APS 6 - Executive Officer/Formation Safety Adviser

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Department of Defence

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Posted on Thu, 5 May 2022 08:31:22 GMT $83,928.00 - 95,873.00 per year Permanent Full Time Source: Department of Defence

  • $83,928 - $95,873 (plus super)
  • Holsworthy - NSW
The Role
The Executive Officer (XO)/ Formation Safety Advisor (FSA) is responsible for the day to day management of Headquarters 2nd NSW Australian Army Cadet Brigade in accordance with the direction and priorities of the Brigade Commander, an Army Reserve Colonel, and the needs of the National Headquarters based in Canberra.

As the XO/FSA you will lead, manage, and mentor an integrated workforce comprising ADF, APS and Army Cadet Staff within the Brigade. You will prioritise and coordinate tasks, resources, staffing, plans, reporting and governance within and across the 2nd NSW AAC Brigade. This includes the planning and oversight of WHS and Youth Safety aspects of the Brigade’s operations. You will provide advice to staff and leaders on relevant Legislation, Defence, Army and Cadet Policy requirements to ensure that the deliverables of the youth development program are met. Importantly this includes ensuring that this program is conducted in accordance with the Defence Youth Safety Framework.

The XO/FSA is expected to understand and advise on the requirements of AAC policies and practices as they apply to dealing with youth, in addition to managing and reporting on the delivery of AAC outcomes and activities. A Cert 4 WHS qualification and familiarity with Youth Safety requirements is desirable, as is a sound working knowledge of incident management and the application of administrative decision making principles.

The XO must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse staff groups and have the ability to understand and work with youth. Communication is the foundation of this requirement and therefore the ability to tailor the message to different audiences who are ultimately time poor is a key requirement of this position.

The successful candidate can expect to be given a considerable level of autonomy to lead a small full time team on a day to day basis. The position offers the opportunity to interact with a broad range of people of all ages involved in the AAC. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work in one of Army’s most diverse working and professionally rewarding environments. The position offers distinct opportunities to contribute to youth development across a broad range of activities and events.

About our Team
Supporting the conduct of AAC activities in NSW, the 2nd NSW AAC Brigade is responsible for the management and support of some 7000 cadets operating from 18 School Based Units across Sydney and Regional NSW.

The XO/FSA is the conduit for the daily management of Brigade requirements with the National Australian Army Cadet Headquarters in Canberra. The XO/FSA will manage the three permanent headquarters staff, consisting of Regular Army and APS personnel. The XO/FSA will work to the Regional Commander’s direction and priorities. The Headquarters is predominantly staffed by Army Reserve personnel managing the functions of operations, personnel, training and logistics working under the direction of the Deputy Commander, an Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel.

The Brigade also consists of Army Cadet Staff (ACS), who are the adult volunteer group that delivers the youth development program. ACS wear a military uniform but are not required to hold military qualifications. The Cadets range from the age of 13, when they enter the Australian Army Cadets, to 18, when they ‘retire’ from the program. The XO/FSA will have ongoing and frequent interaction with all of these groups within the Brigade, including interaction with Cadets during key activities and events.

Our Ideal Candidate
To succeed in this role you must be a self-starter and have personal drive and integrity with a demonstrable ability to:
  • Be a leader with experience building teams and developing individuals, you are comfortable providing coaching and mentoring your team.
  • Already hold or gain, within six months of starting the role, a Cert 4 in Workplace Health and Safety and be familiar with the Defence Youth Safety Framework and youth safety requirements as they pertain to Cadets.
  • Be a dynamic thinker who can monitor, and track the progress of multiple assigned tasks, projects and lines of effort in a fast-paced environment.
  • Have strong communication skills and maintain professional working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Be able to prioritise tasks and shift priorities quickly, and deliver outcomes as an individual and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse and interpret business reporting and information to identify risks associated with business performance.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and coordinating the administrative and logistics support requirement for significant events and activities – transferable to support Army Cadet activities, bivouacs, and camps
  • Demonstrated experience in procurement of services and supplies, budget planning and management
  • Experience managing and reporting: workplace health and safety incidents; inappropriate behaviour, equipment damage or loss; and poor job performance
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office suite of products including intermediate skills in Excel and Word
  • An understanding of youth safety requirements and a commitment to the Australian Army Cadet youth development program https://www.armycadets.gov.au/
  • Ability to obtain a First Aid Certificate
  • Ability to obtain a National Police Check clearance
  • Ability to obtain a Working with Vulnerable People Certificate
  • Ability to obtain an ADFIS clearance (For serving and ex-serving military personnel only)

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