First listed on: 03 September 2018

Director, Atlas of Living Australia

  • Provide vision, direction and leadership for the Atlas of Living Australia.
  • Engage with Government, industry and community stakeholders.
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's premier scientific research organisation.

The position:

CSIRO seeks a suitably qualified and experienced person for the prestigious role of Director for the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA). As the Director you will be responsible for providing the vision, direction and leadership in the delivery of the Atlas of Living Australia to and for Government, industry and community stakeholders. The Director is also responsible for leadership and the professional management of the ALA’s talented people, as well as the associated infrastructure and financial resources.

Your primary duties will include:

  • Facility leadership and operations
  • Capability leadership
  • Engagement and partnerships
  • Resource leadership

The Atlas of Living Australia provides free, online access to millions of Australia’s biodiversity records to form the most comprehensive and accessible data set on Australia’s biodiversity ever produced. It is a collaborative, open infrastructure that pulls together biodiversity data from multiple sources, and makes it accessible and reusable. The ALA has a team of approximately 25 staff and is primarily funded through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), administered by the Department of Education and Training.

CSIRO is the lead agency in the ALA, with overall responsibility for the management and implementation of the ALA in accordance with the legal, reporting and accountability requirements outlined in the Funding Agreement.  ALA has a strong governance and management model, including the ALA Advisory Board which provides advice to CSIRO on the strategic oversight of this important national infrastructure.

Location:           Canberra, ACT, Australia
Salary:               AUD$ 160K - $201K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:              Indefinite
Job reference:  58261

To be successful you will need:

  • Project Management experience, including experience in achieving deliverables within defined timeframes, including the capacity to gather and coordinate input from a broad range of stakeholders. 
  • Experience in information, biodiversity or related science fields.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, evidenced by high-level reporting, presentation and negotiation abilities.
  • The ability to communicate openly and effectively and to build strong relationships with staff, stakeholders and clients at all levels and across boundaries together with superior interpersonal, negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Planning, financial and change management skills and experience at the level of a program of comparable size and scale to the ALA.
  • The ability to think laterally and strategically and to anticipate and manage problems in ambiguous situations.
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment, collaborate widely both internally and externally, and provide guidance to managers and staff.

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Find out more here!  Balance

About CSIRO:

At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Diversity is the compass that navigates our innovation. We provide an inclusive workplace that respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of a diverse workforce.

We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate.

The Atlas of Living Australia:

The Atlas of the Living Australia is Australia’s national biodiversity database. It provides free, online access to information about Australia's amazing biodiversity. It supports research, environmental monitoring, conservation planning, education, and biosecurity activities. ALA has a significant track record of achievement in providing critical infrastructure to a wider Australian research community.  ALA has aggregated over 75 million records representing vouchered specimens in Australian Biological collections as well as human observations from a range of institutions and organisations around Australia. The Atlas is a world leading system that allows for the storage, discovery, visualisation and analysis of biodiversity information, and is a component of the national research data infrastructure fabric. Find out more! Atlas of Living Australia

How to apply: 

Before you apply please read the Position Details. Please upload 1document containing your cover letter and CV/resume.  

Applications close:  

Sunday 30 September 2018 (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

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