Manager Economic Development

Location Victoria
Job Type Permanent
Reference JO-2103-103568_1617953277
Posted 29 days ago
  • Lead and develop a dynamic new Economic Development Department
  • Create strategy and drive delivery through the community
  • Flexible working options considered

With a population of 235 000, Whittlesea is one of Victoria's largest Local Government Areas and with a growth rate of 2.5% it is also one of Australia's fastest growing. Not only does Whittlesea provide scale, it is home to an incredibly diverse population with 35% of residents across its established and growth communities born overseas. With a strong financial position, this thriving City is well set up for future prosperity and to facilitate the creation of appealing neighborhoods and commercial 'places' that attract discerning residents and businesses.

This newly created senior role, reporting to the Director Planning and Development, will play a pivotal role in developing and executing economic development strategies to create a strong local economy that will attract new jobs and increase local employment and investment to the municipality. Representing City of Whittlesea Council and the community, this role will engage with and advocate to key external stakeholders, such as State Government, State Authorities and Peak Bodies, to partner with to deliver on economic development strategies, programs and related services. Leading an existing and high performing team, this role will align objectives and priorities and hire new capability to ensure the delivery of projects and programs. As a member of the Corporate Leadership Group, this position will also provide feedback and input into broader organisational-wide issues and initiatives and develop reports, discussions papers and advice for the ELT and Council.

A proven leader, you will demonstrate end to end experience in economic development strategy and delivery, ideally within (or working with) the Local Government sector. With exceptional stakeholder management skills, you present with strong existing networks across Government and key peak bodies, and an ability to effectively engage with a range of community groups to collaborative and deliver on impactful projects and initiatives. You can demonstrate a track record in creating, developing and leading high performing teams, and providing advice to ELT and the Council. Relevant qualifications in business, economics, marketing and related field is also required.

If you are committed to delivering exceptional outcomes for the community, this role may just be for you!

To view the position description please copy and paste this link or for a confidential discussion, please call Vanessa Huxley on 0417 708 112.