ANZSOG is a leading provider of executive-level education for the public sector. We have a deep and genuine care for good public administration, reflecting the aspirations of and our close relationship to our government owners.

At ANZSOG, you will work with talented and dedicated colleagues in our headquarters in Melbourne and in offices in Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney and Wellington. You will:

  • Work with governments at the state and national level in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Engage with leading academics, executives and other practitioners in public administration from around the world.
  • Influence the development of senior public sector practitioners.
  • Work with a group of people committed to excellence in executive education and related activities.

Positions vacant

The Australia and New Zealand School of Government is looking for a public sector leader to fill a new ANZSOG Director role based at the State Services Commission in Wellington.

The two-year secondment role, which will suit a member of ANZSOG’s alumni, will provide an opportunity for a dedicated, passionate and self-motivated public servant to act as an ambassador for ANZSOG and lead delivery of key ANZSOG activities in New Zealand.

As you know, ANZSOG is recognised globally as a leading provider of executive-level education for the public sector, created by government for government, with the active collaboration of its member universities. 

ANZSOG prides itself on postgraduate education which incorporates the core disciplines that inform effective public administration, including the “spirit of service” message emphasised by Peter Hughes at last year’s Paterson Oration.

The role will ensure ANZSOG’s education and research activities are informed by contemporary issues and policy settings in New Zealand and further ANZSOG’s relationships with senior leaders in the State sector and Auckland Council, as well as brokering new ideas and research from leading academics and public intellectuals to the State sector.

The successful applicant will work across ANZSOG’s Knowledge Nexus, Government Relations and Stakeholder Relations and Communications teams, leading and facilitating ANZSOG work in the NZ State sector. This includes overseeing delivery of the SSC/ANZSOG Thought Leadership and ANZSOG Visiting Scholar at VUW programmes and acting as a central point of recruitment for New Zealand participants in a range of ANZSOG programs, including the Executive Master of Public AdministrationExecutive Fellows ProgramTowards Strategic Leadership Program and Executive Education programs.

The successful applicant will hold a Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline or equivalent, as well as at least seven years in a senior role in the public purpose or higher education sector. Salary will be matched to the successful candidate’s current role and remuneration through a contract with their employing agency. 

More information can be found by viewing the full pdf position description (229 KB) .

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to the Dean and CEO Ken Smith via Nawwar Bryant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications close Friday 5 July 2019.

Inquiries about the position can be directed as follows: 

Before COB Friday 15 June:  Monica Pfeffer, Director Knowledge Transfer and Practitioner Engagement, +613 83441989.

After Monday 18 June:  A/Professor Catherine Althaus, Deputy Dean Teaching and Learning, + 61 3 8344 2035.

We have a fantastic opportunity for an efficient, detailed & personable Executive Assistant to join the team, reporting to the Deputy Dean (Teaching & Learning), Associate Dean and the Professor of Public Management.

In this position the Executive Assistant will provide high level executive support that includes diary management, drafting correspondence, travel arrangements (Including managing expenses), and building strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

The Executive Assistant will work collaboratively with other Executive Assistants across ANZSOG to ensure full support is provided to the senior executive team.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Proactively takes responsibility for executive diary management and travel arrangement that is accurate, clear and complete as agreed with the Deputy Dean (Academic), Associate Dean and the Professor of Public Management
  • Responsible for arranging meetings, conference calls as required, ensuring all relevant documentation and any changes to meetings are relayed to the Deputy Dean (Academic), Associate Dean and the Professor of Public Management in advance
  • Responsible for managing arrangements related to teaching and executive educations commitments of their managers including presenter invitations, travel arrangements etc in collaboration with the Government Relations team
  • Responsible for pro-active travel and itinerary coordination encompassing global and regional stakeholders where required
  • Build rapport with internal and external stakeholders, adopting a personable and professional approach in day-to-day activities and / or interaction
  • Accountable for the preparation of agendas including draft presentations
  • Responsible for ensuring expenses are processed accurately and in accordance with company timeframes and guidelines
  • Ensure compliance with human resource requirements
  • Takes ownership of maintaining data integrity by ensuring it is always accurate and up-to-date
  • Assist the Deputy Dean (Academic), Associate Dean and the Professor of Public Management with the preparation of reports that are accurate and delivered within agreed timeframes to relevant stakeholders.
  • Identify ways to streamline existing administrative procedures and eliminate duplicate effort or non-value adding tasks
  • Monitoring communications and responsibilities at host/home institutions of supervisors, professional bodies, and editorial roles
  • Other duties as may be assigned to you from time to time

Skills and requirements

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in business administration and/or human resources

  • Superior oral and written communications skills and interpersonal, Stakeholder relationship management and conflict resolution skills.

  • Ability to work cooperatively and flexibly to fulfil individual and team performance.

  • Previous administrative experience including at executive level and working directly with an Executive role.

  • Strong organisation and workload management skills and the ability to confidently prioritise work as requested.

  • Exceptional organisational skills and the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines

  • Demonstrated ability to network with various levels of stakeholders and support their HR needs

  • Positive ‘can do’ attitude

  • High level of competency in all Microsoft Office and related applications.

  • Attention to detail

  • Ability to work to a group of managers with different responsibilities, styles and needs

As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island people, and people with disabilities to apply.

Culture and benefits

  • Access to professional development opportunities
  • Additional 3 days holiday between Christmas and New Year
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

How to apply

If you have the skills and experience we are looking for, we would love to hear from you. Click here to apply for the role.