Australia nationals: Assistant Director - Water Data Analytics & Reporting

Government of Australia

Adelaide SA, Australia 🇦🇺

Brisbane QLD, Australia 🇦🇺

Canberra ACT, Australia 🇦🇺

Darwin NT, Australia 🇦🇺

Hobart TAS, Australia 🇦🇺

Melbourne VIC, Australia 🇦🇺

Perth WA, Australia 🇦🇺

Sydney NSW, Australia 🇦🇺

  • Do you love data, technology and collaborative problem solving?
  • Are you passionate about improving data management and reporting?
  • Are you interested in working on some of Australia’s biggest water policy challenges?

Who we are 
The Water Policy Division provides leadership and strategic policy to ensure the sustainable future of our rivers and wetlands and the people who depend on them. The Division supports water reform initiatives in the Murray–Darling Basin and leads national water reform – working to future-proof Australia’s water resources and provide support to First Nations in our national water story.

The Water Data Analytics and Reporting team undertakes data analysis and reporting for water recovery activities under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and is responsible for the collection and review of monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement (MERI) data for water programs. The team relies on high-level data management capabilities, water market expertise, sound judgement and project management skills to manage databases and reporting arrangements with relevant stakeholders and to provide advice. These are busy and dynamic roles with significant responsibility.

The Job
We are looking for motivated people who love data, technology and collaborative problem solving. 
This is a great opportunity to join a diverse and high-performing team within the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.

Your responsibilities will include: 

  • Leading a team to systematically capture, organise and, as appropriate, share water program data to improve decision-making for, and the transparency of, Basin Plan programs. 
  • Developing products to transform, model and visualise water related program data, and working closely with policy and program areas to improve associated data literacy and use of data. 
  • Providing high quality and timely data analytics services to inform water recovery programs and policy related to the Basin Plan. 
  • Preparing detailed briefing and information materials for Basin Plan water recovery reporting activities. 
  • Leading MERI data collection and analysis activities. 
  • Further developing data management policies for the water divisions.

What we are looking for
Knowledge and experience
The successful applicants will have the following: 

  • A demonstrated well-developed ability to interpret and analyse complex data, to understand its limitations, and to provide clear advice. 
  • Excellent Excel skills and experience with databases and/or geospatial mapping tools. 
  • A very good understanding of data management principles and an interest in improving data management and reporting arrangements. 
  • Experience or familiarity with program management, MERI data collection and associated analysis. 
  • Good organisational skills, and the ability to manage and respond to both short-term and longer-term data and information requests. 
  • A demonstrated ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. 
  • A demonstrated ability to work as part of a high performing and harmonious team, and to supervise staff effectively.

Skills and capabilities

  • Working with Power BI.
  • Knowledge of water policy, water markets and/or water resource management.

Desirable qualifications
Qualifications and/or experience in the following is highly desired, but not mandatory:

  • Qualifications in computer science, information technology, statistics or a related field.

Eligibility and other requirements
Citizenship – To be eligible for employment with the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water you must be an Australian citizen.

Security Clearance – This position requires a Baseline Vetting security clearance. You will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level. 

For additional information, please read the Job Description below.

Candidate Information Pack (PDF)

Candidate Information Pack (Docx)

Job Description

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