First listed on: 11 February 2019

Head Strategic Communications

The Director-General Australian Signals Directorate is seeking a highly qualified and experienced communications professional to fill the Head Strategic Communications position at the SES Band 2 level.

The Australian Signals Directorate’s (ASD) purpose is to defend Australia against global threats and advance our national interests through the provision of foreign signals intelligence, cyber security and offensive cyber operations as directed by the Australian Government. The role of ASD’s Head Strategic Communications is critical. ASD recognises its business is complex and strategic communications are an important part of ASD’s capability to operate successfully and maintaining a licence to operate.

The successful applicant will report directly to the Director-General and will provide communications and issues management advice associated with all aspects of ASD’s functions:

- Collect foreign signals intelligence
- Communicate foreign signals intelligence
- Prevent and disrupt offshore cyber-enabled crime
- Provide cyber security advice and assistance to Australian governments, businesses and individuals
- Support military operations; protect the specialised tools ASD uses to fulfil its functions
- Cooperate with and assist the national security community in the performance of their functions

The successful applicant will have demonstrated ability to operate in accordance with, and actively promote ASD’s values and the Defence Leadership Behaviours, which will continue to be adopted and implemented within ASD. To be a strong contender, you will be self-aware, positive in considering and respecting a diversity of ideas and perspectives, and have the courage to challenge the status quo when it does not serve the required outcome. You will be innovative, consultative, resilient and personally accountable for the quality of advice and the delivery of results.

The remuneration package includes superannuation, an Executive Vehicle allowance and, where applicable, relocation expenses. The salary component for this position may be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Engagement may be negotiated on an ongoing basis or for a specified term. To be eligible for engagement, an applicant must be, or intend to become, a permanent Australian citizen. This is a security-designated position. The successful applicant will be required to undergo security assessments to the highest level and must be able to be cleared to Top Secret Positive Vetting.

To discuss the requirements of this position, after first reviewing the selection documentation, please telephone Amanda O’Rourke and Associates on 0452 199 031, referencing #912.

For Senior Executive Service administrative recruitment enquiries please contact the Directorate of Senior Officer Management on (02) 6265 1742 or via email at


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