Senior Strategic Planner

Job No: CCC142
Location: Cessnock, NSW, 2325

Cessnock City Council provides a diverse range of services and facilities for the residents within the local government area, as well as visitors to the area. We employ approximately 320 employees and are situated within the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, approximately 120 kilometres north of Sydney and 40 kilometres west of Newcastle.

This Senior Strategic Planner position represents an exciting opportunity for an experienced, dynamic and innovative professional to have a key role in the investigation and preparation of strategic plans, studies, reports, environmental planning instruments and policies which are comprehensive, contemporary, relevant and reflective of Council’s and community goals.

Working within the Strategic Planning team, this role will also be required to:

  • Prepare and update strategic planning instruments including Local Environmental Plans, Development Control Plans, Section 94 Contributions Plans and Voluntary Planning Agreements, strategic studies, policies and exhibition materials as directed;
  • Provide written and verbal advice regarding land use zones, planning legislation and Council’s policies and procedures;
  • Prepare conceptual plans and costings on strategic plans; and
  • Provide high level and professional, technical, current and relevant strategic planning advice to internal and external parties as required.

To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • Degree qualification in strategic land use planning, urban and regional planning or other tertiary qualifications relevant to the key accountabilities of the position;
  • Demonstrated extensive relevant experience in preparing Local Government Plans, Development Control Plans, Section 94 Contribution Plans and Voluntary Planning Agreements and planning studies, reviewing and assessing Planning Proposals, application of urban design principles and heritage management, generation and implementation of innovative strategic planning solutions;
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing project briefs and in project managing consultants; and
  • Demonstrated knowledge of statutory requirements of various acts and regulations relevant to the position, including State and National planning-related solutions. 

Remuneration and Benefits:

  • $80,179 - $92,206 per annum
  • Plus 10.5% superannuation
  • 35 hours per week
  • 19 day month and RDO scheme
  • Flexible work arrangements and work/life balance
  • Generous corporate fitness program
  • Picturesque Hunter Valley location!

Close Date: Thursday 22 March 2018 at 11.30pm

How to Apply:

Before applying, please read the position description below.

Position Description

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Keren Brown, Acting Principal Strategic Planner on 4993 4127

Guided by staff values of integrity, respect, teamwork, accountability and excellence, Cessnock City Council is indeed an attractive, thriving Council and employer of choice.

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