Director Diagnostics and Laboratory Services
Specified Calling Level 5 | Permanent – Full Time
- Make your name as a senior biosecurity leader with a key role in the development of WA’s future biosecurity system reviewing the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007.
- Take a prominent role in planning and decision-making for the development of the new DPIRD science and diagnostics facility.
- Join the WA public sector and experience all the perks of work-life balance and flexible work arrangements that it has to offer.
What will your typical day look like?
On a day to day basis, you will be involved in building the capacity of your team, sharing your vision, and providing strategic and operational leadership to diagnostic laboratories. You could be attending Biosecurity leadership meetings, meeting with policy area leads to determine the direction of the laboratory services or be working nationally. This includes working with other laboratories, national reference laboratories, Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness, or building diagnostic leadership networks. For example - WA needs to work with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions; Chemcentre, CSIRO, universities, and related researcher providers.
For further key responsibilities please see attached JDF.
Enough about us, let’s talk about you. Ideally you will have:
You are a highly motivated and experienced professional in biosecurity wishing to further develop your career. You will be a strategic thinker and with a strong self-reflective lens to understand your own motivations and how to engage and motivate others around you to get the best from them. You will have a background in delivering diagnostic services in a large, multi-purpose laboratory and have good knowledge of biosecurity diagnostic requirements and policy settings. You will understand the challenges facing government, in particular for biosecurity.
You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be innovative in your approach, open to new challenges and opportunities. Above all you will enjoy engaging with others, have strong strategic leadership and management skills and a demonstrated record of success working through relationships and partnerships to manage and meet stakeholder requirements and expectations.
For further key responsibilities please see attached JDF.
- At DPIRD we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce and is an equal opportunity employer. We value and strongly encourage people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply for positions within our agency.
- Get ready to apply. It’s simple.
Visit Jobs WA to apply if this is something that excites you! All we need is:
- A resume of no more than three (3) pages including details of two (2) referees
- A cover letter of no more than two (2) pages in length demonstrating how your skills, knowledge and experience relate to the following Essential Work Related Requirements:
- Substantial experience leading and managing diagnostic laboratory services.
- Highly developed ability to deliver products and services consistent with customer needs and defined quality expectation (including timeliness).
- Highly developed ability to ensure resources, including financial, physical, technological, and information requirements, are managed to maintain product/service delivery.
It is recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information. Please note that all of the Work-Related Requirements will be assessed at some stage during the selection process.
Need further information?
We’d love to hear from you!
To have a confidential discussion, Mia Carbon, Executive Director, Biosecurity on 0477 335 264.
Am I eligible to apply?
To be eligible for a permanent appointment to the Western Australian public sector you must be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency status in Australia. To be eligible for a fixed term or a casual appointment you must have documentary evidence of your entitlement to live and work in Australia for the period as part of your application.
You will be required to provide a current National Police Certificate (police clearance) before commencing employment.
Special Requirements for this position:
- A degree in Agriculture Science, Science or approved equivalent OR a degree in Veterinary Science (obtained from an Australian university or recognised equivalent), and current recognised registration (or able to obtain prior to commencement) with the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Western Australia – registration must be maintained whilst employed by the department.
- Valid and current Western Australian C (car) class motor drivers’ licence, or equivalent (if not currently held, must be acquired prior to commencement at applicants’ expense).
- Occasional travel to and from metropolitan and regional offices may be required.
- The contract of employment specifies terms and conditions relating to this position.
This process may be used to fill other similar vacancies throughout the department. In addition to this, should the successful applicant decline or vacate the advertised position, the panel may select another suitable applicant from this selection process. Both of these options remain valid for a period of twelve (12) months from approval of the initial recruitment decision.
Please note, an Executive Search will be conducted for this process.
Please ensure you have plenty of time to submit your application to allow for unanticipated problems, as late and proforma applications will not be accepted. (Please note: Online lodgement is system generated. Any submissions on or after 4:00pm will not be accepted)
CLOSING DATE: Friday, 29 October 2021 at 4:00 PM WST