Senior Director - Policy Planning and Government Relations

$155,107 yearly
  • ACT Government
  • ACT, Australia
  • 13 May, 2022
Full time Executive and Management Legal Services Medical, Health, and Social Work Strategy and Planning

Job Description

Full-time Temporary with a Possibility of Permanency

Closes: 27 May 2022

Classification: Senior Officer Grade A
Salary: $155,107 plus superannuation
Position No: 17131 - 022K3
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 10 May 2022
Contact Officer: Josephine Smith on or (02) 5124 9564

Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together

Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community

Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind

Under current Public Health Emergency Directions all Canberra Health Services staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

In order to be eligible for employment with Canberra Health Services you will be required to provide evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 by way of a Vaccination Certificate or provision of an authorised exemption, for consideration. Please ensure you include this information with your application documentation.


Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person-centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary, and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website:

Very few teams can say they are responsible for helping set the future direction of a large organisation. The Strategy and Governance Branch is one of the few teams that can. The Branch leads and supports the development and implementation of organisation wide strategy and related projects. The division includes Policy and Planning, Risk, Insurance and Legal Liaison, and Government Relations areas. A great team with terrific opportunities to work on challenging and complex issues – all of which matter to our local community.

The Senior Director position has the important responsibility of leading and managing our policy, planning, and government relations functions. This will provide you with a unique opportunity to be involved in both strategic and operational policy and planning, contributing directly to safeguarding the high standards of care at CHS and improving the health of our community. You will also serve our community through supporting our CHS Executive team and Ministers in the business of government. This position reports to the Executive Branch Manager, Strategy and Governance.


CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Behavioural Capabilities

  1. Flexible to accommodate change in a complex environment.
  2. Leadership qualities in managing and positively influencing people, process and practice improvement in a service environment.
  3. Critical thinking and analysis, including ability to synthesise and communicate complex matters to a wide range of audiences.

Position Requirements/Qualifications:

Relevant tertiary qualifications and a minimum of five years’ experience working professionally in the public sector is preferred.

  • Leadership and management skills and experience.
  • Have an understanding of how the National Standards and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.
  • Fulfil the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks.

Note: This is a temporary position available for six months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.

Job Closing Date

27 May, 2022