Vacancy Details

Manager Planning and Building Services

·         Dynamic leadership opportunity

·         Flexible work arrangements

·         Generous salary packaging benefits

We are looking for a highly motivated leader. You will drive the strategic and operational functions focusing on council’s statutory planning, building services and strategic planning delivering great outcomes for our regional city. 

This unique opportunity offers to make a real difference in our community supporting well-planned growth, engaging in and building great working relationships. 

The Role 

The Manager Planning and Building Services is responsible for providing strong leadership and direction for the council’s planning and building teams. This includes provision of strategic advice to council and other stakeholders in relation to the development and use of all land and the community that it supports.

The Manager Planning and Building Services will oversee complex strategic and statutory planning functions to achieve the the council’s objectives in building a sustainable city. The role will implement development principles, policies and practices to achieve high quality of life outcomes. 

About you 

Use your exceptional interpersonal and negotiation skills to effectively manage complex and conflicting stakeholder objectives while maintaining productive working relationships. A planning qualification is not essential but you will need a strong leadership background with experience developing high-performing teams and the ability to pick up the technical nous and expertise. 

To be successful in the role you will be a great team player who is quick to develop good relationships, is driven, hardworking, collaborative, solutions-oriented and passionate in delivering quality outcomes for our organisation. 

As the successful candidate, you will also be able to demonstrate the below key selection criteria. 

1.    Significant stakeholder management skills including the demonstrated ability to deliver major projects while navigating conflicting and controversial objectives.

2.    Detail your experience in the planning and building functions or your proven ability to quickly acquire new knowledge in a complex and regulatory environment.

3.    Demonstrated ability to exercise discretion, apply sound judgement and show political nous.

4.    Excellent communication and leadership skills.

5.    The ability to build, develop and support high-performing teams.

6.    Demonstrated experience in business and organisational planning, high-level report writing and administrative skills. 

Working with Wodonga Council 

Wodonga is a vibrant and growing city ideally situated on the Murray River with surrounding hills, rich agricultural valleys, adjacent wineries and historic towns. Wodonga is one of the fastest-growing cities in Victoria and is undergoing major redevelopment in the city. Experience a sense of pride by joining an organisation that works directly with and for our local community.

Locals enjoy short commute times, an extensive track and trail network in which to soak up the great outdoors and a lifestyle at the centre of a diverse region offering award-winning wineries, historic townships, snow and water play and much more.

Wodonga Council is an equal opportunity employer and provides many benefits for staff, including employee health and wellbeing programs, flexible work arrangements and career pathways and opportunities.

The organisation prides itself on having a positive and supportive culture. We are committed to ongoing learning and development opportunities to grow and enhance the skills of our staff.  We have a strong commitment to the council’s corporate values of trust, integrity, learning and respect.

Wodonga Council strongly encourages applications from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community; people with a disability; people from every culture, gender and sexuality identity; and, from every age and ethnic background. 

Any enquiries regarding this position can be directed to Director Planning and Infrastructure Leon Schultz on 02 6022 9255 or 0408 375 321. 

Applicants will be required to attach a document addressing each of the key selection criteria (listed above), resume and a brief cover letter. 

Support on how to address selection criteria can be found here; applications not addressing selection criteria will not be considered. 

The successful applicant will be required to complete a health declaration, and provide a copy of a National Police Check prior to commencement. 

To apply visit; applications close Tuesday June 22, 2021.