EMPO Portfolio Manager


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NSW Electoral Commission

The New South Wales Electoral Commission delivers trusted and independent systems, processes, oversight and engagement that support democracy in New South Wales. Our vision is to maintain confidence in the integrity of the democratic process and make it easy for people to understand and participate.


Our work includes:


  • Running elections;

  • Communicating and engaging with the public and our stakeholders; and
  • Investigating possible offences and enforcing electoral laws such as the Electoral Act 2017 and the Electoral Funding Act 2018

Purpose of the Role


The Portfolio Manager leads the EPMO portfolio management function to develop, deliver, monitor and evaluate a portfolio of strategic projects, to achieve portfolio outcomes, and support achievement of organisational objectives.
The role is temporary, full time up to 30 October 2020 with potential to extend.
The NSW Electoral Commission is committed to maintaining public confidence in the integrity of the electoral system. The NSW Electoral Commission expects that employees refrain from membership of any political party and from engaging in political activity which could be seen as reflecting adversely on the strict political neutrality of the NSW Electoral Commission. Applicants who are seen to be or are active in political activities should disclose such information as part of their application.
Your employment will be subject to National Criminal Records Check to determine your suitability for employment.

Essential Requirements


As the successful candidate, you will have:


  • Demonstrable experience in setting up and operating a Portfolio Management function
  • Delivery of projects or been involved in the delivery of a number of programmes to date
  • In-depth understanding of the various portfolio and project management disciplines (risk and issues management, portfolio pipeline planning, schedule management, dependencies, benefits management, resource demand / supply management, continuous improvement, etc.).
  • Worked within an EPMO or PMO providing services to organisation-wide programmes and projects.
  • Experience in leading portfolio governance and assurance activities and working with Senior Executives up to CEO level.
  • Collaborative and confident communicator who is comfortable facilitating workshops to achieve required outcomes.
  • Politically neutral with no affiliation to political parties or lobbyists/campaigners.
  • Satisfactory criminal record check result.


Targeted questions


  • Describe a time where you have made a demonstrable impact to an organisation through portfolio management and the challenges that you had to overcome to achieve this. (maximum 300 words)
  • What has been your biggest accomplishment AND failure in portfolio management and what did you learn from each? (maximum 300 words)


How to apply


As part of your application, you will be asked to respond to the targeted questions above.


You should include a covering letter summarising your skills, knowledge and work experience, along with an up to date resume which clearly detail your skills and experience as relevant to this role.

For further information regarding the role please download the documents below:


Role Description

Applying for a role in the NSW Public Service


Applications received and completed after closing time will not be considered for selection.


The selection process will include a range of assessment techniques to assist in determining your suitability for the role.


A talent pool may be created from this recruitment action for ongoing and temporary roles of the same work classification that may become available for filling over the next 18 months.



Location Sydney Region-Sydney City Work Type Full-time Total Remuneration Package: up to $164,194 depending on capabilities and experience. Package includes salary ($128,089 - $148,134), employer's contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading. Contact Riaan Husselmann - 02 9290 5252 Closing Date 19-Feb-2020 Job Category Financial control/management Organisation NSW Electoral Commission