Senior Policy Officer

NSW Government

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Job Posted: 05/07/2018

Job Category:

Primary Industry / Forestry

Job description:
Job Title:  Senior Policy Officer
Job Grade / Classification:  Environment Officer Class 9
Employment Type: Ongoing – Full Time (2 positions available)
Location: Sydney City (Our Sydney office will be moving to Parramatta in late 2019)

Agency overview
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is the State‘s primary environmental regulator. We work to protect our community and the environment as a leader, partner and protector.

Our vision is for New South Wales to have a healthy environment, healthy community and healthy business. We believe healthy ecosystems are the foundation for healthy communities, a healthy economy and for enhancing Iiveability.

We lead in protecting our air, waterways, land and the health of the community for the future
We work with communities, government and business to reduce our impact on the environment
We hold people and organisations to account through licensing, monitoring, regulation and enforcement.
Primary purpose of the role

The Senior Policy Officer manages, or contributes to, policy development projects, provides advice on complex native forestry policy issues and guide policy development. It advises on EPA regulatory frameworks for native forestry activities to ensure NSW delivers environmentally sustainable forest outcomes and delivers on NSW and EPA strategic goals.

The Forestry Branch supports the Minister and the EPA Executive by leading the development of strategic native forestry policy, influencing whole-of-government and national policy formation and providing policy advice relevant to native forestry regulation and environment protection.

Essential requirements

Tertiary qualifications and/or experience in the provision of policy advice in a complex and multi-disciplinary environment.

Experience in the development and delivery of high level strategic advice, policy and programs to Government.

You must read the following documents prior to preparing your application:
Role Description

Application Guide
Applying for a role in the NSW Public Sector
Job Notes: A Recruitment Pool may be established for future ongoing and temporary roles with similar focus capabilities. The Recruitment Pool may be available to hiring managers from the EPA, OEH and other NSW Public Sector agencies over a 12-month period.   
To Apply: 

• Click the APPLY button at the end of this advertisement
• Provide your personal information as prompted
• Attach your resume that sets out your education, work history and other facts about yourself that relate to the role (maximum of 4 pages);
• Attach a cover letter that is relevant to the role (maximum of 1 page).
• Complete all the questions in the online application. Two of the questions will require you to provide specific examples from your experience (4000-character limit per question). These questions are shown below. Do not address these in your cover letter.
Q1. Describe a time when you had to lead a negotiation process on a complex policy issue. What was the situation, how did you go about it, and were you successful or not? How did you determine success? 

Q2. Provide an example of where you have had to use your communication and collaboration skills to deliver an outcome that may not be supported by your team, or by stakeholders. What did you do? And what was the outcome?

The information provided in your application needs to show how you meet the focus capabilities and other essential requirements of the role. (Refer to the role description for details about the capabilities and the associated behaviour indicators. The role description also lists the essential role requirements.) 

Our commitment to diversity

The Environment Protection Authority values diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse groups and those with a disability.

Applications Close: Thursday, 26 July 2018 at 11.59 pm

Should you require further information about the role please contact Jacquelyn Miles on Ph: (02) 9995 6701 or E:

Our Sydney office will be moving to Parramatta in late 2019.
Thank you for your interest in this position. We look forward to receiving your application.