Director, Built Assets

Closing date
11:59 pm 26 October 2021
Position number
Executive Level 2
Job type
Ongoing, Full time
Immediate supervisor
Chief Operating Officer
Security clearance
Salary range

To be eligible to work with the NCA you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • be willing to undergo a medical examination if applicable
  • undertake a security assessment to the requisite standard
  • have completed the 'redundancy benefit period' if you received a redundancy benefit from an Australian Public Service (APS) agency or a non-APS Commonwealth employer.
Job description

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the successful applicant for the position of Director, Built Assets will manage a small team of professionals in the Built Assets section. The primary purpose of the Built Assets section is to facilitate the effective management and enhancement of built assets on National Land. The Built Assets section is the Strategic Asset Manager for the NCA. This includes the operations, maintenance and upgrades of various asset types including buildings, roads, bridges, traffic lights, streetlights, ground lights, stormwater infrastructure, power, security and estate keys, gates, pumps, water fountains, flagpoles, etc.

Who we are

The National Capital Authority is the Australian Government agency dedicated to ensuring that Canberra is planned and designed in accordance with its significance as the National Capital.

Our work encompasses urban planning, development approvals, events management, asset management, heritage, capital works, education and leasing and licensing of the diplomatic estate. The value is the NCA’s asset base is close to $1 billion. 

The person we are looking for

An experienced Director is required to manage the Built Assets team as this position has significant regulatory and  legislative requirements and is responsible for the overall delivery of significant services and contracts. This position requires someone with extensive contract management and asset management experience. It undertakes the management for some of the capital’s most culturally significant infrastructure and national attractions on the NCA Estate. This position requires applicants to have some engineering or property management experience, ability to lead a small team, and make decisions on asset management in a highly sensitive public realm.


  1. Provide high-level leadership to the Built Assets section.
  2. Strategic management of an array of assets and public spaces, including numerous culturally significant landscapes and national attractions, on behalf of the Commonwealth to ensure these remain well-maintained, safe, and functional.
  3. Undertake large-scale, multi-year upgrade/redesign capital improvement projects for assets and public spaces of high logistic, financial, and cultural value per the National Capital Plan.
  4. Provide high-level oversight and input to reports delivered to the Chief Operating Officer on built asset management matters, e.g., maintenance, lease and licence administration, asset management systems, physical security, and environmental issues.
  5. Coordinate routine operations, maintenance, and upgrades of various asset types including buildings, roads, bridges, traffic lights, streetlights, ground lights, stormwater infrastructure, power, security and estate keys, gates, pumps, water fountains, and flagpoles.
  6. Respond to unforeseen events and emergencies affecting built assets and public spaces, e.g., severe hailstorms, damage to bridges and road barriers from vehicle collisions, vandalism.
  7. Support the Visitor Experience team within NCA to deliver large-scale events requiring the use of built assets and public spaces, e.g., Floriade, Australia Day events.
  8. Report on current and emerging trends and issues related to built assets to the Authority Board to support strategic and responsible asset management.
  9. Provide input into relevant policy development affecting built assets, collaborating with the NCA's corporate team and legal professionals.
  10. Ensure the planning and management of the works undertaken comply with all relevant legislative and policy requirements, with reference to the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988.
  11. Liaise with stakeholders occupying buildings managed by the NCA to ensure these properties are maintained to a suitable standard, as per leasing and licensing agreements.
  12. Negotiate and influence external stakeholders to secure resources to maintain and redevelop NCA-held assets where necessary. Key stakeholders include the Department of Finance and the ACT Government.
  13. Procure and manage consultant and contractor services as appropriate to deliver projects requiring external expertise or workforce capability.
  14. Demonstrate attitudes and behaviours responsive to workplace change and demonstrate a commitment to promoting a healthy and safe workplace in a flexible working environment.
Qualifications/Mandatory Requirements
  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline or extensive industry experience.
  • The ability to gain and maintain a security classification of Baseline is mandatory.

Preferred Experience

At least 3 years of demonstrated experience working in an asset management role.

Selection Criteria
  1. Broad and demonstrable executive-level experience in estate/asset management.
  2. Highly developed analytical and conceptual skills and demonstrated ability to resolve complex issues and manage challenging scenarios.
  3. Demonstrated ability to manage own performance and lead, motivate and develop employees (including the ability to initiate and manage business process changes in a challenging work environment).
  4. Demonstrated experience with government processes, statutory obligations, and responsibilities.
  5. High-level communication (written and oral), consultation and negotiation skills.

Your application

To apply for the role, candidates must provide:

  • a written application addressing each selection criteria 
  • NCA cover letter
  • a current resume and
  • the names and telephone numbers of two referees

For further information about the duties of the position, please contact Peter Beutel (Contact Officer) via

Please refer to How to Apply for further information.