About AIMS

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is Australia’s tropical marine research agency.

Our research into some of Australia’s iconic marine ecosystems guides their management and that of similar systems around the world. We do marine science that has practical benefit to the real world, providing high quality, large-scale and long-term research that is used by governments, industry and the wider community to make informed decisions about the Great Barrier Reef, North-West Shelf and Arafura and Timor Seas.

AIMS researchers at our locations in Townsville, Darwin and Perth have access to the best tools and equipment like the National Sea Simulator, cutting edge laboratories and our fleet of research vessels.

At AIMS, the way we work guides our team members on their collective journey towards the successful delivery of our AIMS Strategy 2025 targets.

About this Opportunity

AIMS’ Government Relations team provides high-level executive support and services to facilitate and manage successful and effective participation and representation of the AIMS Leadership Team (ALT) in engagement with the Australian Government in Canberra. The Government Relations team assists AIMS to maintain effective relationships and to build AIMS’ profile in Canberra. The team act as AIMS’ representative in high-level Governmental meetings with senior Department executives, at interdepartmental policy/program meetings, and with advisors in Minister’s office/s, and inform and advise AIMS Leadership team with updates and reports on Government Relations matters.

In the role of Government Relations Assistant Manager, you will support the Government Relations Manager as AIMS’ representatives in Canberra through the management and development of effective relationships with the Australian Government. You will manage government/department information requests, provide intelligence reports and updates for AIMS Leadership team, promote AIMS’ engagement projects through planning and delivery of events, and will undertake governmental processing for AIMS corporate reporting.

You will support AIMS’ participation in senate estimates, Parliamentary inquiries, and policy/program reviews, and will also assist in the preparation of briefs, correspondence and advice for various Ministers, Advisors, and government departments and agencies. This will also include assisting in the preparation of documentation to support AIMS participation in senior forums.

You will also help to build and manage AIMS’ profile in Canberra through the promotion of AIMS’ capabilities and projects, and identification of engagement opportunities for AIMS’ CEO/ALT with various government departments/agencies and in cross-governmental activities through targeted sourcing, reviews, analysis, reporting and advice.

Apply now and join a world leading organisation with attractive working conditions which are detailed in our Enterprise Agreement. The successful candidate for this exciting opportunity will be rewarded with:

  • AOF Level 5 Salary ($107,820 to $118,200 per annum)
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, permanent opportunity
  • Located in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

About You

Underpinning your suitability for this position will be your tertiary qualification/s in a relevant area, coupled with your experience in managing multiple stakeholders and understanding of stakeholder engagement, government liaison and policy, and responsibilities of APS organisations. You will also be able to demonstrate your:

  • Proficiency and experience in sourcing, reviewing and analysis of information to develop targeted briefs, reports and advice for AIMS’ Leadership Team and government Ministers, departments and agencies;
  • Proven ability to work independently with a high level of problem solving and time management skills to ensure deliverables are provided to clients and stakeholders within tight timeframes;
  • Professional attributes of adaptability and flexibility, with the ability to foster innovation and collaborative relationships; and
  • Ability to deliver presentations and influence high-level decision makers through exceptional communication skills and organisational management capabilities.

Non-Australian Citizens must hold an appropriate Visa with working entitlements that allows paid employment with AIMS for the term of the appointment, depending on the relevant Department of Home Affairs current policies.

Next Step

Further information about this exciting and challenging opportunity is outlined in the Candidate Information Pack which is available to download below. If, after reviewing the position description included in the Candidate Information Pack, you believe that your qualifications, experience, and professional capabilities will enable you to successfully deliver the position responsibilities, we would be very interested in hearing from you.

Below you will also find our Recruitment Application Guide which details the necessity to submit your statements addressing your suitability against the selection criteria, which are detailed in the Candidate Information Pack.

Shortlisted applicants may be asked to complete a personal outlook analysis questionnaire using the Birkman Method.

Submitting your application: Prior to clicking on the APPLY NOW button below, please ensure that you have your completed documents (selection criteria responses, CV, and cover letter) ready to attach to your on-line application form.

Recruitment Contact: Position enquiries can be directed to David Smith on d.smith@aims.gov.au.

Applications close: 11.59pm AEST, Thursday 25 November 2021.

The Australian Institute of Marine Science acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land and sea on which we work. We recognise the unique relationships and enduring cultural and spiritual connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to land and sea, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.

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