Assistant Director

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia

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Job Posted: 11/09/2018

Job Category:

Executive / General Manager

Job description:
  • Executive Level 1 (Policy & Technical) - $98,976 - $111,681
  • Canberra, A.C.T - 7 London Circuit, Canberra City ACT 2601
  • Contact Officer: Tim Brinkley (02) 6272 3244

The Biosecurity Animal Division works with Australian industries, governments and the community to strengthen Australia’s animal disease prevention, preparedness and response capabilities. The division works to maintain and enhance trade and market access for animals and animal products by undertaking risk analyses for the import of live animals and animal genetic material, and assessing applications to import those products. The division also provides scientific and technical support and undertakes negotiations to gain, maintain and improve access for the export of Australian animals and their genetic material.

The Animal and Biological Imports Branch implements biosecurity policies to allow for the safe movement of animals, animal products (including aquatic animals and their products) and genetic material into Australia. The activities of the branch include the provision of technical advice to staff, importers and stakeholders, development and publishing of import conditions, instructional material and other guidance material and assessing import permit applications and issuing import permits.

The Food and Laboratory Section is responsible for establishing and implementing biosecurity import conditions. The section assesses and determines the outcomes of import permit applications and engages with internal and external stakeholders on technical issues related to the importation of food commodities, laboratory materials and other related commodities.

The Jobs
As an Assistant Director in the Animal and Biological Imports Branch, you will work with a dedicated group of officers who are committed to maintaining and improving Australia’s biosecurity system. The successful candidate will need to enjoy working in a fast-paced and changing work environment, display initiative, have sound judgement, and deliver quality work within tight deadlines. Key duties include:

1. Providing leadership to staff undertaking import permit assessments to ensure permits are issued in accordance with the department’s service charter and are consistent with Australia’s biosecurity legislation and import policies.
2. Undertaking biosecurity regulatory functions including exercising delegations under the Biosecurity Act 2015 to grant, refuse, suspend and revoke import permits.
3. Reviewing and updating technical work instructions for operational staff within the department undertaking frontline biosecurity related functions.
4. Leading reviews of business processes, identifying opportunities for improvement and implementing changes.
5. Providing sound technical advice to importers, operational staff within the department and other stakeholders on biosecurity border clearance issues associated with animal and biological product imports.
6. Preparing briefings, reports and correspondence.
7. Contributing to business planning and resource management activities.

Please note that this recruitment process is being used to fill both ongoing and non-ongoing positions. Non-ongoing positions will be offered for an initial period of 6 months. A merit pool will be formed as a result of this recruitment process and there is the opportunity for other sections of the organisation to draw successful applicants from this process to fill roles of a similar nature.

Knowledge and experience
Knowledge or previous experience in any of the following would be an advantage:

• An understanding of Australia’s biosecurity system, biosecurity concepts and the ability to interpret and apply relevant legislation.
• Experience in a regulatory environment.
• An understanding of government processes and experience in preparing briefings, minutes and complex correspondence.
• Experience leading technical teams in complex organisations.

Skills and capabilities
Successful applicants will work as a member of a large team and possess the following skills and capabilities:

• Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage teams in a high pressure environment.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a range of internal and external stakeholders including importers, overseas organisations and staff within the department.
• Demonstrated ability to analyse scientific and technical information and to develop solutions to complex problems.
• Well-developed written and verbal communication skills with the capacity to convey complex technical information in a clear and concise manner.
• Proven ability to manage projects and drive reform.

Mandatory qualifications
A tertiary qualification in a relevant area of biological, agricultural or environmental science is mandatory.

Eligibility/Other requirements
To be eligible for employment with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, an applicant must be an Australian citizen. An applicant's suitability for employment with the department will be assessed through a pre-employment screening process. This process includes a requirement for the applicant to undergo and satisfy a National Police Check, referee checks, character clearance and where relevant a pre-employment medical assessment, specified mandatory qualification(s) validation and a probation period of 6 months. Any applicant that, in the course of their work, requires unescorted access within an aviation or maritime security zone will be required to obtain and maintain an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) or Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC).

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