ACSS 2022 Executive Team Expressions of Interest

We are looking for a group of hard working, committed team players to take on the enormous challenge of organising the next ACSS on the 2022 ACSS Executive Team.

Applications Close: COB on Sunday 16/01/2022


  • Enrolled at the Australian National University in 2022;
  • 2nd year or above (postgraduate students are welcome to apply); and
  • Studying International Security Studies, International Relations, Strategic Studies, Law, Finance, Accounting, Economics, Languages, Science, Computer Science, Engineering, Arts, Media, Politics or a related discipline.

Unfortunately, we will not be considering applications from students from other Universities to join our team at this stage. However, early next year we will be considering establishing “hubs” in capital cities around the country. We will communicate further details about this through our social media channels. 

Executive Team Selection Process

To nominate yourself for an ACSS Executive Team position please submit this form by COB on Sunday, 16 January 2022. Following a review of the nominations by our ACSS 2022 Selection Committee, you will be informed if you have progressed to the next round.  If selected as a nominee for an Executive position you will have 5 minutes to pitch your vision of the ACSS and your plan for your desired portfolio to the ACSS 2022 Selection Committee. Following your pitch, the committee and the team will be invited to ask you questions for approx. 5 minutes. The Committee will then deliberate and decide the next Executive Team of the ACSS over a few days. Further guidance on your pitch will be made available to you once you have submitted your nomination. 

Available Executive Team Positions:

In this EOI form you are able to apply for a position on our Executive Team. A separate EOI form to register interest in being on the wider ACSS Team will be released at a later date.


The Director of the ACSS is responsible for the overall vision and direction of the Summit. The primary responsibilities of the Director include making major corporate decisions, managing the team, operations and resources of the ACSS and they will be the main point of contact between the team and the future ACSS Board. The Director is also responsible for procuring sponsorship agreements, stakeholder management and relationships with academics, mentors and supporting institutions. The Director will play a large role in simulation development. A strong commitment to the vision of the ACSS, relevant experience managing teams, a strong ability to lead and excellent communication skills are essential to the role. A good grasp of potential simulation content and narrative will be greatly desired. This is a significant but rewarding commitment that will stand you in good stead in future years.

Deputy Director

The Deputy Director is responsible for team and finance management, Summit logistics and supporting the Director in every facet of their role. They will provide significant support in stakeholder management and goal setting for each portfolio. The Deputy Director will be required to represent the Director and the broader ACSS team on many occasions. They will also play a significant role in curating and maintaining partnership agreements alongside the Director. At Executive Meetings the Deputy Director plays a secretarial role by producing the agenda and writing minutes. The Deputy Director must be someone who is highly organised, shows great attention to detail and has excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Head of Finance

The CFO will manage the finance team and the ACSS budget. In 2021, the budget was $70,000. The CFO will track cash flow and assist the Director and Deputy-Director in procuring sponsorship agreements. The CFO will be responsible for ensuring the ACSS meets all its financial reporting obligations. The CFO meets regularly with portfolios to discuss funding arrangements. The CFO will be a trustworthy team player, preferably with previous budget experience. Ideally the CFO role will be filled by a current Commerce, Business or Finance student.

Head of Crisis Operations

Head of Crisis Ops is an extremely demanding but rewarding role. They will oversee a large team responsible for the development of the crisis simulations. The Head of Crisis Ops is an organised, intelligent, efficient communicator, innovator and leader. They will be the main liaison between the Crisis Ops team and the Executive Committee, and the main liaison between the ACSS and academic experts for the purpose of simulation development. They will chair all Crisis Ops meetings, assist in goal setting and resource allocation, provide guidance to the Head Crisis Writers, and assist with simulation research and narrative development.

Head of Technology

The CTO will manage and implement all the technologies and software used in ACSS 2022. This will include the crisis simulation software, event delivery software, live streaming technologies and/or Zoom webinar licenses. The CTO will also oversee the organisation and implementation of our live TV studio. Previous experience in virtual events and/or someone with a technical or media-focused background will be highly regarded. Drive, initiative and a friendly, personable nature is essential to the role.

Head of Marketing and Communications

The Head of Marketing and Communications manages outreach from the ACSS team to prospective stakeholders and delegates. They will be responsible for planning, developing and implementing a strategic marketing vision for the brand. This involves creating professional, high quality communications content. You and your team will write stakeholder newsletters, manage all social media accounts and the website, organise merchandise for the team and delegates, and other marketing and communications on behalf of the ACSS. Previous experience in communications is desirable but not essential.

Head of Delegate Experience 

The Head of Delegate Experience will oversee a number of crucial ACSS activities. They will oversee all delegate related matters, including all communications with delegates, delegate welfare and social activities at the Summit. The Head of Delegate Experience will be integrally involved in the delegate application and selection process. They will also maintain and produce all ACSS policies. The person who occupies this role may be required to participate in additional welfare training with Respectful Relationships. The Head of Delegate Experience will be an approachable, personable and respectful person. Any previous experience as a Residential Advisor, Senior Resident or similar role will be highly desirable. 

Head of Education and Research

The Head of Education and Research will manage a team responsible for the educational and careers focused aspects of the Summit. This role will have flexibility in the types of output you’re interested in producing, such as style and number of podcasts, or the content of the Crisis Responder publication. This involves creating a set of pre-readings to prepare delegates for the simulation contents. Additionally, your team will need to research and lease with academics to produce high-quality educational materials, such as the Crisis Responder, ACSS Journal and podcasts. In this role, you and your team will also create an Insights and Analytics report, which analyses the simulation and delegates’ performances during the simulation. Further, the Head of Education and Research will need to liaise directly with ANU Careers and a number of different employers in the national security space to deliver a fantastic careers day. This will help our delegates network and build professional skills during the summit!

General Comment on All Roles: 

In all Executive roles, the Selection Committee will be looking for hardworking, committed team players with leadership potential. Demonstrated previous experience related to a particular portfolio will be extremely desirable. The role descriptions outlined here are the core functions of each position. However, they may be subject to variation at the discretion of the ACSS 2022 Team.

Note: The Australian Crisis Simulation Summit is currently undergoing formal and legal restructuring. This will include, but is not limited to, the establishment of an ACSS Constitution, Board and Non-Executive Membership. This structure is under careful review, with the interests of the ACSS being represented by the founding ACSS Executive Team (2020) and the current team (2021). As such, 2022 Executive Team Members can expect to report to and interact with legal requirements of said Constitution.