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Assistant Director, Executive Level 1, Office of Innovation and Science Australia

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: Executive Level 1

About the team

Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) has been established to assist the Australian Government in ensuring that Australia reaches its innovation potential and contributes to the wellbeing and prosperity of all Australians into the future.

The ISA Board is an independent statutory board that provides strategic advice on all innovation, science and research (ISR) matters. The ISA Board has a strategic whole of government responsibility to review and advise on the ISR system. The Board is also responsible for monitoring and overseeing a number of innovation programs to coordinate the government's investment in innovation, science and research. The Board also has a strong role in stimulating public discussion and debate about innovation and science.

The Office of Innovation and Science Australia (OISA) is a small, dynamic team that supports the ISA Board achieve its legislated objectives. OISA is located within the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

What you will do

The successful candidate will work within OISA to help the ISA board develop evidence-based advice to government on how to strengthen Australia’s national innovation system. In so doing the successful candidate will have an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills in a fast-paced, engaging and stakeholder-focused environment.

Your primary responsibilities will include:

  • leading discrete projects to better understand the way Australia’s national innovation system is currently functioning, including understanding the impact of relevant Government programs as appropriate
  • working across the whole of Government and other sectors to gather, analyse and interpret data, and present findings to the OISA CEO or the ISA Board in a way that is easy to understand and provides insights that inform the ISA Board’s deliberations on how to strengthen the innovation system
  • engaging and liaising with stakeholders across Government and in the private sector
  • assisting the broader OISA team to inform innovation, science and research policy
  • working together with the OISA team to promote and stimulate public discussion about innovation, research and science.

Our ideal candidate

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a strong mix of well-developed analytic and problem solving skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, an ability to quickly and effectively evaluate quantitative and qualitative data and a capacity to develop concise advice and recommendations.

Experience in managing and delivering complex projects, managing a range of complex stakeholder groups and working in a highly complex and uncertain environment are also important and valued skills.

We are also looking for a candidate with:

  • a demonstrated capacity to provide timely and accurate advice on complex issues
  • the capacity to engage positively and flexibly in meeting the demands of stakeholders, both internal and external to Government
  • demonstrated ability to manage and support team-members to get the best out of team members
  • a commitment to a culture of teamwork, excellence and continuous improvement
  • a willingness to be involved in all aspects of the OISA’s team work.

Tertiary qualifications/experience and at least five years’ work experience will be considered highly desirable.

The successful candidate must also have strong Excel skills and be able to effectively manipulate and interpret data.


To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.

Security Clearance

This position require a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


This recruitment process is being used to fill an ongoing Executive Level 1 position. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing Executive Level 1 vacancies should they become available within 12 months form the date advertised.

How to apply

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, provide:

  1. an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limit your response to between 300 and 500 words)
  2. tell us about three (3) professional achievements within the last 5 years that you are proud of (limit your total response to between 300 and 500 words)

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Dharmini Robertson via email or on (02) 6102 8181.

Learn more about the Department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual. Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, promotes diversity, embraces the unique skills and qualities of all our employees and is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people with disability.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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