Principal Strategic Planner

  • Band 8 $112, 572 to $126,155 plus 9.5% Super
  • Full time - permanent
  • St Kilda or During COVID-19 Pandemic, with Executive/DHHS direction, this role is able to work from home and is predominantly based online.

About the Organisation

The City of Port Phillip is an inner-city council with around 1000 employees who deliver more than 100 programs and services to our residents, businesses and visitors. These range from childcare and immunisations, to libraries, management of parks and open space, rubbish collection, road maintenance and more. 

About the Role

Lead solutions to complex urban planning issues and deliver on Councils commitment to manage growth and keep our City a highly liveable, accessible and sustainable place. Reporting to the Head of City Policy in our City Strategy, Design and Sustainability Department you will lead multi-disciplinary project teams to develop new municipal wide and place-based strategies, policies and plans.


  • Lead the development of land use and development strategies, including Structure Plans and Frameworks for key activity centre and renewal precincts, for managing complex inner-urban planning and design issues.
  • Lead the implementation of complex planning scheme amendments.
  • Prepare policy, identify and analyse issues and provide strategic advice to internal departments, the community and Council.
  • Lead multi-disciplinary teams to deliver complex projects and tasks, on time and to budget.
  • Provide management support and professional expertise to the Department.

Skills and Experience

  • At least eight (8) years experience in managing a range of complex strategic planning projects, preferably within a local government setting;
  • Highly developed skills in communicating complex ideas and engaging with a range of stakeholders, expert negotiation skills and a proven ability to influence outcomes
  • Proven ability to think strategically, analyse complex situations, develop creative solutions and achieve outcomes that advance desired Council outcomes.
  • A thorough understanding of the Victorian Planning System, Victorian Planning Provisions and the ability to develop and implement planning policy / strategies through statutory mechanisms.
  • Experience in leading or mentoring professional staff, and contributing to a collegiate work environment.


People enjoy working at the City of Port Phillip because we are a welcoming, healthy and inclusive workplace.  We offer a vibrant and diverse work environment where our employees can develop both professionally and personally whilst planning and delivering a range of important services and programs to the community.


  • We offer a workplace which accommodates your working style and needs.
  • Be supported and empowered by a leadership team that is community focused, with a strong desire for change and a culture that encourages teamwork and innovation.
  • Training and development opportunities, study assistance, flexible working conditions, paid parental leave, an active social club, a health and wellbeing program, and a well- regarded Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

How to Apply

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All applicants must provide a Cover Letter in response to the key selection criteria which are located on the last page of the position description. The Cover Letter should be no longer than 2 pages and include each heading in the Key Selection Criteria.

Note: Only applications submitted via the online Recruitment Portal will be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be provided feedback.


Applications close midnight Thursday 10 September 2020

The City of Port Phillip is an equal opportunity employer, committed to an inclusive and accessible environment where diversity is valued.

City of Port Phillip has zero tolerance for child abuse and is a committed Child Safe organisation, so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

07/09/2020 $0 CBD & Inner Suburbs 1 Design & Architecture
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