Application package: Director Operational Intelligence (June 2018)

The Director Operation Intelligence is responsible for providing significant contributions to the development, implementation and maintenance of Intelligence and Science Results Management capabilities within the National and International Anti-Doping Programs.



Role description


Role Title

Director - Operational Intelligence   







Job Type | Role Status

Full-time, Ongoing  

Classification | Salary

ASADA Level 5, Executive Level 2 - $117,851 - $142,209

Role Number



Intelligence Operations

Reports To

Deputy CEO Operations

Direct Reports


Qualifications/Essential Requirements

Demonstrated experience in coordinating intelligence activity in a law enforcement or regulatory context

Intelligence or investigations experience in a sport context (Desirable). 



The Australian Government, as a signatory to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) International Convention against Doping in Sport (the Convention), implements anti-doping arrangements that’s are consistent with the principles of the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code).

The Australian Sports Anti- Doping Authoring (ASADA) is Australia’s national anti-Doping agency. The role and functions of ASADA are set out in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Regulations 2006 and the National Anti-Doping scheme. ASADA is a non-corporate Commonwealth Entity under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

ASADA works with sports, athletes, support personnel and Government entities to provide a comprehensive anti-doping program.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is the Australian Government body responsible for protecting the health of athletes and the integrity of Australian sport through engagement, deterrence, detection and enforcement activities aimed at minimising the risk of doping. 


Primary purpose of the role

The Director Operation Intelligence (DOI) heads up the Science and Intelligence Teams and forms a key part of the Operations Group. The Intelligence Team works with partners that collects and analyses intelligence that informs the operations of the organisation. The team also assists anti-doping organisations to build intelligence capability.

In conducting its work, the team works closely with other areas of ASADA, Australian and international regulatory and law enforcement bodies, anti-doping organisations internationally and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

ASADA’s work in intelligence is highly regarded in the anti-doping field internationally, and the position holder will have the opportunity to build on ASADA’s reputation in this area.

The DOI is responsible for providing significant contributions to the development, implementation and maintenance of Intelligence and Science Results Management capabilities within the National and International Anti-Doping Programs.

In addition the occupant will be required to provide strategic leadership and operational direction to ASADA’s Intelligence and Science Teams as well as advice to the ASADA executive and personnel. 


Key duties

The duties of the Director, Operational Intelligence will vary according to the needs of the Executive and Senior Executive as informed by the National Operations Manager, under limited direction duties and responsibilities include:

  • Manage, coach and provide strategic leadership to a team of professionals involved in managing and analysing information and intelligence related to possible anti-doping rule violations;
  • Contribute to the production of an annual assessment of the threat of doping to Australian sport;
  • Establish effective intelligence and information sharing partnerships with national and international law enforcement agencies and sports bodies
  • Enhance the capability and reputation of ASADA;
  • Work with the Director Investigations and the ASADA Testing Team to ensure ASADA’s anti-doping testing program is intelligence driven;
  • Manage the use of resources to ensure outcomes are delivered within agreed timeframes and within budget;
  • Provide strategic advice to the ASADA Executive regarding emerging trends in doping in sport;
  • Determine, in consultation with the ASADA Executive, overall priorities for intelligence activity;


Key accountabilities

  • Ensure the work of the team is conducted in accordance with the requirements of Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006 and Regulations, and other relevant Australian Government legislation and policies;
  • Coordinate and supervise intelligence activity in accordance with those priorities, to meet team and organisational outcomes;
  • Conduct high-level representation of ASADA at forums and meetings with relevant stakeholders;
  • Endorse and encourage ‘best practice’ record keeping in accordance with policies, standards and guidelines issued by the National Archives Act 1983 of Australia;
  • Behaviors in accordance with the APS Values and APS Code of Conduct;
  • Cooperate with the employer and comply with all relevant legislation and ASADA’s health and safety policies, procedures and instructions; and
  • Work and act safely and take all reasonable care to protect personal health and safety and the health and safety of others.


Key challenges

  • Being alert and vigilant to gauge the credibility of information provided by sources, which are traditionally considered unreliable.
  • Maintaining standards of quality processes and reports in keeping with the principles of natural justice, fairness and the public interest
  • Some matters are likely to be contentious or complex issues that have scope for alternative interpretation requiring tact, persuasion and sensitivity within the application of guidelines.


APS capabilities

The following APS Capabilities provide the framework for every APS role:

  • Shapes Strategic Thinking
  • Achieves Results
  • Cultivates Productive Working Relationships
  • Exemplifies Personal Drive and Integrity
  • Communicates with Influence


Conflict of interest

The public is entitled to have confidence in the integrity of their public officials, and to know that an Australian Public Service (APS) employee's personal interests do not conflict with his or her public duties.  Applicants will be required to make disclosures of any roles, associations and relationships that would create a real or perceived conflict of interest with ASADA’s role as an anti-doping regulator.


Capabilities for the role

The APS work level standards apply to all APS Employees. These behavioural indicators are structured to differentiate the work expected at that level and should be reviewed in conjunction with the roles key accountabilities.  The work level standards is available at


Selection information

Selection criteria

  1. Demonstrated experience in stakeholder engagement, with multiple stakeholders and varied agendas.
  2. Well-developed ability to coordinate and carry out complex projects involving research and analysis, high level problem solving and forming sound judgements.
  3. Highly developed oral and written communication skills, including the ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships.
  4. Demonstrated ability to shape strategic thinking, aligning operational activities with corporate goals.
  5. Strong leadership and people management ability.
  6. Strong liaison, interpersonal and negotiation skills, including the ability to influence change.
  7. Demonstrated personal qualities of integrity, initiative, drive and adaptability, and experience in implementing sound workplace management practices.



Please note, under section 22(8) of the Public Service Act 1999, employees must be Australian citizens to be employed in the APS unless the Agency delegate has agreed, in writing.

A Negative 1 Vetting Security Clearance and the ability to obtain and maintain an appropriate clearance as required by State or Territory legislation in order to work with minors and vulnerable people.  The successful applicant may also be required to undergo a medical assessment.


How to apply

The selection criteria reflect the knowledge, experience, core skills and personal qualities required for this position. Assessment of applicants during the selection process is based on these criteria.

Applicants are required to provide a short summary (no more than 1500 words) outlining your skills, knowledge, experience and achievements and why you should be considered for this vacancy. You do not need to provide a separate response to each of the criteria in your written application.

You should take into consideration the Job Overview (including any detailed position specific requirements) when drafting your response. Where possible include specific relevant examples of your work. When you include examples, you should:

  • set the context by describing the circumstance where you used the skills or qualities and gained the experiences
  • detail what your role was
  • describe what you did and how you did it
  • describe what you achieved - what was the end result and how does it relate to the job you are applying for?

Your application should include:

  • a two page pitch that outlines your suitability against the selection criteria,
  • ASADA Cover Sheet, and
  • a current resume (no more than 5 pages)

Send applications to

Contact:  Brian McDonald, Deputy CEO Operations –