Recruiting for digital senior leadership roles

Leading the digital and cultural transformation of the APS workforce.

Overview

The APS Digital Professional Stream Strategy has recognised the need to make sure the APS recruits digital professionals with relevant credentials, skills, and qualities to lead digital and cultural transformation and to professionalise and uplift the digital dexterity and capability of the APS workforce. To support this, a digital delegate will participate in selection processes for all SES Band 3 roles and digital roles at the SES Band 1 and 2 levels.

Refer to Attachment A for the parameters to determine if a role is considered a digital role for the purpose of this guidance.

Digital delegate role definition

Digital delegates are identified senior APS leaders that bring relevant digital knowledge, skills, experience, and an independent perspective to selection processes for senior leadership roles. As a member of a selection panel, the digital delegate will provide advice and guidance to support the selection of individuals with the right behaviours, digital capabilities, credentials, and expertise needed to guide and drive public sector digital transformation.

Those identified as a digital delegate must have a personal and professional interest in being an expert advisor and have a strong commitment to promoting professional standards and a culture of digital adoption in the APS. 

Individuals will be assessed and approved by the Head of the Digital Profession prior to participating in a recruitment exercise as a digital delegate.

They will also play a key role in making sure the process is free from any conflict of interest, perceived bias (negative or positive), patronage or favouritism.

Where an agency is recruiting for a senior leadership role that is highly specialised, the digital delegate may seek the assistance of an industry expert or leader in the discipline or field, from within the APS or external to the APS, to assist them in their assessment of the suitability of candidates. When seeking the assistance of an external expert, the digital delegate must have regard to privacy and confidentiality and must not disclose the identity of candidates to the external expert.

Recruiting agency responsibilities

Requirements for all SES Band 3 recruitment processes

Where an agency has identified the need to undertake recruitment to fill a role at the SES Band 3 level (or equivalent), a digital delegate, approved by the Head of the Digital Profession will be included as a full participant in the selection process.

The inclusion of a digital delegate on a selection process will be in addition to the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s representative, as required under the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s Directions 2016.

Prior to advertising an SES Band 3 vacancy, the recruiting agency must contact the Digital Profession Stream to identify an appropriate digital delegate to include as a member of the selection panel.

Requirements for SES Band 1 or 2 recruitment processes

Where an agency has identified the need to undertake recruitment to fill a digital role at the SES Band 1 or 2 level (or equivalent), it is highly recommended that a digital delegate, approved by the Head of the Digital Profession be included as a participant in the selection process.

Where appropriate, the digital delegate and the Australian Public Service Commissioner’s representative may be the same person.

Prior to advertising a vacancy for a digital role at the SES Band 1 or 2 level, the recruiting agency must first determine if the role is a digital role in accordance with the parameters in Attachment A. The agency should then contact the Digital Profession Stream to:

  • discuss the needs of the agency and review the role description
  • identify an appropriate digital delegate to include as a member of the selection panel.

Digital Profession Stream responsibilities

The Digital Profession Stream will:

  • maintain a database of APS senior leaders who have been approved as digital delegates
  • identify an appropriate digital delegate, in consultation with the Head of the Digital Profession (where a required), to participate in each selection process 
  • provide timely advice to agencies to assist them in attracting and identifying the best candidates to fill their digital leadership roles – this may include identifying potential candidates from the Digital Profession Stream membership.

Attachment A

Parameters for determining digital roles

Digital roles may include:

  • Chief Information Officer, Chief Digital Officer, Chief Technology Officer, and related roles
  • Senior executive ICT roles (for example, Head of Architecture)
  • Senior executive roles with responsibility for the delivery of major digital policy and services
  • Senior executive roles with responsibility for business or digital transformation programs
  • Any other senior executive roles that the agency identifies would require digital leadership capabilities.

Last updated 30 March 2021

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