Position Title: Director - Office of the Chief Economist & Deputy Chief Economist
Classification: EL2
Position Number: 6710
Tenure: Ongoing
Duration: Permanent
Section: Office of the Chief Economist
Group: Policy and Governance
Division: Policy and Corporate
Location: ACT
Immediate Supervisor: Assistant General Manager
Security Classification: Negative Vetting 1 (NV1)

 

Group Responsibilities

The Group is responsible for:

  • the development of strategic directions and policy on IP
  • the research direction of the agency and undertaking research and data projects
  • the delivery of patent analytics and data insights
  • the strategic direction and management of IP Australia's relationships with stakeholders, international agencies and other IP offices
  • IP Australia's legislative and parliamentary responsibilities; and
  • IP Australia's legal services.

Section Responsibilities
About the Office of the Chief Economist
The Office of the Chief Economist has existed since 2012, and the Director is responsible for the management the Office, the research agenda and structure of the research program. The office has a small core team of three economists known as an entrepreneurial and innovative section with a research budget, which includes an on-going commissioned research program, work with other departments; and close cooperation with the Office of the Chief Data Officer and Patent Analytics Hub at IP Australia.

The Office has spear-headed a number of innovative outputs an created new services, including the annual Australian IP Report which the Office is responsible for; IP Australia's open data program, the patent analytics hub, data and research services such as the IP Data Platform, and a series of research papers which have shaped policy making in Australia and overseas. The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring that innovation and new research is a core deliverable of the Office.
 
As IP Australia is responsible for regulating and granting intellectual property (IP) rights and feeding into international negotiations and treaties on IP, the Office is responsible for generating the evidence on which policy can be based, and has three over-arching aims:

  • to provide empirical input to policy discussions on the economic impact of IP rights and optimum policy settings for the Australian economy
  • to devise and conduct, or direct, new economic projects aimed at improving the evidence base for IP Australia’s strategies and policy directions
  • to raise awareness of IP economics to inform wider policy debates and efforts to improve the IP system

 
To accomplish these aims, the office manages a rolling research program of in-house and externally managed projects, we work closely with academics across Australia, engage with the international community through conferences and collaborative projects, and participate in the Data Integration Partnership for Australia.

See www.ipaustralia.gov.au/economics for more details on our work program and recent outputs. We work closely with other government departments but, we are also engaged with international work through the World Intellectual Property Organization, other IP offices and academics from around the world.

Job Description / Context of the Role

To fill this position IP Australia is seeking a highly motivated individual who wants to lead a high performing team to deliver policy relevant research, ideally with a proven track-record in empirical research, and good people management experience.
The Director is responsible for managing IP Australia's research programme, day-to-day management of the Office, providing high level economic advice and undertaking strategic planning with the Chief Economist, who is also the general manager of the group.
The Office is a high-performing team, and this role has high exposure to senior policy makers across government. The successful applicant is expected to lead initiatives within IP Australia and deliver outcomes across government, while maintaining the high standard of empirical evidence produced by the team of economists and analysts.

Job Specific Duties

  • Day-to-day management of the Office of the Chief Economist, including the supervision of the manager of the economist team
  • Ensure the outputs from the Office meet the appropriate quality, so that novel research is publishable and sufficiently robust to be published as working papers and stand up to scrutiny as part of the policy process
  • Represent IP Australia at domestic and international fora and deliver presentations and talks to economists and non-economists on IP
  • Initiate new research programmes and initiatives within IP Australia, with a view to innovative solutions and robust methods  
  • Demonstrates attitudes and behaviours responsive to workplace change (including participates in and encourages others to participate in change and contribute to successful outcomes)
  • Improves organisational performance through effective engagement with and management of risk within relevant sphere of influence
  • Establishes clear expectations and creates an environment to achieve stated goals and objectives, takes ownership and honours commitments
  • Maintains an understanding of their/worker responsibilities under the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) and a commitment to promoting a healthy and safe workplace
  • Demonstrates attitudes and behaviours responsive to workplace change (including participates in and encourages others to participate in change and contribute to successful outcomes)
  • Improves organisational performance through effective engagement with and management of risk within relevant sphere of influence
  • Establishes clear expectations and creates an environment to achieve stated goals and objectives, takes ownership and honours commitments
  • Maintains an understanding of their/worker responsibilities under the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) and a commitment to promoting a healthy and safe workplace

Job Specific Capabilities

  • Minimum three years’ experience managing people and projects
  • Capability to review empirical research and reporting, knowing how to translate economic research to policy impact
  • Enthusiasm for exploring new areas of research on innovation and IP and delivering innovative outcomes for improving policy and research


Please note: Applicants are encouraged to refer to the attached Capability Framework documentation which outlines agency wide behavioural descriptiors for the five core capabilities at this classification.

Eligibility Qualifications / Knowledge Required

  • Graduate degree in economics, econometrics, statistics, maths or a related field

Application Requirements

To apply for this position, you are asked to:

  • provide a cover letter (maximum 800 words) that explains how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role, please frame your response around the job specific duties and job specific capabilities
  • provide a current CV detailing recent employment history which is relevant to the advertised position
  • provide the name and contact details of two referees

Applications must be submitted through the IP Australia Web Recruitment system (ESS).

Please note you must be an Australian Citizen to be engaged in the APS and to meet IP Australia’s security clearance requirements.

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria below are a guide for developing your response to the specific duties and job description and do not have to be addressed individually but incorporate the core competencies expected of the successful applicant.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage high-performing teams and deliver outcomes at the organisational level
  • Personal drive and a track record of delivering innovative outcomes
  • Track record of reviewing, delivering and/or undertaking empirical research

Contact Officer

For further information pertaining to this job please contact Ben Mitra-Kahn on 02 6283 2291 or 
benjamin.mitra-kahn@ipaustralia.gov.au

 

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Working in IP Australia

Australia’s Intellectual property (IP) rights system supports innovation, investment and international competitiveness. IP Australia administers Australia’s IP rights system, specifically patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder’s rights. IP Australia also undertakes programs to educate and promote an awareness of intellectual property (IP), provides IP policy input to Government, develops legislation to support the IP system and contributes to bilateral and multilateral negotiations to improve IP protection internationally.

IP Australia strives to deliver robust IP rights efficiently, satisfy our customers in terms of timeliness and value for money and be recognised as one of the leading IP offices in the world for the quality (including accuracy and consistency) of the IP rights we grant. IP Australia is committed to external certification of our Quality Management System which involves applying ISO 9001:2008 to key business processes and to environmental management through ISO14001 certification within the agency.

All IP Australia staff contribute to the achievement of organisational outcomes and the overall management of IP Australia by assisting, as appropriate, the Commissioner of Patents and the Registrars of Trade Marks and Designs and Plant Breeder’s Rights, and their deputies (where relevant), to perform statutory functions, and where appropriate, exercise relevant delegations.

IP Australia recognises the importance of employees balancing their work and personal lives by offering staff access to an ongoing series of health and wellbeing programs, flexible work-life policies and a range of professional development programs. IP Australia is a breastfeeding friendly workplace.

The IP Australia office in Canberra provides high quality accommodation and facilities. These include: an on-site café, conference, meeting and training rooms; limited on-site parking for cars and motor cycles available on a rotational basis; the provision of undercover bicycle racks; excellent shower/change facilities for staff choosing to walk or ride to work; and the advantage of all staff being co-located in the one building.

Please note: All IP Australia positions are subject to an ENTRY ONLY pre-employment check unless a higher security clearance has been identified. Other pre-employment checks may also apply.

 

Job documentation updated and endorsed for use: 
Tuesday, February 4, 2020