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Assistant Director - Strategic Communications
Business & Corporate Services
Ongoing - Permanent
$117,917 - $131,763
ASIO protects Australia and Australians from threats to their security. In a complex, challenging and changing security environment, our success is built on the imagination and intelligence of our team. ASIO's people are ordinary Australians but they do extraordinary things - they are our most important asset.

Our staff are carers, parents, grandparents and community volunteers and may come from various backgrounds, including music, teaching and nursing. We are proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and second or third generation Australians. We are introverted, extroverted and neurodiverse. We are tradespeople, technically-minded, corporate and intelligence professionals. We are your neighbours and part of your community. The only difference is, we don't tell you where we work or what we do.

Role Responsibilities

We have an exciting opportunity for two creative, experienced and highly-skilled practitioners to be involved in the development and management of ASIO strategic communication activities.

The Assistant Director, Strategic Communications roles require you to work as part of a dynamic and fast-paced team, responsible for providing internal and external communication services covering digital and social media channel management, media, public relations duties and event management.

As an Assistant Director, Strategic Communications, you will:
Contribute to the management of public affairs and external communication-related matters – Whole of Government crisis communication responses, media and interview requests, speechwriting, talking points, and website and social media content.
Support the implementation of internal communications initiatives, including the development of key messages, internal communications activities, intranet content, senior executive messaging, and high-profile events.
Work closely with key stakeholders across ASIO and more broadly across Government, to maintain productive relationships.

Key Attributes

We invite applications from people with the following attributes:

High-level understanding, skills and demonstrated ability in one or more of the following disciplines: media relations, social media, internal communications, corporate communications.
Strong writing skills and demonstrated experience in the creation of high-quality communication products aligned to business priorities, across a wide variety of channels and for a range of audiences. 
Experience in exercising strategic judgement, and providing expert and timely communications advice and assistance to a range of stakeholders.
Strong management and organisational skills, and experience in successfully delivering results within time restraints and with multiple competing priorities.
Confidence and ability to effectively communicate, collaborate and manage relationships with team members, business areas and external stakeholders at all levels of seniority.
Demonstrated ability to work autonomously, and also to collaborate within a team, to achieve positive results. 


To be eligible for the role, you must be:

An Australian citizen.
Assessed as suitable to hold and maintain a Positive Vetting security clearance.

ASIO is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, where all staff are valued and respected. We welcome and value applications from all eligible candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious affiliation, age or disability. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Please advise us if you require any additional assistance in order to fully participate in the recruitment process or in the workplace.

Employment Conditions

Employment is under the ASIO Act 1979. Conditions of service are similar to those applying in the Australian Public Service. We recognise entitlements accrued under the Public Service Act 1999 and provide for continuation of superannuation under the Commonwealth schemes. Salary packaging arrangements are also available.


ASIO provides a number of benefits to its staff including:

A competitive salary, including a 7.5 per cent allowance for maintaining a Positive Vetting security clearance.
Employer superannuation contributions of 15.4 per cent.
Four weeks annual leave per year.
A variety of leave options.
Flexible working arrangements to assist you to maintain your work-life balance.

Closing Date and Time

Monday 30 November 2020, 11:59pm AEST.

How to Apply

Click on 'Apply Online' to commence your application. Your application must be complete and include the following:

A succinct statement of claims up to 600 words against the selection criteria, using examples to demonstrate how your skills and experience meet the requirements. 
An up-to-date CV, no more than two pages in length.

All employment decisions and selections processes within ASIO are based on merit principles and candidates must be prepared to undergo various selection stages.

ASIO thanks all applicants for their interest in applying. In accordance with ASIO policy, unsuccessful candidates will not be provided with feedback on any aspect of the selection process. 

ASIO holds all employment applications in the strictest of confidence. It is essential that you do the same. Please do not discuss your application with others, as doing so may adversely affect your potential employment.

Selection Criteria

With reference to ASIO's People Capability Framework (available on the ASIO Careers page) and with consideration to the position description, demonstrate what you bring to the position in relation to the criteria below:

Strategic Thinking
Achieving Results 
Productive Working Relationships
Personal Drive and Integrity
Communication with Influence
Demonstrated skills and experience 

Please note: it is not necessary to address each sub heading of the selection criteria individually in your application.


If, after reading the selection documentation, you require further information, please contact ASIO Recruitment on (02) 6257 4916.

More Information

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