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Prime Minister and Cabinet Vacancy N.N. 10761265
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Closing date: Wednesday, 23 October 2019
Job Title: Assistant Secretary
Division: Ministerial Support
Branch: Communications
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time, Part-time
Location: Barton - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 1
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: PMC/SES/2019 - 004

Job Description


The Opportunity

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is seeking an SES Band 1 officer to lead a team of communications specialists. As the leader of the team, you will deliver high quality, outcomes focussed media and communication support and digital approaches to the Prime Minister, portfolio Ministers, the Department’s Executive, line divisions and task forces. The role will require a strong awareness and focus on strategic priorities across the portfolio. The transformation agenda within the department will also provide a frame of reference for the work that we do and sets our commitment to transformation, ensuring PM&C is a modern, collaborative and responsive organisation that drives excellence across the APS and delivers quality outcomes for the Government and Australian public.

The Assistant Secretary, Communications will be responsible for managing the Department’s public facing on-line and media presence through quality communication and media strategies that support the Government’s and the Department’s priorities.

This role involves a high level of stakeholder liaison and collaboration, as well as a strong client focus, in particular with the Office of the Prime Minister, the Secretary’ Office and the executive more broadly.

You will also lead the communications support for the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) and work collaboratively as part of the Department’s shared services network to build and maintain productive relationships with the NIAA.

Our Ideal Candidate

You will be an experienced communications leader who:

• Has deep experience in delivering media and communications that support key priorities of the Department and meet the needs of government.
• Has a strong track record of building high performing teams to drive contemporary, effective and outcome focussed communications.
• Builds excellent stakeholder relationships and works collaboratively to deliver results under pressure.
• Builds communication capability and leads innovation in communication.
• Drives, models and advocates a collaborative performance culture for the Branch.
• Contributes to the leadership of the Department and represents the Department in high level discussions and negotiations.
• You will be a confident, resilient leader who provides high-level guidance to the Senior Executive.
• Relevant tertiary skills are highly desirable.

The occupant of this position is considered an Officer under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and is required to exercise due diligence in complying with their obligations under this Act.



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About Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 

Do you want to make a real contribution to the success of our country? The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet advises the Prime Minister on policies across the full range of government activities and the machinery of government, and ensures implementation of cabinet decisions. We work across many different government portfolios to ensure coherent strategies with mutually supportive policies and decisions based on a whole-of-government approach. We cover matters of particular importance to the Prime Minister, current government priorities, social and economic policies, Indigenous affairs and national security. Special offices currently work on counter-terrorism, Commonwealth-State reforms, deregulation, women’s policy, ‘ice’ and cyber security.

We are a motivated and professional team with a wide variety of qualifications and backgrounds. We welcome people with private-sector experience. We value people with ideas, the ability to present them persuasively, and the drive and skill to see them adopted. We take pride in our reputation for acting with integrity and discretion.

All applicants must be Australian citizens, and be prepared to undertake and pass a security clearance. Applicants who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, come from a diverse cultural or linguistic background or have a disability are encouraged apply. The Department aims to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and that they have equal access to job opportunities. Hearing or speech impaired applicants are invited to use the National Relay Service by contacting 133 677, and requesting to be connected with our HR Help team on 02 6271 6000 in order to obtain selection documentation.

To Apply

Position Contact: Gerard Martin, 02 6271 5350
Agency Recruitment Site:
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.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS41 - Wed - 09 Oct 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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