InternetNZ, formerly the Internet Society (ISOCNZ), has advertised for its first domain name commissioner to oversee the operation of the .nz namespace both during and after the shift to a new system, says InternetNZ president Keith Davidson.
"It needs someone with a special set of skills. It's not a technical job per se but they do need technical understanding and most of all they need to be able to get alongside the registrars and get them working with the registry." Davidson agrees that the application list might be quite short, given the requirements of the role.
"This person will act as the conduit for real communication to occur [between the registrars and registry]."
InternetNZ has had its share of problems in the past with regards to the management of the domain name register itself, including the implementation of a system which cost over $400,000 and has not worked to the satisfaction of its customers. Davidson hopes InternetNZ can put all that behind it with this new appointment, and says the replacement software package is well underway also.
"The job would start hopefully on June 1. The registry software is being built now and it would be useful to have this person involved right from the outset with that level of work."
The position would report to a yet-to-be-formed sub-committee of the InternetNZ council. Applications for the position close at the end of February. A job description can be found here.