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Section Manager City Planning and Design

Job No: CEN2247
Location: Central Coast NSW


Primary Work Location: Gosford Administration Building

  • Bring your planning innovation and creativity and lead a team of professionals
  • Live and work on the beautiful Central Coast of NSW
  • Permanent full time position
  • Attractive salary package available to the right candidate up to $156.6k per annum + Superannuation + Leaseback Vehicle

Central Coast Council is an equal opportunity employer and promotes a healthy and safe work environment. We are committed to diversity in our community and our workforce and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people, people with a disability and people from diverse backgrounds to apply to be part of our inclusive team.

Ideally located on the northern fringe of Sydney and just an hour's drive from Newcastle, the Central Coast offers one of the best places in Australia to live and work. Today the Central Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in NSW, with the third largest Local Government Area (LGA) in NSW and the 6th Largest LGA in Australia.

This role will see you lead a team of professionals responsible for developing, implementing, monitoring and reporting upon major urban and strategic planning initiatives for Council's Environment and Planning directorate. You will also be involved with the planning and design of masterplans, public domain and concept plans, and the delivery of city planning and design initiatives to improve the performance of Council's built and natural environments.

Key activities of this role include:

  • Develop, monitor, review and update all strategic and urban design policies and practices;
  • Identify future strategies that improve, protect and value the built environment whilst also identifying opportunities and creative solutions for future urban growth;
  • Plan, educate and coordinate the implementation of special projects that respond to strategic planning and urban design projects.

About You:

  • You have extensive experience in urban or strategic planning
  • You are a strong leader with a passion for mentoring others;
  • You have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and are comfortable interacting with all levels of people in the organisation, including Executive Leaders and senior stakeholders; 
  • You are community minded and have the ability to work in a fast paced and political environment;
  • You enjoy sharing your knowledge and expertise, while also learning from others;
  • Having a work/life balance is important to you.

About Us:

  • We are a large and progressive organisation delivering a wide variety of services to our local community;
  • You’ll be joining a team of professionals who excel at what they do;
  • We offer a supportive environment with opportunities for career development;
  • Opportunities to collaborate with subject matter experts from a variety of areas across the organisation on a daily basis.

Please refer to the Position Description for detailed information on the position and required skills and experience.

A vehicle is provided for official duties and private use leaseback is available in accordance with Council’s Vehicle Policy.

Shortlisted candidates may be required to complete additional online assessments. 

Enquiries: Karen Tucker, Unit Manager Strategic Planning on 02 4325 8108 or 0418 415 871.

If you are deaf, hearing or speech impaired, you can contact us through the National Relay Service TTY call 133 677 or Speak & Listen 1300 555 727.

Closing Date:  Applications close at Midnight on Sunday, 23 February 2020. 


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To lodge your application, please follow the below steps:

Step 1:  Answer the on-line questions shown below. Please ensure that you provide as much detail as possible in response to the questions asked.

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