Assistant Manager, Executive Level 1, Operations, Australian Space Agency

  • Full Time
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • Australian Citizenship Required
  • January 31, 2021

Company Details

The purpose of the Agency is to transform and grow a globally respected Australian space industry that lifts the broader economy, inspires and improves the lives of Australians – underpinned by strong international and national engagement.

About the team

The 10 year plan for the Australian space industry is outlined in the Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy which outlines four pillars and the seven key priority areas which sets a path to triple size of space economy and create another 20,000 jobs in Australia.

Responsibilities of the Agency include providing national policy and strategic advice on the civil space sector; coordinating Australia’s domestic space sector activities; leading international space engagement; supporting the growth of Australia’s space industry and the use of space across the broader economy including the Moon to Mars initiative (M2M); administering space activities legislation and delivering on our international obligations; and inspiring the Australia community and the next generation of space entrepreneurs.

In conjunction with the Australian Public Service (APS) Code of Conduct and Values, the Agency has specific values that guide how we conduct our business both internally and externally. It is expected that all staff of the Agency closely identify and embrace these values.

Our ideal candidate

The Agency is high performing, collaborative and fast moving team and we are looking to fill a role with a leader who can inspire, work collaboratively and deliver significant outcomes.

The Operations and Communications team is responsible for coordination of all corporate activity across the Agency – mainly: facility management, governance, parliamentary, human resources, finance, property, event management and communications. It is a high pressure environment as the team works to meet ministerial requirements and operational management of the Agency.

To be considered for the role you will have demonstrated experience and skill in:

Genuinely embracing our values

  • Being an innovative leader with outstanding interpersonal skills that respects, empowers and engages the team
  • Being trusted to deliver
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications
  • Being flexible and adaptable in a fast paced environment
  • Experience in a corporate management role in areas including, but not limited to, governance, finance and recruitment.

Having some of the below experiences and skills will be highly regarded:

  • Strong understanding of government processes, particularly in governance policies and procedures, procurement, recruitment and the engagement with ministerial offices and other Government agencies
  • Experience in financial management in a government or aligned organisation including an understanding of government budgetary processes
  • Facility management, managing the operations including security, visitor management
  • Human resources including workforce planning, recruitment, on-boarding of staff and maintenance of a high performance culture and well-being
  • Experience in operational event and project management and capability to multi-task across a large number of tasks and activities.

What you will do

You will work collaboratively with a small team of highly engaged staff as a leader in your field.

Key responsibilities of the role will include:

  • supporting corporate management and governance activities for the Agency
  • monitoring, reporting and assisting in the development of a budget for the Agency
  • providing advice on all aspects of people and culture including corporate consultation committee
  • supporting the functionality of the Agency in the form of a facility management role of the Agency headquarters including facility issue management responses
  • developing and supporting the continual improvements to the workforce plan, including training requirements for the Agency
  • coordinating and responding to formal correspondence to the Agency
  • managing operational aspects of events – including major domestic and international events, as well as the attendance of all staff at conferences and related events
  • providing support to manage complex enquiries from stakeholders
  • engaging with stakeholders (internal and external)
  • developing high quality briefs and other documents
  • working within legislative, financial and administrative frameworks to manage contracts and procurements
  • developing and maintaining a sound understanding of the space sector.

While day-to-day work is anchored in the team, the Agency operates in a dynamic environment, and it is expected that the successful candidate will flexibly support work in all functional teams including Office of the Space Regulator, Chief Technical Office, Engagement and Missions, Strategy and Policy teams where required.


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

Security Clearance

This position initially requires a minimum baseline security. The successful applicant will then be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at the Negative Vetting 1 level.


Please ensure you are familiar with the Enterprise Agreement for the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources including expected salary for Executive Level 1 and conditions of employment before applying. This can be found on the Department’s website.


Applicants will be expected to work at the Agencies headquarters in Adelaide.


It is expected that this position will commence in February 2021. Please note that there may be a pre-interview assessment and interviews may be conducted remotely.


How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, résumé and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above demonstrated and highly regarded role requirements, provide a cover letter that provides an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (please limit your response to a maximum of 500 words)

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

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Anntonette Dailey on or via (02) 6102 9488.

Learn more about the department

The Agency’s governance arrangements are outlined in its Charter. It is a non-statutory, separately branded whole-of-government entity located within the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (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 is respectful, inclusive, and diverse, where all employees have a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic whole selves to work every day. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, mature age, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people of the LGBTIQA+ community, including transgender, gender diverse, and intersex people. Please contact our Inclusion and Capability team at for a confidential discussion if you identify from any of these diverse backgrounds and would like to discuss this in more detail.

Please contact the Recruitment Team at or (02) 6276 1235 or refer to our Applying for a position information.

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