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Senior Regulatory Officer/Regulatory Officer - Psychologist

Position number: 
Executive Level 1
Senior Regulatory Officer/Regulatory Officer - Psychologist
Miranda, NSW
Regulatory Services
Safety Systems
Closing Date: 
Wednesday 29 January 2020
Salary Package: 
$102,914-$118,412 + 15.4% employer super

ARPANSA values workplace diversity and is committed to providing a supportive, inclusive and respectful work environment. We welcome people with diverse skills, experiences, perspectives and backgrounds, and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, people with disabilities, people that identify as LGBTIQ+, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Should you require special assistance through any stage of the selection process, please contact the People and Culture team.

Agency overview

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is the Australian Government's primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety.  Our purpose is to protect the Australian people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation, through understanding risks, best practice regulation, research, policy, services, partnerships and engaging with the community.  

Section overview

The Safety Systems Section is responsible for developing ARPANSA’s capability to assess holistic safety aspects of ARPANSA licensees’ activities, incorporating technical, human and organisational factors affecting or contributing to safety. Safety Systems Section analyses trends in licence holder performance, and promotes continuous improvement and holistic safety in licence holder activities. It facilitates the assessments of efficiency and effectiveness of ARPANSA’s regulation of Commonwealth licence holders and manages the RSB Quality System. It supports the Nuclear Safety Committee.

Primary purpose of the role

Under broad direction from the Director Safety Systems, you will be responsible for developing ARPANSA’s strategy and approach to holistic safety focussing on human and organisational factors. You will integrate this into ARPANSA’s regulatory oversight program and management system. You will be actively involved in stakeholder meetings and regulatory inspections.  Working with in partnership with ARPANSA’s Branches and Offices, you will use your knowledge of human and organisational factors to contribute to the development and implementation of strategies and initiatives that promote a strong safety culture and drive improved performance across the agency.

Key accountabilities

  • Lead the development of ARPANSA’s holistic approach to safety and its integration into regulatory oversight activities
  • Provide specialist support to ARPANSA’s inspection program on the impacts of organisational factors, such as leadership, organisational design and culture, on the safety performance of licence holders, and to ensure that progress is made to improve matters where needed.
  • Develop and deliver internal training on human and organisational factors 
  • Plan and implement safety culture assessments as required 
  • Lead the planning and conduct of regulatory inspections
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of agency wide strategies and initiatives that promote holistic safety and support achievement of corporate objectives.

Job specific capabilities

To be considered for the position, you must hold a minimum qualification of undergraduate degree in psychology and a masters of psychology (organisational) from an Australian university or alternative, or have comparable qualifications or equivalent experience. Preferably you will be an AHPRA-endorsed organisational psychologist or working towards endorsement.

You will possess personal drive and integrity, excellent communication and consultation skills and expertise in writing scientific and/or technical documents. You must be able to work cohesively within a diverse skills team environment, be influential in person, and demonstrate a high level of attention to detail.

You will have experience in the application of organisational psychology knowledge to workplaces and which is preferably applied practically in a high reliability organisation. Training can be provided in the areas of radiation protection, nuclear safety and regulation as necessary.

You must hold Australian citizenship or possess permanent residency status leading to citizenship and be prepared to travel interstate from time to time as required. ARPANSA requires all new employees to undertake a NV1 security clearance as a condition of engagement. This position is a designated security assessed position that will require you to successfully undertaken and maintain a security clearance.

Selection criteria

There are six selection criteria for this role. Candidates are asked to limit their response to no more than 400 words per selection criteria.

  1. Extensive experience in the provision and application of organisational psychology services relating to human and organisational factors including safety culture. 
  2. Demonstrated ability to lead the development and implementation of strategies and initiatives to improve organisational performance. 
  3. Provision of objective, robust, high level strategic advice to the senior executive based on diagnostics, analysis and evaluation of data.
  4. Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to manage complex and sensitive relationships in the field, including through negotiation and conflict management.
  5. Highly developed administrative and organisational skills, including the ability to plan and lead projects that meet targets, standards and required outcomes.
  6. Demonstrated ability and experience in the use of technology including the suite of Microsoft Office programs, for the purpose of data collation, analysis and reporting.

Selection documentation

PDF icon PN 13548 - Senior Regulatory Officer/Regulatory Officer - Psychologist (EL1) - January 2020

File PN 13548 - Senior Regulatory Officer/Regulatory Officer - Psychologist (EL1) - January 2020

Position information: 
John Ward via phone (02) 9541 8350