Job Details
  • Reference385625A_1641985872
  • LocationCanberra
  • Job TypeContract
  • Posted17 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 on a contract for until 30/06/2022 with potential extension of 12 months.

About the Role:

Our Client is seeking an experienced manager and/or senior professional to provide leadership to department. This position requires someone with dual lived experience:

  • as a military family member (e.g. spouse, ex-partner or widow/widower; adult child); and
  • personal mental health recovery; and/or
  • support to a Veteran through mental health recovery as a relative/carer.

The position entails providing leadership and guidance to a team of regionally based Family Peer Workers. This position additionally oversees the work of a small team delivering projects to strengthen and expand the Family Peer capability within the broader Community and Peer Program, and other support options provided to families.

The role involves using one's lived experience to respectfully educate and advise; influencing change with both internal and external stakeholders to improve understandings of military service, the needs of consumers, families and carers, and of recovery-oriented, person centred and trauma informed care.

The Assistant Director, Community and Peer Program - Families also plays a key role in representing the Department nationally.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Identify as a person with lived experience of military family life and of mental health recovery (which may include as a relative/carer of a Veteran with a history of mental health issues) for the purposes of leading program development, service improvement and stakeholder engagement activities.
  • Take a lead role in informing the continuous improvement of service delivery for families of current and ex-serving ADF personnel including through research, design, implementation and evaluation of family-focused projects and with a dedicated focus on the expansion and improvement of the department's capability.
  • Provide leadership of activities that strengthen the integration of lived experience across broader Department. Provide lived experience advisory input including through membership of key governance committees and advisory forums, and through representing the Department program nationally.
  • Oversee and contribute to the development of advice, briefings, papers, submissions and correspondence for use in both internal and external decision-making forums.
  • Provide supervision, mentoring and coaching for direct reports to effectively manage performance and encourage professional growth.
  • Support an environment that encourages a willingness to adopt participative workplace practices in line with policies of WHS, Workplace Diversity and the Australian Public Service values, Employment Principles and the APS Code of Conduct.


Your application will be assessed against the Executive Level 1 Integrated Leadership System (ILS)

  • Shapes strategic thinking
    • Demonstrated understanding of the psychosocial needs, recovery processes and support systems available for current and ex-serving ADF members and their families. Collaborates with others in achieving the strategic objectives of the work area, encourages their contribution and communicates expected outcomes. Demonstrated ability to translate strategy into operational goals by exploring possibilities and creative alternatives, utilising their lived experience with influence and to affect change.
  • Achieves results
    • Readiness and ability to work in a mental health environment from the perspective of lived experience. Demonstrated ability to provide effective practice leadership and support to a geographically diverse team to maximise client service outcomes. Plans carefully and identifies opportunities to capitalise on expert advice from internal and external sources. Responds effectively to competing priorities and commits to achieving quality outcomes.
  • Cultivates productive working relationships
    • Builds and sustains relationships with a network of key internal and external stakeholders, engaging with others with multiple professional and personal perspectives. Recognises shared agendas and works toward mutually beneficial outcomes. Builds teams by identifying shared goals, fostering collaborative behaviour and valuing individual differences and diversity.
  • Exemplifies personal drive and integrity
    • Operates as an effective and professional representative of the department in public and internal forums. Adopts a principled approach and adheres to the APS Values and Code of Conduct. Provides unbiased and straightforward advice.
  • Communicates with influence
    • Possesses exceptional communication skills including liaison, writing and negotiation. Proven ability to communicate messages confidently, listen to responses and respond accordingly. Readiness and ability to appropriately inform organisational activities from the perspective of personal lived experience.


  • Candidates apply by submitting a 1000-word statement of claims, also known as a 'one page pitch'.
  • Candidate's statement of claims outlines their skills, knowledge and experience and why they should be considered for the role taking into consideration the duties, mandatory requirements and selection criteria (ILS).


  • Previous experience providing support in the mental health sector
  • A tertiary qualification or equivalent experience in mental health (e.g., Certificate IV in Mental Health, Peer Work).
  • Previous experience in mental health peer work.
  • Leadership of a lived experience or peer workforce.
  • Experience working in the Australian Public Service

Mandatory Requirements:

  • The mandatory requirement for this position is a lived experience of military family life and of mental health issues, which may include as a relative/carer of an ex-ADF member with a history of mental health issues. Ability to respectfully and effectively utilise this experience to mentor and support others, to engage with internal and external stakeholders and to inform service development and improvement activities is essential.
  • The ideal candidate will be highly experienced in leading teams; brings skills and experience in the implementation of programs, projects, practice change or continuous improvement agendas; strong demonstrated capacity to engage strategically with stakeholders from a range of personal and professional backgrounds; possesses well-developed writing and oral presentation skills; and has experience writing policies and guidelines.
  • This position also requires eligibility and a willingness to obtain a Working with Children Check or equivalent.

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.