Program Officer, Below Zero Initiative

Canberra, Australia
13 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
06 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Term: Full time, Fixed-term (4 years)  
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Professional (Administration)
Classification: ANU Officer Level 5
Salary package: $74,782 to $81,579 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full time, Fixed term (48 months)

Position overview

Transformational change is required to limit climate change to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, as agreed in the Paris Climate Agreement. Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions to zero as soon as possible is essential, but this effort alone is no longer enough to limit temperature increases to globally agreed levels. As a society, we will also need to implement approaches and technologies that sequester greenhouse gases from the atmosphere for the long term.

Currently ANU emits significant quantities of greenhouse gases (GHGs), contributing to one of the greatest challenges the world has ever faced: climate change. Our goal is to transition ANU from being part of the problem to becoming part of the solution – from a source of GHG to a net absorber of GHG (a sink for GHG). At the same time, through integrating real-life emissions reductions and GHG removal with our world-leading research and teaching on climate change and energy, we can fast-track new and innovative approaches.

The ANU Below Zero Initiative was launched in 2020 by the ANU Council and the University has since then established ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. The Initiative is now at a maturation point where a strategic portfolio of projects and actions has been identified to reach the ANU commitments. This initial portfolio covers a wide range of ANU activities, which requires a mix of academic and operational expertise and a programmatic approach to be delivered successfully. The Program Officer is part of the core team coordinating and supporting this important piece of work.

The Program Officer will provide general administrative support to the Below Zero Initiative and its constituent streams of work. This will include but is not limited to supporting the effective coordination of a diverse range of working groups, governance bodies and projects; providing financial administration and support with bookings, procurements and expenditure reconciliation; and supporting the communication and outreach activities of the Below Zero Initiative.

Our ideal candidate

We are seeking someone who is passionate about addressing climate change and can bring sound knowledge and experience in administering complex projects in a large, decentralised and culturally diverse organisation. To be successful in this role, you will be highly collaborative, rigorous and motivated by the challenge of meeting ambitious targets via strategic and sustained efforts.

We strongly encourage and support applications from Indigenous Australians for this role.

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

ANU is an advocate for continuous learning and professional development, and will provide mentoring and support to those candidates wanting to adapt their existing administrative and/or management experience and strategic communications and/or research skills to the exciting world of higher education.

ANU supports flexible working arrangements for its staff. Please contact us if you wish to discuss flexible and/or remote working options.

For further information, please contact Thomas Biedermann, Program Manager (Below Zero Initiative) E:  | M: +61 (0)456 430 049

Position Description: Download FileANUO5 PD - Program Officer (Below Zero Initiative) Jan22.pdf

Closing Date: 6 February 2022

Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • A 2-3 page statement addressing your suitability for the role against the selection criteria

Please note: The successful candidate must have rights to live and work in this country and will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

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