The Commemorations and War Graves Branch for the Department of Veteran Affairs has advertised for an Executive Level 1 Asset Manager position. Details can be found at the Department's jobs webpage:

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Some of the information about the organisation and the Asset Manager's role includes:

One of DVA's key roles is acknowledging and commemorating the service and sacrifice of all those who served Australia and its allies in wars, conflicts and peace operations through commemorations, memorials, war graves and research. This is Outcome 3 of the Department's responsibility to Government.

With responsibility for a range of activities to support delivery of Outcome 3, the Commemorations and War Graves Branch (CWG):

  • leads and manages the development and delivery of national and international commemorative services;
  • provides support and funding for community awareness and the preservation of Australia's wartime and service heritage and veterans' experiences;
  • processes claims for and provides official post-war commemorations for eligible veterans;
  • maintains, constructs and refurbishes war graves and post war commemorations within war cemeteries, gardens of remembrance, cemeteries and crematoria in Australia and Papua New Guinea, Solomon and Norfolk Islands; and
  • constructs and maintains national memorials overseas.

Office of Australian War Graves – Operations

  • Operations maintains war cemeteries and individual graves throughout Australia and liaises with corresponding entities overseas to ensure that war graves or memorials of Australian Personnel in overseas countries are provided and maintained to appropriate standards. Operations undertakes the provision and maintenance in perpetuity of an official commemoration. These maybe in a civil cemetery, a lawn cemetery, a crematorium or a Garden of Remembrance.

Assistant Directors in the Commemorations and War Graves Branch are required to deliver timely and high quality advice and services to the National Manager, War Graves, managers and contractors, manage ministerial briefings and correspondence, develop New Policy Proposals, oversee a number of staff in a variety of fields and at all times uphold the APS Values and Code of Conduct.

  • The applicant should have the skills and abilities required to:
  • quickly acquire business knowledge of the work of the Commemorations and War Graves Branch;
  • prioritise and manage multiple and parallel tasks;
  • effectively manage multiple stakeholder relationships;
  • display high level attention to detail and analyse information to make sound judgements;
  • draft complex briefing material and correspondence to a high standard;
  • deliver high quality products in a timely manner; and
  • Identify opportunities to improve business processes.

Assistant Director – OAWG Infrastructure and Assets

  • The Assistant Director Infrastructure and Assets will manage the strategic acquisition of various asset classes, including bulk and collective commemorative assets, memorials, war cemetery redevelopments, buildings and facilities, heritage stone masonry projects, public and horticultural amenities in Australia and Papua New Guinea. This role will apply strategic asset management principles to ensure assets reflect the desired operational standards. In doing so, this role will apply sound project management competencies, engaging with consultants, technical advisers, operational staff, ex-service organisations, veterans, clients and other stakeholders in managing the design, scoping, procurement and the transition into operational service of a range of assets.