Title: AssistantDirectors, Policy Coordination Classification(s): Executive Level 1 Employment Type: Ongoing, Full Time Salary: $108,264- $114,229plus superannuation *The department has an Individual Flexibility Arrangement (IFA) Framework for rewarding and retaining high performing ongoing Executive Level (EL) employees. EL employees may get the opportunity to access up to an additional 15% on top of the department's maximum standard pay point under this Framework. Business Division: Data Analytics and Policy Branch / Section: Policy Coordination, Policy Coordination and Assurance Location: Canberra Security Clearance: Negative Vetting 1 Job Reference No: 37413 Contact Officer: Camilla Smithon 02 6274 6025 Closing Date: 11.59pm AEDT Sunday, 5 December 2021 Our Department values Our values set the direction for what it means to work in our department. They inform the standard and expectations of behaviours, skills and capabilities and the attributes we currently have, will continually work to achieve and develop, and that we use to acknowledge and attract, retain and recruit into our department. 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 The Data, Analytics and Policy Division provides data, analytics and policy advice to support the organisation to deliver policy, programs, services and regulation for infrastructure, transport, communications, the arts, our regions, our cities and our territories. The Policy Coordination Branch collaborates across the Department to support Ministers and Senior Executive, including by: Collaborating to develop whole of portfolio policy positions and decisions on a range of government-wide priorities, including cross-cutting international policy issues. Supporting Portfolio Ministers with briefing for Cabinet and other matters. The branch also scopes regulatory reform opportunities, including reporting on the Department's business-as-usual approach to regulatory reform to our external government stakeholders. The opportunity we have available The Branch has several Assistant Director roles available across three sections. The International Policy Strategy, Coordination and Transport Forums Section provides a whole-of-Department perspective on multilateral and international engagement issues that cut across multiple policy areas in the Department. It is also responsible for engaging across all areas of the Department with international responsibilities to implement a new international engagement strategy to guide the work of the Department going forward. Cabinet and Ministerial Delivery Unit is responsible for the Department's day-to-day handling of the Portfolio's Cabinet business. This includes managing the portfolio's Cabinet documents and information, coordinating the circulation of Cabinet documents to line areas for action and response and preparing policy advice to support the Senior Executive and Ministers on Cabinet matters. This section also produces whole-of-department reporting for Portfolio Cabinet Ministers on the progress of Election and Budget Commitments and undertakes other internal and external reporting activities. The Government-wide Initiative Section develops portfolio-wide responses to government-wide priorities such as the Department's implementation of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, disaster and climate risk work, and regulatory reform initiatives. It also supports senior executive represent the Department's interests at key inter-departmental fora. A merit pool may be established for a period of 12 months from the date of this advertisement as a result of the selection process. What will you do? International Policy Coordination: The Australian Government is pursuing an ambitions foreign policy agenda and is looking to leverage the work of Australian public service to deliver it. In a fast-paced environment, the International Assistant Director would support the Department's capacity to deliver, and contribute to, whole-of-government foreign policy priorities as part of a small, collaborative and supportive team. Our operating environment is fast-paced, high volume and covering a wide breadth of activities - no two days look the same. Activities include: coordinating Departmental responses into whole-of-government foreign policy initiatives attending Inter-Departmental Committees on international issues or major foreign policy initiatives lead by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade meeting with internal and external stakeholders to build relationships and improve our operations preparing or coordinating briefing for ministers on a range of related and ad hoc international issues Cabinet and Ministerial Delivery Unit plays an important role in supporting the primary decision making body of the Australian Government, including by supporting the Department's Portfolio Ministers with cabinet briefing. The CMD Assistant Director would work extensively with the Deputy Prime Minister's Office and Senior Executive and analyse policy, portfolio priorities and broader impacts. Day-to-day activities may include: coordinating policy input from across the Department, and developing policy comments and drafting suggestions for Cabinet Submissions developed by other departments coordinating policy input from across the Department, and develop policy advice for the Deputy Prime Minister to support decision making at Cabinet meetings, including providing advice on policy decisions, and highlighting any points of contention and impacts on the Portfolio drafting ministerial correspondence on non-portfolio policy issues, including meeting briefs and letters for the Deputy Prime Minister and other portfolio Ministers Government-wide Initiatives: We are seeking EL1 officers who will lead small teams to lead the Department's contribution to a variety of government-wide policy initiatives. Activities may include: leading and evaluating emerging and current government-wide policy priorities and build a considered portfolio response on range of government-wide priorities Building effective networks with a wide-range of stakeholders both inside and outside the Department, including representing the Department at external fora providing written and/or oral briefing to Senior Executives representing the agency at external forums One of the Assistant Director roles is focused on building relationships across the portfolio to scope and identify regulatory reform opportunities, review our regulatory assets and support the whole-of-Government deregulation agenda In addition, Assistant Directors across the branch may be responsible for the supervision and development of APS staff. What else can we offer? These roles offer a range of opportunities to grow your professional public services skills, knowledge and capabilities: The opportunity to contribute to a whole-of-government priority areas by applying and honing your strategic thinking skills and building your knowledge of government-wide processes. An in-depth insight into the Australian Government's broader policy agenda and how the Department interacts with other departments and agencies. The opportunity to enhance your communication skills so that you can develop clear and effective content across a range of material and mediums. The opportunity to deepen your connections across the Department, portfolio agencies, ministers' offices, the Commonwealth and international stakeholders. For the International Assistant Director role, insight into the breadth of department's international engagement and a view into the inner workings of government, that is, how foreign policy is made and implemented across government. Salary on commencement may be negotiable for suitable candidates, and a higher salary via an Individual Flexibility Arrangement may also be considered after commencement of employment The Policy Coordination Branch also supports flexible working arrangements where appropriate, including part time hours and home based work. Who are we looking for? Our ideal candidate can demonstrate they: Have high-level strategic thinking and analytical skills and good judgement. Are able to work flexibly across a range of activities, and independently balance competing priorities in a fluid and challenging environment. Have the ability to proactively develop productive working relationships and effectively interact and negotiate outcomes across the department, the APS and with external stakeholders. Have strong communication and writing skills, including the ability to tailor communications to different audiences and strong attention to detail. For the International Assistant Director, experience in, or knowledge of, international matters is desirable but not essential. 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 Baseline Vetting Level/Negative Vetting 1 (Secret) - depending on role. 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, 5 December 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 2 pages outlining your background, capabilities and experiences, and how these align with the advertised role. You should also provide a CV, to a maximum of 3 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. 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