Embassy of Australia
United States of America


Vacancy Notice
Deputy Director (Education Policy)

Position Details: 

Location: Embassy of Australia, Washington DC

Broadband: BB3

Position Number: 11900

Status: Full-time

Agency/Branch/Work Unit: DIICCSRTE

Starting Salary: US $65,707 per annum

Contract: This is a 2-year contract, the extension of which will be assessed by the Embassy on the basis of need and performance.

Security Assessment: Nil 

Contact Information

Contact Officer: Specific questions related to the position can be directed to Charles McCullough via email to charles.mccullough@dfat.gov.au.

Questions on the application process should be directed to Human Resources via email to recruitment.washington@dfat.gov.au.

Recruitment Officer: Information about Locally-Engaged positions and Embassy recruitment procedures can be located on our website: http://www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/Employment.html

Email additional questions to: Recruitment.Washington@dfat.gov.au.

Closing Date

The closing date for receipt of applications for this position is closing of business (EST) on Monday, 12 August 2013. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. If you have not been requested to attend an interview within four weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

How to Apply

For details on how to apply, please see our website: www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/HowToApply.html.


Please note taxation is a personal responsibility for all Locally Engaged Staff and individuals should confirm their taxation obligations before considering an offer of employment with the Embassy.

Job Description

The position is located in the Education, Science & Technology Branch of the Embassy of Australia (the Branch). The Branch is a small office of three staff, working within the broader environment of the Embassy.

The Branch works with American and Canadian education and science institutions, policy-makers and governments to strengthen the bilateral relationship. Key areas of engagement include:

  • Government-to-government dialogue: Australia and North America share many similar education & science policy challenges. The Branch facilitates education and science policy dialogue between the Government of Australia and the Governments of the United States and Canada as a means to share best practices and lessons learned for future policy development.
  • Education & science policy research and analysis: The Branch monitors and analyses education & science policy and regulatory developments in Canada and the United States, and reports its findings to the Australian Government, education and science sectors.
  • Promoting the quality of Australian education & science: The Branch promotes Australia as a source of high quality education & science, both with regards to its innovation system and its education & science policies.

The position reports to the Minister Counsellor (Education, Science & Technology). Deputy Director (Education Policy) works side by side with the Deputy Director (Science & Technology). The position requires some after-hours work, and travel for conferences and meetings.

Duty Statement

In accordance with Workplace Diversity, Work Health and Safety and Industrial Democracy principles and practices:

  1. Monitor, research, evaluate and report on specific US and Canadian education policy developments and legislative matters as they affect Australian interests (25%).
  2. Establish and maintain strong relationships with US and Canadian government agencies, think-tanks, foundations, institutions and peak bodies (25%).
  3. Design, develop and implement complex visit programs for Ministers, senior institutional officials, other VIPs and the Minister-Counsellor (25%).
  4. Co-manage administration of the office, including budget planning and tracking, finance, and event management (15%).
  5. Undertake a range of other projects at the direction of the Minister-Counsellor. (10%).

Selection Criteria

All applicants must submit a written statement addressing the Selection Criteria


  1. Proven ability to undertake complex research and analytical tasks on policy, legislative and regulatory issues.
  2. Sound knowledge of education policy trends and developments in the United States and Canada.
  3. Well developed written and oral presentation skills, including experience in report writing and presentation, and the ability to orient writing and oral briefings from a client perspective. 
  4. Well developed liaison, representational and interpersonal skills, including demonstrated ability to develop an extensive range of productive contacts in the US and Canada with particular relevance to education matters, the ability to maintain and develop this network, and the ability to represent Australia at a senior level.
  5. Sound judgment and well developed planning and organisational skills, including an ability to work with limited supervision to meet multiple objectives and competing deadlines.
  6. Demonstrated ability to contribute effectively as a member of a small team, including proven initiative, cooperation, flexibility and reliability.