UQ’s Innovation, Teaching and Learning Department Partners with Hunt & Co.

Recruitment can be an exhausting task, particularly when roles have been open for an extended length of time. At University of Queensland’s ITALI (Innovation, Teaching and Learning Department) the leadership team were struggling to find the right calibre of talent for their Deputy Director of Digital Learning.

After attempting to recruit for the role through their internal HR team, and sourcing through their own networks, a decision was made to engage a recruitment agency. After the earlier successful recruitment of the ITS Department’s Deputy Director, Hunt & Co. was again appointed to exclusively recruit for this role.

The challenge in recruiting for this role was the few number of candidates with the scope of experience and leadership for the role. The position demanded experience leading the digital transformation of a university, of similar scope to the University of Queensland. At University of Queensland, this role required extensive stakeholder management to lead the culture change, and embrace digital transformation entirely. No easy feat for a prestigious, traditional institution like University of Queensland.

Whilst recruiting for the role we spoke to candidates from all major universities, TAFEs, schools, and RTOs, many of whom were excited about the role, but few of whom had the experience the role demanded to overhaul the digital systems across the university – from library to science department.

The Hunt & Co. team were able to shortlist three candidates for the role, with two invited for an interview from Sydney and Melbourne. The panel interview process was challenging, and required the candidates to be prepared to answer questions from five perspectives of how they would make the role their own and achieve success milestones.

The two candidates were virtually indistinguishable, and finally the university decided to appoint Greg Winslett as the Director of Digital Learning, and the second shortlisted candidate Janet Frizzarin the Program Delivery Manager, supporting the roll out of various digitisation projects.

Hunt & Co. is incredibly proud to have placed such challenging roles, and helped the university fill such an urgent void. If you have hard to fill roles then contact Hunt & Co. for a confidential discussion on how we can assist.

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