About the organisation
At Penrith City Council, we’re passionate about people; in our community and in our workplace. We want you to be able to be your best self and we get that work is just one part of your life, so we’re here to support you in the moments that matter. As the winner of the 2020 Local Government Excellence in People and Culture Award and a finalist in the 2020 Australian HR Awards, you can be confident in joining a workplace that offers truly outstanding benefits, including:
- A range of flexible work arrangements
- 18 weeks paid maternity leave
- Health and wellbeing leave
- 15 days personal leave
- Significant financial and leave support for undertaking further education
- Diverse salary packaging
- And much, much more!
About the Department
Penrith City Council’s City Strategy Department leads the development of a strategy framework to guide future planning of Penrith. This includes the development of long term land use planning strategies and policies, regional planning and place-based planning projects. In developing strategy, the Department develops and maintains long term stakeholder relationships to coordinate and facilitate the implementation of a series of projects, involving local, state and federal Governments. In addition, the City Strategy Department leverages opportunities including commitments through the Western Sydney City Deal.
About the Role
We need to shape the future city of Penrith, through leadership in strategy. The role of the Strategic Partnerships and Policy Manager is to deliver City Strategy through the development of policy to inform and promote the Council’s policies, programs and services. Key to this will be to develop and maintain long term strategic stakeholder partnerships. This will include working with Government agencies in the planning of key initiatives and game changing opportunities for the Western Parkland City and the City Deal.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated manager to shape the future city of Penrith through strategic policy development – working with a team to develop a City-wide strategy that clearly articulates Council’s aspirations for the future. The position will contribute to significant strategic planning projects that will provide both amazing opportunities and challenges as we balance growth, resilience and liveability in our City.
Specific expertise in planning or a related field is required to develop the necessary Council strategy work as a result of the unprecedented levels of Government investment in our City.
This role is within our growing City Strategy Department and may have a team of direct reports in the future.
It is an exciting future for Penrith and we want you to be part of it.
- A tertiary qualification in Policy Development, Planning, Economics or a relevant discipline
- Extensive experience in the hands-on delivery of Policy, Strategy or Planning based initiatives
- Vision and an ability to think and plan for the future
- Proven experience leading multi disciplinary teams to deliver successful outcomes and strategies for the business
- Demonstrated strong successful experience in negotiation and ability to influence a range of diverse stakeholders
- Ability to gain the confidence and respect of council, state and federal government officials, external bodies and staff at all levels
- In depth understanding of the macro issues confronting high growth outer metropolitan areas and the necessary responses
- Demonstrated experiences in integrating strategic information and projects with organisational activities to ensure coordinated solutions for community issues and needs
- Extensive local knowledge and the ability to interpret the knowledge into strategies and strategic approaches
- Extensive experience in local government, the public sector or a large, diverse organisation
Salary: Commensurate with the skills, qualifications and experience of the preferred applicant plus 9.5% Superannuation
You may be required to undertake background checks, as relevant to the position for which you have applied.
To view the position description and submit your application, please visit careers.penrith.city
In addition to a cover letter and resume, applicants are required to submit comprehensive responses to the Essential and Desirable selection criteria (listed above) as a part of their initial application. Applicants who do not meet the essential criteria will not be considered.
Completed applications must be received by 11.55pm on the closing date. Please allow 4 weeks from the closing date for the processing of your application.
For further information about the position, please contact Alice Meehan, Human Resources Business Partner on 4732 8597
Council practices EEO and WHS principles.
Penrith City Council is committed to ensuring the safety of our people and community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of our employees are currently working remotely or in a way that is different to normal, which may impact our recruitment processes including time to respond to applicants and conducting online interviews instead of in-person. Some roles may also require temporary remote working arrangements; if applicable, this will be discussed with you at the time of interview.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.