Australian Embassy
Also accredited to Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama

Current Vacancy




Senior Education Policy Manager LE 6 (MX021)


About the position


The Australian Embassy in Mexico City requires a bilingual Senior Education Policy Manager for a full-time position that, under general direction, undertakes a range of activities to progress the objectives of the Department of Education and Training.


The Australian Government Department of Education and Training is responsible for national policies and programs for early childhood education, school education, post?school skills training and higher education, international education and academic research.  More information about the Department’s divisions and its staff can be found at


The Department of Education and Training's office at the Australian Embassy in Mexico City manages the Australian Government's education and research relationships across Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile.




This position supports the Counsellor (Education and Research) in meeting the objectives of the Department of Education and Training, including managing the operations of the International Network offshore posts and overseeing administrative functions of the Education Office.  The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:


  • Manage the daily operations of the Education Office, including budget planning and management while adhering to Australian Government financial guidelines.
  • Represent the Education Office at events, meetings and promotional activities, including negotiating participation in joint activities on behalf of the department.
  • Independently monitor, research, evaluate, analyse and report on Mexican, Colombian, Peruvian and Chilean education, training and university research policy developments and opportunities as they affect Australian interests.
  • Provide strategic advice in the development of work plans which enhance bilateral and multilateral education and research relationships.
  • Identify key Australian, regional and local education stakeholders to develop and maintain effective working relationships with, in support of bilateral and multilateral education engagement.
  • Contribute to strategic planning under limited direction to achieve key business outcomes, liaising with and reporting to National Office.
  • Write and translate clear and concise documents.
  • Provide policy and logistical support for the delivery of complex visit programs for Ministers, senior officials and other VIPs.


Selection Criteria:


  • Proven research and analytical skills to identify key issues across a range of complex policy areas of international engagement.
  • Demonstrated highly developed written communication skills in both English and Spanish, including experience in complex report writing, producing work requiring little or no revision.
  • Well-developed oral communication, representational and interpersonal skills, including demonstrated ability to establish and manage complex relationships with a network of contacts.
  • Proven ability in public speaking in both English and Spanish in order to effectively represent the Education Office at public events.
  • Sound judgment and decision making, and well developed planning and organisational skills, including an ability to work with independence to meet multiple objectives and competing deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute effectively to meet objectives of a small team, including proven initiative, cooperation, flexibility and reliability.
  • Proficiency in office software applications, including Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Tertiary qualifications, and experience from working or studying in Australia or another English-speaking country is highly desirable.
  • Well-developed understanding of international education, training and research policy and engagement in Mexico and across Latin America is desirable.


The selected candidate will be required to work Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and be available for occasional overtime as required.


At commencement, monthly salary will be MXN $36,697.56 Mexican pesos per month, plus benefits according to the Locally-Engaged Staff Terms and Conditions of Service of the Embassy, which includes four weeks annual leave and a medical coverage scheme.


Expected commencement date for the position will be Monday 9 April 2018


Application requirements:


If you fulfil the requirements of this position, you are invited to submit a written application of no more than 2 pages and a separate curriculum vitae (CV), both in English, detailing your work experience and demonstrating that you meet the requirements listed above in the selection criteria.  Your application must clearly explain the reasons why you are suitable for the position.  Please include recent written references you have along with the details of up to three business referees who can be contacted by telephone and electronic mail.


Applications should be sent to  Applications should only be sent in an electronic format with all attachments included not exceeding 4 MB.


  • Only applications that fully meet the above selection criteria will be considered.
  • Candidates who are selected for interview will be required to undertake further screening in the form of small tests.
  • Foreign citizens wishing to apply will need to demonstrate that they have an appropriate Mexican work visa or work permit arrangements.



Applications will be received until 5:00 pm on Friday 9 March 2018

(Mexico City time)