agenda through:

bringing together three levels of government, the community and private enterprise to create place based partnerships called City Deals. Focusing on aligning planning, investment and governance to accelerate growth and job creation, stimulate urban renewal and drive economic reforms.
providing informed, consistent and influential advice to key stakeholders, including ministers, on the Australian Government’s cities agenda, through consultation and strategy for future City Deals, including the provision of advice to the Government.

We pride ourselves on being trusted advisors to the Australian Government on major projects relating to cities and regional infrastructure issues. Through our program and project management roles, we develop strong, collaborative relationships with state, territory and local governments to deliver high-profile infrastructure projects across Australia.

The opportunities we have available

Cities Division is seeking candidates to fill Assistant Director roles to work with one of the City Deal teams. You will have the opportunity to contribute to the development, negotiation and agreement of a City Deal. These roles would suit candidates with strong policy and/or program management experience as well as highly developed communication and stakeholder engagement skills.

What will you do?

Assistant Directors will be required to:
Develop and foster strong relationships with key City Deal stakeholders, broader local, state and Australian government agencies and the local community.
Develop subject matter expertise on local issues to drive a place-based, transformational City Deal aligned with the Government’s key priority areas.
Support the development, negotiation and implementation of the Deal through:
Developing initiatives for the consideration of government
Driving local engagement and involvement in stakeholder activities
Identifying opportunities for continuous improvement and the implementation of best practice
Providing secretariat services and on-the-ground support for meetings, functions and project meetings
Facilitating timely implementation of initiatives
Monitoring and evaluation of initiatives
Monitoring and early identification of emerging risks.
Other duties as required and/or specific to the individual deal.

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking outstanding candidates with policy, stakeholder engagement and program management experience and skills to work on strategic policy advice and program delivery.

The positions require strong communication and strategic thinking skills, with the ability to investigate issues, gather evidence and think critically about different stakeholder perspectives to persuasively present potential solutions for Government consideration.

The ability to quickly develop expertise and subject-matter knowledge will be highly valued.

Candidates need to demonstrate they can:
Build and lead productive relationships with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders, including collaborating across federal, state and local governments, the private sector and local communities.
Communicate clearly and with influence, through the preparation of high quality analysis, advice and communications materials to inform Ministers, Departmental Executives and external stakeholders.
Lead the delivery of outcomes on challenging agendas of policy design and implementation and/or program management.
Analyse and interpret complex and sensitive information from a variety of sources to make evidence-based, defensible decisions.
Utilise sound judgement, have the ability to solve complex issues and juggle competing priorities within tight timeframes, with limited supervision.
Adapt to change, demonstrate resilience and the ability to deal with ambiguity.

Please refer to the Australian Public Service Commission’s Work Level Standards information, available at https://www.apsc.gov.au/work-level-standard-executive-level-1 for an understanding of the standard of proficiency required for this position.

Eligibility requirements

Employment with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications is subject to conditions prescribed within the Public Service Act 1999 including:

Citizenship : To be eligible for employment with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, applicants must be an Australian citizen. Only in exceptional circumstances will the department consider waiving this requirement.
Health Assessment : The preferred applicant may be required to undergo a medical examination conducted by the department’s preferred medical provider.
Security Clearance : The successful candidate must be able to obtain and/or maintain a security clearance at a minimum of Baseline Vetting. You must be willing to disclose all relevant and required information. You must have lived in Australia, or have a checkable background, for at least the preceding five years for Baseline Vetting clearances. More information on the security clearance vetting process is available on the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) website .

How to apply

Applications for this opportunity close at 11.59pm AEDT, Sunday 7 February 2021.

In applying for this position, you are not required to address individual selection criteria. Rather, you should provide a statement of no more than 1000 words outlining your background, capabilities and experiences, and how these align with the advertised role. You should also provide a CV, to a maximum of four pages . The capabilities and behaviours required to be successful for this role are identified in the ‘Who are we looking for’ section.

Your application should be received through the department’s online recruitment system . Applications via Indeed will not be accepted .

If you experience any issues with the system please contact the Recruitment Team on 02 6274 6161 or via email to recruitment@infrastructure.gov.au to discuss an alternative way to submit your application.

Canberra Airport, ACT

Government, Defence & Emergency


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