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Executive Manager (Works and Infrastructure)

Job No: 104150
Location: Burketown

  • Executive leadership position providing strategic direction to a diverse works, services and infrastructure portfolio
  • Progressive Shire Council situated on the world-famous Gulf of Carpentaria
  • Exciting opportunity for an ambitious candidate looking to incite real change
  • Excellent remuneration package circa $130,000 - $150,000 (commensurate with your skills and experience) plus super!
  • Enjoy subsidised accommodation including utilities, ongoing professional development and relocation assistance
  • Applications close Friday 4th January at midnight AEST 

About Burke Shire 

The Burke Shire is located in North West Queensland - 400km north of Mount Isa, leaning against the Northern Territory border to the west and the Gulf of Carpentaria to the north.

This is a remote, rural Shire, spanning approximately 40 000km², with a permanent population of 328 people, many of whom identify themselves as First Australians, and two main townships, Burketown and Gregory. Burke Shire hosts some of Australia's most spectacular natural resources including Barramundi fishing, an abundance of feathered, scaled and furred fauna, Boodjamulla National Park and is adjacent to the World Heritage Site Riversleigh fossil fields.  Burketown is also the best place to view the rare meteorological phenomenon known as the Morning Glory, 1000km long tubular clouds that roll through the skies of the Burke Shire from August to October each year.

The Shire’s main hub, Burketown, like all remote towns has a reasonable range of community facilities along with a primary school, pub, restaurant, racetrack and air services to Cairns and Mount Isa. Burketown provides grocery supplies and residents can also have phone orders delivered by mail. Gregory has a pub, store, sporting facilities and each year hosts a great day of country horse racing followed the next day by a canoe race along the picturesque Gregory River.

Burke Shire offers a unique environment in the real Australian outback for the hardy and adventurous of spirit.

About the Opportunity

Burke Shire Council is seeking a special person to lead and develop their works, services and infrastructure section in this Executive Manager Works and Infrastructure role.

This position, reporting directly to the CEO, has been crafted to advance the Council’s delivery and management of key infrastructure and promote economic growth.

This position will work closely with and develop strong relationships with, a diversity of stakeholders including Traditional Owners, leaving a legacy of increased capacity in our local workforce and sustainable, reliable infrastructure which will serve the Burke Shire community for years to come.

About You

Of the highest integrity, you will have a passion and commitment to service delivery to an isolated community, for a local government that punches above its weight to improve economic opportunities for its residents. You will have strength, tenacity and confidence balanced by kindness, flexibility and a supportive team approach.

Qualifications in business and/or engineering, backed by experience and a track record of leadership and delivering outcomes, will equip you to analyse and improve our systems, lead the modernisation of our asset management, and deliver an ambitious list of funded projects. Your written and verbal communication skills will be high level, as will your leadership and skills in people management, and your ability to solve complex problems in a challenging environment.

The ideal candidate will have exceptional literacy with modern software tools in addition to business instruments, with the ability to introduce software that will update and improve systems and processes, including automation implementation.

While not mandatory, candidates with previous experience in a local government setting will be highly regarded.

Please note: A current driver’s license is a requirement for the role as is the ability and willingness to fly in fixed and rotary wing light aircraft from time to time.

About the Benefits

Due to the isolation and unique issues of a remote location, it takes a special person to fill this role to the standard which we demand!

You will join a small, driven, high performing team and will be rewarded with a highly attractive remuneration package circa $130,000 - $150,000, commensurate with your skills and experience, plus super, with Council open to negotiating with the right candidate.

You will also have access to a range of excellent benefits including:

  • Relocation Assistance;
  • Subsidised accommodation including utilities; and
  • Ongoing professional development.

This is a unique opportunity for you to make your mark in a senior leadership role within a progressive regional council - Apply Now!

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