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Project Manager (multiple roles)

Apply before 6PM (AEDT) on: Sunday, November 14, 2021

Australian Capital Territory


Agency / Department

National Skills Commission / Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Experience Level


Employment Type


Expected Rate (inc. Super)

$120 per hour***

Overview and Responsibilities

The National Skills Commission (NSC) which is working to develop intelligence on Australia’s labour market, workforce changes and current and emerging skills needs. The Forecasting, Skills and Analysis Branch uses skills forecasting and analysis to provide data and intelligence about the labour market and current and future skills needs. Most of the branch’s output is new and/or experimental analysis and the branch is well staffed in its data analytics capabilities. To support this work, the NSC is seeking to fill several digital and project related roles. A Project Manager position is available within Strategy team to assist in creating and implementing a project management framework tailored to the NSC. Earlier this year, the NSC’s data management maturity was assessed using the Enterprise Data Management Council’s Data Management Capability Assessment Model (DCAM). One suite of recommendations related to the establishment of a whole of NSC project management/tracking system. The NSC sits within the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE), which has an established project management framework and suite of associated documents. These are designed for projects larger in size and scope then those of the NSC, which are generally 1-3 person projects for less than 6 months. The position will initially involve working with appointed external consultants to design and progressively implement a new project management framework by the end of 2021. The NSC is seeking a project manager who can bring this experience but is also willing to perform the typical daily tasks of project management. The position is expected to work with a broad range of colleagues from analysts through to senior executives and must therefore have excellent oral and written communications skills. One key stream of work which you will need to be closely integrated with is the establishment of the NSC’s data lake. This will include working with IT delivery areas of DESE to understand the progress of this work, review their reporting, and communicate any issues and risks to senior management in the NSC. The duties of the position include:
•Developing an understanding of the existing project management approaches within the NSC
•Assisting in scoping out the requirements for the procurement of an external consultant
•Working with the consultant to design the NSC’s project management framework, including process and templates
•Assist in implementing cultural change across the NSC to embed a consistent approach to project management, guided by the new framework
•Once procedures are in place, assist EL2s across the NSC on a weekly/fortnightly basis to undertake reporting
•Manage workflow with senior executive and their representatives
•Managing the risk and issues register
•Providing high level reporting across all of the projects in the NSC
•Monitor costs and expenditures Familiarity with the following would be of value:
•Data governance
•Aristotle, Purview
•Managing public sector agency budgets
•Data lake implementation/establishment The NSC is a relatively new organisation, having only been established in July 2020. So if you’d like to get involved, please contact to discuss this opportunity. Please note that applicants will need to respond in full to the Criteria listed in this opportunity. Please also note that previous applicants for this position should only apply if there has been a significant change in skills. A merit pool will be created from this Opportunity for potential future vacancies.

Essential Criteria

1. Capability to perform the role as stated in the responsibilities of the specialist and expected deliverables.
2. Ability to establish effective project governance and controls to deliver quality outcomes
3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills including ability to communicate and build relationships at all levels
4. Demonstrated strong ability to manage priorities, organise workloads and meet challenging deadlines under limited direction.

Desired Criteria

1. Familiarity with the following would be of value: •Agile •DevOps •Data governance •Aristotle, Purview •Managing public sector agency budgets •Data lake implementation/establishment

Security Clearance

Must Have current baseline clearance

Contract Extensions

2 x 12-month extensions

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