First listed on: 28 April 2022

Manager (Projects) - Government Engagement

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The Opportunity

  • Utilise your government liaison experience within an impactful role
  • Identify and champion initiatives of relevance to Government 
  • Work across the organisation to develop and implement a government relations strategy 

CSIRO are looking to partner with a strategic professional for an indefinite opportunity. The Manager (Projects) - Government Engagement develops and implements targeted government engagement strategies to enable CSIRO to better support the delivery of government priorities with a focus on education, defence and health, and in so doing, enhance CSIRO objectives and role as trusted adviser across these priority areas. 

The ability to develop networks and integrate information from a variety of sources into One-CSIRO advice appropriate for a government audience is critical in this role, as is the ability to monitor and analyse government issues of relevance to CSIRO and provide advice on opportunities for CSIRO to provide expertise and knowledge to decision makers.  

This is a busy work environment and there is a need to manage and prioritise multiple tasks with varying levels of complexity and urgency.  A track record of being able to deliver on priorities under pressure is essential. The role works closely with the Manager, Government Relations and reports to the Executive Manager, Stakeholder Engagement. 

Your duties will include:

  • Working across the organisation to develop and implement a government relations strategy to enhance CSIRO objectives and reputation with identified Commonwealth Government portfolios (Defence, Education, Health). Acting as a collaborative resource for counsel on government relations to CSIRO functions and contributing to the development of related NPP’s to be considered through the Budget process.
  • Identifying and championing initiatives of relevance to Government where CSIRO has expertise and capability and facilitating appropriate connections for the mutual benefit of all parties. This includes the identification of opportunities and risks within cross-portfolio policy and program initiatives such as the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).
  • Using knowledge of national issues relevant to CSIRO’s science and operations, identifying and championing initiatives that have the potential to influence CSIRO’s activities.
  • Helping shape and supporting implementation of CSIRO’s current government focussed stakeholder engagement plan.
  • Working across the organisation to support timely identification and management of issues emerging as they relate to priority portfolios.  
  • Supporting CSIRO’s input and liaison with Commonwealth portfolio committees and working groups including the preparation of high quality, accurate and timely written briefs that summarise CSIRO’s research and operational activities and their impact for government. 
  • Ensuring close alignment and coordination with other government engagement activities across CSRO.
  • Proactively balancing competing priorities and being principally accountable for delivering value-add networking with relevant stakeholders.
  • Building strong relationships across the organisation to ensure engagement strategies are effective and aligned with business drivers and protect CSIRO’s brand and are appropriate for the targeted government audience

Location: Canberra
Salary: AU$117k - AU$138k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 83788

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification and / or relevant experience in leadership and management within large or complex organisations. 
  • A deep understanding of Stakeholder Engagement, Government liaison and policy, and the responsibilities of organisations and leaders.
  • A history of demonstrated professional and respectful behaviours and attitudes in a collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrated experience encompassing:
    • Strategic planning and implementation, calculating risk, problem solving, effective team management
    • Significant experience in government processes and developing a stakeholder management plan in a large complex environment, including the ability to build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
    • A sound knowledge of Australia’s federal government system, its operations and the administrative processes that support them. 
    • A sound knowledge of CSIRO, its purpose, structure, operations and place in the national innovation system and within government.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills which reflect:  a strong sense of audience; an ability to identify and prioritise issues in material provided by others; and an ability to present complex ideas concisely.   
  • A high degree of judgement and discretion. 
  • Demonstrated experience to build and maintain strong professional and collaborative working relationships with internal colleagues and stakeholders
  • Experience in issues management and stakeholder engagement, and contemporary practices to achieve positive outcomes.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

19 May 2022, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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