DEPN Inaugural Chair
The establishment of the Defence Employee Partnering Network (DEPN) by the Department of Defence (Defence) recognises the importance of securing a high-quality workforce that addresses future capability requirements. The role of DEPN is to provide advice and strategic direction on securing and building a high value, skilled reserve and part-time workforce through partnerships with industry. This helps to ensure that support from industry is built and supported, whilst serving ADF members are valued and supported to balance their dual employment, maintaining a career as well as their attachment to Defence.
The DEPN will enhance Defence capability by providing strategic links to industry and employers, as well as advice and recommendations regarding specific investigative projects to the Chief of the Defence Force through Reserve and Youth Division. This advice is intended to inform Defence strategic policy developments to enhance the recruitment, retention and utilisation of the part-time workforce.
The Chair and Advisory Body members are accountable to the Chief of the Defence Force through the Head of Reserve and Youth Division. The inaugural DEPN will comprise of a Chair, eight (8x) Advisory Body members and one ex-officio member, the Head of Reserve and Youth Division. The combined skills and attributes of DEPN Members, as well as diversity of background and experience, will ensure Defence has access to a broad range of pre-eminent advisors with extensive knowledge and experience beyond the Defence sector.
The Chair is the first position of the DEPN to be appointed and will be followed by selection of the other Body Members in early 2020.
The Chair will provide leadership and effective organisation of the DEPN and coordinate the planning of DEPN activities with the Enabling Support Team and other Body Members. The Chair should consider DEPN assignments, workflow and pathways to ensure that the work is completed efficiently and effectively.
The Chair’s role may also extend to maintaining morale and standards, maximising effective participation and determining the flow of information and discussion. The Chair may also need to make recommendations to senior Defence leadership on the membership of the DEPN based on needs and effectiveness. The Chair acts as spokesperson for the DEPN and as an interface between the DEPN, Working Groups and Defence departmental executive. The Chair does not carry accountability for financial matters of the Body, although they will be consulted in relation to priorities in terms of any discretionary funding.
At meetings, the Chair will run the agenda and manage the meeting to achieve its goals by preserving order, standards and ensuring proceedings are conducted in a productive manner. The Chair will foster and breed a culture of ethical behaviour.
In consultation with Head of Reserve and Youth Division, the Chair is also responsible for recommending any adjustments to the agreed Programs of Work as required.
Download the Candidate Information Pack and Application Form here and forward the completed form with a brief Board CV to Jo Fisher or David Baber of Fisher Leadership at DEPN@fisherleadership.com, quoting reference DEPchr1219.