Manager - Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre
Location: Melbourne - CBD & Inner Suburbs
The Bureau's Aviation Weather Services program provides the aviation industry with specialised meteorological services contributing to efficient and effective aviation operations within the Australian flight information region and within the Asia-Pacific region.
We are seeking an experienced and motivated leader to manage the operations of the Bureau's Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC), located in Melbourne. This position will be responsible for managing the staff and systems involved in the VAAC's delivery of volcanic ash advisory products to the aviation industry.
The Aviation and Defence Weather Services Program Office is responsible for the provision of accurate, timely and effective weather services to the aviation industry and Australian Defence Force on a cost recovery basis.
The primary role of the Manager Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre is to provide effective and efficient operational management of the Bureau's Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre, located within the Bureau's National Operations Centre.
This position will report to the Manager En-route Aviation Weather Services on issues relating to the implementation of the International Airways Volcano Watch (IAVW) within the VAAC Darwin area of responsibility.
The position requires excellent knowledge of the science and techniques used to detect and predict the movement of volcanic ash in the atmosphere. The position provides authoritative guidance to VAAC forecasters on policy matters and is responsible for delivering VAAC services that are based on best practice forecasting techniques and science.
The position has responsibilities for the quality management of volcanic ash services, including analysing the effectiveness of these services, identifying deficiencies, and implementing improvements. The occupant will be required to monitor output, maintain performance statistics and advise the Hazard Prediction Services Branch on perceived issues.
As part of this process the occupant is required to build partnerships and communicate effectively with the meteorological, volcanological and aviation community, to possess a high standard of written and verbal communication skills, manage change and follow projects through to completion.
The occupant is responsible for the training, assessment and maintenance of competency standards for VAAC forecasters and will be required to obtain relevant qualifications in training and assessment.
The occupant is responsible for the performance management and professional development of subordinate staff and will be required to show good organisational, mentoring and training skills along with good judgement, initiative, maturity and a commitment to personal development.
The occupant may be required to travel nationally and/or internationally from time to time in order to carry out the above functions.
The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate team leader experience and service delivery skills within a quality management framework.
In addition, the applicant will be a strong communicator with excellent scientific subject matter knowledge and a proven record in developing client relationships.