Back in March of this year auDA announced that they weren’t renewing their then CEO’s contract. So after over 15 years in the role Chris Disspain was leaving the organisation. Obviously his position could not be left vacant indefinitely, so it’s little surprise that they recently published a job advertisement.
There’s no indication of salary or benefits that come with the job, though you’d need to be either an Australian citizen or permanent resident in order to apply.
The job description contains the usual elements you’d expect for a role in an organisation like auDA:
au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA) is the policy authority and industry self-regulatory body endorsed by the Australian Government for the administering of the .au domain space. It is also recognised by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
The company is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced CEO to lead the strategic, regulatory, operational and membership activities of auDA as well as being responsible for all management, staff and financial aspects of the company and act as the spokesperson.
To be successful in this role you will have experience in working with a Board to develop a vision and strategy and extensive policy development and implementation skills and an understanding of the competing issues surrounding being a regulator verses facilitating the commercial growth objectives of its members.
Ideally the successful candidate will have a relevant tertiary qualification in Business, Commerce or Information Technology and have experience preferably obtained in a commercial, government and/ or regulatory environment, with a focus on impacts related to the digital and technology sector.
You will have high level communication, networking, negotiation and commercial skills, including the ability to represent an organisation in public forums internationally including at conferences and in the media. This will include leading and managing a multi-disciplinary organisation combined with strong skills in change management, staff and financial management, including an understanding of the obligations of reporting to a Board. You will also identify professional development for staff to engage and participate in relevant programs to ensure that they deliver tangible outcomes for members and the Federal Government.
Experience with membership based organisations and the ability to understand issues which impact on membership growth and retention and to promote stronger linkages with Universities and public education bodies to promote social responsibility with respect to the utilisation of the internet will be preferred.
There will be a requirement to travel internationally to attend ICCAN and APTLD meetings as well as nationally to represent the organisation. A very competitive remuneration package will be negotiated for the best candidate.
You must be an Australian Citizen or have Permanent Residency.
(Eagle eyed readers may have spotted the typo in there as well!)
So who are they likely to hire? Will it be an industry “insider” or someone who has no experience in the sector, but is a good executive? The citizenship and residency restrictions will definitely limit the field of applicants from the internet industry quite a bit, though there are plenty of talented people in Australia who could possibly fit the bill.
Job applications are open until June 17th 2016.