Friday, December 21, 2007

Spare us! Where's the razor?

From today's Crikey, the last for the year.

This is an
actual current Australian Public Service job ad. Not a hoax.

Closing date: Thursday, 20 December 2007. Apply now, before someone asks what the job actually does.

"The Design Leverage Director will be an important, contributing member of the senior management team and will have accountability for leading the integration of design thinking across the organisation, aligning design principles with business strategies that enhance operational performance and fostering a collaborative, innovative culture that generates creative solutions. Facilitating as the "voice of design", the Director will effectively embed best practice project management processes and procedures as required in an evolving, complex environment. In essence, the Director will champion design as an agent for change, innovation and collaboration. Our candidates will need to have a proven track record in a strategy-driven design executive position, with experience working in large, complex organisations. A holistic, highly motivated, creative problem-solver, they will need to be well rounded in terms of skills, project types, and work and life experiences. Our candidates will need to be able to demonstrate success in challenging the status quo, leading strategic and operational change initiatives, and adding value to business decision-making. The role requires excellent relationship management skills, coupled with strong project leadership expertise. Tertiary qualifications are highly desirable. In order to be eligible you must be an Australian citizen. The successful applicant will be required to undergo a security assessment. The position will be based in Canberra (though the incumbent may choose to commute). The appointment may be offered either on a career basis or a fixed term basis of up to 5 years."