The Mandarin Jobwatch: CIO for NDIS agency, tax deputies


This week’s Jobwatch features a senior leadership role in the engine room of the New South Wales economy that is closing soon and senior jobs in the federal government that don’t require moving to Canberra.

Closing Saturday: NSW Industry deputy secretary

According to this job ad, it’s an “exciting time” to work at the NSW Department of Industry, which is looking for a new deputy secretary to head up its Skills and Economic Development Division.

We’re not sure if there’s ever been a more exciting time, in fact, and this senior role is right in the thick of the department’s core policy work, which underpins the government’s efforts to put as many of the state’s residents to work as possible.

“This involves stewardship of the State’s multi-billion dollar investment in vocational education and training, international outreach to attract investment and boost exports, and developing policies and interventions to support growth in key locations and industry sectors,” according to the listing.

“The role builds networks with key decision makers domestically and internationally to make NSW a magnet for growth agents and to provide employment opportunities throughout NSW.” Contact Matthew Partington.

Closing April 10: High-profile CIO position, comes with sea change

Becoming the National Disability Insurance Agency’s next chief information officer could lead to a slightly larger public profile — which may or may not be desirable, depending on the circumstances.

Rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme, one of the biggest and most closely watched reforms to social services in Australian history, is a big job, but the NDIA is a fairly small organisation.

The successful candidate would be expected to relocate to Geelong by December 2019, but it appears they can also work from an office in Canberra’s southern suburbs to start with. Applications for this band 2 SES position close soon. Contact David Spencer from headhunter NGC Global.

Closing April 18: Tax sheriff needs three deputies

The Australian Taxation Office has sites all over the country and is very flexible about where the new deputy commissioners it needs for its client engagement and service delivery groups will be located.

Executives with a knack for encouraging the public to follow the rules would be a good fit for client engagement leadership roles.

They will be “responsible for developing and implementing strategies to maintain and improve willing participation” in the tax and superannuation systems through client-centric initiatives to make it easier for taxpayers to do the right thing, and harder to get away with breaking the rules.

The ideal candidate is obviously strong on collaboration and stakeholder engagement and knows the tax and super system inside-out, although having a pre-existing “passion to build trust and confidence in the ATO” might be a bit much for the ATO to hope for. Contact Neil Oleseon about the role in Hobart or Perth or in any other state capital.

If you’re the next deputy commissioner for Customer Service and Solutions you’ll also need to “put clients at the centre of everything you do” in leading the group responsible for specific products and service delivery channels.

This includes processing tax returns and business activity statements, maintaining registers of tax file numbers and business names, and generally everything that involves lodging forms and making payments. Contact Melinda Smith.

Another deputy commissioner position, leading the Human Resources area of the ATO, has also opened up and can be located in either Brisbane, Canberra or Melbourne. Contact Jacqui Curtis (candidates might be competing against the current acting deputy commissioner, Bradley Chapman, who is the contact officer for an assistant commissioner role advertised in the same listing).

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