A new Chief Technology Officer position is being established to help drive a digital agenda and respond to the opportunities and challenges of our changing digital world.
The application process for the Chief Technology Officer position is now open.
The Chief Technology Officer will play a lead role in developing a digital strategy for New Zealand and have a broad mandate to serve as a challenge to, and advisor for, the New Zealand government.
The Chief Technology Officer will work collaboratively across government, with Ministers and officials, and with a range of other stakeholders. He/she will be accountable to the Prime Minister and to the Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, and Government Digital Services, and will provide independent expert advice to Ministers and senior leaders on digital issues.
With a high level of expertise in their field, the Chief Technology Officer will have the ability to influence a range of different groups – from government and industry to wider society. He/she will also have the passion and drive to instigate action, along with strong foresight and strategic capabilities, to ensure that New Zealand has the right foundations in place to seize the benefits, and mitigate the challenges, of increasing technological change.
It is likely that the influence of the Chief Technology Officer will be greatest if the successful applicant remains outside the technology industry for the duration of his or her term of appointment.
More information about the role can be found here.