The Mandarin Jobwatch: last chance to be Qld’s council go-between

By The Mandarin

Monday March 27, 2017

Welcome to Mandarin Jobwatch…

At The Mandarin we strive to bring you the best public sector intelligence, discussion and debate. So after some strong member feedback, we’ve decided to start sifting through the wealth of senior public sector career opportunities that appear every day to pick the cream of the crop. We’ll also be adding a little of our trademark spice too.

It’s a great way to stay abreast of executive and leadership movements at a time when both change and mobility are sweeping across all jurisdictions. And of course let us know what you’d like to see more of (or otherwise) and how we can improve. 

Keep Sydney moving

Looking for a business operations role? Be part of the leadership team at Sydney Trains in one of 12 vacant senior executive positions in the Operations Directorate. Applications close this Sunday, and will only be accepted through recruiters at Oceans Group, Richard Tuxford for the six planning and delivery roles, and Paul French for the six operations support roles.

Closing date: April 4.

Last chance: Qld government seeks go-between to act local

Applications are closing this Friday for the key public service role linking local and state governments, based in sunny Brisbane.

The unique opening is for a deputy director-general to lead the Queensland government’s work with councils, act as its principal adviser on all things local government, and lead the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning’s network of regional offices.

If “supporting and empowering effective and autonomous councils, delivering good governance and providing a responsive range of services to Queensland communities” sounds like your next challenge, you’d better get your skates on.

The absolute maximum potential total remuneration for the three-year appointment is $253,618 and applications close March 31.

Contact: Dean and Ling Executive.

BrisVegas seeks tech supremo

If 8000 employees, an annual budget of more than $3 billion and assets worth more than $22 billion sounds more like a major federal or state government department, think again.

Brisbane City Council, the 800-pound gorilla of local government, is on the hunt for a new chief information officer to get its tech estate in order and recalibrate key project execution after a well-publicised dust-up with its core systems supplier that has coincided with its previous IT leader parting company.

So how to describe the attributes needed by an SES-equivalent candidate skilled at making both peace and progress after a major project firefight?

“Council is seeking an influential and dynamic leader to manage the Information Services Branch and contribute to our city’s smart, connected future,” BCC’s position description says, adding that “Council has moved from an internally contracted delivery model to a vendor provided service model, and your role will be to continually evaluate whether this meets the current and future business needs of Council.”

The job also requires “a successful track record in delivering large, multi-faceted ICT programs, preferably within a complex or diverse environment.” The pay? Well, with top negotiation skills clearly a must for the role, it’s simply described as an “an attractive remuneration package.”

Contact: Warren Peters at Capital Talent Consulting.

The one, the only, Victorian surveyor-general

More than a job, this statutory public sector role is an institution of its own and offers the rare chance to work for the people of Victoria and be your own boss at the same time.

As Victoria’s land boundaries overlord, you’ll get “powers and responsibilities under many Acts, dealing with land surveying, Crown land and electoral boundaries” and take on a leadership role for the whole surveying profession as chair of the Surveyors Registration Board. Leading the S-G’s office involves “broad leadership responsibilities” in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, too.

Closing date: April 7. Contact: Kathleen Townsend Executive Solutions.

Sydney’s new police watchdog needs a chief

Former Supreme Court judge Michael Adams won’t need much help with matters of jurisprudence at the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission, but the brand new watchdog does need a chief executive to keep an eye on everything else.

The CEO’s task is to bring “the government’s vision for a substantial service delivery agency” to life by “formulating and implementing LECC’s vision, workforce capability and overall strategic direction” — but there’s one big restriction. Current or former sworn officers of the NSW Police and the NSW Crime Commission need not apply.

With the relationship between the state’s two police watchdogs never more frank and robust, a once in a lifetime opportunity exists to take the helm of the new high-profile agency that will replace both a dedicated ombudsman for complaints about cops and the Police Integrity Commission. We love the first two attributes required in the description of a successful candidate:

“Be a pragmatic, commercially minded, individual with a consultative style whom effectively balances risk and business drivers;

“Have experience working in an environment that requires strong work prioritisation and the ability to manage the expectations of multiple interested parties.”

Closing date: April 4. Contact: Craig Cole.

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