Director, Policy & Innovation

Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) is a city and state-shaping project that will transform Victoria’s public transport system, connecting our suburbs and creating opportunities in great places. The 90-kilometre Loop will link every major rail line from the Frankston line to the Werribee line, via Melbourne Airport, better connecting Victorians to jobs, retail, education, health services and each other.   Beyond the rail infrastructure and cross-suburb travel connections, over time SRL will reshape Melbourne from a city centred around a single CBD to a ‘city of centres’ – attracting more businesses and people to the broader station areas and creating more jobs in Melbourne’s middle suburbs closer to where people live. Local initiatives will include new and improved open and public space, tree planting, more walking and cycling paths, retail and hospitality areas and plazas. 
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Department: Suburban Rail Loop Authority
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Strategic Management
Classification: SES1
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/CS41935
Closing Date: 19-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $207,116 - $267,445
Job Duration: 3 Years
Attachments: SRLA Position Description - Director Policy and Innovation - SES 1.docx (Word, 88KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Catherine Sutherland

Position Details

About the Opportunity 

The Director, Policy & Innovation has a varied and complex work program directed by the key strategic policies and priorities of the Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) program and the Authority (SRLA).

As a key member of the leadership team reporting to the Division's Executive General Manager (EGM), the Director will shape the strategic direction, future opportunities and priorities for SRLA. The Director will identify, elevate and articulate a well-considered, coordinated approach to policy areas across SRLA and related interfaces.

The Director will support the EGM and provide expert advice on key policy matters underpinning the delivery of the SRL. The Director will be responsible for driving SRLA's policy agenda, including close engagement and collaboration with key stakeholders across all levels of Government and outside of Government to realise the productivity, connectivity and liveability outcomes outlined in the SRL Business and Investment Case (BIC). Your astute awareness of the SRL project will ensure business-wide uplift to support continuous improvement and evidence-based policy decisions.

To be successful, you will be a results-driven, proactive individual, who consistently delivers timely results and demonstrates exceptional leadership and stakeholder management skills. You will develop strong relationships with key public and private sector stakeholders as well as peak government, industry and community bodies.

You will have a proven track record of designing, recruiting, developing and motivating high performing teams. The ability to work across different subject matter areas and communicate complex policy matters to government, senior executives and key stakeholders is critical to succeed in this role.


Why join us? 

  • Opportunity to shape the strategic direction, future opportunities and priorities for SRLA
  • An emphasis on work / life balance 
  • High-performing team environment 
  • Equal opportunity employer 
  • Personal & Professional development opportunities 
  • Committed to safety & wellbeing 
  • Training & development opportunities 


How to apply 

Please include a Cover Letter and Resume. We want to know why you want to work for Suburban Rail Loop Authority, why you are interested in the role, and, taking into account the Key Selection Criteria as a whole, how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications are applicable to the role. 


Applications close 11:59 pm Sunday 19 February 2023.


Please note, appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check. 


Employees at SRLA are required comply with all directions and/or policies introduced by SRLA in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic (as determined by SRLA, taking into account applicable Commonwealth or State government legislation, directions or policy as in force from time to time) including but not limited to directions or requirements regarding being vaccinated. 

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