A total of 26 Scottish councils have agreed a plan in which they will share a digital team headed by a chief digital officer (CDO).
A digital transformation strategy for local government was developed at the end of 2015 and was approved by the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and the Local Government Digital Transformation Board.
The CDO's role for the first 100 days will be taking the strategy and working with the board and participating councils to translate it into actions that demonstrate an immediate impact and clear forward path.
An information pack explaining the role said: "We are looking for candidates who can apply on-the-ground experience of driving the transformation of organisations, with the networking and relational skills, strategic mindset and vision to lead in helping local government be digital in an increasingly digital world.
"You will not be doing this alone. A key task will be to build a credible, experienced digital team. You will also build a wider virtual team working with regional-level collaborations as well as with our partners, Scottish Government, Scotland Excel, SEEMiS, NHS NSS, Improvement Service and SOCITM."
The document emphasised that the role isn't just about technology, but about "being a champion for the customer, for simplification and for outcomes over process".
"Your success will ultimately be measured against enabling demonstrable savings, a shift to digital public services, and a culture shift that is driving and sustaining change across local government," the document said.
The successful candidate will be highly articulate and credible at the most senior level across local government and its partners. He or she must have demonstrable and practical experience at a senior level in the public or private sector of shaping transformational change in business models, processes and technologies that deliver cost savings and service improvements for customers.
In addition, they will have a proven record of demonstrating a wide range of high-level consultancy skills, the ability to develop excellent relationships with a wide range of senior stakeholders and technical experts, and the ability to manage senior local government and wider public sector stakeholders.
The post holder will report to the Local Government Digital Transformation Board through the chairman, and will have three to five direct line reports.
The contract is for an initial term of three years with a possible extension. The information pack suggests that the post holder will have a "flexible location" but be based in Livingston with significant national travel involved.
The salary and package for the role is negotiable, but will be in the region of £100,000 plus.
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