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Industry Vacancy N.N. 10762297
Geoscience Australia Closing date: Monday, 11 November 2019
Job Title: Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Division
Division: Corporate Division
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time, Part-time
Location: Symonston - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 18179

Job Description


The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the strategic direction, leadership and integration of the newly established Corporate Division. Championing the organisation’s vision, the role ensures the entity’s sustainability, enabling it to deliver on the Geoscience Australia Strategy 2028 strategic plan.

The Chief Operating Officer is a member of the Geoscience Australia Executive and provides strategic, influential advice to the Chief Executive Officer and senior executive colleagues that reflects an understanding of the organisation, analysis of a broad range of issues, stewardship of the whole of government agenda and considers emerging trends or opportunities to align operations with strategic priorities.

The Corporate Division provides professional expertise, strategies, products and services across an extensive range of corporate functions, including: corporate strategy, human resources, financial services, information communication technology, digital science support, governance, audit and risk, security (physical, personnel and information), building and facilities management, communications, data policy and information management.

The role requires enthusiasm, flexibility, strategic focus, commitment and exceptional communication skills in order to ensure the delivery of multiple initiatives that significantly impact the organisation’s efficiency and effectiveness in a dynamic and diverse environment.

In this role you will:

• shape and implement long-term corporate strategies by aligning the resources and functions within the Corporate Division to the organisation’s strategic plan, government objectives and the future needs of the Australian Public Service.

• communicate the strategic direction, setting expectations to drive engagement and commitment to delivery of defined objectives.

• provide professional, trusted, persuasive and strategic advice, anticipating the needs of key stakeholders.

• champion whole of government initiatives and reforms.

• identify and champion positive change for the organisation, creating a shared sense of purpose and commitment to change objectives.

• lead and manage the operations of the Corporate Division including strategic workforce and business planning, delivery of enabling functions, performance reporting and program delivery.

• exercise influence across the Australian Public Service, initiating and nurturing a strong external peer network.

• provide leadership within the senior executive team to influence outcomes through engaging and motivating others over priorities, the use of resources, and strategic decisions.

• represent Geoscience Australia at a range of internal and external, national and international commitments and forums.



To be eligible for this position you must be an Australian Citizen at the closing date of application.

The successful applicant must be able to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting Level Two security clearance or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level.

Commencement of employment is subject to the successful applicant undergoing and satisfying a police history check.


Hearing or speech impaired applicants are invited to use the National Relay Service by contacting 133 677, and requesting to be connected with our Recruitment team on 02 6249 9777 in order to obtain selection documentation.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see:

About Geoscience Australia 

Geoscience Australia is Australia's pre-eminent public sector geoscience organisation. We are the nation's trusted advisor on the geology and geography of Australia. We apply science and technology to describe and understand the Earth for the benefit of Australia. We apply our diverse professional expertise, our deep and trusted knowledge, our national-scale Earth observation infrastructure and our strong partnerships, to the opportunities and challenges that face our nation.
Geoscience Australia values diversity in gender, backgrounds, culture, and experiences of our employees and is committed to providing an inclusive workplace culture that ensures everyone has equal opportunity to contribute, participate and progress. Female applicants, applicants who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, come from a diverse cultural or linguistic background or have a disability are encouraged to apply. We aim to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and that they have equal access to job opportunities.
We offer a flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace, an employee wellness program, purpose built facilities with free parking and an attractive remuneration package including generous employer superannuation contributions.

To find out more, visit our website at

To Apply

Position Contact: James Johnson, 02 6249 9236
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  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 PS43-Thu - 24 Oct 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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