The Department of Commerce Director General position made vacant by the transfer of Michael Coutts-Trotter to the role of Director General of the Department of Education and Training was advertised in the Sydney Morning Herald on 26 May 2007. It was advertised as a five year contract and follows the advertisement of NSW Health's Director General position just a fortnight ago.
Unlike Ms Kruk’s position at Health, an executive search firm has not been engaged. This is likely to mean the NSW Government is confident of finding a suitable candidate locally. The recruitment process also indicates the Government did not wish to transfer an existing Director General into the position.
There are a number of implications for NSW Government ICT of this selection process. Firstly, with the NSW State Budget being brought down on 19 June 2007, the budgets of the Department of Commerce, and in particular, The Chief Information Office, are being finalised without either a permanent Director General or a permanent Chief Information Officer in place. Without a clear champion for desired projects, funding for ICT initiatives may well suffer further.
Secondly, it throws into question the support that the Information and Communication Technology function will receive from the new Director General, and what will happen to the NSW Government ICT procurement function. Many will recall the lengthy period of uncertainty following the departure of the previous Director General, Kate McKenzie, both in terms of organisational structure and policy directions.
Applications for this position close on 8 June, and are to be forwarded to the Director General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Alex Smith, Deputy Director General of Department of Premier and Cabinet, is fielding queries. The vacancy can also be found on the Government Jobs Online website.
Also on this topic, refer to the The Medium 21 May 2007 Paul Edgecumbe's Departure - Is It A Sign Of The Times For Government CIOs?