First listed on: 05 December 2021

Deputy Mission Lead - Drought Resilience


The Opportunity

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  • Provide impactful science leadership on Drought Resilience
  • Engage internally and externally to foster collaboration and deliver the goals and strategy for the Mission
  • Collaborative environment with incredible flexibility and work conditions

CSIRO is the national science agency that undertakes research to make life better for Australia and Australians. Missions are a strategy by which CSIRO is seeking to help solve significant national challenges by partnering and using the breadth of CSIRO’s capabilities to concentrate on fewer bigger problems. Missions are large-scale scientific and collaborative research initiatives aimed at making significant breakthroughs. Through missions we aim to accelerate the pace and scale at which the nation can solve each challenge and unlock a better future.

The Drought Resilience Mission’s aims to reduce the impacts of drought by 30% by 2030. Launched in September 2021, this Mission is one of four CSIRO has launched. As the Deputy Mission lead, your role is to develop and deliver on the goal of the Mission. This will involve engagement internally across the organisation with capability leaders whose staff are deployed to Mission projects, the Missions Office that oversee the governance and reporting of the Mission and externally with Mission partners, collaborators and end users of Mission research.

Your duties will include:

  • Influence: Represent the DR Mission in internal and external fora; help develop the communication collateral that highlights progress and opportunities.
  • Planning for impact: Work with the Mission team to develop and execute plans to scale up mission activity and impact towards the Mission goal.
  • Grow internal engagement: Increase the breadth of capabilities utilised in Mission projects to help reach the organisational goal of 30 % of impact science aligned with Missions.
  • Grow opportunities, revenue and partnerships: Respond to and create funded opportunities with government, industry and the private sector to scale the portfolio of programs of work. Develop and maintain relationships with funders, collaborators and delivery partners.
  • Monitor, Evaluate, Learn and Report: Work with the Mission team to monitor progress and impact against key performance indicators and contribute to performance reporting of the Mission.
  • Impact: Work with projects aligned to the Mission to generate increased impact from their combined outputs.

Location:  Canberra, Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide preferred, other locations may be considered
Salary:  AU$141k – AU$157k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  3 year term
Reference:  79682

To be considered you will need:

  • Tertiary level expertise, ideally with postgraduate scientific or managerial qualifications, in at least one area of relevance to the Drought Resilience Mission (e.g. water resources, agriculture, regional communities or other).
  • Proven ability to form productive and enduring collaborative relationships and attracting research investment from a range of government and/or private sector sources.
  • Experience with large and complex projects utilising a range of skill sets and expertise to solve significant challenges.
  • Record of generating and documenting impact from research.
  • Extensive network in the Australian rural research sector and the industries and communities that they serve.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles such as vaccination requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

30 January 2022, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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