Principal Community Planner

Job No: CCC144
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.

A rewarding role and opportunity is now available for a highly experienced Principal Community Planner to join our Community and Cultural Engagement Unit. This pivotal role will oversee, lead, develop and implement initiatives for community and cultural programs including the development of planning strategies to achieve social justice and equality for all population groups within the Cessnock Local Government Area.

This role will also be required to:

  • Conduct sound evaluations of community and cultural plans and strategies and ensure findings guide future strategic community and cultural planning decisions;
  • Assess and provide advice on the social and cultural impacts associated with planning proposals, including providing advice on the need for additional community/culture infrastructure and taking into account the requirements of Council’s strategic planning instruments;
  • Develop and implement community planning strategies that align with Council’s strategic documents and continuously seek to improve access, inclusion, community well-being and overall quality of life for both residents and visitors of the Cessnock Local Government Area; and
  • Supervise the Community and Cultural Engagement Officer role and oversee the programs that sit within that position description.

To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • Degree qualification in social work, social sciences (community or cultural development or planning) or relevant discipline;
  • Minimum of 10 year’s experience in the community services sector along with demonstrated experience in successfully leading and overseeing strategic community or cultural planning programs;
  • Demonstrated extensive knowledge of strategic community or cultural planning processes and outcomes, including the development of plans, planning guidelines and submissions; and
  • Demonstrated sound experience of working in partnership with government departments, non-government organisations, the private sector and the community.

Remuneration and Benefits:

  • $92,500 - $106,375 per annum
  • 10.5% superannuation
  • 35 hours per week
  • Leaseback vehicle
  • 19 day month and RDO scheme
  • Flexible work arrangements and work/life balance
  • Generous corporate fitness program
  • Picturesque Hunter Valley location!

Close Date:Tuesday 27 March 2018 at 11.30pm

How to Apply:

Before applying, please read the position description below.

Position Description

Please complete the application form below and answer the questions which relate to the essential and desirable criteria within the role description, then upload a copy of your resume and cover letter. For more information on how to address the selection criteria please visit:

You may find it helpful to write your response to the questions in a word document then copy/paste this into the application form once you are ready to submit your application.


Natalie Drage, Community and Cultural Engagement Manager on 4993 4118


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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