First listed on: 08 September 2022

Senior Executive Advisor


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The Opportunity

  • Provide strategic advice and executive support to the Executive Director
  • High level engagement with internal and external stakeholders
  • Use your strong analytical skills and project management expertise to drive Executive Director led activities

In this newly created role, you will work closely with the Digital, National Facilities and Collections (DNFC) Executive Director’s office and CSIRO Leadership Team reports. You will leverage your research or enterprise expertise to support the Executive Director (ED) by aiding with strategic projects, planning, stakeholder engagement activities, and development of opportunities/solutions to make room for the ED to spend more time on strategy and engagement issues. The Senior Executive Advisor works in conjunction with other team members, Executive Officer/Assistant, who will continue to lead the administrative, planning and compliance activities within the office. 

In the first instance the focus of this role within DNFC will be to provide strategic support to the ED with progressing CSIRO’s Digital Strategy to a more mature stage; stakeholder engagement and project management associated with Safe & Secure Australia challenge area in the CSIRO Corporate Plan; and DNFC sector projects which require research and scanning of the external environment and contribution to strategy development.

This role will balance both tactical administrative and highly strategic and sensitive priorities, as well as a willingness to play an active, behind-the-scenes role.  The role requires a highly committed and resourceful individual with strong emotional intelligence, self-motivation, and strong analytical skills.  A pro-active and collaborative approach is essential.

Your duties will include:

  • Leadership and management: Operate at a tactical, strategic, and operational level; provide high-level strategic advice; monitor strategic initiatives in the ED’s area; key meeting preparation and facilitation; and apply expertise and balanced judgement to sensitive matters both internally and externally.
  • Engagement and Partnerships: Develop and maintain internal relationships with leaders to ensure trusted collaboration on issues for the ED; work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary and regionally dispersed team; contribute to cross-functional taskforces, and committees as required.
  • Communication: Represent CSIRO’s interests at external forums, advocate CSIRO’s position with government bodies and secure network support for CSIRO’s preferred position; accurately reflect the ED’s position in internal meetings, though the role does not entail devolved responsibility to act for the ED unless specified; develop draft communication on behalf of the ED and/or research in support of these. Typically, this would be limited to complex communications requiring enhanced research or highly nuanced positioning of messaging. 
  • Leadership of Special Projects: Scope, plan and execute multiple, often quick-turnaround projects with minimal outside assistance; present ideas for special projects that might facilitate the ED’s objectives working with a long-term perspective when considering solutions; Work with appropriate stakeholders, to undertake analysis and present findings to ED, Executive Team and/or Board, as appropriate.
  • Personal Effectiveness: Maintaining and promoting organisational, social and ethical standards and values; acting decisively to tackle difficult problems; persevering in the face of problems; leading unpopular though necessary actions; understanding and mastering one's own emotions (and those of others) in a way that instills confidence; strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills with the presence and influence to build top level relationships with government, industry and the international scientific research community.

Location:  Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide (negotiable, other locations may also be considered where the team has existing staff).
Salary:  CSOF7 or if above CSOF7 will be transferred at level
Tenure:  Specified term of 2 years
Reference:  86067

To be considered you will need:

  1. A track record of professional work, either research or enterprise leadership, in an area relevant to the Executive Directors sector and its stakeholders.
  2. Highly developed strategic leadership skills with the ability to contribute to and drive strategic directions and gain the commitment of staff and key stakeholders.
  3. Proven capability and successful track record in developing and maintaining collaborative relationships (externally and internally) including demonstrated flexible and consultative decision-making.
  4. Proven management of key strategic projects with the ability to multitask, prioritisation, troubleshooting, reporting and highly developed organisational and time management skills.
  5. Demonstrated ability to undertake complex problem solving and understanding of decision-making frameworks. Demonstrated experience in assisting senior executives to recognise and define the real problems and facilitate solutions.
  6. Demonstrated high level of tactical and strategic communications experiences both within and external to the organisation.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Negative Vetting 1 level.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.  Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.  Balance

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish.  Diversity and Inclusion Strategy


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

3 October 2022, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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