Assistant Directors - Content

Department of Communications - Australia


A little bit about us

The Department is responsible for the Australian Government's policies and programs for infrastructure, transport, regional development, communications and the arts. We are at the forefront of the Australian Government’s efforts to connect our communities, secure the nation’s economic future, improve living standards, provide access to high quality communication services and ensure all Australians can enjoy diverse artistic and cultural experiences.

The Content Division deals with a wide range of issues associated with supporting the production and availability of content, including news and current affairs, equitable access to content, and providing effective consumer safeguards across traditional media and online.

The opportunities we have available

The Content Division is seeking talented and enthusiastic policy professionals join our News and Media Industries and Digital Platforms and Online Safety Branches.

The News and Media Industry Branch provides policy advice in relation to the commercial, national, community, and subscription broadcasting and news media sectors, including: media diversity, ownership and control of broadcasting services; public broadcasting, the sustainability of media businesses; the provision of public interest journalism and high quality local and regional news; the impact of digital platforms on the media sector; and reforms to media regulation.

The Digital Platforms and Online Safety Branch provides advice on online safety initiatives for Australian children and adults and manages a legislative reform program. The Branch works closely with the online safety regulator, the Office of eSafety Commissioner.

This recruitment process will also be used to establish a merit list for future EL1 opportunities in the Content Division and the department, both ongoing and non-ongoing.

What will you do?

As an EL1 Assistant Director – Policy, you will form part of the Branch leadership team. Working with a degree of autonomy, you will develop strategic advice, solve problems, manage policy issues, implement legislation and manage staff. You will work with key internal and external stakeholders to facilitate cooperation, identify opportunities and achieve outcomes. You will strive to strengthen the department’s culture and enhance the capability of others.

If you are interested in shaping the future of communications in Australia, enjoy challenging policy work and coming up with new ideas in a fast-paced environment with a positive culture, we would love to hear from you.

Who are we looking for?

Our ideal candidates will demonstrate good judgment, the ability to solve complex policy and regulatory problems and have demonstrated skills and experience in policy development and providing policy advice. Strong communication skills and an ability to manage competing priorities are also key characteristics. Successful candidates should be self-starters and with a broad policy perspective, be able to propose their own work agenda and motivate their team to deliver results against a clear work plan.

Other desirable characteristics include:

  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability in working with, applying and/or developing legislation.
  • Ability to proactively develop productive working relationships and effectively interact internally, across the APS and with external stakeholders.
  • Ability to operate effectively in an environment of competing priorities and tight deadlines, with a capacity to learn quickly and adapt to new situations.

Eligibility requirements

Employment with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications is subject to conditions prescribed within the Public Service Act 1999 including:

  • Citizenship: To be eligible for employment with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, applicants must be an Australian citizen. Only in exceptional circumstances will the department consider waiving this requirement.
  • Health Assessment: The preferred applicant may be required to undergo a medical examination conducted by the department’s preferred medical provider.
  • Security Clearance: The successful candidate must be able to obtain and/or maintain a security clearance at Baseline. You must be willing to disclose all relevant and required information. You must have lived in Australia, or have a checkable background, for at least the preceding five years for Baseline Vetting clearances. More information on the security clearance vetting process is available on the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) website.

How to apply

Applications for this opportunity close at 11:30pm AEST, Wednesday 27 May 2020.

In applying for this position, you are not required to address individual selection criteria. Rather, you should provide a statement of no more than 1000 words outlining your background, capabilities and experiences, and how these align with the advertised role. You should also provide a CV, to a maximum of three pages. The capabilities and behaviours required to be successful for this role are identified in the ‘Who are we looking for’ section.

Your application should be received through the department’s online recruitment system. Applications via Indeed will not be accepted.

If you experience any issues with the system please contact the Recruitment Team on 02 6271 1283 or via email to [email protected] to discuss an alternative way to submit your application.

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