Central Coast Council
Section Manager Development Control and Environment Protection

Posted: 14 May
Closes: 03 Jun
Central Coast NSW, New South Wales


We are currently seeking a Section Manager Development Control and Environment Protection to lead an exciting and newly established team that oversee a range of land use, development control, environmental assessment and environmental protection functions. If you have the skills to support and lead this professional team, then this might be your chance to rewrite the future with us.

  • Work in a dynamic and customer focused team
  • Permanent full-time
  • Balance your life with a 19 day month 
  • Hybrid work conditions - 2 days work from home and 3 days on site 
  • Flexible work arrangement options are available
  • Leaseback Vehicle.

About the role

As the Section Manager Development Control and Environment Protection, you will lead a team of professionals in coordinating and remediating unauthorised land use and developments while protecting the environment through provision of sound technical advice and proactive programs.

You will be support and lead the team to enforce legislation and regulate activities which have an impact on the built and natural environment.

You will use your skills in leadership, management, employee and stakeholder engagement and regulatory practice to achieve results. You will guide, coach and support the team and lead them through projects to secure positive community land development and environmental outcomes, many of which may be politically sensitive. 

This position is required to provide quality customer service and create value for the community.

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Degree qualification in Environmental Health, Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Building Surveying or relevant field combined with solid contemporary experience, combined with ongoing professional development
  • Current C Class Drivers Licence
  • Solid experience in a similar role working in a large comparable organisation
  • Proven success as a leader with the ability to grow and develop teams focused on quality outcomes and a customer service
  • Solid experience in a broad range of government regulatory matters with the ability to lead and/or oversee complex investigations that may be politically sensitive
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing Briefs of Evidence and presenting evidence in Court (Local Court, L&E Court and/or Tribunals)
  • Excellent communication (oral, written, non-verbal), consultation, negotiation and conflict resolution skills when dealing with a range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated leadership behaviours, including active communication with the team in regard to performance, business strategy, diversity, coaching and mentoring and change management, as well as demonstrated experience in managing multi-disciplinary programs or projects to achieve outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong, credible relationships and influence, persuade or negotiate outcomes that are of benefit or add value, to all or part of the organisation
  • Proven ability to assess, interpret and judge information or situations, and formulate recommendations, provide specialist advice or deliver a service, based on the findings.

Our position description provides more information for you to learn more about this role.

Other important information

  • The salary range for this position sits between $116,410 - $139,696 plus 11% superannuation
  • This is a Permanent full-time
  • This role will be able to access a 19 day month
  • We are able to offer hybrid and flexible working conditions for this role
  • This role is located at the Wyong Administration Building. 

A leaseback vehicle is provided in this role for official duties and private use and your choice of vehicle will be provided when one becomes available in accordance with Council’s Vehicle Policy. In the meantime, either an alternate pre-used vehicle or a vehicle allowance of $200 per week ($10,450 per annum) is temporarily applied for this position due to ongoing issues with supply for new vehicles.

Council will be creating an eligibility list from this recruitment process and may utilise this eligibility list to fill other permanent or temporary vacancies.

Extra benefits

At Central Coast Council we provide team members with a range of extras that help them balance their life when they need it. Fitness Passports give access to a range of gyms. Wellbeing leave can be accessed twice a year to tick off something that means something to you - volunteering, health check ups, a 'me day' to refresh you. And an Employee Assistance Program that offers a range of wellbeing initiatives to help you and your immediate family.

Other extras include:

  • Long service leave after 5 years of continuous service
  • Free flu vaccination program
  • Time provided for you to do annual skin cancer screening, Breast screen and blood donations
  • Access to professional development with career development and learning programs through various platforms
  • We reward and recognise our staff with our Cheers program
  • Novated leasing partnerships. 

Central Coast Council is committed to the goals of equal opportunity employment. We aim to provide a work environment for our employees that fosters equity, diversity and respect.

Council is committed to providing safe environments that protect the physical, emotional, cultural and social wellbeing of children on the Central Coast.

What to know more?

The contact person for this role is Shann Mitchell, Acting Unit Manager Environmental Compliance ServicesYou can contact on 0427 371 686 or by email at shann.mitchell@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au

This position will close for applications at midnight on Sunday, 2 June 2024.

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Central Coast Council is ideally located on the northern fringe of Sydney and just an hour's drive from Newcastle, the Central Coast offers one of the best places in Australia to live and work. The Central Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in NSW, the third largest Local Government Area (LGA) in NSW and the 6th Largest LGA in Australia. 

How to apply

We have put together some additional resources to help you apply for a role at Central Coast Council.

By completing and submitting this online application you confirm that any information that you provide in this application is true and correct and acknowledge that any offer of employment may be withdrawn should the information that you have provided in support of your application be shown to be false. 
You also consent to employment screening checks being conducted where appropriate.  This may include associated checks including reference checks, Working with Children Check, Entitlement to Work in Australia, employment history and an Australian Federal Police Check, as well as substantiation of educational qualifications, industry memberships, previous Central Coast Council employment history and association with professional bodies.
You also acknowledge that you will be required to provide proof of eligibility (including photo identification) to work in Australia if selected for an interview.

To lodge your application, please follow these steps:

  1. Answer the on-line questions shown below.
  2. Attach your resume 
  3. Attach your qualifications and licences.

Once your application is successfully lodged you will receive an automated response sent to your e-mail address. If a response is not received this means that your application has not been successfully submitted and you will need to lodge another application.

If you require assistance to lodge your application please contact our Talent Acquisition team by emailing recruit@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au to discuss what reasonable adjustments you may need. If you are deaf, hearing or speech impaired, you can contact us through the National Relay Service TTY call 133 677 or Speak & Listen 1300 555 727.

Applicants who are selected for interview will be contacted by phone or e-mail. For further instructions please click here

You will have the ability to save your application as you go using the 'Save Application' button. You can start an application and return to it later via the automatic follow-up email once you have the time and required information at hand to finalise your application.  

If you don't have access to a computer or electronic device, you can lodge your application at any of Council's Library locations. Pre-book a free 1-hour computer timeslot by contacting your nearest library https://www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/libraries/our-branches or ask at the enquiry counter.

PLEASE NOTE: We will not accept unsolicited resumes or applications being presented by recruitment agencies.