Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO)

Website Australian Maritime Safety Authority


• Competitive remuneration to be negotiated + 15.4% superannuation
• Canberra based role as a key member of AMSA’s Executive team
• Executive leadership position reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer

An opportunity exists for a senior leader to join AMSA’s executive team in the key and influential position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO). As the DCEO, you will work in close partnership with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) providing leadership across the organisation to ensure that internal governance, planning, policies and systems are fit-for-purpose and support the successful delivery of the operational and strategic direction of AMSA.

As well as being a trusted partner to the CEO, you will be a key member of AMSA’s executive team and will provide guidance and support to executive General Managers of the Operations, Standards and Response divisions as they work through the complex and broad portfolios of work they are accountable for. The DCEO undertakes the function of Chief Audit Executive and will be required to fulfil acting arrangements in the position of CEO.

AMSA is currently experiencing significant change in our operating environment and the DCEO will actively drive cross-divisional collaboration and change management that will enhance AMSA’s performance as an effective safety and environmental regulator and response agency.

*Note: AMSA levels are different to Australian Public Service (APS) levels. An Executive Contract is recognised as more equivalent to an APS: SES Band 2 or 3 – in role, responsibilities and remuneration.


To be successful in this position, you will be a senior leader with proven experience at an executive level providing leadership in a dynamic and complex environment. You will hold relevant tertiary qualifications to the position and be able to practically demonstrate how those qualifications have complemented your leadership.

The DCEO is an ambassador of the AMSA values, so you will be a leader that leads by example and is held in high regard for your ability to motivate people and deliver results that support the achievement of the vision and mission of the organisation. You will be passionate about delivering the operational and strategic goals of AMSA and identify opportunities to continue to have a positive impact on shaping the safety culture of the maritime industry.

You will have exceptional interpersonal skills and a proven ability to think strategically and develop fit-for purpose solutions to complex organisational challenges, whilst demonstrating effective advocacy, relationship management and representational skills.

You will have a detailed understanding of the regulatory and operational environment in which AMSA operates and an ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance to at least NV2 level, so as to be able to manage matters involving security classified material.

For a full list of prerequisites and required capabilities for this role, please refer to the position description.

All applications should be completed on our website via the Careers at AMSA page on our website by 11:30pm (AEST) Sunday 6 October 2019. As part of your application you will need to provide;
• your resume
• a cover letter (maximum 800 words) outlining how your skills and experience meet the prerequisites and required capabilities of the role – please see link to the position description for full details

If you would like more information about this role, please contact Sarah Queenan, Manager Human Resources on (02) 6279 5671.


The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is Australia’s national agency responsible for maritime safety, protection of the marine environment, and maritime aviation search and rescue. We are a statutory authority established under the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990 (AMSA Act).

At AMSA we ensure safe vessel operations, combat marine pollution and rescue people in distress. We work closely with other Australian and international government agencies and related industries, providing valuable advice and expertise to ensure we, and others deliver on our mission.

It is an exciting time at AMSA, as we have recently assumed the full service delivery for the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessels. As we chart new territory, it creates opportunities to engage further and have an even bigger impact on the Australian Maritime industry.

AMSA employs around 400 people across Australia. We offer unique and challenging career opportunities for our employees, who come from a range of diverse backgrounds. Our employees represent our values, and operate in a PROFESSIONAL and COLLABORATIVE way; are DEDICATED to our mission and are ACCOUNTABLE for decisions and actions.

Working at AMSA will give you an opportunity to make a real difference and actively contribute towards AMSA’s vision for Safe and clean seas, saving lives. To learn more about our organisation, our AMSA Values and our people, please visit our website.

• Exciting and challenging work which directly contributes to AMSA’s mission, strategy and the impact we make to the community
• A collaborative work environment where you can contribute to AMSA’s strong reputation as maritime regulator, through working with dedicated colleagues who provide regulatory oversight to one of the safest maritime regions in the world
• The opportunity to work with supportive, passionate and collaborative colleagues and leaders who encourage and support each other to achieve positive outcomes and success
• An inclusive workplace with attractive remuneration package, including generous employer superannuation contributions
• Employee rewards, recognition and benefits that support workplace achievement and work life balance

At AMSA, we acknowledge the value diversity can bring to assist us in delivering against our mission to contribute towards ‘Safe and clean seas, saving lives’. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, people with a disability and people from other diverse backgrounds. For further information, please refer to AMSA Diversity Plan 2019-2022.

Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term

3 year renewable performance based contract

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