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Manager, Executive Level 2, Science and Commercialisation Policy Division

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: Executive Level 2

About the team

The Science and Commercialisation Policy Division supports strong scientific capability, innovation and commercialisation of new ideas as critical requirements for Australia’s national well-being.  It sets Australia’s science and innovation policy agenda, including initiatives relating to STEM capability, international engagement and the health of Australia’s science and innovation system.  The division designs and facilitates sustainable governance and funding arrangements for major scientific functions and infrastructure, including policy and governance work in relation to the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the National Measurement Institute (NMI), and Questacon.

The division has an immediate opportunity for a suitable person to fill a Manager role in the Science Policy Branch, however a merit pool may also be created to fill other potential roles in the division.

Our ideal candidate

As a Manager in the Science Policy Branch you will be responsible for engagement, liaison and collaboration with our portfolio’s science agencies, AIMS and ANSTO. You will ensure the agencies can deliver on their mandate, that their work aligns with government priorities, and that they are well placed to succeed in the long-term. The Manager will lead the section responsible for maintaining Statements of Expectation for these science agencies, connecting them with stakeholders across government, and supporting the Minister in relation to her portfolio responsibilities for these agencies.

To be successful in a Manager role in Science and Commercialisation Policy Division you will demonstrate:

  • strong stakeholder engagement and negotiation skills and the ability to work across multiple stakeholder groups to achieve results
  • highly attuned leadership and interpersonal skills and the ability to inspire a shared sense of purpose
  • strong oral and written communication skills and experience in preparing briefs, meeting papers, etc
  • sound judgement, discretion and attention to detail.
  • experience in working under pressure and ability to coordinate work priorities with demanding timeframes
  • an understanding of science, research and innovation issues and the government's policy directions, or ability to quickly acquire such an understanding
  • a willingness to learn and the ability to embrace change
  • a commitment to achieving high quality outcomes.

What you will do

In the specific role of Manager in the Science Policy Branch you will lead a section responsible for:

  • leading work that will underpin the long term financial sustainability and good governance of science agencies
  • working closely with AIMS, CSIRO and DoEE to advance research opportunities on the Great Barrier Reef
  • drafting a refreshed Statement of Expectations for AIMS and ANSTO
  • providing policy advice and support to science agencies and coordination of board appointments
  • leading a small but high-performing team and providing strategic direction for the activities underway and future work
  • preparing high level submissions, briefs and correspondence for senior executives, the Minister and Cabinet in tight timeframes.

As a Manager in the Science and Commercialisation Policy Division you will lead a section responsible for:

  • developing and implementing policies
  • preparing briefings, minutes and research for senior officials and Ministers
  • undertaking project work with external agencies and institutions
  • undertaking research and policy analysis on science and innovation
  • drafting Cabinet submissions to support government decision making.


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

Security Clearance

These positions require a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicants may be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at a higher level in future.


Tertiary qualifications relevant to the responsibilities of the division and/or demonstrated experience in a leadership role will be viewed favourably.

This recruitment process is being used to fill a current ongoing Executive Level 2 position in the Science Policy Branch. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing Executive Level 2 vacancies should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised. Non-ongoing opportunities may be offered for an initial period of up to 18 months with the possibility of extension (maximum 3 years).

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, resume and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

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

  • a 1 page pitch outlining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role
  • 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 Michele Graham via or 02 6213 6887.

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. If you require some assistance with your application, or need this in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment Team at or (02) 6276 1235 or refer to our Applying for a position information.

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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