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Executive Officer - Space and Astronomy

Date: 17-Jan-2023

Location: Sydney, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • ​​​​​​Do you thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment?
  • Are you highly-organised and love solving problems?
  • Join CSIRO’s Space and Astronomy Business Unit for your next exciting career challenge 


The Office of the Director, Space and Astronomy (S&A) is offering an opportunity for an adaptable and resilient individual, to join their team as Executive Officer, providing high-level administration and management support.  This pivotal role supports the efficient and effective operations of the S&A business unit and provides vital support to the S&A Executive.

As the Executive Officer for S&A, you will provide advice and support on complex issues, coordinate planning activities, undertake specific projects, conduct analyses and research, and formulate and prepare a range of strategic communications.  

CSIRO Space and Astronomy is committed to providing a safe and inclusive culture and implementing initiatives to improve diversity and equity within our workplace. This position is available on a full-time or part-time job-share basis.

Your duties will be focussed in the following key areas:


  • Issues management – escalation, prioritisation, emerging issues, stakeholder management.
  • Coordination and planning – reviews, sensitive and complex issues, meetings conferences, committees, strategic and operational plans.
  • Compliance with CSIRO, governance and legislative requirements.
  • Communication – inbox oversight, annual report, newsletter, coordination, networking.
  • Projects, as required

Location:      Marsfield (Sydney) NSW
Salary:          AU$121k to AU$142k pa (pro-rata for part-time) + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Indefinite – Full-time or Part-time job-share arrangement
Reference:    91271

To be considered you will need:


  • A relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent management experience in an area relevant to the role.
  • A confident and pro-active approach with the ability to work well in a team, collaborate widely, and act as a link between key parties or initiatives.
  • Excellent written communication skills including the ability to prepare complex reports, analyses, plans and briefings.
  • Very strong analytical skills with a proven ability to investigate and resolve complex problems.
  • Excellent time management, prioritisation and negotiation skills, and the ability to effectively adapt in ambiguous situations. 
  • The ability and willingness to undertake occasional domestic travel (approximately 2-3 trips per year).

To see the full list of criteria for this role, please view the Position Details



Applications are open to Australian Citizens only.

The successful applicant may be subject to security/medical/character requirements.  Please review the ‘Special Requirements’ in the Position Details (link above) for further information.

Flexible Working Arrangements


We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion


We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 



At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply


Please apply online and provide a CV and cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, paying particular attention to the requirements outlined in the Position Details.

Applications Close


This role will remain open until filled.


Applications will be reviewed on arrival for residency, qualifications and experience. Formal assessments to commence on 11 January, 2023.