Primary Objective

The Executive Director is accountable for the provision of strategic leadership and management of the Darwin Harbour Infrastructure Projects and is responsible for the development and implementation of robust monitoring and governance systems to track project developments, risks and outcomes. An Executive contract up to 4 years may be offered.


Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage the provision of professional project development, design, contract management and project delivery services to government clients.
  • Provide strategic and policy advice to the General Manager, Senior Management team and Client Agencies on the work of the DHIP Branch, including innovative procurement options, and community, Aboriginal and industry engagement.
  • Ensure the Branch maintains best practice standards in all its activities so as to safeguard the public and clients.
  • Develop and foster close working relationships with clients, transport asset users, industry and other Territory, State and Federal Authorities.
  • Resolve complex contractual matters in a timely and sensitive manner.
  • Provide effective leadership, mentoring, resource management and strategic development to the Branch and the Division.
  • Carry out all duties in accordance with Departmental Occupational Health and Safety and Equal Employment Opportunities and environmental guidelines.

Selection Criteria


  • Extensive knowledge and experience in such facets of management and business planning and project, financial, contract, asset and resource management.
  • Broad transport asset design and construction experience, particularly with natural materials in remote areas and marine projects.
  • High level skills in strategic, conceptual and analytical thinking, operating in a sensitive political, social and organisational environment, and in communication, negotiation and conflict resolution.
  • Demonstrated successful delivery of large scale, high value (=/>$75 million) and complex transport and marine infrastructure projects.
  • Proven skills in managing and leading diverse and geographically dispersed professional and technical teams to ensure specific objectives are met within appropriate timelines in an environment influenced by continuous change, innovation and improvement.
  • The ability to deliver positive employment outcomes for Aboriginal people in urban, remote and isolated communities.


  • A good understanding of a Government Agency and Business Division’s operating environment.
  • Tertiary qualifications in one or more of the following; Civil Engineering, Public Sector Management or similar discipline.
  • An understanding of Government programming and procurement procedures.
  • Demonstrated innovation and leadership in Aboriginal Engagement and Participation on Government funded projects.

Under the agency’s Special Measures Recruitment Plan eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) applicants will be granted priority consideration for this vacancy.



Louise McCormick, General Manager Transport and Civil Services on 08 8924 7123

Applications close 15th April, 2021 Apply Online

Executive Director

Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

From $ 237,573
Consulting and Strategy
Organisational Leadership
Work Type
Full Time - Fixed Term