First listed on: 17 March 2023

Executive Officer - DNFC


Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity

  • Provide high level advice and support to the Executive Director and broader team
  • High level coordination, communication and planning of strategic and operational priorities
  • Play a critical role as part of the Digital, National Facilities & Collections leadership team

CSIRO is Australia’s National Science Agency and is one of the world’s largest and most successful publicly funded research and development organisations. We deliver world-class science and outcome-focused research that generates economic, environmental, and social benefits for Australia in a global context. We have improved the lives of many around the world through our research and developments including WiFi, the Hendra virus vaccine, polymer banknotes, extended wear contact lenses, Aerogard and the Total Wellbeing Diet. 
The Digital, National Facilities and Collections (DNFC) sector in CSIRO includes key research capability and infrastructure across Data61, Information Management and Technology, Astronomy and Space Science, and National Facilities and Collections. DNFC has almost 900 staff across 26 sites in 8 states and territories across Australia.

As the Executive Officer you will provide high level support in the management and administration of the office of the Executive Director and be responsible for supporting the efficient and effective operations of the Digital, National Facilities & Collections (DNFC) sector. Your key responsibilities will include the provision of advice and support on complex issues, coordination of planning activities, undertaking specific projects, conducting analyses and research, and formulating and preparing a range of strategic communications.  The Executive Officer is a critical member of, and provides support to, the DNFC leadership Team. 

If you are detail oriented, professional, and tactful, curious and keen to ensure outcomes are achieved in ambiguous situations, then this role could be the right next career move for you.

Your duties will include:

  • Provide high level support and advice to the Executive Director on issues and interactions with key stakeholders and external parties.
  • Prioritise issues for the Executive Director's attention and provide briefing notes/reports to facilitate effective action.
  • Prepare and review correspondence, presentations and reports that deal with complex or sensitive matters, identify issues and develop appropriate responses.
  • Coordinate internal and external reviews, responses to information requests, and reporting requirements.
  • Project manage sensitive or complex sector activities.
  • Plan and coordinate key leadership meetings, conferences and other events.
  • Coordinate the preparation of strategic and operational DNFC plans, compliance with CSIRO processes and governance requirements, and other applicable legislative requirements.
  • Provide oversight of the DNFC risk management framework and budget management.
  • Coordinate effective communication within and about sector matters between Business Unit leadership team members and maintain cross-organisational networks.

Location: Canberra (Other locations will be considered)
Salary: AU$121,455 – AU$142,321 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 90820

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent management/leadership experience in an area relevant to the role.
  • A confident and pro-active approach with the ability to work effectively in a dynamic executive team environment and collaborate widely both internally and externally. An ability to act as a linker and demonstrate flexibility, delegating activities and responding to changing or multiple needs and demands as required.  
  • Excellent written communication skills, with evidence of ability to independently formulate and prepare a wide range of strategic and government communications including complex reports, analyses, plans and briefings.
  • Very strong analytical skills with a proven ability to investigate underlying issues of complex and ill-defined problems and develop appropriate responses through abstract thinking and using creative solutions.
  • Excellent organisational skills with a demonstrated ability to independently manage competing complex demands; establish or renegotiate priorities; and meet deadlines, including the ability to effectively adapt in ambiguous, urgent and/or complex situations where information is incomplete or not available. 
  • Extensive experience in successful project management, including planning, engagement, monitoring and reporting to meet or exceed specified outcomes and timeframes.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

23rd April 2023, 11:00pm AEST

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