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Job: Economic, Business and Investment Officer - New York


Position title: Economic, Business and Investment Officer
Location: Consulate General of Australia, New York
LE Level: 5
Position Number: PNNEW
Position: Full time
Agency/Branch/Work Unit: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Salary: $72,451.00 USD per annum
Security Assessment: In accordance with the Protective Security Policy Framework: 
•    Applicants must be a citizen with the following countries only: Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Canada, and the United States
•    Applicants must be willing to undergo security checks necessary to obtain an Australian National Security clearance.

The terms of employment will be in accordance with the New York-Based Terms and Conditions of Employment. Employment will be offered on a contract basis, for an initial period of two years, at the LE5.1 level with an annual salary of US $72,451. Continued employment is subject to successful completion of a 3 month probation period.

The Consulate General of Australia in New York offers a package that includes recreation and personal days, medical and dental benefits, employee assistance program and a pension plan.

The Consulate General of Australia in New York will not be responsible for any costs incurred when applying for a US visa, relocation costs, nor the return of the officer and family to their country of origin at the end of the contract.


Your completed application package must be emailed by 09:00 12 March 2018 (US EST) to : recruitment.northamerica@dfat.gov.au in PDF format only. Late or incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.


Download the New York Consulate-General application form.


To work at the Consulate General of Australia in New York, it is a requirement under United States law that you must be either a United States citizen, or a lawful permanent resident ("green card" holder), or hold a visa in the ‘A’ classification.

It is often necessary for visas to be adjudicated outside the United States. The Mission will facilitate the necessary work authorisation for the successful applicant should he/she be a non-US citizen or non-US Permanent Resident. The successful candidate is responsible for all costs, including travel and accommodation related to visa applications and commencement of employment.

Applicants who have family members who are currently in a different visa class must consider the implications of employment at the Consulate General of Australia in New York seriously before accepting an offer of employment.


The role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This involves strengthening Australia’s security, enhancing Australia’s prosperity, delivering an effective and high quality overseas aid program and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas. 

The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian Government. DFAT also works with other Australian government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s pursuit of global, regional and bilateral interests.


Under general direction of the Australian Consul-General in New York, the economic, business and investment officer undertakes research and analysis on economic, business and investment issues. The position contributes to economic, business and investment reporting and briefing. The position will assist in arranging and coordinating visit programs and briefing for visits. 

The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

•    Monitor, analyse and report on economic, business and investment developments within the consulate’s jurisdiction, focussing on sectors of interest to Australia.
•    Coordinate Australian Economic and Investment Forum (A50) including liaising with major stakeholders such as investment funds and private equity firms based in New York.
•    Optimise existing and establish new business and investment networks, including Australian entrepreneurs and venture capital firms based in New York. Develop and execute an annual Australian Entrepreneurs program to be held in the New York Stock Exchange commencing September 2018.
•    Support the Consul-General in New York with high quality business and economic advice, research and reporting on business insights. 
•    Develop and manage business and investment events, including monthly Entrepreneurs receptions and networking events at the official residence with key stakeholders to promote Australia’s business and investment priorities.
•    Develop and implement the Consulate’s business investment program, including liaison and collaboration as required with Australian posts in North America.
•    Liaise with US government, corporate and business contacts to expand the Consulate’s network and advocate for Australia’s foreign, trade and investment priorities 
•    Develop and maintain a business contacts database.
•    Assist the Consul-General to develop and execute the Australian American Business Council as jointly mandated by the Foreign Minister and the Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister.
•    Program development and briefings for the Consul-General, ministers, members of parliament, state government representatives and Australian senior officials as required, particularly in respect of investment and economic portfolios. 
•    Maintain and manage documents and electronic filing system to ensure compliance with requirements.
•    Take the lead and manage the economic, business and investment intern program.
•    Assist with other duties as required.


•    Sound understanding of both government and business trends.
•    Proven research and analytical skills.
•    Proven writing skills and proficiency in report writing.
•    Strong liaison, representational and interpersonal skills, with ability to build and maintain networks.
•    Relevant tertiary qualifications.

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