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Job: Policy, Research & Visits Officer - Chicago

Position Details

Location: Consulate-General, Chicago IL

LE Level: 4

Position Number: 11158

Status: Full time (37.5 hours per week)

Agency/Branch/Work Unit: DFAT

Salary: $53,657

Security Assessment: Nil

Contact Information

Contact Officer: Contact Officer: Specific questions related to the position can be directed to Amanda Slone at Amanda.slone@dfat.gov.au

Recruitment Officer: Information about Locally-Engaged positions and Embassy recruitment procedures can be located on our website: https://usa.embassy.gov.au/terms-and-conditions-employment

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

Closing Date

The closing date for receipt of applications for this position is Close of Business on Thursday, 31 May 2018 (EST).

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

All application materials should be submitted in a single PDF formatted document and sent via email to Recruitment.Washington@dfat.gov.au

There are three required documents that must be submitted with your application. Note: Applications will not be considered if they do not include these following three documents:

Document 1: Application form 

Complete the application form in full, except for citizenship details, which are only necessary for security cleared positions.  An application form must be submitted for each vacancy applied for.

Document 2: Resume

Include an up-to-date resume which details all relevant work experience, and lists most recent or current employment.  

Document 3: One-Page Pitch

Your 1-2 page pitch is a chance to tell us why you are the right person for the job. We want to know why you want to work at the Australian mission, why you are interested in the role, what you can offer us, and how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications are applicable to the role and the selection criteria that was specified. In a nutshell – why should we hire you?


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.

About the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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.

Job Description

Under general direction, this position undertakes policy work, engagement with mid-level consulate contacts, report writing and representation of the consulate.  The role is responsible for high-level research and analysis, and visit coordination. 

Duty Statement

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

  • Undertake research and analysis on political-economic issues, and other aspects of the work of the consulate, and provide advice to management

  • Monitor media reports and key publications (local and international), identify emerging issues and report on key issues of relevance to the consulate

  • Develop and maintain relationships with key government and private sector stakeholders in relation to political-economic issues

  • Prepare draft documentation on policy issues, including reports and briefing papers

  • Represent the consulate at external events, conferences and seminars, and report as required

  • Plan and manage all aspects of visits, including logistics, program preparation, airport facilitation, transport, accommodation and reporting

  • Manage the sports diplomacy program

  • Provide back-up support for notarial, consular, passport services and general enquiries during periods of absence or high workload


  1. Relevant tertiary qualifications in international relations, politics or a related field

  2. Understanding or willingness to learn Australian Government trade policy priorities

  3. Sound judgement, high-level of initiative and strong representational skills

  4. Strong organisational skills and a demonstrated ability to produce high quality research/analysis

  5. Excellent communication skills in both written and spoken English

  6. An ability to work both independently and as a member of a small team, and demonstrate high levels of adaptability and flexibility