Local recruitment: Director (Field Operations)

Australia Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Australia 🇦🇺

– Fast-paced, people-focused environment
– be part of a motivated, growing team
– Make a positive impact and build trust and confidence in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan
– Undertake complex and sensitive work while leading a team of “Field Officers”

Who we are
The Compliance and Enforcement Division manages regulatory risks by providing effective compliance approaches in line with the department’s regulatory responsibilities. The division undertakes enforcement functions for the department across all regulatory systems and enforces legislative responsibilities for Biosecurity, Environment and Water. The Office of Water Compliance implements activities set out by the Inspector-General of Water Compliance.

The Office of Water Compliance supports the Inspector-General of Water Compliance, which is an independent statutory role. The Inspector-General of Water Compliance will aim to improve trust and transparency in implementing the Commonwealth’s Basin water reform agenda, deliver greater consistency and harmonisation of water regulation across the Basin, and strengthen Basin Plan compliance and enforcement.

The Job
The job plays a pivotal role in forging relationships with all Basin stakeholder groups while acting as the public facing component of the Office.

The successful candidate will be adept at navigating complexities and will be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the dual role of the Inspector General of Water Compliance (compliance and oversight).

This job requires an experienced leader who possesses a select set of skills relating to coordination, tactful communication, ability to extract information and compile findings of engagements in a meaningful and strategic manner.

The successful candidate will be adept at managing a team of “Field Officers”, who are located throughout the Basin and are tasked with leading the delivery of engagement related activities.

The successful applicant will undertake work that is very complex and sensitive, operate under broad direction and exercise a considerable degree of independence.

The candidate will utilise existing networks and knowledge to coordinate engagements, identify opportunities and provide intelligence directly to the (Deputy) Inspector General(s).

The candidate will possess a strong comprehension of the Murray Darling Basin Plan and compliance related matters across Basin jurisdictions.

This role will require strong problem-solving skills and will be responsible for the coordination of detailed projects that impact on strategic, political, or operational outcomes for the Office.

What we are looking for
Knowledge and experience
The successful applicants will have some or all of the following:
• Relevant engagement and/or investigations qualifications and senior experience are essential; or the ability to obtain relevant qualification(s).
• Knowledge of Basin Plan 2012 and Water Act 2007 and related water management issues, or the demonstrated ability to acquire this knowledge.
• Experience working within or leading a geographically dispersed and/or regional team will be beneficial.
• Strong ability to influence, combined with high level analytical and conceptual skills.
• Knowledge or experience in the rural environment and its industries including irrigation practices would be highly regarded.

Skills and capabilities
• Your desire to have a positive impact and build trust and confidence in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan are a must.
• Have the highest levels of integrity in relation to exemplary conduct and behaviour.
• Possess a strong foundation of factual and evidence-based decision making and the ability to provide pragmatic advice.
• Strong people skills in all environments, including confrontational, sensitive and political, are a must, along with a calm and reassuring leadership style for the team of Field Officers and wider engagements.

The successful applicant will have some or all of the following skills, knowledge and/or experience:
• Work with a leadership team to develop and implement a Stakeholder Engagement Plan in line with the Inspector-General’s deliverables, including improving trust and confidence in the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
• Provide leadership and direction to develop a new team.
• Plan and allocate work, nurture development while providing constructive and regular feedback.
• Manage team output and performance in accordance with workplans, policies and instructions.
• Undertake wide-ranging engagement with diverse groups, including the ability to respectfully build and maintain relationships with stakeholders.
• Uplift the outcomes of various engagements into strategic intelligence, decisive direction and pragmatic advice in order to assist with internal decision making.
• Strong analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills and experience in linking strategies to operational outcomes.
• Triaging the handling of complaints and allegations (noting the Office does not duplicate the compliance roles of State agencies), as they relate to assurance of Basin Plan implementation and compliance responsibilities under the Basin Plan and Water Act 2007.
• Coordinating and preparing high quality briefs, submissions and reports, including to Branch, and the Inspector General.
• Managing budget allocations in accordance with Government legislation, policies, and guidelines.
• Develop and maintain an extensive understanding of IGWC’s strategic responsibilities and operational outcomes and seek to ensure team strategies and priorities align.

For additional information, please read the Job Description below.

Candidate Information Package docx

Candidate Information Package pdf

Job Description

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