Project Officer

The Australian Academy of Science was founded by Royal Charter in 1954 and more than 440 of Australia’s leading scientists are currently Fellows. The Academy is an independent non-profit organisation that recognises outstanding contributions to science and research, provides expert advice to government, contributes to the development of science policy, promotes science education and public understanding of science, and fosters international scientific relations. This position is part of a Secretariat of about 55 people who work as a team to support activities undertaken by the Academy.

Position information


The salary to be offered will be as per an Academy classification:

Academy Classification

Base Salary

at 17%


7 (1)




Classification 7 (1) has an increment after one year. Classification 7(2) has an increment after two years. All increments are subject to a performance review. In addition to the 9.5% Superannuation Guarantee, the Academy makes a further 7.5% contribution to superannuation (for a total of 17% superannuation). Alternatively, employees may choose to have the additional 7.5% paid as base salary. Other conditions include a fulltime 70 hours working fortnight, 17.5% leave loading, paid stand down over Christmas, flexible working hours, an employee assistance program, options to salary sacrifice and free city parking.


Ian Potter House and the Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Acton

Applications for the position must address the selection criteria and include a curriculum vitae with contact details for two referees. 

For the full position description and selection criteria please click here.

For job specific questions please contact Dr Chris Lewis on (02) 6201 9430, or by email.

For recruitment and application questions, please contact the recruitment team on 02 6180 8000 and quote reference number 4512.

To apply for this position, please email your application including your resume and selection criteria responses to

Closing date: Monday 14 July 2014

Position description

Position title: Project Officer
Section: Projects
Responsible to: Project Manager
Direct reports: NIL
Hours: Full time
Tenure: 3 years
Classification: 7(1)
Date reviewed: 30 June 2014


The Academy Projects Section supports the Academy to initiate, develop and then implement a number of projects across the 22 disciplines represented by the National Committees within the Academy.

The new position of Project Officer is being advertised to meet project support requirements for the activities of Academy Fellows and National Committee members. The 3 year position (with the possibility of extension depending on available funding) will support projects such as science discipline planning and future scoping in science. Examples of previous such projects can be viewed at:

The position requires strong facilitation and project management experience. The Project Officer will work to the Project Manager to assure projects are delivered in an effective and timely manner.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Provide project management and organisational support for externally funded Academy Projects, including the ability to plan, prioritise, make decisions, meet deadlines and manage resources.
  • Undertake high quality research activities related to specific project work, including performing complex research and investigation into a broad range of multi-disciplinary topics
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with external stakeholders, including government departments and agencies, industry, universities, research organisations and relevant non-government organisations, particularly those relating to current projects.
  • Assist other sections in the Academy including Science Policy and National Committees’ with identifying emerging issues for research and analysis and subsequently as topics of workshops, Think Tanks and other potential activities.
  • Collaborate with Science Policy, International Programs, National Committees and other areas of the Academy secretariat as appropriate.
  • Undertake other duties as directed, including sharing duties with other staff from time to time

Qualifications and experience

  • Tertiary level qualifications
  • Proven understanding and awareness of the policy process and experience in the development of policies or standards at international, national or enterprise level
  • At least 5 years project management and organisational support experience
  • Group liaison, people management, idea development and collaborative engagement skills are required.
  • Proven time management and communication skills (eg. report writing) will be a distinct advantage.

Selection criteria

  1. Demonstrated project management experience with a focus upon the delivery of intellectual outputs.
  2. Ability to contribute to the development of science related policy initiatives.
  3. Very well developed written and oral communication skills, including the ability to prepare complex documents and concise reports, and the ability to liaise and manage senior academics.
  4. Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to manage complex projects.
  5. Proven time management skills and ability to produce timely and high quality work under pressure, working to competing deadlines within a team.
  6. A commitment to workplace diversity, workplace participation, OH&S and equity principles.