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Director, Policy And Ministerial Coordination

Communities and Justice - Sydney, NSW

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin


Director, Policy and Ministerial Coordination

Resilience NSW

  • Exceptional leadership opportunity
  • Be part of the inaugural Agency shaping the future of disaster resilience in NSW

There has never been a more important time to make sure that communities devastated by drought, bushfires, floods and now COVID-19 are getting the help they need to rebuild and recover.

Resilience NSW is a new Executive Agency in the Premier and Cabinet cluster, established in May 2020, to transform the whole of government approach to disaster management in NSW. Resilience NSW leads and coordinates disaster prevention, management and recovery – learning from experience to drive strategies and investment to reduce risk, build resilience of NSW communities, and give confidence to our communities to live, work and invest in NSW.

Resilience NSW keeps people and communities at the heart of everything it does. By leading a whole of government approach to disaster recovery and resilience, they ensure that people are cared for, acknowledged and empowered – so that all NSW communities are better prepared for and supported on their journey of recovery from any crisis or disaster event.

Reporting to the newly appointed Executive Director, Strategy, Policy and Programs, this role offers the unique opportunity for you to be part of shaping this critical agency.

The Director, Policy and Ministerial Coordination will lead and actively manage key relationships with Ministerial offices and coordinate Cabinet and Parliamentary processes across emergency services agencies to facilitate strategic and evidence-based advice, recommendations and decisions relating to resilience policy, regulation and major planning and investment.

Key accountabilities are:

  • Direct policy development activities within the ResNSW policy framework, inclusive of research and analysis, to ensure alignment with Federal policy, standards and research.
  • Coordinate the development of Ministerial, Parliamentary and Cabinet materials to provide expert, timely and evidence based advice and insights to relevant stakeholders.
  • Lead, influence and report on recommendations from major inquiries and reforms relevant to ResNSW to inform key stakeholders in a timely and insightful manner.
  • Manage Parliamentary processes, including ministerial requests and prepare responses to ensure consistent and robust messaging.
  • Contribute to the development, and oversee the operational delivery, of strategic and business plans, to ensure alignment between the division and ResNSW strategic objectives.
  • Optimise operational performance, with appropriate controls and processes, across the division to ensure ResNSW’s critical priorities are met.
  • Embed a culture of collaboration, agility and accountability to encourage proactive information flow and knowledge sharing across ResNSW.
  • Partner across divisions to drive ResNSW transformation and build agenda to ensure benefits are realised and risks are mitigated.
  • Lead and coach staff to ensure they have the knowledge, skills and support to achieve agency objectives and drive a culture of high performance, best practice and continuous improvement.

Key challenges will include:

  • Anticipating, responding to and mitigating impediments to effective implementation of policies.
  • Balancing a complex workload of day to day obligations as well as strategic long term projects with the competing interests and priorities of multiple stakeholders.
  • Anticipating and responding to challenges which may impede effective delivery against strategic objectives, including identifying mechanisms to mitigate these risks.

Candidates will need to demonstrate proven experience and track record in policy development, research and coordination of Ministerial materials and knowledge of machinery of government and Cabinet and Parliamentary processes. Advanced communication skills and the ability to deliver outcomes while working in a dynamic environment will be essential, along with demonstrated success in developing high performing, collaborative and engaged teams. Tertiary qualifications in Business, Management or demonstrated equivalent industry/professional experience will also be required.

The Director, Policy and Ministerial Coordination will need to maintain constructive relationships and optimise outcomes within a diverse, complex and highly sensitive context, which includes multiple partners and stakeholders at cluster, portfolio, state, national and local levels, each representing the interests of their own constituents. Building strong working relationships across the leadership team in a newly established agency with a broad remit will also be a priority.


Great people come from all walks of life. At Resilience NSW we are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and flexible environment which reflects the community and customers we serve. We actively promote gender diversity in our workplaces, the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the employment of people with a disability. We welcome and encourage applications from all people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background or sexual orientation.


The Resilience NSW head office is currently based in Haymarket. There may be an opportunity for candidates to be based outside the Sydney region – with the expectation of attending the Resilience NSW Head Office on a regular basis.

Further information about this role, including the role profile, is available by CLICKING HERE.

How to apply

Please email your cover letter (one to two pages), along with your current CV and the names of two work related referees, to [email protected]

Please quote Ref 21FS13 in the subject heading of your email and your cover letter.

If you would like to apply for multiple roles, please submit a separate application for each role and quote the relevant reference number from the advertisement.

Please do not apply for this role via the I Work for NSW site. Applications will be managed by Omera Partners, and we will acknowledge the receipt of your application by return email.

Closing date: 18 April 2021