Jobwatch: big opportunities in Victoria, NSW and the Commonwealth


After a brief hiatus, Jobwatch is back with an extra-large list of senior executive opportunities in the public sector. When we looked around the jobs boards this week, it was the Commonwealth, New South Wales and Victoria that caught our eye.

There’s opportunities for lawyers, leaders, ICT experts and more.

Commonwealth: Office for Women leader and Immigration CIO

If you think you’ve got what it takes to lead the Office for Women in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, applications for the senior executive service band 2 job are open until July 30. The position is classified as a first assistant secretary in the broader PM&C structure, and as the listing explains: “This role is high profile, influential and fast paced. Reporting to and advising the Prime Minister and the Minister for Women, it presents an exciting opportunity to lead in one of the government’s key areas of reform.”

Over the next year, the office is “working with key stakeholders across the states and territories, civil society and private sector leaders” to develop a policy framework for a National Womens Agenda among a few other key pieces of work. You’ll need to demonstrate your “passion for the advancement of women” and experience working closely with ministers, along with typical public service leadership skills.

Contact Amanda O’Rourke.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection needs a new chief information officer, as Randall Brugeaud has recently moved up from the role to become a deputy statistician with the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The band 2 senior executive job involves taking charge of the ongoing process of bringing together the systems put in place by Customs and Immigration before the two former entities were merged into the current organisation. The CIO needs to oversee and manage a large and complex set of ICT services, with over 1400 public servants and contractors looking after about 20,000 desktops, nine data centres, over 3,500 servers and around 150 Smartgates and kiosks, according to the listing on APS Jobs.

Applications close on July 31. Contact Karina Duffey or Tricia Searson from Executive Intelligence Group.

Closing soon: trade commissioner in Dubai; Defence helicopter boss

Another interesting band 2 SES job going in the APS is Senior Trade Commissioner and Consul General in Dubai, a top job in an interesting location that requires a top secret Negative Vetting Level 2 clearance. Get your skates on and head over to the AusTrade online employment pages if you’re interested; applications close this Sunday, July 23.

Applications also close on Sunday for head of the Department of Defence’s Helicopter Systems Division. This band 2 role within the Capability Acquistion and Sustainment group sits above a team of about 420 staff with a yearly budget of around $1 billion. The helicopters division is currently overseeing upkeep and upgrades for nine kinds of choppers and two types of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as well as seven major capital projects. Apply through Defence Careers; the contact is Kim Gillis.

New South Wales: deputy secretary based in Orange, jobs for top lawyers

The NSW Department of Industry is recruiting a deputy secretary to develop “an exciting new model of operational excellence” for its corporate services division following a recent review. According to the advertisement, the division will need to “find the balance between efficient service delivery, customer focus and support to ensure that the organisation meets government standards and expectations” as it puts the transformative plan into action:

“As a high-profile senior leader, the deputy secretary will also represent the department in whole-of-government leadership forums and activities – making you an advocate for innovation and strategy in NSW to your executive peers and other departmental clusters.”

The job is based in the central-west town of Orange — population 40,000 — and pays somewhere around $350,000 in total annual remuneration. Matthew Partington is the contact and applications close on August 4.

Two for the lawyers and something for (almost) everyone in Transport for NSW

There’s also a couple of jobs going in the NSW government for top lawyers. For starters the Attorney-General is looking for a barrister who can step up as a new Crown Prosecutor: contact Director of Public Prosecutions Lloyd Babb by July 31.

Meanwhile the NSW Police force needs a very different kind of lawyer to be its next general counsel: contact Mary-Louise Battliana from the commissioner’s office; applications have to be in by the end of this week.

And finally, Transport for NSW is on a major recruitment drive for a wide range of senior roles; there’s at least 27 going in the agency in a wide range of fields. Have a look on the government’s careers portal.

Victoria: state’s first CISO; senior role in audit office

The Victorian government has never had a whole-of-government chief information security officer before and there’s always something special about getting the chance to define a key position as the inaugural incumbent. The advertisement explains:

“With the potential of cyber security breaches a critical concern across all governments and organisations, this role is pivotal to implementing a whole of Victorian Government strategy to increase government cyber capability and resilience in order to protect Victorians and their information from growing cyber risk and potential attacks.”

The role is based in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, enterprise solutions branch, at the lofty heights of executive band 3 which means it could pay as much as $230,000 a year. Here’s some of the requirements listed on the goverment’s jobs board:

“The role will require a strategic leader able to work collaboratively across multiple departments and agencies, and professional industry and academic bodies, to bring together a cohesive and resilient cyber security environment.

“An up to date awareness of the global and national cyber environments, experience with analysis of operational impacts from cyber security issues and management of cyber incidents within a complex environment are important to the role.”

Applications close July 30. Contact Linda Dewar at the department.

Another interesting opening at the same level is executive officer at the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office. The right person is most likely an accountant or auditor. They need to be “a dynamic, adaptable leader with the ability to motivate and coach others to achieve their work goals” and have advanced skills in leadership, communications and stakeholder management. The advertisement says:

“VAGO’s Executive Officer is rigorous and innovative in their approach to work and is motivated by the challenge of promoting organisational continuous improvement. They create opportunities for others to learn and develop, while actively pursuing their own professional development goals.”

If that sounds like you, applications close in a week on July 24. Contact Thomas Brosz.

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