First listed on: 07 November 2018

Executive Officer 

  • Play a pivotal role in supporting the Business Unit and Science Director for CSIRO Land and Water
  • Provide advice on complex matters, coordinate correspondence and manage relationships
  • Showcase your exceptional coordination, interpersonal and problem solving skills in this diverse role

The Executive Officer provides high level support in the management and administration of the Land and Water Business Unit, and is responsible for supporting the efficient and effective operations of Land and Water in delivery of CSIRO's strategy.  Key responsibilities include the provision of advice and support on complex issues, oversight of BU and Science Director (s) diaries to initiate prioritisation and coordination of planning activities across the BU, undertaking specific projects, conducting analyses and research and formulating and preparing a range of strategic communications and outputs. The Executive Officer is a critical member of, and provides support to, the Land and Water Management Team.

Some interstate travel may be required in this role.                                      

In this role, you will:

  • Provide high level support and advice to the Business Unit Director and Science Director on issues and interactions with key stakeholders and external parties. Identify emerging and unforeseen issues requiring Business Unit Director intervention and coordinate or develop appropriate responses.
  • Prioritise issues for the Business Unit Director and Science Director's attention and provide briefing notes/reports to facilitate effective action and guide diary management for the director’s administration officers.
  • Prepare and review correspondence, presentations and reports that deal with complex or sensitive matters.
  • Coordinate internal and external reviews, responses to information requests, reporting requirements and project manage sensitive or complex Land and Water activities. Plan and coordinate key leadership meetings, conferences or other events.
  • Coordinate Land and Water Office compliance with CSIRO processes and governance requirements, and other applicable legislative requirements, maintain oversight of the Land and Water risk management framework.
  • Coordinate the preparation of strategic and operational plans.
  • Coordinate effective communication within and about Land and Water matters between the Business Unit leadership team members, develop and maintain cross-organisational networks.
  • Complete projects related to the Land and Water area as required for the Business Unit Director.

Location: Black Mountain, Canberra
Salary: AU $111,663 – AU $130,848 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: 3 year term
Reference: 59098

To be successful you will need

  • A relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent management/leadership experience in a science area relevant to the Land and Water Business Unit.
  • Excellent written communication skills, showing evidence of ability to formulate and prepare a wide range of strategic and government communications including complex reports, analyses, plans and briefings.
  • An ability to act as a linker and demonstrate flexibility, delegating activities and responding to changing or multiple needs and demands as required. 
  • A confident and pro-active approach with the ability to work effectively in a dynamic executive team environment, and collaborate widely both internally and externally.
  • Very strong analytical skills with a proven ability to investigate underlying issues of complex and ill-defined problems and develop appropriate responses through abstract thinking and using creative solutions.
  • Excellent organisational skills with a demonstrated ability to independently manage competing complex demands; establish or renegotiate priorities; and meet deadlines, including the ability to effectively adapt in ambiguous, urgent and/or complex situations where information is incomplete or not available.
  • Demonstrated experience in successful project management, including planning, engagement, monitoring and reporting to meet or exceed specified outcomes and timeframes.
  • Proven ability to coach and assist in the development of staff, utilising effective communication strategies to maintain high levels of productivity and trust.

For details about who to contact and for more information please view Position Description

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

Apply Online

To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close: Tuesday November 20, 2018

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