Principal Open Space Planner

  • Full Time
  • Melbourne
  • $138,183 plus 11% Super AUD / Year

Website City of Melbourne

  • $138,183 plus 11% Super
  • Permanent leadership opportunity
  • Great employee benefits!

Situated on the traditional lands of the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung peoples of the Kulin nation, Melbourne has long been considered one of the world’s most liveable and prosperous cities and a thriving, successful example of multiculturalism and diversity.  At the heart of this is the City of Melbourne, a proud organisation positioned to excel as a leading capital city by delivering what matters most to those who work, live, study, visit and invest here.

Together, we make a difference #teammelbourne

How this position will Make the Difference to City of Melbourne…

Combining strategic foresight, analysis and deep engagement, the purpose of the Strategy, Planning and Climate Change Division is to partner with our Traditional Owners, community and stakeholders to enable the city and organisation of the future to be imagined and realised.

This position sits within the Open Space Planning and Green Infrastructure team in the Strategy, Planning and Climate Change Division. The team plans and delivers parks and city greening initiatives for the health and wellbeing of the community and the environment.

The purpose of the position is to effectively lead and guide the Open Space Planning portfolio within the Open Space Planning and Green Infrastructure team in the strategic delivery of annual work programs. Our Open Space Planners are experts in the strategic planning and management of the City’s iconic parks and gardens. The position will lead the Open Space Planners in the development and implementation of strategies and master plans, the application of policy to projects and development applications, and the management of uses and issues in open spaces. The position will support the Manager in the preparation of operational resourcing, corporate planning, budgetary and risk management, and projects.

All CoM People Leaders will demonstrate: 

  • Leadership capability including leading by example and consistently working towards a constructive culture.
  • Ability to articulate and demonstrate benefits of positive culture and values.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading a team to achieve high performance outcomes with coaching skills to develop team capabilities, team cohesion and the ability to effectively manage conflict and under performance.
  • Analytical and lateral thinking skills and the ability to take the initiative, drive change and implement innovations
  • Inter-personal, negotiation and persuasion skills with the ability to use discretion and judgement.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, manage and maintain business plans and associated budgetary and financial management requirements
  • Proven experience effectively managing issues within a highly political and complex environment

You can bring… (Selection criteria)

All CoM employees will demonstrate an ability to articulate and demonstrate City of Melbourne Values – accountability, integrity, courage, respect for self and others, and striving for excellence.

In addition you will have…

  • A relevant tertiary qualification in recreation or open space planning, landscape architecture or substantial relevant experience in an equivalent role.
  • Demonstrated experience in land management and/or service management.
  • Highly developed analytical and lateral thinking skills with the demonstrated ability to drive strategy and affect change.
  • Highly developed project management skills and demonstrated experience in managing multiple projects within timelines and budgets.
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement and communication skills with an ability to represent Council in public forums and to negotiate positive outcomes.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain multidisciplinary networks across levels of government and professions to achieve open space and green infrastructure strategic objectives.
  • Understanding of heritage conservation issues and principles, and demonstrated ability to work creatively in heritage environments is preferred.
  • Local government experience is desirable.

By joining us, you will become part of a team that is committed to an inclusive culture and to shape the future of this city as one of possibility for all. Together, we champion difference, celebrate achievement and recognise positive impact.

Check out the listing on our website for full details.

How to apply…

As part of the online application form you are required to:

  • attach your attach your most recent resume
  • attach a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria ( No more than 2 pages)

For further information about the position, please contact: careers

Applications will be accepted up until 11:45pm, Tuesday, June 11th 2024 and must be submitted through the CoM careers website.

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