Australia nationals: Assistant Secretary (National Adaptation Policy Office)

Australia Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Canberra ACT, Australia 🇦🇺

Who we are
The Climate Adaptation and Resilience Division (CARD) leads the national effort to build Australia’s resilience and adapt to climate change. The division is home to the National Adaptation Policy Office that coordinates and leads the Australian Government’s work on climate adaptation, including implementation of the National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy. The division is responsible for nature-based solutions to climate change. This includes delivering Australian Government investments in soils and blue carbon restoration, and increasing private investment through the development of national biodiversity stewardship legislation, natural capital metrics and environmental economic accounts.

The Job
The new National Adaptation Policy Office is responsible for the implementation of the National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy. It works across all levels of government, with organisations and businesses to integrate climate information into investment and other decision-making.

 The Assistant Secretary’s role includes:

  • building networks and relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, including Indigenous Australians, to promote and strengthen Australia’s adaptation outcomes.
  • providing strategic direction and policy advice to enhance government, business and community understanding of climate impacts and to have consistent climate risk information.
  • leading the development and implementation of effective tools, guidance material and communication to support government, businesses and communities in their climate adaptation and resilience efforts.
  • ensuring Australia meets its international reporting and communication requirements in relation to climate adaptation.
  • enhancing Australia’s understanding of climate risks through:
    • supporting risk assessments and analysis
    • improving the capture, analysis, management, use and sharing of climate information and science to support investments and decision-making, and
    • encouraging increased and better-coordinated climate research and services.
  • liaising between government and the community to raise awareness and build Australia’s capacity to manage climate risks,
  • supporting Commonwealth agencies to understand and consider climate impacts in their policy development and delivery service and programs, and
  • representing Australia at international fora relating to climate adaptation, resilience and science.

What we are looking for
To be successful for this role you will need to meet the Senior Executive Service capability for the SES Band 1 classification, and you will have the following:

  • Strategic perspective, and a substantial record of achievement and delivery of results.
  • Excellent stakeholder relationship skills, experience in engaging with internal and external stakeholders to solve complex problems, and ability to represent the department in a range of forums.
  • Outstanding leadership and management skills, including an ability to manage competing demands and work to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all audiences, be persuasive and guide negotiations to a point of resolution.
  • Demonstrated public service professionalism and probity.

For additional information, please read the Job Description below.

Job Description

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