EL1 Assistant Director Science (June 2019)

Role Description

Role title: Assistant Director Science  
Division: Operations
Branch: Science & Results
Team: Science & Results
Job type | Role status: Full-time, Ongoing
Classification | Salary: EL 1 - $106,331 - $115,889
Location: Canberra, Fyshwick
Role number: 20024379
Reports To: Chief Science Officer
Direct reports: 3-4
Qualifications/Essential requirements: Tertiary qualifications in Chemistry, Biological Sciences, or a related field (preferably with Honours; Post-Graduate Qualifications are highly desirable).
Demonstrated knowledge or ability to quickly acquire expertise in the current International and Australian anti-doping framework is desirable.
Application closing date: 12/07/2019


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

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is Australia’s national anti-doping agency, and is the Australian Government body responsible for protecting the health of athletes and the integrity of Australian sport through activities aimed at minimising the risk of doping. 

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.

Primary purpose of the role

The Assistant Director Science will coordinate ASADA’s science function in support of ASADA’s engagement, deterrence, detection and enforcement activities. The Science team provide scientific advice, information and intelligence to all areas of ASADA’s operations. The team are also responsible for:

  • Liaison with World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA)-Accredited Laboratories
  • Results management of Adverse Analytical Findings and Atypical Findings
  • Athlete Biological Passport management
  • Maintenance of GlobalDRO

The Assistant Director Science will effectively and efficiently manage the achievements of the Science and Results Management team. The Assistant Director Science will work closely with staff across the various business units within ASADA, as well as WADA accredited laboratories, Australian and International Experts and anti-doping organisations, in order to guide strategic and operational requirements and priority setting for ASADA.

The Assistant Director Science will demonstrate strong leadership, coaching, mentoring, performance management, stakeholder management and project management capabilities. They have strong liaison and negotiation skills to manage relationships at all levels.

Key duties

The duties of the Assistant Director Science will vary according to the needs of the Executive, Senior Executive and as informed by the Chief Science Officer. Under limited direction, duties and responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership and supervisory management of Science team staff.
  • Manage ASADA’s Science and Results management processes assisting with the development of systems and processes to ensure they are best practice within the current international anti-doping environment.
  • Provide expert scientific advice to support ASADA’s objectives including provision of statements and opinions for specific Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRV) matters.
  • To assist in the management of ASADA’s relationship with the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Develop testing and detection strategies on a case-by-case basis and in response to horizon scanning activities and test results.
  • Mentor, lead and develop staff and promote a culture of trust, respect, cooperation, flexibility and improvement.
  • Develop and manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders, engaging and collaborating to achieve mutual outcomes and strong cooperation that will support ASADA’s activities.

Key accountabilities

  • Provision of reliable scientific and technical advice.
  • Work and act safely and take all reasonable care to protect personal health and safety and the health and safety of others.
  • The achievement of quality team outcomes, and monitoring of team progress toward those outcomes.
  • Cooperate with the employer and comply with all relevant legislation and ASADA’s health and safety policies, procedures and instructions and ASADA’s ICT and Information Governance Framework.
  • Comply with the NAD scheme, the ASADA Act 2006, the WADA code and other relevant governance.
  • Ensure that APS Values and Code of Conduct are adhered to at all times.

Key challenges

  • Consideration of multiple branches of science and medicine is required to provide fully considered advice and opinions.
  • The ability to manage a team, prioritise tasks and demonstrated time management skills.
  • Anticipate and understand contentious or complex issues and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders.
  • The achievement of quality team outcomes, and monitoring of team progress toward those outcomes.

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 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 http://www.apsc.gov.au/publications-and-media/current-publications/worklevel-standards

Selection Information

Selection criteria

  1. Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in a relevant branch of Science and the ability to, or the ability to quickly acquire skills to, apply this knowledge to Anti-Doping.
  2. Strong leadership and people management skills.
  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 time and project management skills, including the ability to be flexible and prioritise changing team workloads.
  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.


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.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a Baseline Vetting Security Clearance. The successful applicant may also be required to undergo a medical assessment.

ASADA staff must comply with security (physical, personnel and IT) security controls and mandatory training.

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
  • Current resume (no more than 5 pages)

Send applications to ops.recruitment@asada.gov.au

Contact:  Dr Naomi Speers, Chief Science Officer – Naomi.Speers@asada.gov.au