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Communities NSW seeks CIO in lead-up to shared service

by Paris Cowan •
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Communities NSW (CNSW) is currently on the look-out for a Chief Information Officer to help prepare the Super Department for the transition to a shared service environment.

The new CIO will take charge of ICT developments across the whole Department, and will be expected to begin the integration of these disparate systems so that CNSW will be ready to enter into a whole-of-department shared services agreement.

Plans are already in place to contract a shared services provider for transactional activities, and Intermedium understands that NSW ServiceFirst is the main contender.

The position will work closely with the Executive Director, Corporate Services and other Directors to implement the Government’s major reform agendas: the Corporate and Shared Services Blueprint, ICT Review outcomes and related efficiency reforms such as the savings implementation plan within Communities NSW, according to the CIO Position Description.  The CIO will also be responsible for the development of a comprehensive ICT strategy for CNSW. At present, the department does not have such a document.

 The lead entertainment and culture department was formed in July 2009, encompassing 25 agencies, including the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing, Arts NSW and the State Library.

Job information documents acknowledge that the consolidation of so many different bodies, many of which had existing corporate services arrangements, has complicated the management of ICT functions at the agency.

 The creation of a lead ICT position at the agency forms part of a larger organisational shift at the Department, with the CNSW Corporate Services directorate being positioned as a ‘head office’ for corporate functions for all of the associated agencies.

The Strategic Information Technology branch, which will be headed by the successful applicant, will form part of the Corporate Services directorate, and the CIO will answer directly to Executive Director Jo Grisard.

Previously, ICT governance at the Department was spread across some centralised and some entity-led ICT functions.

Applicants for the position are expected to have tertiary qualifications in computer science or a related discipline, or extensive related experience, and a solid background in senior ICT management. The 5 year contract offers a salary of $212,801 - $231,950, and will be located in the Sydney CBD. Applications close 18 August 2010.

CNSW employs 3200 staff and has an operating budget of $760 million (Cap Ex. $19 million).

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