Assistant Director Strategy and Policy (Traditional Owners)


Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority


Canberra and Townsville

Salary etc:

$101,818 - $111,595 p.a. (EL1)

The position

We are seeking an agile and highly skilled Executive Level 1 professional to join our small team to lead the development of contemporary strategic policy initiatives. The position will also support the development and alignment of the Authority’s strategic direction and work in partnership with key stakeholders to maintain the resilience of the Reef. This includes issues affecting the Traditional Owners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the Great Barrier Reef.

The person

  • You are a strategic thinker able to work across diverse subject matter areas with a high degree of complexity and apply innovative approaches to solving problems
  • You have an high interest and / or broad knowledge of the Reef and its key threats and are able to negotiate a consensus in a complex landscape of competing views
  • You are resourceful and can work with limited direction to achieve high quality outcomes, applying judgement, logic and discretion appropriately
  • You have exceptional written skills, an eye for detail and routinely complete tasks on time and to a high standard
  • You are a team player, who successfully maintains relationships with internal staff and external clients
  • You will be an excellent communicator, both in the written and verbal forms across all agency levels
  • You will have a strong understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.


  1. Coordinating and preparing complex high quality advice and written material – for the Director and senior leadership team, stakeholders and service providers – that is timely, practical, transparent and risk-based. Advice and material could include, but is not limited to: briefs, reports, position statements, policies, and strategic plans
  2. Provide high level strategic advice to the Director, the Executive and the Board on policy and strategy matters and other issues relevant to the Authority’s business
  3. Collaboratively develop and manage strategies (particularly regarding Traditional Owners) for the delivery of the Authority’s Corporate Plan, and the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan and other strategic documents
  4. Deliver the Authority’s corporate objectives and actively participate, as part of a committed team member, to the Strategic Direction and Partnerships Section’s work.

Eligibility requirements & qualifications

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under subsection 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and is only open only to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants. This means applicants must:

  • be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; and
  • are accepted by their community as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Applicants shortlisted for interview will need to provide evidence at interview to confirm eligibility under the above affirmative measure. Acceptable evidence includes:

  • a letter signed and executed by the Chairperson of an incorporated Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation confirming that they are recognised as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, or
  • a confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent form executed by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation.

Applicants must:

  1. be Australian citizens to be eligible for engagement (note: you must be an Australian citizen at the time of applying),
  2. be able to obtain and maintain a BASELINE security clearance; failure to do so will result in termination of employment.

Essential requirements or equivalent experience:

  1. Demonstrated experience in public sector administration and understanding of government policy and workings
  2. Experience and understanding of natural resource management, Marine Park or protected area management, including legislative frameworks.

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