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Manager, Executive Level 2, Communications & Community Engagement

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term
Location: Canberra
Categories: Executive Level 2

About the team

The National Radioactive Waste Management Program is a major program to establish national radioactive waste management capability in Australia, supporting nuclear medicine that one in two Australians need in their lifetime, and other nuclear research in the national interest. The Facility will be the first of its kind in Australia and the backbone of a new industry for a regional community.

The Taskforce responsible for the program is looking for a highly motivated individual to lead its Communications and Community Engagement Team, which is responsible for public affairs functions, including media and event management, production and distribution of information material, and direct engagement with regional communities in South Australia.

The program is high profile and involves working with a diverse range of policy and technical specialists within the department and across partner agencies, Ministers’ Offices and other public and private sector stakeholders.  

You will operate in a complex, dynamic and high performing environment, with a strong collaborative culture that values diversity. Your work will make a real difference to the lives of local community members and Australians more broadly.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • strong leadership capabilities and be able to manage staff across multiple locations and work with a range of other stakeholders and service providers
  • well-developed communication and engagement skills, with the ability to influence decisions.
  • experience managing and delivering complex and cross-cutting issues
  • the ability to work fluidly in a dynamic and creative environment
  • resilience and be able to manage competing priorities, and time-critical processes
  • the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with stakeholders, including local communities
  • ability to undertake a high travel load between Canberra and communities
  • demonstrated experience in public relations and/or community engagement.

What you will do

Your key duties will be to lead a small team to:

  • engage directly with relevant local communities in South Australia, to inform them about the Facility, understand their views and seek solutions that maximise the outcomes for all communities involved in the site selection process.
  • work closely with the Indigenous Engagement, Policy and Technical teams to inform their programs and facilitate their engagement with communities.
  • manage key service providers and collaborate with other areas of the department, including the department’s core Communications Branch 
  • oversee media management, and the production and dissemination of information to support the program, including print, web and social media
  • provide briefing on a range of issues, in support of quality engagements by Ministers and Senior Executives, and
  • manage a geographically diverse team of APS staff, contractors and consultants.


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

Security Clearance

The position requires a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


This recruitment process is being used to fill an non-ongoing Executive Level 2 position for 12 months with the possibility of extension (maximum 3 years).  A merit pool may be established to fill future non-ongoing Executive Level 2 vacancies should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised.

The role will be based in Canberra.

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)

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact or 02 6102 8320.

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 please contact the Recruitment Team at or (02) 6276 1235 or refer to our Applying for a position information.

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