Assistant Manager, Executive Level 1, Data Strategy

Job no: 506629
Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: Executive Level 1

About the team

The Data and Policy Design Branch resides within the Department’s Analysis and Insights Division. The Division is a high profile, dynamic group that supports our Ministers and the wider department to enable globally competitive industries. We undertake cutting edge analysis and economic research to determine what’s happening and what might happen in the economy. Our Branch works in collaboration with our colleagues across the department on a range of data issues. We provide data governance and data management advice, deliver data projects, provide analytical and reporting services, and drive national spatial data policy outcomes.

Our Data Strategy team leads the department’s efforts to strengthen our data driven culture. Through our Departmental Data Strategy 2018–20, we undertake a range of specific initiatives under four broad headings:

  • People and capabilities—equip and empower people with data skills and capabilities
  • Culture—foster a culture that values data analytics
  • Data—make quality and valuable data easily available for use
  • Analytics and visualisation—use analytics and visualisation to inform value-driven decisions.

Our ideal candidate We are seeking motivated, outcomes-focused Executive Level 1 employees to lead a small team in the Data Strategy section. Our ideal candidates will possess the following:
  • demonstrated experience in leading high-performing teams and achieving results
  • excellent written communication skills, including the ability to produce clear and accurate briefings for senior executive and ministers
  • excellent oral communication skills, including the ability to explain complex concepts to non-technical audiences
  • demonstrated stakeholder management skills, including the ability to anticipate and respond to the needs of a wide range of stakeholders
  • relevant work experience and/or tertiary qualifications.

What you will do Key responsibilities of the role include:
  • managing a small team to deliver a range of data training and data policy support to the department
  • working with our corporate areas to improve the department’s data literacy through delivery of training and targeted communication strategies
  • coordinating responses to ad hoc requests for data support and ongoing leadership of the department’s data user groups
  • managing diverse stakeholder relationships, both internal and external to the department
  • preparing responses and coordinating input for senior executive and ministerial briefings in relation to data matters
  • providing strategic oversight and assisting in the overall delivery of projects under the Data Strategy as part of the leadership team.


To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.

Security Clearance

This position requires a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


A merit pool will be established to fill similar future ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies at the EL1 level should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised.

How to apply

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above description of our ideal candidate, provide an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limit your response to a maximum of 750 words).

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format).

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Tim Beard, Manager of the Data Strategy team, via or on (02) 6102 9232.

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual. Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, promotes diversity, embraces the unique skills and qualities of all our employees and is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people with disability. If you require some assistance with your application, or need this in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment Team at or (02) 6276 1235 or refer to our Applying for a position information.

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Advertised: 23 Nov 2020 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 07 Dec 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time