Skip to main content
mobile accessible share in facebook in a new window

You are currently looking at Home > Senior Executives > View Searched Notice

Now viewing Notice 1 of 1
Foreign Affairs and Trade Vacancy N.N. 10762982
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Closing date: Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Job Title: Executive Director (Specialist)
Division: Overseas Property Office
Job Type: Ongoing, Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full-time
Location: Barton - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999

Job Description


The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is looking for an innovative, motivated and experienced leader to fill the role of Executive Director of the Overseas Property Office (OPO).

OPO serves to provide a safe and secure Australian Government presence in 109 DFAT-managed locations across the globe and our offices within Australia. It is responsible for the strategic asset management of the Government’s (non-defence) owned overseas property portfolio, valued at $3.2 billion. OPO also manages a significant overseas-leased commercial and residential portfolio. DFAT’s domestic portfolio comprises 18 leased properties across Australia, including our Canberra headquarters building.

The Executive Director, OPO, maintains critical relationships within the department and with other government departments and agencies to deliver whole-of-government property outcomes.

OPO will continue a lead role in delivering an expanded diplomatic footprint and manage the delivery of a multi-year construction and refurbishment program, including our new Washington embassy. Successful management of these programs will be closely linked to the ongoing refinement of property asset management plans, and continued adherence to well established governance frameworks to ensure accountability, achieve the required outcomes, and identify and mitigate risks.


Candidates must be Australian citizens.

Candidates’ attention is drawn to the department’s policy on recruitment or promotion to specialist positions. This position is categorised as “specialist”. This means you will be required to remain in this position, for a minimum of three years, before becoming eligible to apply for movement within the department subject to capability and performance.

This is a security-designated position. Prior to engagement selected candidates will be required to obtain an Australian national security clearance at Negative Vetting Level 2. Continued employment with the department requires the successful candidates to maintain a security clearance. Loss of a security clearance at any time will lead to termination of employment. A face-to-face interview is a critical part of the security clearance process. This interview will be conducted in Australia, preferably in Canberra. If you reside overseas, please be aware that you will be required to travel to Canberra at your own expense to undertake the security clearance interview. Interviews cannot be conducted by video link or Skype.

DFAT employees are expected to adhere to the APS Values and Code of Conduct and the DFAT Values Statement.

Depending on the role into which you are placed, you may be required to obtain and maintain a Working with Vulnerable People/Children registration (or equivalent).


Please note applications close on Wednesday 13 November 2019 at 2:00pm AEDT.

Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term


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 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade helps make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting and protecting Australia’s interests internationally and contributing to global stability and economic growth.

We work to: advance Australia’s security; open up new markets and increase trade and investment; shape the regional and international environment in ways that advance Australia’s interests; deliver an effective and high quality aid program; and provide passport and consular services to Australians.

We are the lead agency managing Australia's international presence through a global network of around 100 overseas posts.

To Apply

Position Contact: Kevin Nixon, 02 6261 3318
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 PS44 - Wed - 30 Oct 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
Now viewing Notice 1 of 1