Job Details
  • Reference383567A_1637138802
  • LocationCanberra
  • Job TypeContract
  • Posted10 days ago
  • ConsultantNeville Smith

As one of the Australia's largest providers of human resources solutions, Chandler Macleod has a proven track record of unleashing potential in people and companies. For over 40 years Chandler Macleod's recruitment business has connected leading-edge projects and employers with outstanding business professionals.

Our Federal Government client is seeking to engage an EL1 Assistant Director - Communication on a contract for 6 months.

About the Role:

Assistant Directors support the agency by ensuring the high quality and consistent delivery of marketing and communication solutions that align to the strategic priorities of the agency.

They are responsible for managing the design, development, implementation, budget and evaluation of marketing and communication strategies and content. They liaise and work with key stakeholders to foster partnerships, provide strategic advice as well as manage work output and quality. They ensure communication activities adhere to whole of government communication guidelines and support business teams to identify strategic communication outcomes. They may manage a team and support staff to produce efficient and effective outcomes.

Assistant Directors work under the broad direction of senior staff to deliver quality outcomes. They exercise a considerable degree of independence, with decision-making substantially dependent on their professional judgement and considerations of wider agency implications. In performing a leadership role, Assistant Directors support innovation, changes in workplace practices and organises work in the context of competing priorities and strategic direction.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Duties may include some or all of the following:

  • lead and support the development and delivery of content, strategies and products
  • lead and manage staff including overseeing the management of performance, attendance and health and wellbeing
  • provide expert communication advice and feedback to the agency's executive
  • liaise and manage with key internal and external stakeholders to ensure positive outcomes
  • resolve and/or escalate sensitive issues that adversely impact on the agency
  • scope stakeholder requirements, negotiate and develop appropriate strategies
  • prepare and review written material including business cases, reports and executive briefs
  • and corporate documentation
  • proof, edit and approve team work for release and/or clearance
  • develop and manage key stakeholder relationships and expectations to deliver
  • communication outputs
  • report on the achievement of business outcomes, key performance indicators and quality
  • assurance to manage overall performance
  • determine strategic direction for the work area aligned to agency goals and objectives
  • represent and explain the views of the agency at cross-agency meetings and other forums
  • assist in the development and implementation of strategies, operational policy and
  • procedures and change initiatives
  • support innovation and manage and lead change
  • develop staff capability through coaching, mentoring and succession planning
  • exercise delegations appropriate to role in accordance with legislation and guidelines.

Knowledge required

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • contemporary communication practices and theories
  • the Services Australia writing style guide
  • legislation, policies, procedures and information management requirements relevant to the
  • work area
  • the agency's privacy, ethics, workplace health and safety and security protocols
  • issues affecting the agency's customers and stakeholders
  • relevant business systems and tools.

Key skills/personal attributes:

Ability to:

  • manage, mentor and guide staff
  • understand the audience and context and effectively tailor communication and communication styles
  • develop long-term plans for the team and manage work in the context of competing priorities
  • develop and manage a range of stakeholder relationships
  • make decisions based on professional judgement, risk evaluation and in the context of the environment.

Mandatory Requirements:

  • The successful candidate will be required to have a Baseline security clearance.

If you feel you are a suitable candidate submit your application by hitting "Apply for this job". Alternatively, you can call Neville Smith on 02 6268 9916 or email for further discussion.