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April

El 1 Assistant Director - Legal

First People Recruitment Solutions - Canberra, ACT

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin

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JOB DESCRIPTION

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Our client, a federal department helps communities, irrigators and businesses, particularly in the Murray-Darling Basin, use water resources sustainably and efficiently by progressing national water reforms and are currently seeking a EL1 Assistant Director (legal) to provide policy advice and coordination to help ensure water trading in the Murray-Darling Basin operates effectively and efficiently.

A key workstream of the team is to develop and implement the Australian Government response to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) recent Murray-Darling Basin water markets inquiry final report. The ACCC was asked to recommend options to enhance markets for tradeable water rights, including options to enhance their operations, transparency, regulation, competitiveness and efficiency. The ACCC's final report contains 29 recommendations for water market reform.

Statement of Duties

As an Assistant Director, you will be part of a small team working collaboratively to develop and implement the Australian Government response to the ACCC's recommendations for water market reform. You will use your expertise in water markets, policy development and associated matters to shape the development of the Commonwealth's response to the inquiry. This will involve detailed analysis of issues and implementation options, regular stakeholder engagement, and ongoing policy development, planning, briefing and reporting.

You will undertake work that is complex or sensitive, operate under broad direction, exercise a considerable degree of independence and perform a leadership role. You will engage in complex problem solving and issues management and coordinate and undertake detailed or sensitive projects that impact on strategic, political or operational outcomes for the division. You will actively manage key stakeholder relationships within and outside the department and may manage one or more work teams.

You will be responsible for managing the progression of matters allocated to you and team members under your supervision within the broad direction of your supervisor, including:

  • Playing a lead role within the water markets team, to develop and coordinate the department's appropriate response to the ACCC Inquiry recommendations.
  • Contributing expert policy advice and/or knowledge on water markets to assist the development of appropriate policy for consideration by the Minister, including:
o developing, evaluating and costing alternative scenarios

o preparing requests for legal advice, liaising with legal teams, dealing with complex legal matters and legislation

o researching, interpreting and applying complex legislation and related policy or procedural frameworks
  • Managing internal and external stakeholder relationships and co-ordinating between different stakeholder groups, including government and industry groups, and managing consultancies
  • Contributing to the leadership and management of the water markets team and contribute to Water Division Outcomes
Skills and experience
  • Proven high-level capacity to research, analyse and synthesise material from a range of sources (e.g. policy, program, legislative, quantitative data) to produce sound policy advice
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including the proven ability to effectively communicate complex ideas to a range of audiences in a range of styles
  • Demonstrated high-level interpersonal skills and ability to develop and foster productive working relationships across a range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated capacity to apply sound judgement and problem-solving skills, including identifying risks and sensitivities, to develop sound policy and implementation options.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results and manage a small team effectively, in a fast-paced and complex environment with minimal supervision, in a manner that is accountable, transparent and collaborative
Technical knowledge:
  • Demonstrated understanding of policies, legislation and/or frameworks governing water markets in the Murray-Darling Basin, or the ability to rapidly acquire such understanding.
  • Quantitative data skills, including the ability to identify trends and issues in data to support scenario analysis
  • Tertiary qualifications in economics, law, or public policy are highly desirable.
This position will be based in Canberra, ACT and will be offered notionally as an hourly rate contract (EL1 equivalent) for 12 months with a view to extend for a longer duration.

These positions are with a federal government department, so you will need to be an Australian Citizen, with a Baseline security clearance or be willing to obtain.

FIRST PEOPLE Recruitment Solutions is a 100% Indigenous Owned Business providing temporary assignments, fixed term contracts and permanent recruitment solutions.

Our Head Office is based in Canberra with a national reach to all the states and territories, regional and remote areas of Australia.

FIRST PEOPLE Recruitment Solutions encourage applications from Indigenous Australians and Non-Indigenous Australians together with people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

First People Recruitment Solutions

Canberra, ACT

Government, Defence & Emergency




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