Job Details
  • Reference401700A_1669586739
  • LocationCanberra
  • Job TypeContract
  • Posted2 months ago
  • ConsultantLeanne Porter

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 a multiple Cyber and Technology Policy Officer till end of June.

Position Overview

We are looking for high performing EL2 Directors to support major reforms to the way cyber security services are delivered across government to harden government IT.

The Hardening Government IT (HGIT) initiative is designed to support a secure online world for Australians, their businesses, and the essential services on which we all depend. Ensuring that Australian citizens can have confidence that their data is safe and the systems they depend on are secure. As a Director you will be responsible for the overall smooth and efficient functioning of the HGIT initiative. You will provide leadership for initiative staff, including APS, contractors, and consultants. You will set the high-level strategic direction, strategy, and schedule for the initiative.

A critical function of this role is ensuring a constant high-level flow of advice for SES-level executives, secretaries, the Minister and Government. This includes reviewing the work of staff and providing timely and critical feedback. Another key aspect of the role is representing the initiative at public and government forums and events.

Our ideal candidates are self-motivated leaders with strong leadership and strategic-thinking skills, and exceptional attention to detail. You should be comfortable operating in an environment that is fast paced and can manage competing priorities in a professional manner.

The key duties of the position are:

As a Director, you will:

  • Develop and manage program and project plans.
  • Analyse and interpret project performance against agreed plans and support teams to develop strategies to achieve defined outcomes.
  • Direct and manage junior staff, including reviewing work.
  • Direct the work of consultants and contractors to ensure the smooth delivery of the initiative.
  • Approve plans to ensure that key stakeholders are included in decision making.
  • Proactively engage with stakeholders to ensure plans and deliverables are high quality and have taken into account the views of relevant stakeholders.
  • Lead development of high-quality communications to all stakeholders.
  • Provide mentorship, feedback, clearances, and advice to staff.
  • Represent the DTA and the Initiative at events and in public.
  • Other ad hoc duties as required.

Capabilities required

Suitable candidates will report to the Branch Manager, Digital Prioritisation and Cyber Capability. As a Director, you will be expected to bring the following skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of cyber security issues and mitigations, particularly within the context of the Commonwealth Government and its agencies.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • The ability to lead staff and other stakeholders to provide consistently high-quality documents, reports, and briefings.
  • A proven ability to give useful feedback to staff to improve the quality of their work and output.
  • An ability to exercise initiative, discretion and maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • A proven ability to apply sound judgement, knowledge, probity, and discretion in interpreting and applying legislation, instructions, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Ability to ensure that staff work as a team and support the broader team.
  • Strong conflict management and resolution skills.
  • A proven ability to interpret organisational strategies and directives within the context of leading a team.

Desirable but not essential:

  • Experience in a leadership role.
  • Experience in managing staff.
  • Experience in or acting at the EL2 Level.


  • Security Clearance level required: Baseline (or ability to obtain and maintain), though higher-level clearances would be well regarded
  • To be eligible for employment with the DTA applicants must be an Australian citizen.
  • An applicant's suitability for employment with the DTA will be assessed through a pre-employment screening process. This process includes an Australian Police check.
  • The DTA is an inclusive employer where capabilities, skills and backgrounds are valued and relied upon. The DTA seek applications from all candidates and are committed to providing a working environment that values diversity and inclusion and supports employees to reach their full potential.

If you feel you are a suitable candidate submit your application by hitting "Apply for this job". One of our consultant will reach out. Alternatively, you can call Leanne Porter on 02 6268 9926 or email for further discussion.