Jobwatch: exit strategies for public sector executives looking for a change

By The Mandarin

May 8, 2017

A change is as good as a holiday and this week, The Mandarin’s Jobwatch takes a look at what experienced public sector sector executives could do if a career change is beckoning.

Lead a peak body

Carers Victoria is a combination of service provider and peak body, both representing and supporting the unpaid heroes who care for friends and family members, and it’s hiring a new CEO. The new chief needs to be future-focused and lead the group through a “transformational change journey” to get there, while keeping everything the organisation is already doing on track, of course.

Government relations is one key part of the role, which also requires skills in coaching and mentoring senior execs, change management, service development, business analytics and reporting, and stakeholder engagement. Contact: Meg Marshall at Deliberate Practice

Mystery government relations role in a global firm

A company that is “number 1 globally within their industry” is seeking a government affairs manager, according to one of those cryptic ads from head-hunters who don’t say who they are working for. They can reveal, however:

“This will be reporting into the Head of Corporate & Government Affairs and working within a collegiate and focused team. The successful candidate will develop and execute strategies to ensure that public policy relations to the company is considered and sustainable.”

We’re informed the mysterious global firm is also “often voted top employer and company of choice” as well, and the job involves things like “developing campaign plans, policy analysis, political and departmental engagement, [and] advising on appropriate media activity” as well as managing strategic relationships.

To get a look in, you’ll need five years’ experience in “a highly regulated field” and a very good understanding of how public policy is developed in federal as well as state and territory governments. Contact: Suzie Large

It’s NACCHO job, but it could be…

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, the peak body for hundreds of Aboriginal community-controlled health services nationwide, needs a new CEO as well.

First up, NACCHO is looking for an Indigenous person, for reasons that should be obvious. They want someone innovative and influential, who can lead strategically but also “be an influencer, advocate and voice of the sector” — filling the shoes of Pat Turner in this regard will be no small feat. Fostering collaboration between many varied stakeholders, including all Australian governments, is a big part of the job.

The successful candidate needs experience in policy development and implementation, dealing with the media, as well as a strong understanding of government, health policy and the purpose of community-controlled primary health care specifically for Indigenous communities.

NACCHO wants a CEO who has led a not-for-profit organisation — “or similar” — and there are a lot of public sector bodies that fit the bill. Contact: Kate Gumley

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