Senior Strategist – Environment

Job No: CN2237
Location: Newcastle

  • Develop and maintain CN’s core strategic environmental policies.
  • Foster effective links with diverse stakeholders, facilitating a holistic approach to environmental issues facing the Newcastle region.
  • Permanent, full-time role – 35 hours per week.
  • Flexible work arrangements available, including flexitime and a 9-day fortnight.

Thriving and rapidly transforming, Newcastle is New South Wales’ second largest city and is located 160km north of Sydney. It offers the perfect lifestyle and career environment.

City of Newcastle (CN) team is seeking a forward-thinking Senior Strategist – Environment to join its Assets & Projects team, developing and maintaining our core strategic environmental policies, programs, and plans pertaining to coast and estuary management, climate change and sustainability, as well as urban forest and biodiversity.

Critical to this role will be engaging with other key stakeholders in translating the above into operational/service delivery plans to meet CN’s Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan and legislative requirements.

As the successful candidate, you’ll draw on your relevant qualifications and proven experience in a similar role to foster effective links with diverse stakeholders in order to facilitate a holistic and cooperative approach to tackling regional, city-wide and place-specific environmental issues facing CN.

At CN our people are valued and have access to a range of benefits that help balance life at work and at home. These include flexible working arrangements, professional development opportunities and health and wellbeing programs.

The essentials you’ll need:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Urban Planning, Natural Resource Management, Economics or Social Planning or relevant qualifications with extensive relevant experience.
  • Previous experience developing environmental policies / plans / strategies at a strategic level.
  • A high level of written and oral communication skills, including the ability to deliver presentations and to conduct meetings.
  • Ability to produce clear and concise reports in a range of formats, targeted appropriately to a variety of audiences.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • An ability to foster effective links and to achieve common outcomes conducive to all parties.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a diverse team environment including leadership skills and the ability to influence outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and develop and manage a budget.
  • A demonstrated understanding of WHS legislation and how it applies to this position.
  • Class C Driver’s licence.

Other valuable skills you may have:

  • Demonstrated experience in Coastal Management.
  • An understanding of the political environment and ability to handle sensitive issues.
  • An awareness of the priority strategic environmental issues impacting on the Newcastle community requiring a response from CN.
  • A high-level understanding of urban planning concepts and land use legislation, including environmental impact assessment.

Sound like the perfect job for you? Apply Now!

City of Newcastle proudly promotes the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and fosters a culture of diversity to represent the community of our Local Government Area.

All candidates will be assessed against the selection criteria outlined in the position description. Suitable candidates may be placed on an eligibility list for future identical positions for a period of 12 months.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this job.

To view the full position description please click here.

Application Closing Date: Sunday, 31 May 2020.

Remuneration: $106,032.27 + 9.5% Superannuation per annum for a 35-hour week.

Contact: Paul Elliott – Program and Project Services Manager – 02 4974 2148.


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