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Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Vacancy N.N. 10763680
Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Closing date: Thursday, 14 November 2019
Job Title: First Assistant Secretary
Division: Various
Branch: WITHDAWN - Duplicate notice
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Canberra - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 2
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 690 | Several Positions

Job Description


We are looking for highly motivated and experienced individuals to join our team at the Senior Executive Service (SES) Band 2 level.

As a First Assistant Secretary, you will be a highly motivated leader with exceptional management and leadership skills and high order change management skills. You will possess excellent stakeholder management capability and the capacity to work with all members of the Executive, the Ministers, and other key stakeholders.

The successful applicant will be a key part of the department’s leadership team and will contribute to corporate management, planning and reporting, and interdepartmental liaison and negotiations.

Candidates should note the department is looking to create an order of merit and to recruit people from a range of disciplines.

Roles may include program management, program implementation, policy development, business process improvement, budget management, or other corporate functions.

The Position
Successful candidates will be expected to have skills and experience related to leadership, policy development, program management, change management and/or corporate experience. You will be an innovative thinker who is able to build collaborative relationships with all members of the Executive, the Minister, and other key stakeholders.

Knowledge and Experience
• High-level management and leadership skills working in a multi-disciplinary and large complex environments are highly desirable.
• An exceptional record of delivering major projects and/or programs that achieved targeted business benefits.
• Strong communication skills including experience communicating and collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders to achieve results.
• Ensure program/project direction aligns with strategic priorities, anticipate and manage risks, and identify and implement realistic and innovative solutions.
• Significant leadership experience and relevant tertiary qualifications will be favourably regarded.

Please obtain the candidate pack by contacting Tricia Searson or Karina Duffey on (02) 6232 2200 or via email at, quoting job reference number #690.

How to apply
Your application should include a CV and a statement of claims (a short ‘pitch’ maximum 1000 words) outlining your skills, knowledge and experience and why you should be considered for this vacancy.
Applications must be submitted through the Executive Intelligence Group website (


This is a designated security assessed position. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting 1 security assessment at the level.

Under section 22(8) of the Public Service Act 1999, employees must be Australian citizens to be employed in the APS unless the Agency delegate has agreed, in writing.


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 Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business 

The Australian Government Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business is responsible for supporting economic growth, by delivering national policies and programs that assist Australian job seekers to find work, encourage small and family business to grow, and maximise opportunity through access to quality skills and training. We encourage and welcome applications from people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTIQ+ people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and mature age people.

We collaborate with our stakeholders including employers, unions, employees, employment services providers, job seekers, the Australian public and other Commonwealth agencies. As policy advisers, we take into account broader economic, social and technological changes that will transform the way Australians work.

To Apply

Position Contact: Executive Intelligence Group, (02) 6232 2200
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 PS46 - Fri - 08 Nov 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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