Executive sector role descriptions

Below are executive sector role descriptions, developed in consultation with the sector. Each role description has been developed using the Senior Executive Work Level Standards and is in line with the Role Description Development Guide.

When using these sector role descriptions please refer to the Sector Role Description Action Guide (PDF 99.1KB) and the Sector Role Descriptions Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 243.6KB). Executive sector role descriptions will need to undergo role evaluation using an accredited role evaluation methodology, to determine the role’s work value and placement within the band and its remuneration range.

All role descriptions specify the capability levels required for the role, which have been identified from the 2013 NSW Public Sector Capability Framework. These sector role descriptions can be used across a range of workforce management activities, including recruitment, performance management, learning and development and career planning.

PSSE Band 3

Chief Executive

General management of a major service or program delivery agency within a cluster. Reports to the cluster Secretary and is responsible for achievement of agreed agency goals and budget performance.

Chief Executive_Band 3 (PDF 93.1KB)
Chief Executive_Band 3 (DOCX 59.1KB)

PSSE Band 2

Deputy Chief Executive

General management role supporting a Secretary in overall governance and operation of agency. Typically has direct accountability for a portfolio of whole-of-agency programs/functions, and will frequently represent an agency head on agency wide matters.

Deputy Chief Executive_Band 2 (PDF 91.7KB)
Deputy Chief Executive_Band 2 (DOCX 58.9KB)

PSSE Band 3

Deputy Secretary Policy

General management role supporting Secretary in overall governance and operation of the agency. Critical strategic policy advisor to minister(s) and Secretary ensuring appropriateness and integrity of policy formulation and implementation.

Deputy Secretary Policy_Band 3 (PDF 95.2KB)
Deputy Secretary Policy_Band 3 (DOCX 60.3KB)

PSSE Band 2

Executive Director Policy

Responsible for a specific significant program or portfolio of government policy provides specific expert policy advice to minister, Secretary and Deputy. Typically reporting to a Deputy Secretary.

Executive Director Policy_Band 2 (PDF 92.7KB)
Executive Director Policy_Band 2 (DOCX 59KB)

PSSE Band 1

Director Policy

Accountable for a particular policy area or program. Typically reporting to Executive Director Policy or Deputy Secretary Policy. May also be found in delivery agencies which have direct responsibility for a specific policy area.

Director Policy_Band 1 (PDF 85.5KB)
Director Policy_Band 1 (DOCX 60.6KB)


Director Programs

Accountable for directing implementation, integration and evaluation of policy changes and initiatives within the cluster. Typically reporting to Executive Director Policy or Deputy Secretary Policy within cluster structure

Director Programs_Band 1 (PDF 86.9KB)
Director Programs_Band 1 (DOCX 59.9KB)

PSSE Band 3

Deputy Secretary Corporate

General management role supporting Secretary in overall governance and operation of the agency. Leads substantial portfolio of enabling services and advisory functions which support delivery of the agency’s programs and achievement of business objectives.

Deputy Secretary Corporate_Band 3 (PDF 94.8KB)
Deputy Secretary Corporate_Band 3 (DOCX 59.5KB)

PSSE Band 2

Chief Procurement Officer

Responsible for providing strategic direction, leadership and governance of procurement functions and frameworks. Partners with the business and provides strategic advice to drive effective, efficient and value-add procurement.

Chief Procurement Officer - Band 2 (PDF 98KB)
Chief Procurement Officer - Band 2 (DOCX 96.1KB)


Executive Director Legal Services

Leads and directs legal portfolio either at a cluster level, or within a very substantial delivery agency. Typically reporting to the Secretary or agency head but may report through a Deputy Secretary Corporate.

Executive Director Legal Services_Band 2 (PDF 95.3KB)
Executive Director Legal Services_Band 2 (DOCX 61.1KB)


Executive Director Stakeholder Engagement

Drives stakeholder interface including wide range of marketing, communications and relationship management functions. Typically reporting to cluster Secretary or an agency head of major delivery agency but in some instances may report through Deputy Secretary Operations or Corporate.

Executive Director Stakeholder Engagement_Band 2 (PDF 94KB)
Executive Director Stakeholder Engagement_Band 2 (DOCX 59KB)


Executive Director Governance

Ensures governance frameworks and decision processes meet compliance requirements and meet compliance and risk mitigation requirements. Typically reporting to Deputy Secretary Corporate at a cluster level but may possibly report to an agency head of larger delivery agencies where substantial operational independence is a feature.

Executive Director Governance_Band 2 (PDF 87.1KB)
Executive Director Governance_Band 2 (DOCX 60.7KB)


Chief Information Officer

Chief Information Officer (PDF, 433.2KB)
Chief Information Officer (DOCX, 146.4KB)

PSSE Band 1

Director Procurement

Provides strategic direction, leadership and governance of the procurement function.

Director Procurement - Band 1 (PDF 111.5KB)
Director Procurement - Band 1 (DOCX 97.1KB)


Director Category Management

Provides strategic direction, leadership and governance across a portfolio of categories.

Director Category Management - Band 1 (PDF 111.5KB)
Director Category Management - Band 1 (DOCX 97.1KB)


Director Corporate Communications

Leads the provision of comprehensive strategic communications. Typically reporting to Deputy Secretary Corporate at cluster level or Deputy Chief Executive in a major agency or directly to agency head. Also see Director Public Affairs (Band 1)

Director Corporate Communications_Band 1  (PDF 86.1KB)
Director Corporate Communications_Band 1 (DOCX 58.4KB)


Director Legal Services

Develops appropriate legal frameworks and provides legal advice to senior stakeholders within the agency. Typically reporting to agency head of smaller organisation or to Executive Director Legal Services at cluster level.

Director Legal Services_Band 1 (PDF 91.8KB)
Director Legal Services_Band 1 (DOCX 60.2KB)


Director Office of Secretary

Manages the affairs of the secretary's office and is central to relationships with Minister and Minister's Office, other secretaries and central agencies to facilitate the effective achievement of cluster goals and objectives. Typically reporting to the Secretary. Also see Director Executive Support (Band 1).

Director Office of Secretary_Band 1 (PDF 86.5KB)
Director Office of Secretary_Band 1 (DOCX 60KB)


Director Work Health and Safety

Develops and implements WH&S policies. Typically reporting to Executive Director Human Resources or in larger delivery agencies to similar executive HR role.

Director Work Health and Safety_Band 1 (PDF 88KB)
Director Work Health & Safety_Band 1 (DOCX 60.6KB)


Director Governance

Assures compliance with governance, risk management, probity and legal/statutory obligations. Typically reporting to Deputy Secretary Corporate or Executive Director Governance at cluster level but may also report to agency head, Deputy Chief Executive or other Executive Director within larger agencies.

Director Governance_Band 1 (PDF 85.6KB)
Director Governance_Band 1 (DOCX 60.6KB)


Director Security

Leads the development and implementation of the security strategy. Typically reporting to Deputy Secretary Corporate or Operations, Executive Director Governance or Operations or Executive Director Legal Services at cluster level but may also report to agency head, Deputy Chief Executive or other Executive Director within larger agencies.

Director Security_Band  (PDF 85.6KB)
Director Security_Band 1 (DOCX 60.7KB)


Director Executive Support

Facilitates planning and decision making processes and manages communications related to management of the cluster. Typically reporting to the Secretary or deputy. Also see Director Office of Secretary (Band 1).

Director Executive Support_Band 1 (PDF 87.2KB)
Director Executive Support_Band 1 (DOCX 60.1KB)


Director Project Management Office

Accountable for overall project management function. Typically reporting to Deputy Secretary Operations or Executive Director Operations at cluster level or within major delivery agency.

Director Project Management Office_Band 1 (PDF 85.4KB)
Director Project Management Office_Band 1 (DOCX 58.4KB)


Director Public Affairs

Leads the development and implementation of public affairs strategies and programs. No typical reporting arrangement. May report to a Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive or to an Executive Director role (e.g. Executive Director Stakeholder Engagement). This function is reasonably standalone. Also see Director Corporate Communications (Band 1).

Director Public Affairs_Band 1 (PDF 86.3KB)
Director Public Affairs_Band 1 (DOCX 60KB)


Director Research

Directs research or research and development strategies and programs. No typical reporting arrangements.

Director Research_Band 1 (PDF 85.7KB)
Director Research_Band 1 (DOCX 60KB)


Director Science

Directs scientific research and innovation. No typical reporting arrangements.

Director Science_Band 1 (PDF 86.1KB)
Director Science_Band 1 (DOCX 60.6KB)

Director Risk Management

Ensures investigation, assessment and mitigation of risks through proactive risk management plans and processes. Typically reporting to Deputy Secretary Corporate or Executive Director Governance at cluster level but may also report to agency head, Deputy Chief Executive or other Executive Director within larger agencies.

Director Risk Management_Band 1 (PDF 84.4KB)
Director Risk Management_Band 1 (DOCX 60.4KB)


Director ICT

Director ICT (PDF, 184.5KB)
Director ICT (DOCX, 151.4KB)


Director ICT Governance, Security

Director ICT Governance, Security & Risk (PDF, 329.2KB)
Director ICT Governance, Security & Risk (DOCX, 145.6KB)


Enterprise Architect

Enterprise Architect (PDF, 363.4KB)>
Enterprise Architect (DOCX, 145.8KB)


Strategist ICT

Strategist ICT (PDF, 349.2KB)
Strategist ICT (DOCX, 124KB)

PSSE Band 3

Deputy Secretary Regulatory

General management role supporting Secretary in overall governance and operation of the agency. Leads implementation and delivery of substantial regulatory/enforcement portfolio, providing advice and assurance to minister(s) and Secretary regarding compliance.

Deputy Secretary Regulatory_Band 3 (PDF 96.1KB)
Deputy Secretary Regulatory_Band 3 (DOCX 60.1KB)

PSSE Band 1

Director Compliance

Directs substantial regulatory/licensing/investigation and/or enforcement programs. Typically reporting to Deputy Secretary Regulatory at a cluster level but may report to an agency head or Deputy Chief Executive within a particular agency. Also see Director Investigations (Band 1).

Director Compliance_Band 1 (PDF 85.9KB)
Director Compliance_Band 1 (DOCX 60.3KB)


Director Investigations

Directs substantial investigation and enforcement programs. Typically reporting to Deputy Secretary Regulatory at a cluster level but may report to an agency head or Deputy Chief Executive within a particular agency. Also see Director Compliance (Band 1).

Director Investigations_Band 1 (PDF 85.4KB)
Director Investigations_Band 1 (DOCX 59.8KB)

PSSE Band 3

Deputy Secretary Operations

General management role supporting Secretary in overall governance and operation of the agency. Leads substantial portfolio of operational programs and service delivery ensuring that minister(s) and Secretary have confidence in the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of services.

Deputy Secretary Operations_Band 3 (PDF 94.7KB)
Deputy Secretary Operations_Band 3 (DOCX 59.7KB)

PSSE Band 2

Executive Director Service Delivery

Responsible for all aspects of service delivery. Typically reporting to Deputy Secretary Operations in larger delivery agencies or agency head.

Executive Director Service Delivery_Band 2 (PDF 92.8KB)
Executive Director Service Delivery_Band 2 (DOCX 60.6KB)


Chief Operating Officer (Agency)

Directs the day-to-day operations of a major delivery agency on behalf of the Chief Executive. Typically found in agencies where the focus of the Chief Executive is largely external. The focus of the COO role is largely internal.

Chief Operating Officer (Agency) (PDF 86.8KB)
Chief Operating Officer (Agency) (DOCX 60.8KB)


Executive Director Operations

Directs program/service delivery, especially ensuring alignment of services across the cluster. Typically reporting to Deputy Secretary Operations.

Executive Director Operations_Band 2 (PDF 87KB)
Executive Director Operations_Band 2 (DOCX 60.3KB)

PSSE Band 1

Program Manager ICT - Director Consulting

Program Manager ICT - Director Consulting & Project Management - ICT (PDF, 373.5KB)
Program Manager ICT / Director Consulting & Project Management - ICT (DOCX, 144.6KB)


Director Strategic Planning

Leads the development and implementation of strategic planning and reporting frameworks. Typically reporting to Deputy Secretary Corporate but could equally report to an Executive Director role or Deputy Chief Executive within a larger agency. Also see Director Executive Support.

Director Strategic Planning_Band 1 (PDF 86.9KB)
Director Strategic Planning_Band 1 (DOCX 58.7KB)


Director Customer Experience

Develops and executes customer engagement strategies and builds customer feedback tools. Typically reporting to Executive Director Service Delivery or Executive Director Stakeholder Engagement within a cluster or larger agency.

Director Customer Experience_Band 1 (PDF 85.5KB)
Director Customer Experience_Band 1 (DOCX 60KB)


Director Operations

Develops and implements strategic plans and guidelines to increase efficiency and effectiveness within the agency or division. Typically reporting to Deputy Secretary or Executive Director Operations at a cluster level but may report to an agency head, Deputy Chief Executive or Executive Director within a particular agency.

Director Operations_Band 1 (PDF 85.2KB)
Director Operations_Band 1 (DOCX 60.2KB)


Director Stakeholder Engagement

Responsible for building and maintaining key stakeholder engagement programs and facilitating the effective implementation of stakeholder contact management systems and processes. Typically reporting to an agency head but in larger agencies may report to the Executive Director Stakeholder Engagement (Band 2).

Director Stakeholder Engagement_Band 1 (PDF 85.4KB)
Director Stakeholder Engagement_Band 1 (DOCX 60.6KB)


Director Asset Management

Accountable for leading the development and implementation of the asset management systems, strategies and processes. Typically reporting to an agency head although in larger agencies may report to an Executive Director level role.

Director Asset Management_Band 1 (PDF 85.3KB)
Director Asset Management_Band 1 (DOCX 60KB)


Director Infrastructure Projects

Principal infrastructure project leader and implements project management frameworks within a substantial agency. Typically reporting to Deputy Secretary at a cluster level but may report to an agency head or Deputy Chief Executive within a particular agency

Director Infrastructure Projects_Band 1 (PDF 86.2KB)
Director Infrastructure Projects_Band 1 (DOCX 60.7KB)