Jul 2, 2009
Psst, want a £119,000 job? (That’s US$197,000 for us Yanks) The job of "Director of Organisation Development" in Yorkshire can be yours … if only you can decipher the want ad:
Huddersfield-based Kirklees Council’s job description mangled the language with phrases like "cross functional experience" and "people effective".
The council advertised the position as "a key leadership role that will help make a complex organisation increasingly confident, energetic and focused as it delivers the outcomes that the Kirklees communities require".
It said the successful candidate would be "a leader with presence, passion and panache" who would "play a key role in ensuring the effective integration of national, regional and local drivers".
Another impenetrable passage warns that the new director will face the challenge of making sure "that the diversity of Kirklees is understood by all in the organisation; is valued as a strength but a strength that challenges us to respond to its complex implications; and is reflected in the career structures within the organisation".