NZ reopens search for national CTO

Broadcasting, Communications, Digital Media and Government Digital Services Minister Clare Curran has reopened applications for New Zealand’s first Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

“The Chief Technology Officer will help drive a digital agenda for the nation and respond to the opportunities and challenges of our changing digital world,” says Curran.

“This critical role will have a broad mandate to serve as a challenge to, and advisor for, the New Zealand Government.”

This is the second round of recruitment for this critical role, and to recognise that different skills and abilities will suit this role at different points, we are looking at a one-year appointment with an option to renew for another year,” says Curran.

The applications close on June 3.

Minister Clare Curran: "The CTO will help drive a digital agenda for the nation and respond to the opportunities and challenges of our changing digital world."

The position description outlines a skilled chief advisor who can work collaboratively across government and with a range of other stakeholders to provide independent expert advice to Ministers and senior leaders on digital issues.

In the first phase, the CTO will focus on:

In a statement, Curran says she has worked with the the initial members of the Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion Ministerial Advisory Group to refine and shape the role to ensure getting the right person to play a lead part in developing a digital strategy for New Zealand.

“We are looking for someone who has a high level of expertise in the digital technology industry, who has the ability to influence a range of different groups, and the passion and drive to instigate action.”


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