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Vacancy: Assistant Director Surveillance – Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forest – Perth WA

Vacancy: Assistant Director Surveillance - Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forest - Perth WA

The Job

In consultation with the Director – OSS Surveillance Section, the Assistant Director – Surveillance will be responsible for:

  • providing leadership to a national set of teams of border surveillance (NBS and Vector) staff within OSS, including managing staff and their performance, financial management, corporate governance and leading change and implementation of policy frameworks and changes to work processes in line with national work instructions
  • managing and deploying a significant resource base (including laboratory and field facilities and equipment) with high degree of discretion for their day to day management
  • liaising, negotiating, engaging and effectively communicating with key internal stakeholders, in particular policy staff related to NBS and Vector programs
  • developing, implementing and monitoring against plans, including setting work area priorities and evaluating activities and working methods
  • developing, preparing and reviewing high quality written material including reports, briefing papers, business cases and other documents related to the OSS Surveillance Section and SSG more broadly
  • contributing to strategic planning for programs and projects, with a particular emphasis on addressing continuous improvement and delivery of practical outcomes
  • applying creativity and originality in developing new approaches or techniques, in consultation with policy colleagues
  • collaborating with national coordinators and policy area for Vector Monitoring and NBS to contribute to strategic planning for national policies and projects
  • providing timely and science-based risk mitigation advice including providing direction (in consultation with policy colleagues) to OSS border surveillance staff responding to known or potential detections of exotic species
  • identifying and responding to biosecurity and business risks and developing and implementing innovative solutions to conducting border surveillance in consultation with national NBS and Vector Monitoring coordinators
  • contributing to building Surveillance Section staff capability by coaching and motivating team members, building cooperation and succession planning
  • leading, promoting and ensuring effective implementation of the Australian Public Service (APS) Values, Employment Principles and Code of Conduct, WHS and rehabilitation policies.

The successful applicant will have:

  • extensive experience in conducting and coordinating surveillance activities for plant diseases, pests and/or weeds
  • significant knowledge and experience in botany, entomology or plant pathology, particularly relating to biology, ecology, management and diagnostics
  • demonstrated project management experience
  • demonstrated experience in achieving operational results within national policy frameworks.

Mandatory qualifications
Post-graduate qualifications in agriculture or biological science (preferably in botany, entomology or plant pathology) and ideally involving field studies.

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