Director - Special Measures

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Executive Level 2 - $121,322 - $137,021

Ongoing, Full-time

Canberra - ACT

Closing date: Monday, 3 July 2017

10 days to apply

Job description


The department is seeking talented people to manage major policy or corporate management functions or work areas at the Executive Level 2 (EL2) level.

As an EL2, you will contribute to strategic planning and policy development and service delivery across all the department’s responsibilities, which include foreign policy; development; trade and investment; corporate management; and consular and passport services.


Candidates must be Australian citizens.

To be eligible for engagement successful candidates will undergo a comprehensive security assessment. Employment in the department is dependent on gaining a valid security clearance. Loss of a security clearance at any time will lead to termination of employment. This is a security-designated position and you will be required to have or be able to obtain a security clearance to Negative Vetting Level 2 prior to commencement.

Should you be successful in securing a position from this recruitment process you will be required to undergo a security clearance. A face-to-face interview is a critical part of the security clearance process. This interview will be conducted in Australia, preferably in Canberra. If you reside overseas please be aware that you will be required to travel to Canberra at your own expense to undertake the security interview. Interviews cannot be conducted by video link or Skype.

DFAT employees are expected to adhere to the APS values and employment principles in terms of performance and standards of behaviour.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Candidates
In support of the Government’s Closing the Gap Strategy: Indigenous Economic Participation Agreement, the department is aiming to increase its recruitment of Indigenous Australians, and strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply.

People with Disabilities
Under Section 45 of the Disability Discrimination Act (1992), the department aims to ensure its recruitment processes are inclusive of people with disabilities and strongly encourages people with disability to apply.

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments for people with a disability in our selection processes and for our employees in the workplace.


Please note applications close on Monday 3 July 2017 at 2:00pm AEST.

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see:

For more information:

Tara Barrera, (02) 6261 1193

Position number:

Vacancy N.N. 10707184

Agency website:

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website