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Executive Officer, Csiro Land & Water

CSIRO - Barton, ACT

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Executive Officer, CSIRO Land & Water

  • Provide executive advice & support to CSIRO Land & Water Leadership Team
  • High level coordination, communication and planning of strategic and operational priorities
  • Join CSIRO & make a different to the lives of all Australians!

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 Business Unit Director, Deputy Director and Science Director's diaries to initiate prioritisation and coordination of planning activities across the Business Unit (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.

Your duties will include:

  • Provide high level support and advice to the Business Unit Director, Deputy Director and Science Director on issues and interactions with key stakeholders and external parties.
  • Prioritise Business Unit issues for the Business Unit Director, Deputy 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, responses to information requests and business reviews.
  • Identify emerging and unforeseen issues requiring Business Unit Director intervention and coordinate or develop appropriate responses with other leaders within the Business Unit or Leadership Team.
  • Project manage sensitive or complex Land and Water activities and coordinate the preparation of strategic and operational plans.
  • Plan and coordinate key leadership meetings, conferences or other events.
  • Coordinate Land and Water compliance with CSIRO processes and governance requirements, and other applicable legislative requirements, including oversight of the Land and Water risk management framework.
  • Coordinate effective communication within and about Land and Water matters between the Business Unit leadership team members and maintain cross-organisational networks to facilitate effective Land and Water operations.

Location: Canberra preferred, other major cities may be considered
Salary: AU$113k – AU$132k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 2 years
Reference: 72823

To be considered you will need:

  1. A relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent management/leadership experience in a science area relevant to the Land and Water Business Unit.
  2. Excellent written communication skills, showing evidence of ability to independently formulate and prepare a wide range of strategic and government communications including complex reports, analyses, plans and briefings.
  3. A history of professional and respectful behaviours and attitudes in a collaborative environment. An ability to act as a linker and demonstrate flexibility, confidence and initiative; collaborate widely; delegate activities and respond to changing or multiple needs and demands as required. 
  4. 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.
  5. Demonstrated track record in ensuring effective governance of a science or other analogous organisation.
  6. 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.
  7. Extensive experience in successful project management, including planning, engagement, monitoring and reporting to meet or exceed specified outcomes and timeframes.
  8. Proven ability to coach and assist in the development of staff, utilising effective communication strategies to maintain high levels of productivity and trust.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description.


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

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. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. Read more about this in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.


At CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow, today!

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.

How to Apply

Please apply online and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

30 March 2021, 11:00 pm AEST/AEDT