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Assistant Manager - Energy Strategic Policy, Executive Level 1, Energy Division

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term, Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: Executive Level 1

About the team

The Energy Group supports reliable, affordable, sustainable and secure operations of energy markets for all Australians. 

The Energy Strategic Policy team in the Energy Division provides an important enabling, research and coordination function to support the delivery of connected, evidence-based energy policy and programs.

We take a lead role on energy strategic policy advice, briefing and cross-cutting projects across the Energy Group. This includes leading on budget, election and Cabinet products, and developing narratives, analysis, presentations and briefings on key energy market policies and issues.

As a leader within the team you will have a unique opportunity to:

  • Develop a broad understanding of Australia’s energy policy and its interconnections to a wide range of Government agendas, including emissions reduction, technology, jobs and growth, consumer choice and social empowerment.
  • Work across the department, with Senior Executive, the Minister’s Office and other agencies, including taking a lead role in informing the energy narrative ahead of the Federal election.
  • Lead cross-cutting energy projects, including designing and shaping the work and identifying opportunities to implement the new initiatives in partnership with other line areas and research institutions.

Our ideal candidate

You will:

  • be a dynamic and conscientious go-getter who thrives is a fast environment with an ability to work calmly and effectively while managing competing priorities.
  • have strong leadership, collaboration and negotiation skills.
  • have the ability to identify relevant stakeholders and build meaningful relationships.
  • be comfortable with ambiguity and have an ability to complete tasks with limited guidance.
  • have highly developed strategic thinking, analytical skills, sound judgement and problem solving skills with an ability to build an evidence base to inform or influence decision makers.
  • have the ability manage competing priorities, anticipate and meet the needs of others, and identify opportunities to improve the way we work.
  • have strong written and oral communication skills, with the ability to convey complex issues tailored to the audience.
  • have high standards of public service professionalism, probity and integrity.

Knowledge or experience of Australia’s energy market framework is not essential.

What you will do

You will work productively with a small team, and across the Energy Group, to:

  • Lead streams of work and cross-cutting energy projects, and contribute to the work of others in a network style team.
  • Provide leadership, mentoring, coaching and performance management to APS staff.
  • Undertake research and analysis into complex relevant policy issues and research reports, both domestically and internationally, and provide support and guidance to junior staff.
  • Applying innovative and creative thinking to challenge the ways of doing thing, facilitate the development of strategic, innovative, and evidence based policy, and find creative ways to strengthen and refine our evidence base.
  • Manage briefing (written and verbal) and other products for senior executive and Ministers on wide-ranging energy policy issues, including preparation for the upcoming Federal election.
  • Maintain relationships with key stakeholders internally and externally to foster effective collaboration and deliver outcomes.
  • Represent the team and the department in forums and working groups.


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 will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


This process is being used to fill an immediate Executive Level 1 vacancy, with the expectation of immediate commencement.

While this role (and Team) are based in Canberra, we are open to consider candidates from other states and territories.  Remote work arrangements will be assessed on a case by case basis. We are a strong supporter of flexible work arrangements and this role suits both full time and part time candidates.

A merit pool may be established and used to fill future vacancies for 12 months from the date the vacancy was advertised in the Gazette. Non-ongoing and temporary engagement will be offered for a period of up to 18 months with possibility of extension.

How to apply

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

You are required to complete your application online. Provide a pitch explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position. Your pitch can contain no more than 3000 characters (approximately 500 words) and should align to the job description.

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 email Cathy McGowan (

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 is respectful, inclusive, and diverse, where all employees have a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic whole selves to work every day. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, mature age, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people of the LGBTIQA+ community, including transgender, gender diverse, and intersex people. Please contact our Inclusion team at for a confidential discussion if you identify from any of these diverse backgrounds and would like to discuss this in more detail.

Please contact or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application. Alternatively please 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.

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