Director Planning & Place

Woollahra Municipal Council Full Time Permanent 21/04/2021

Applications are open for the role of Director, Planning and Place

  • Drive the creation of a culture of excellence at Council
  • Inspire Woollahra’s vision for planning and place
  • Up to a five-year, performance based contract with an attractive total remuneration package

About us

Woollahra is an area steeped in natural beauty and heritage appealing to residents, businesses and visitors who enjoy its many parks, waterfront locations and historic buildings.

We are offering much more than just one of Sydney’s best harbourside locations; we are offering an opportunity to take part in the transformation of our organisation.

Under a new General Manager, you will join us on our journey to create a culture of excellence.

About the role

Join our Executive Leadership Team as the Director Planning & Place to provide inspirational and innovative leadership across the organisation. The key focus of the role is to drive the strategic direction of Council and deliver on key outcomes, corporate priorities and responsibilities across a multidisciplinary division.

The Planning & Place division is at the forefront of planning for place, character and liveability across the Woollahra Local Government Area (LGA). The person we are seeking will lead a team of customer-focused, responsive and professional people dedicated to continuing to improve our area as one of the great places in Australia in which to live, work, play and invest. You will need to be an exceptional, proven people leader with the skills and abilities to influence, drive and embed positive change across the organisation.

As the Director Planning & Place you will lead teams across the following areas:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Heritage Conservation
  • Urban Design
  • Placemaking & Economic Development
  • Development Control
  • Building Inspection and Compliance Services
  • Public Health and Regulatory Services
  • Parking Enforcement
  • Ranger Services

In what is a complex regulatory environment, this role is critical in ensuring a customer-first approach, even when we can’t say yes to everything.

About you

We are looking for someone who will care for and focus on our people, because people are what makes us a success today and will make us a success tomorrow.

You can either be someone holding a similar position today or be an experienced aspiring applicant ready to make the next step in your career.

You will be a high achiever with:

  • Demonstrated experience in leading teams to achieve high performance outcomes with strong coaching skills and the ability to develop team capabilities.
  • Highly developed skills in effectively managing change.
  • Demonstrated senior management experience with a reputation as a strong and accountable leader that consistently drives high performance.
  • Extensive experience in stakeholder and relationship management that assists in delivering successful outcomes.
  • A collaborative team player who can work across the organisation to deliver shared outcomes within a complex business environment.
  • Extensive demonstrated experience in leading a range of the following functions:
    • Strategic Planning
    • Heritage Conservation
    • Urban Design
    • Placemaking
    • Economic Development
    • Development Control
    • Building Inspection and Compliance Services
    • Public Health and Regulatory Services
    • Parking Enforcement
    • Ranger Services
  • Senior level experience in staff management, financial management, policy development and project management.
  • Ability to engage in strategic, innovative thinking, with the skills to be able to identify, develop and implement opportunities for improvement.
  • Highly developed political awareness.
  • Well-developed analytical thinking, creative thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Tertiary qualifications in planning, business, management or a relevant field.

Desirable Criteria 

  • Relevant postgraduate qualifications.

How to apply

  • Please click here to view the Information Pack, which includes further detailed information about this position.
  • Apply online by clicking the link below.
  • You will be asked to demonstrate how you meet each of the selection criteria. Please click here to view the position requirements.
  • If you have a separate statement addressing the selection criteria, please upload it as a cover letter and simply refer to it in the online questionnaire.
  • You will be able to upload 2 documents only.
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  • For further information about the role, please contact Craig Swift-McNair, General Manager on 02 9391 7013 during business hours

CLOSING DATE: 11.59pm Sunday, 16 May 2021

Woollahra Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion.  If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.