Job Description - Climate Change Authority

Job Description
General details:
Reference number:
Director Corporate Services
Executive Level 2
Climate Change Authority (the Authority)
Employment conditions:
Authority staff are covered by the Department of Climate Change and
Energy Efficiency Enterprise Agreement 2011-14, DCCEE Enterprise
Agreement 2011-14
$113 950 to $150 343 and relocation costs will be considered for a
successful interstate applicant
Immediate supervisor:
Chief Executive Officer
Security classification:
About the Authority:
The Authority is an independent body established to provide expert
advice on Australia’s action to address climate change. The Authority
conducts regular public reviews and its reports and recommendations
are made public.
The Authority is located in Melbourne and offers exciting and
challenging opportunities for highly professional individuals who
enjoy working in a team environment. We encourage and value a
diverse workforce.
About the Branch:
To find out more visit our website at
The Corporate Services section is responsible for delivering corporate
and compliance functions for the Climate Change Authority including
Finance, Accommodation and Facilities, Human Resources,
Information and Technology and Communications. The section works
with outsourced services providers (other APS agencies) who provide
additional corporate services through shared services agreements
(including payroll, IT services, and accounts payable and receivable).
The Director Corporate Services will be responsible for leading the small corporate services team and hold
the position of Chief Financial Officer.
Duties and responsibilities are set out below:
Primary responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial related
activities of the Authority, including:
providing day-to-day financial management advice and accounting expertise to CEO and senior
managing in a timely and accurate manner the Authority’s budget, reporting, financial
statements, accounts payable and receivable;
providing timely and accurate advice on procurement and contractual activities;
ensuring effective internal controls and risk management strategies are in place;
ensuring compliance with relevant Commonwealth legislation and guidelines;
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providing input to Senate Estimate briefs and board papers; and
completing ad-hoc projects as required.
Managing the other corporate services function including Human Resources, Information Technology,
Building services and administrative support.
Drive the development and delivery of the Authority’s corporate plan, mission statements and
organisational culture.
Managing the continuing development and maintenance of the Authority’s governance, compliance
and business management procedures including the Authority’s Governance Framework, Accountable
Authority Instructions, Corporate Plan, Annual Report, Fraud Control, Risk Management, Security,
Business Continuity.
Manage and deliver the internal audit function for the Authority.
Management of the Shared Services Agreement with the Departments of the Environment, Industry
and Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Provide leadership to members of the Corporate Services Branch.
Effectively communicate and build strong working relationships within the Authority and the
Department of the Environment.
Based in a small Agency, the role requires the individual to work as a generalist as well as holding specific
financial qualifications in a dynamic environment and assume new responsibilities as they emerge. The
successful candidate will therefore be required to be a self-starter and demonstrate a high degree of
initiative to be able to meet deadlines within a changing environment.
Tertiary qualifications in accounting or finance. CPA or CA qualification is highly desirable.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience of financial accounting systems, including reporting and
application within the public sector.
Demonstrated experience in delivering and managing the corporate, administrative and compliance
requirements of a Commonwealth government agency
Sound knowledge of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act, Commonwealth
Procurement Rules and other policy and process requirements is desirable.
Demonstrated experience being proactive and using problem solving skills to resolve issues in an accurate
and timely manner.
Security assessment
This position is a security assessed position. The successful applicant will be required to undergo a security
assessment to obtain a Baseline security clearance.
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Selection criterion
1. Relationships and Influencing: Foster external partnerships and collaboration to develop deeper
understanding of issues. Liaises closely with stakeholders to identify and understand existing and
emerging issues.
2. Writing Persuasively: Demonstrates high level writing skills to frame persuasive arguments based on
sound research and high quality analysis.
3. Delivering Outcomes: Manages individual and team workloads to deliver specific outputs.
4. Strategic Perspective: Develops broader understanding of implications and linkages across areas and
issues. Understands objectives and goals of the broader organisation, their alternatives and impacts.
5. Analysis and Critical Thinking: Demonstrates high level research skills and makes judgements on the
impact of alternative courses of action and chooses the most effective response.
6. Leadership and Team Contribution: Models and promotes APS Values and Code of Conduct and adopts
a collegiate approach in key interactions with colleagues and team members.
7. Building and Applying Knowledge: Provides technical/specialist expertise and advice in response to
stakeholder and clients needs.
Responses to the selection criteria are limited to 250 words per criteria.
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