• Salary Range Band 8 $125,104 - $140,199 plus 11.5% super
  • Temporary Full Time/Part Time (12 month fixed term maternity leave cover)
  • We are a diverse & inclusive council based in St Kilda with a positive culture and flexible working arrangements possible

About City of Port Phillip

We are a vibrant and diverse inner-city council stretching 20kms from South to Port Melbourne along the stunning bay beaches down to Elwood and out to St Kilda East with around 1000 people who all work together to deliver more than 100 programs and services to our engaged community of residents, businesses and visitors. What does that mean? Think, childcare, libraries, parks, recreation, waste rubbish collection, road maintenance, family and youth services, property & assets, city planning & development, customer experience, digital technology, governance, people, culture and safety, and of course South Melbourne Market!

City of Port Phillip has zero tolerance for child abuse and is a committed Child Safe organisation.

What’s the role all about

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced leader to join the City of Port Phillip in a fixed term maternity leave position until August 2025. Reporting directly to the Manager Safety & Amenity, in this demanding leadership role you will be responsible for the management of our busy Planning Compliance unit. To be successful in this position you will demonstrate extensive leadership experience in a regulatory or planning field, strong planning knowledge and a track record of managing complex and sensitive enforcement matters through to resolution in an operational environment.

You should be highly regarded for your “can do” attitude and will need high level judgement, decision making and communication skills. This role also requires continued leadership and support of several ongoing initiatives including the Customer Transformation program, OH&S, team culture and performance.

While this role is a critical role to the organisation, we are looking for the perfect candidate that can come into the role and excel, so with that in mind we would be open to reviewing applications from candidates that are looking for Part time of four days (30.4 hours) in addition to full time applications.

What you might do

  • Manage the day to day operations of a proactive and responsive Planning Compliance service.
  • Coordinate and oversee enforcement activities of the unit to ensure Council’s statutory obligations are effectively and efficiently administered.
  • Lead, motivate and develop staff to succeed in a busy regulatory environment.
  • Build strong relationships across the organisation and with external stakeholders to assist in the delivery of Council’s Plan and strategic initiatives by ensuring land use and development is lawful.

Who we are looking for

  • A relevant degree or diploma qualification in Statutory Planning, Planning Law or equivalent (highly desirable) with several years relevant experience or lesser formal qualifications with extensive and diverse experience leading regulatory or planning teams, preferably in a Government environment.
  • Demonstrated broad technical knowledge of planning legislation and planning law combined with strong experience in law enforcement actions and procedures in a government context.
  • High level problem solving, investigative and analytical skills, and a track record in developing solutions to planning enforcement issues in a complex operating environment, utilising highly developed written and advanced verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and motivating teams, fostering a positive workplace culture, developing people and encouragement of quality conversations and feedback on performance through a planned performance review and appraisal process.
  • Demonstrated considerable experience in managing investigations that have proceeded to the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and/or Magistrates’ Court and ability to prepare Council reports, briefings or Councillor notes on matters the unit is responsible for.

Our work environment

We love what we do and are all proud to work at the City of Port Phillip. Yes, we are local council, and we are one with vibrancy, passion and ambition who are a welcoming, health conscious, diverse and inclusive. Our Main location at the iconic St Kilda Town Hall offers a heritage and modern open plan hub to work from where people can collaborate and develop both professionally and personally whilst planning and delivering a range of important services and programs to the community.

Proudly as one we all take accountability to put our community first. Together we work, creatively and strategically we think and with courage comes growth and with integrity we perform.

What’s in it for you

  • We offer a hybrid working model with our core setup being 50-60% in the office depending on team requirements and welcome further conversation to meet your working style and needs
  • Be supported and empowered to be your best by a passionate leadership team that encourages collaboration and innovation
  • Our work hubs are located close to our very own Child Care centres making accessing childcare a breeze!
  • Career development opportunities within your team and/or across council plus a great study assistance allowance of up to $4000 per year per person and 6 hours per week study leave (on approved courses only)
  • Flexible working conditions, an active social club, supportive health and wellbeing program, and a well- regarded Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Our very own Pride Network, that helps create an environment where each and every person can feel safe, welcomed, seen, and supported to bring their whole selves to work
  • 20 weeks paid parental leave and our pioneering 24 weeks paid leave for single parents
  • Access to novated leasing and salary sacrificed technology
  • Plus, access to discounted public transport through our Commuters Club

Security Requirements and Professional Obligations

Pre-employment screening will apply to all appointments.

Prior to a formal letter of offer, preferred applicants will be asked to provide:

  • Evidence of mandatory qualifications/registrations/licences,
  • Sufficient proof of their right to work in Australia, and
  • Sufficient proof of their identity.
  • Complete a National Police Check completed via City of Port Phillip’s Provider.
  • Evidence of a Working with Children Check (employee type with City of Port Phillip registered as the organisation).

So, what’s next?

Hit that APPLY button now!

Whether you think you meet all the requirements or not, we strongly encourage you to apply, as we take a holistic approach to considering your skills, life experience, and alignment to our key selection criteria. You’ve got this!

Please submit;

  • Resume – latest and detailed version
  • Cover letter no longer than 2 pages that captures your response to the Key Selection Criteria (KSC) found on the Positions Description (PD).

Note: Only applications submitted via the online Recruitment Portal will be considered.

For further information please contact Andrea Joseph, Coordinator Planning Compliance on phone 0466 407 397 or by email at andrea.joseph@portphillip.vic.gov.au

Applications close 11.59pm Sunday 14 July 2024

The City of Port Phillip is an equal opportunity employer, committed to an inclusive and accessible environment where diversity is valued. We actively welcome and encourage candidates from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, First Nation and Torres Strait Islander candidates, members of the LGBTQIA+ community and candidates with a disability.

If you have accessibility requirements or require an adjustment to participate in our recruitment and selection process, please contact Shane Turner (Recruitment Advisor) on phone 0421 757 521 or email: recruitment@portphillip.vic.gov.au

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