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Assistant Director


The DSS Policy Office provides the systems, strategies, approaches and evidence, needed to support the Department to achieve its vision of becoming Australia`s pre-eminent social policy agency. Our key objectives are to provide consistent, high-quality policy advice, develop and pursue long-term policy priorities, develop and implement a long-term policy planning and performance framework and play a lead role in influencing social policy.

Policy Capability and Evaluation Branch is responsible for several key functions within the Policy Office including evaluation design and management, international relations, policy planning performance and capability, and research.

A number of EL1 vacancies exist in the Policy Capability and Evaluation branch.

These roles require specialist and or technical skills and experience in one or more of the below areas.

1. Evaluation design and methodologies.
2. Research program design and methodologies.
3. Co-design of program logics & theory of change.
4. Performance measurement design, methodologies and frameworks.
5. Research focused communications and information management.
6. Exceptionally well develop stakeholder engagement skills including with senior APS officers and international stakeholders.
7. Leading the development of whole-of-department and whole-of-government policy positions for national and international contexts.
UN Human Rights treaty body reporting and engagement obligations.
8. Australia`s contribution to the OECDs social policy research and data work.
In addition to strong specialist and technical skills, candidates will need to demonstrate exceptional written and verbal communication skills.


Eligibility to obtain an Australian Government Security Clearance:
The suitable applicant may also be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance conducted by the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA). To be eligible to obtain a security clearance (Baseline, Negative Vet 1or Negative Vet 2) applicants must be an Australian Citizen .
Applicants also must be able to establish their background as checkable to be considered eligible for a security clearance. Any gaps or periods of time spent overseas for 12 or more months (cumulative) that cannot be verified by an Australian referee is deemed uncheckable, rendering the applicant ineligible for a security clearance. Background history must cover 5 / 10 years (Baseline / Negative Vet 1 or Negative Vet 2) of employment, education, residential, criminal history and anything else specified by the AGSVA. The suitable applicant must be willing to disclose all relevant and required information to fulfil this process.


Strong presentation skills (large groups), leading evaluation theory workshops, data literacy, relevant tertiary qualifications, experience supervising staff and experience acting in more senior roles would also support applications.
Negative Vetting One security clearance will be required for relevant positions.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see: http://www.apsc.gov.au/priorities/disability/recruitability .

About Department of Social Services
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has its national office in Canberra and employs around 2,350 staff in locations around Australia.

DSS delivers policies and programs that touch on the lives of almost every Australian, making it the Department of choice for people who want to make a difference. We also manage a significant proportion of the Federal Budget and have responsibility for major Government initiatives like the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the Family Support Program.

The diversity of our staff is very important to us. We welcome and actively encourage applications from people with disability, women, and people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. We recognise the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the unique knowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees bring to our workplace, policy development and service delivery. We welcome and actively encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Selection documents are also available on our website, www.dss.gov.au under the heading `Careers in DSS`. Hearing or speech impaired applicants may obtain selection documentation via the department`s TTY number 1800 260 402.

Date Posted
Greenway, ACT 2900
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