Chief Executive Officer, VicGrid

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Department: Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
Work Type: Fixed term - flexible
Job Function: Executive Management
Classification: SES3
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/50962646
Closing Date: 17-Apr-2024
Salary Range: $401,018 - $533,431
Job Duration: Up to 5 years.
Attachments: 50962646_Chief Executive Officer, VicGrid PD.docx (Word, 412KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Natasha Diamond or Ryan Webster
See advertisement or position description.

Position Details

  • Implement the Victorian Transmission Investment Framework
  • Enable and deliver high priority transmission projects
  • Lead and establish VicGrid as an independent statutory entity

VicGrid has been established as an Administrative Office under the Department of Energy, Environment, and Climate Action (DEECA) to oversee the dynamic evolution of the Victorian energy landscape. VicGrid will take charge of coordinating the planning and engagement of communities and key stakeholders in Victoria's Renewable Energy Zones (REZs), managing the timely investment required in the transmission network to support innovative energy solutions to benefit industries and communities across Victoria.

The Chief Executive Officer will report directly to the Minister for Energy and Resources and holds accountability for executing VicGrid's powers, functions, and duties in compliance with legal requirements, including the Ministerial Statement of Expectations. The CEO will champion best practices in efficient infrastructure delivery, community engagement and social license, safety and quality standards, and a proactive approach to risk management and quality assurance.

The CEO of VicGrid will be tasked with orchestrating and spearheading the transition of VicGrid into an independent statutory entity. This transformation will be conducted in close collaboration with host communities, landholders, industry stakeholders, and First Peoples, ensuring that the State's electricity transmission system and REZs are equipped to meet Victoria's energy requirements. You will play a pivotal role in driving these initiatives forward, fostering collaboration among stakeholders and guiding VicGrid towards achieving its objectives in advancing the state's energy infrastructure and sustainability goals.

This critical role demands strong leadership skills, extensive experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders across Victoria and various industries, as well as a proven track record of accomplishments and sound decision-making. Political acumen and adept interpersonal skills are considered indispensable strengths, as the CEO navigates the challenges and rewards inherent in leading a prominent portfolio. Establishing trust and credibility with key stakeholders and the broader community are integral to fulfilling the responsibilities of this influential position.

This is a fixed term position available for a period of up to 5 years. The work location for this position is 2 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne with hybrid work arrangements available.

To be considered for this position, applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter (no longer than 2 pages) summarising their skills and relevant experience.

For further information, please refer to the attached position description or call Natasha Diamond on 0412 822 348 or email or Ryan Webster on 0427 329 443 or email  

Applications close at midnight on Wednesday, 17 April 2024.

Other relevant information:

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector.

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a Declaration and Consent form and a National Police Check.  

To be eligible for appointment to this role, applicants will possess corresponding work rights for the advertised employment period. Appointment to an ongoing position is only available to an Australian/New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.  

A Diverse, Inclusive and Flexible Workplace

DEECA welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and we focus on the essential requirements of the job and being consistent and fair in our treatment of all applicants. We also understand that a balanced life is important to our employees. Talk to us about our flexible options such as working some days from home, starting early or late, working part time, job sharing or accessing paid or unpaid leave.

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