Executive Manager -SES Capability

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Location: Kedron

Job Type: Full time


Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

One QFES. Many Services, Many Capabilities, Many Partners


PermanentFlexible Full-time



Salary: $130,699.00 - $138,117.00per annum


Capability & State Services



Work Unit:

SES State Coordination



Closing Date:

Midnight 30 September 2023

Reference No:


Current QFES employees and volunteers must apply via their internal careers site

Please note this position will be transitioning to Queensland Police Service (QPS) as part of a Machinery of Government Change prior to 30 June 2024, with the State Emergency Services (SES) due to become an entity of the QPS. As part of this transition, you will be required to undergo QPS vetting in accordance with the Police Service Administration Act 1990.

About us

As a department our purpose is to help the community to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from the impact of fire and emergency events.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is the primary provider of fire, rescue and emergency management programs and services throughout Queensland. The department encompasses the Fire and Rescue Service, disaster management services, the Rural Fire Service and the State Emergency Service, and also supports other volunteer groups providing emergency response to Queenslanders.

QFES is one department with many services, many capabilities and many partners.

Purpose of the role

SES Capability delivers on the QFES organisational priorities and objectives, providing management of SES governance and capability functions, and implementation of new projects and initiatives. This is achieved through the provision of business support to SES Regions and volunteers, delivering on the QFES Commissioner's responsibilities as described in the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990, Division 2, section 131 (a), (b), (c) (ii).

Reporting to the Director, SES State Operations you will provide high-level, professional advice on issues of policy, strategy, planning, budget, performance and corporate governance regarding projects and systems to enhance SES capability and will assist with meeting organisational and whole-of-government objectives regarding client understanding and commitment to the enhancement of SES capability development and operational practices. You will work with representatives of portfolio business partners, other Queensland government agencies and local governments to coordinate the design and delivery of projects and systems to improve the ability of SES and QFES to better respond to community impact of severe weather events.

Key requirements

Mandatory requirements

  • Eligible to apply for, or hold a current valid Blue Card (from Blue Card Services).

Highly desirable requirements

  • Graduate or Post Graduate qualifications in Disaster Management, Business Management or related field
  • Experience as a volunteer or within a volunteer environment and experience in disaster/emergency management operations.

Special requirements

  • The incumbent will be appointed as a staff member of the SES and the hours of duty applicable to this role are pursuant to the Queensland Public Service Officers and Other Employees Award – State 2015: specifically, the spread of ordinary hours for SES staff are 0600 to 2200, Monday to Sunday.
  • This role is also a designated SES uniformed position; therefore, it is expected the incumbent may possess and/or maintain the necessary skills/expertise or experience to be appointed as an Authorised Rescue Officer in accordance with section 148(2) of the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990.
  • Capacity to participate in an out of hours on call roster during disaster operations. This may require working extended hours, outside of normal hours (eg night shift), including weekends.
  • Capacity to travel intrastate or interstate, as necessary.

Your key accountabilities

Your part in the ongoing success of our department, in supporting key frontline services will see you responsible for a variety of work, including, but not limited to:

  • Lead, manage and coordinate SES knowledge, capability development and training, including identifying and developing initiatives and programs to enhance operational capability.
  • Develop and implement best practice strategies for major projects that support operational planning, capability development management and effective program delivery to enhance SES operational practice and services.
  • Monitor and evaluate projects, including risk and contingency management, benefits realisation, and project impact and quality measures, to identify and address issues and assess program progress and overall effectiveness.
  • Provide strategic and independent advice on findings and recommendations that emanate from inquiries, coronial hearings, commissions, research and other relevant avenues relating to SES capability development to ensure effective decision-making.
  • Manage and coordinate SES knowledge, capability development and training, including identifying and developing initiatives and programs to enhance operational capability.
  • Undertake high-level research and critical analysis on methodologies and systems to assess the hazard, risks, vulnerability and community resilience and ensure innovative strategies and solutions meet quality business outcomes.
  • Prepare, review and provide complex reports, presentations, briefs and correspondence relating to capability development projects and initiatives, in accordance with departmental requirements and governance.
  • Build and sustain partnerships and networks with internal and external stakeholders to effectively liaise and negotiate agreed outcomes on difficult and complex projects and capability development issues.
  • Lead and manage a multi-disciplinary team and provide guidance and support to regions by managing human resource functions and develop staff through performance, planning, training and review.


To determine your suitability for the role, you will be assessed on the following Leadership Competencies for Queensland behavioural profiles that link to the “key accountabilities” for this role:

Leadership Competency Stream – Program Leader (leading teams and/or projects)


  • Leads strategically
  • Leads change in complex environments


  • Inspires others
  • Drives accountability and outcomes


  • Fosters healthy and inclusive workplaces
  • Pursues continuous growth

Once you join us we will want you to exemplify the QFES shared values of:

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Courage
  • Loyaly

Want more information?

Please contact Glenn Alderton, Director, State Operations Branch on phone 3635 3783 or email Glenn.Alderton@qfes.qld.gov.au.

You can also visit our website to find out more about our organisation.

How to apply

Please refer to the QFES Public Service Application Guide [All PS Classifications/Streams and Senior Officer] for information on how to apply for this role.

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