Deputy Official Secretary, Office of the Governor

  • Company:
    Office of the Governor
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    4 weeks ago
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An exceptional individual is sought to fill the role of Chief Operating Officer (Deputy Official Secretary) at the Office of the Governor.

The Deputy Official Secretary (DOS) supports the Official Secretary by leading and managing the daily operations of Government House, with functional leadership across four areas – Strategic Program and Protocol, Facilities Operations, Hospitality, and Communications and Media. With four direct reports the DOS oversights the development and delivery of the Governor’s program, strategic management and planning processes, and key stakeholder relationship management as well as ensuring corporate governance. Oversight of and effective stewardship of all aspects of the Government House Estate are also key responsibilities. This is a unique role overseeing the 24/7 operations of Government House.

  • Job Type: Contract
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Location: Brisbane Inner City
  • Yearly Salary: $145295 – $151568
  • Contact Name: Lesla Cashel
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  • Closing Date: 08-FEB-21

The Office of the Governor exists to provide executive, personal, administrative and logistical support to the Governor to fulfil the large number of constitutional, ceremonial and civic duties required both locally and internationally. Other key aspects of the Governor’s remit include extensive community engagement across metro, regional and remote areas of Queensland, the promotion of Queensland business, culture and trade, along with the preservation of Government House and its Estate. The high performing Office of the Governor team is committed to a culture of excellence and dedicated to the Governor and supporting the delivery of the Governor’s program for the benefit of the State of Queensland.

The Official Secretary (OS) is the Chief Executive and Accountable Officer for the Office of the Governor and principal adviser to the Governor. The Deputy Official Secretary (DOS) / Chief Operating Officer supports the OS, with responsibility for the day to day management of the operations of the Office of the Governor, and participates in the strategic management and planning processes for the Office.

The DOS is responsible for the direct management and supervision of four positions – Strategic Program and Protocol Manager, Facilities Operations Manager, Hospitality Services Manager and Communications and Media Coordinator, and provides strong and effective leadership to four functional areas:

– Strategic Program and Protocol – including the development and delivery of the Governor’s internal and external program of constitutional, ceremonial and community activities; and executive support functions;

– Facilities Operations – including security and horticultural services, ensuring a safe environment, and effective stewardship of the Government House Estate;

– Hospitality Services – including the provision of accommodation, and food and beverage services; and

– Communications and Media – including the development and implementation of the Office’s public engagement and communications plans.

To secure this exceptional opportunity you will demonstrate a strong understanding of high-level protocol relevant to State/Federal Government, Military or State emergency services operations and structures and considerable stakeholder engagement skills. You will display exceptional interpersonal skills and have demonstrated experience in strategic leadership, corporate governance and financial management. Relevant tertiary qualifications are ideally sought. After hours attendance and travel within Queensland as well as interstate and internationally will be required as needed to support the Governor.

A detailed position description is found below.

For a confidential discussion and further information, including how to apply, please contact Justine Eden, Director Eden Ritchie Recruitment 07 3230 0033 or email

Applications to remain current for 12 months