First listed on: 01 September 2023
Head Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator 

SES Band 2
Salary may be negotiated with the successful candidate
Canberra - ACT

Defence is seeking an exceptional senior executive to fill a position at the SES Band 2 level leading the Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator (ASCA). The Australian Government has established ASCA within the Department of Defence to drive innovation that delivers new capability at speed for the Australian Defence Force.

As part of the Senior Leadership Group, you will play a key role in promoting and influencing a shared commitment to the strategic direction of Defence. You will:

  • Lead and manage ASCA practicing inclusive leadership and collaboration;
  • Demonstrate strong judgement and capitalise on innovative alternatives to resolve complex problems;
  • Effectively and constructively challenge the status quo as required;
  • Demonstrate resilience and personal accountability for the quality of advice and delivery of results through engaging, collaborating and partnering; and
  • Demonstrate exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal.

The ideal candidates will be collaborative leaders and exemplify the Defence Values and Behaviours, and engender a culture of innovation and agility. They will be self-aware, positive in considering and respecting a diversity of ideas and perspectives of others.

Your Role
The Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator is transforming the way Defence delivers breakthrough solutions that provide the Australian Defence Force with an asymmetric advantage. ASCA will harness Australia’s innovation potential – within an ecosystem that includes Australian industry, research organisations, and government partners – by facilitating the ongoing supply of ideas, technologies and innovation skills, and ensuring they are addressing current and future priority Defence strategic challenges.

As Head of the Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator, you will be responsible for:

  • Articulating strategic intent and providing strategic oversight;
  • Organisational leadership and representing ASCA to its key stakeholders;
  • Accountable for operational performance; 
  • Delivery of innovation project outcomes to ASCA stakeholders; and
  • Foster strong partnerships with industry and academia, and the ability to publically drive strategic narrative to energise the Australian innovation ecosystem.

Additional Information
Engagement may be negotiated on an ongoing or non-ongoing basis. To be eligible, applicants must be Australian citizens. This is a security-designated position and the successful applicant will be required to hold or obtain a Positive Vetting security clearance

A Merit Pool of highly suitable candidates will be established to fill similar vacancies that may occur within the next 18 months.

To discuss the requirements of this position, after first reviewing the selection documentation, please contact Amanda O’Rourke on 0452 199 031 or, quoting Reference Number 1103.

For Senior Executive Service administrative recruitment enquiries please contact the Directorate of Senior Officer Management at

Application Closing Date: Sunday 22 October 2023

For further information please review the job information pack, reference DSTG/07399/23 on

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