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19-2021 - Executive Level 2, Directors/Senior Adviser, Macroeconomic Group

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Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
Economics, Econometrics, Statistics, Policy, Public Policy

Treasury has a number of Director/Senior Adviser positions available in the Macroeconomic Conditions Division (MECD) and the Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Division (MAPD) in Macroeconomic Group.

MECD provides advice on economic conditions in Australia and internationally and produces the Government’s economic forecasts and long term economic projections. The successful applicants will manage staff, priorities and workflows for their respective units and connect these with broader departmental and divisional objectives. They should bring a strong analytical mindset to their roles, and be able to balance managing and supporting staff with delivering key departmental priorities during periods of high demand, including during Budget preparations.

There are potentially four positions available in MECD, including in the Prices, Wages, and Labour Unit; the National Economy and Forecasting Unit; the International Unit and the Macro Economic Modelling Unit. The merit pool may be used to fill further vacancies within Treasury.

Directors in MECD undertake a range of responsibilities including:

  • Leading a team of Assistant Directors and Analysts to complete quantitative and qualitative analytical tasks.
  • Developing and maintaining productive relationships with other government agencies and with stakeholders in the private sector and in academia.
  • Managing the preparation of Budget material, briefings to ministers and senior officials, speeches, replies to parliamentary questions and other correspondence.
  • Representing Treasury at whole of government and/or industry meetings.
  • Supervising and building the capability of EL1 and APS staff.
  • Maintaining a strong awareness of departmental, group and divisional objectives and business requirements, and ensuring that these are built in to work undertaken and discuss and resolve issues.

The position in the Macro Economic Modelling Unit of MECD involves some specialist responsibilities, including:

  • Developing and using (including training staff without prior experience) of the Macroeconometric Model of Australia for forecasting and scenario analysis.
  • Communicating model results including the ability to explain how a macroeconometric model works, and how the results would change under different assumptions and inputs.
  • Developing strong working relationships with stakeholders within and outside of Treasury, particularly the Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Division, Tax Analysis Division, key Government agencies and the broader economic modelling community.

Treasury is also seeking a highly motivated, collaboration-oriented applicant, with relevant tertiary qualifications and experience in data policy to lead the Data Strategy and Governance Unit in Treasury’s Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Division (MAPD).

As the Director of the Data Strategy and Governance Unit in MAPD, you will report to senior executive and be responsible for:

  • leading Treasury’s advice and engagement on APS wide data integration policy, including positioning Treasury to maximise benefits of data sharing legislative reform;
  • cultivating and leveraging strategic partnerships across APS, States, private sector and academia to create new data access opportunities and projects that unlock the value of high-quality administrative data and tangibly improve Australia’s data landscape;
  • implementing Treasury’s Tracking the Recovery Program in partnership with Treasury’s Information Services Branch.  This includes delivering an uplift in Treasury’s microdata analytical IT infrastructure, data tools, data strategy and governance to better inform the Government’s reform and recovery agenda;
  • overseeing ABS governance including strategic issue management and development of ABS budget proposals;
  • representing Treasury at meetings, interdepartmental committees, conferences and other forums; and
  • leading and managing the work of a multi-disciplinary team, including coaching staff and identifying development needs.
    A key aspect of the role is policy entrepreneurship such as securing funding, data strategy advice, data brokerage, data governance including managing privacy impact assessments and data sharing agreements and project identification, scoping, management and delivery.

What we are looking for

The successful applicants will have:

  • Demonstrated experience in managing and leading teams and organising workflows to deliver projects and tasks.
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and spoken)
  • Outstanding stakeholder engagement skills, including the ability to influence senior stakeholders, and build and maintain strong relationships with peers in portfolio agencies and across the APS.
  • Ability to make sound decisions under tight timeframes.
  • The ability to contribute to the Department’s capability either in data analysis, modelling or undertaking econometric analysis.
  • Be interested in the development or application of economic models and techniques.

In addition, the successful applications for roles in MAPD will have:

  • a strong commitment to collaboration across government to drive the data integration policy agenda;
  • an entrepreneurial spirit to seek out opportunities to tangibly improve Australia’s microdata assets; and
  • a willingness to sustain a strong feedback loop with MAPD’s microdata analytical and research agenda.

Desirable Qualifications / Experience

For the roles in MECD:

  • An undergraduate qualification or higher with experience in a quantitative field, is highly desirable, but not essential. Strong management, communication and people skills are equally important.
  • Candidate’s prior experience in macroeconomic modelling is valuable, however except for the Senior Adviser role in the Macro Economic Modelling Unit, it is not essential, noting that we offer training to new staff.

For the role in MAPD, the candidate will possess:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and/or experience in data policy or data strategy;
  • Demonstrated ability to create new microdata projects, and/or support the development of microdata analytical capabilities;
  • Ability to collaborate across Treasury, and APS including well established networks of senior officials across the data policy landscape; and
  • Familiarity with how microdata can support new policy evaluation and economic analysis would be an asset but is not essential.

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