Local recruitment: Water Principal Policy & Manager Strategy roles

Government of New South Wales

New South Wales, Australia 🇦🇺

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  • Ongoing full-time & temporary opportunities, location flexible across NSW
  • Salary ranges from $131,094 – $151,609 + super

The Chief Strategy Office of the Water Group is currently seeking to appoint the below roles. Each position provides the opportunity to lead and develop water policies and legislative frameworks or water strategies.

Principal Policy Officer – temporary until June 2023

In this role, you will lead, develop and implement strategic water policy through extensive liaison with the water division and other key state government agencies. You will also provide quality, evidence-based analysis and advice to address emerging policy issues and build strong relationships with a range of stakeholders to contribute to effective water management in NSW. To be successful in this position, you will have current knowledge of policy and legislation impacting water management, as well as strong organisation skills as you will be managing complex policy issues simultaneously.

For more information and essential requirements, read the full Role Description: Principal Policy Officer

Principal Water Strategy Officer – Ongoing

In this role, you will provide quality and timely advice to support policy development and projects, as well as develop and implement compatible strategy to government priorities. You will also represent the department consistently and appropriately and foster strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders to facilitate practical resolutions, processes and outcomes. To be successful in this position you will have solid knowledge of processes for the planning and delivery of water resource management or demonstrated experience leading complex projects related to strategy development.

For more information and essential requirements, read the full Role Description: Principal Water Strategy Officer

Manager, Regional Water Strategies – Ongoing

In this role, you will deliver state-wide, regional scale water strategies to ensure that regional communities have secure, cost-effective and sustainable water supply. You will also lead the development of strategies through embedding effective governance and risk frameworks, as well as leading a team and ensuring effective communication, consultation and negotiation with stakeholders. To be successful in this position, you will have extensive experience in water related areas including water planning, economics natural resource management and environmental science.

For more information and essential requirements, read the full Role Description: Manager, Regional Water Strategies

NSW Water Strategy Lead – Ongoing

In this role, you will coordinate implementation of the NSW Water Strategy, including monitoring, evaluating and reporting on progress, developing implementation plans, securing resources and fostering collaboration and partnerships across government to deliver effective outcomes. The role collaborates extensively with other units within the Water Group and other government agencies.

For more information and essential requirements, read the full Role Description: NSW Water Strategy Lead

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About Us

The Department of Planning, Industry & Environment’s (DPIE) vision is to create thriving environments, communities and economies for the people of New South Wales. We strive to be a high-performing, world-class public service organisation that celebrates and reflects the full diversity of the community we serve and seeks to embed Aboriginal cultural awareness and knowledge throughout the department.

In our inclusive and accessible workplace, differences are embraced, contributions are valued, and everyone has a sense of connection and belonging. DPIE supports various employee affinity groups, practice flexible working, offer job share and workplace adjustments. We are committed to the Premier’s Priorities and welcome applications from all.

The Water Group leads the NSW Government in providing confidence to communities and stakeholders with the transparent stewardship of water resources, provision of services and reforms that support sustainable and healthy environments, economies and societies across NSW.

To Apply

If excited by the information above, we look forward to receiving your application, including a copy of your resume and cover letter expressing your interest and suitability for the role. Please indicate which role/s you are interested in when completing the application form. DPIE expects all applicants who can be safely vaccinated for COVID-19, to be so.

We anticipate interviews will be held the week commencing 13 December 2021.

Applications close Sunday 28th November 2021 at 11:55PM.

Should you require further information about the role please contact Beth Overton via [email protected]

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary opportunities of the same role or role type that may become available over the next 18 months.

Looking for more information or assistance in applying?

Our Diversity team can assist to:

  • provide alternative formats to apply
  • make adjustments to the recruitment process
  • offer information about workplace adjustments and support networks

We encourage people with disability to apply. If you have disability and require more information on adjustments and assistance to apply, contact the Diversity team on [email protected]  (please include reference number).

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander check out Our Mob on Country https://www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/premiers-priorities/our-mob-on-country to see the work we do and get assistance in applying.




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