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Chief of Staff to ACT Greens Leader

ACT Greens MLAs

Chief of Staff to ACT Greens Leader

ACT Greens Member for Kurrajong, Minister Shane Rattenbury

ACT Greens Leader Shane Rattenbury is seeking applicants for the position of Chief of Staff to manage and coordinate the ACT Greens’ Legislative Assembly team and provide high-level policy and political advice.

The ACT Greens have 3 Ministers in Cabinet and three crossbench MLAs in the ACT Legislative Assembly. The role includes strategic advice on and coordination of the Ministers’ portfolio and political responsibilities. Your ability to manage relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders and work with limited supervision in a dynamic environment will be critical to your success in this role. The successful candidate will have strong problem solving analytical skills and be a good communicator. An understanding of parliamentary processes and the ACT political system would be an advantage.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment, or willingness, to implement ACT Greens principles and policies while supporting Greens Ministers' roles in the ACT Government.


  • Strategic staff management and team coordination to ensure portfolio, political and constituency and Assembly sitting responsibilities are met. This includes Cabinet preparation, Assembly business planning and coordination, ACT Budget preparation, constituent and stakeholder liaison coordination, and ensuring appropriate distribution of workload between staff members.
  • Undertake high-level liaison on the Minister’s behalf with other ministers, MLAs and their offices, senior government executives, Assembly staff, party representatives and industry and community stakeholders.
  • Provide timely advice to the Minister on high level, sensitive and complex issues.
  • Provide overall coordination of office, policy development, and communications processes.
  • Identify and troubleshoot internal and external issues as necessary.
  • Set priorities amongst a large number of competing issues.
  • Monitor implementation of the Parliamentary and Governing Agreement.
  • Develop briefings and other papers on relevant political and policy matters as required.
  • Manage budget and resource allocations in the Ministers’ and MLAs’ offices.
  • HR management, including developing and maintaining a performance management system for all staff members. Formal performance reviews should be conducted by the MLAs, with input from the Chief of Staff.
  • Ensure ACT Greens principles and policies around ecological sustainability, social justice, peace and non-violence and grassroots participatory democracy are being implemented appropriately.
  • Other duties as directed.

Selection criteria

  1. Strong team and HR management and coordination experience
  2. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal and relationship management skills
  3. Strong research, analytical and problem solving skills
  4. Capacity to work independently, meet deadlines and work under pressure
  5. Experience or understanding of parliamentary systems, legislation and/or the ACT political system
  6. Experience or understanding of community or campaigns sector.

The position will be available from January 2021.

The role is for the term of the Government and is an Senior Adviser Level 2, 3rd tier position at $153,777 plus superannuation and 9.5% loadings in lieu of overtime and Long Service Leave.

The successful candidate will be engaged under a Legislative Assembly Members’ Staff contract, and other terms and conditions of employment are governed by the ACT Legislative Assembly Members’ Staff Enterprise Agreement 2018 – 2021. It is not an ACT Public Service position.

Applications from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged.

The role is based in the Legislative Assembly, however, given the need for a COVID-safe work environment, flexible arrangements will be supported where possible.

Please contact Indra Esguerra on indra.esguerra@act.gov.au, using the subject line: Chief of Staff to ACT Greens Leader enquiry via EthicalJobs, or 6205 8500 for more information.

A position description is attached.

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