Principal Planners - Business Facilitation

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Work type: Temporary Full Time
Classification: Band 7 ($92,716 - $102,981 pa)
Categories: Building Services, Town & Statutory Planning

About us
We are committed to working together for a thriving community. We do this by delivering over 130 services to our rapidly growing population and working hard to protect and improve what it is that makes Greater Geelong such a great place to live.  

We’re going through an exciting period of change that will help us serve our community better. From digital modernisation to the contemporary office we’re building in Central Geelong, now more than ever is a great time to join our diverse and inclusive team.

About the Role
In this role you will be working in the Statutory Planning team to deliver with a dedicated team of professionals, providing an efficient and effective advisory service to public and other key stakeholders, particularly small businesses, as part of Council’s COVID-19 recovery assistance.  As a senior member of the team, you will assess priority projects, primarily for the establishment/expansion of small businesses within the City of Greater Geelong and provide coaching and mentoring to junior members.  Drawing on your extensive experience and knowledge for the purpose of providing high quality planning advice and contributing to new and innovative approaches will be encouraged.

This is a temporary full-time position for two years.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Facilitating, investigating and evaluating development applications, particularly for small businesses, within a team environment to determine compliance with relevant legislation and ensure balanced decisions are made within prescribed time frames.
  • Providing a professional and up to date advisory service to assist in the establishment/expansion of small businesses.
  • Assisting with the coordination of input from various government departments and the general public to meet deadlines as set.
  • Preparing correspondence in relation to Council decisions and enquiries from the public.
  • Representing the City of Greater Geelong in public forums, legal proceedings and appeal hearings.

About you
To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A tertiary qualification in town planning or urban studies (or related field), with several years relevant experience.
  • Proven experience in the mentoring of staff.
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge and ability to interpret town-planning legislation and practices.
  • Thorough understanding of the operation of local government, the Victorian planning system and the legal process generally within Victoria.
  • Highly developed communication, analytical and investigative skills.

As a member of our team, you’ll enjoy the benefits of:

  • flexible work arrangements
  • paid parental leave (14 weeks)
  • a healthy and safe environment
  • our employee wellbeing program
  • discounted memberships at Swim Sport and Leisure facilities
  • career development opportunities.

Applications and Enquiries
Click the Position Description link to view more information about this position. Applicants must address the Key Selection Criteria as listed in the position description.

Click the Apply for this job button to submit your application or find out more about this opportunity.

Enquiries: John Rush | 03 5272 4033 |

City of Greater Geelong values equal opportunity, fairness and enjoys a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, and people of all other cultural backgrounds.

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