COMMISSIONER, NSW STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE - WOLLONGONG NSW
WOLLONGONG, NSW, 2500
Strategic executive leadership role
Incident Management of Large Field Operations
Substantial volunteer workforce
NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) is an emergency and rescue service dedicated to assisting the community. It is made up almost entirely of volunteers, with 229 units located throughout NSW, comprised of approximately 8,700 volunteer members, plus a full time staff contingent. The NSW SES works closely with other emergency services including the NSW Police Force, the NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and the Ambulance Service of NSW. The NSW SES is the primary emergency response agency for flood, storm and tsunami operations and provides the majority of rescue effort in rural parts of NSW, including road accident rescue, remote and land search and rescue, and other forms of specialist rescue.
The Commissioner provides strategic leadership and direction to the NSW SES and plays a key role in integrated state-wide emergency management in NSW in the preparation of response and recovery operations during and post floods, storms and tsunami events. The Commissioner also provides advice to the Minister and other key stakeholders on strategic direction, priorities, planning, policy development and implementation in relation to state emergency issues across NSW.
High quality candidates will have relevant tertiary or post graduate qualifications or equivalent experience. They will also be able to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and experience at a senior level within government, industry or a large scale field operations organisation, including commercial, business and political acumen, combined with expertise in governance, financial and HR frameworks to support organisational success. They will have a demonstrated understanding of the needs of communities and regions affected by emergency events, and strategies to meet needs that arise. They will have strong consultation, negotiation and communications skills, and the ability to advise and engage at executive levels of government, private sector and the community.
The Commissioner also works with other emergency service Commissioners and NSW Justice to implement reforms that achieve greater corporate and operational systems integration between emergency service agencies
The Commissioner must also have a very good understanding of management of volunteers and volunteer ethos.