About the team
Australia’s National Measurement Institute, NMI, is a scientific and regulatory delivery division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. NMI provides measurement standards, services and expertise to support Australian industry, enable Australia’s participation in global supply chains, and facilitate international and domestic trade. NMI’s measurement capability is part of the Australian Government’s support for science and innovation and helps boost industry productivity and competitiveness. NMI underpins the effective use of the metric system in Australia in the context of a globally connected, minimally regulated economy. As well as providing a range of services, and administering Australia's trade measurement system, NMI is currently undertaking a once-in-a-generation review of Australia's legal framework for measurement. NMI Canberra is a small policy team, leading and contributing to a breadth of cross-NMI strategic and operational policy analysis, development and implementation.
Our ideal candidate
You will be a forward-looking leader who collaborates effectively with staff, peers and managers to achieve organisational outcomes. You will have the experience and capabilities to lead a small policy-focussed section, and are likely to have a strong personal track record of providing high quality, influential policy advice. You will have a demonstrated ability to succinctly convey complex scientific and regulatory ideas to non-technical audiences. You will build effective networks, including to assist staff from across NMI to contribute to policy processes. You will mentor and develop staff and colleagues, and will have strong communication, planning, problem solving and people management skills. It is likely that you will have a strong interest in understanding how science and technology can be used to improve Australia's economy and society.
What you will do
As the Manager of NMI Canberra you will be one of NMI's most influential policy advisers. You will manage a small section, develop your staff, and support colleagues. You will advise NMI’s CEO and Executive on a range of cross-cutting issues and will develop and maintain connections with Ministers’ offices, NMI staff across Australia, and with colleagues across government to ensure that NMI is contributing effectively to the government's policy agenda. By oversighting the preparation of the vast majority of NMI's briefs to Ministers, as well as having primary carriage for preparing responses to a wide range of routine and complex information requests, you will play a pivotal role in communicating NMI's work to decision-makers, stakeholders, and general audiences. Your interest in how science and technology can be used to benefit Australia's economy will be evident in the effectiveness of your communication of complex regulatory and scientific concepts to non-technical audiences. You will also make a significant contribution to the culture and leadership of the division as a whole, including by being an effective role model of NMI's values of integrity, teamwork and excellence.
To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.
These positions 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 2 position. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing Executive Level 2 vacancies should they become available within 12 months form the date advertised.
Occasional interstate travel may be required.
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 one page pitch (750 word maximum) explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position.
You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)
For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Mic Doble at email@example.com or on (02) 6213 7027.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 6276 1235 or refer to our Applying for a position information.
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