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Executive Project Director, Australian War Memorial

Job Title: Executive Project Director, Australian War Memorial
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Salary: Negotiable
Reference: BBBH24491_1543285841
Contact Name: Tom Mutch
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 27, 2018 13:30

Job Description

The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum and an extensive archive. The Memorial's purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war or on operational service, and those who have served our nation in times of conflict. Its mission is to lead the remembrance and understanding of Australia's wartime experience.

The Memorial is currently seeking an Executive Project Director to manage the delivery of the most significant redevelopment of the Memorial's galleries and precinct in its 77-year history. The $500 million multi-year project will deliver a substantial expansion of existing gallery spaces, a new southern extension, atrium and an enhanced Anzac Hall.

The Executive Project Director will provide collaborative and strategic leadership to ensure the project meets its objectives and achieves value for money for the Australian Government. The position will work collaboratively with the Memorial's Corporate Management Group and is responsible for establishing and leading the integrated project management team of consultants and staff. The Executive Project Director is also responsible for determining the appropriate contracting methodologies for the project and will represent the Memorial in all aspects of the project.

Accordingly, the role requires demonstrated experience in the strategic management of complex and large-scale construction, infrastructure or property development projects. You will also possess significant leadership and industry expertise to successfully deliver an integrated program of building and gallery works.

To be successful in this role, you will have;

  • Extensive senior industry expertise (>10 years) delivering high value projects with complex, competing objectives. This experience is complemented by their understanding of project delivery in a public sector environment, and the requirement to comply with government policies regarding contract management, procurement, records management and probity.
  • Senior project leadership experience and demonstrated effective management of team members, contractors and stakeholders to deliver agreed project outcomes.
  • Excellent negotiation, influencing and engagement skills and the ability to articulate issues, provide effective solutions and present confidently at senior levels within the public and private sectors.
  • Strong stakeholder management (including with the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, the Australian War Memorial Council, Corporate Management Group, the Project's Inter-Departmental Steering Committee, and other external stakeholder groups)

The ideal candidate will show initiative, integrity, sound judgment and personal drive, and can think on their feet. You are able to manage risk and work effectively under pressure and in a changing environment to deliver high-quality advice and outcomes. Professional / Tertiary qualifications in one or more relevant fields are highly desirable.

Security clearance at the Negative Vetting Level 1, or the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level is required. The role is based in Canberra, with occasional domestic travel depending on project requirements. This role is open to Australian Citizens.


NOTE: For a confidential discussion, call Jason Scoble on (02) 9223 1855 or Tom Mutch on (03) 9691 1333.

To apply:

Please upload BOTH a current Curriculum Vitae (Word format recommended) and a cover letter (maximum of 2 pages) telling us how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications makes you the best person for the job. Please include your remuneration expectations in your cover letter.

Applications close: Midday 14 December