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City of Unley

The City of Unley is one of South Australia’s most exciting and progressive local councils, with an enviable reputation for leading social policy, exceptional customer service and exciting urban projects to boost both the quality of life and economic prosperity of the City.  

Employing approximately 180 staff and utilising a budget of around $45m, the City of Unley is situated in the heart of metropolitan Adelaide. It is home to some 39,000 residents and around 1,200 businesses.  

An exciting opportunity has emerged for a high performing Development & Regulatory leader to join the Unley’s Management team.  Reporting to the General Manager City Services, this position leads a team of specialist staff in the delivery of services, projects and initiatives that facilitate and promote sound planning, building, design and development, community safety, public health and compliance.  This role has responsibility for determining, prioritising, implementing and evaluating policies and frameworks, undertaking continuous improvement and business development initiatives, management of resources and targets that reflect contemporary practices, critical to Council achieving its vision and objectives.

With strong planning qualifications, extensive experience and credibility across both industry and government, the successful candidate will assume a pivotal leadership role in high level negotiations for a range of high-profile urban initiatives and planning reform matters while ensuring continuous improvement and compliance in the provision of planning and regulatory services to deliver effective planning, development and public health and safety outcomes.

The successful candidate will have the ability to forge strong relationships and demonstrate a passion and commitment for providing exception customer experiences to both internal and external customers.  Superior leadership capability, high level influencing, negotiation and presentation skills, strong strategic planning abilities, political acumen, diplomacy, authenticity, integrity and experience working with a broad range of key stakeholders are all essential requirements.

A senior remuneration package commensurate with the skills and experience required for a role of this importance will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

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Applications should be addressed to Andrew Reed.  Please click on the Apply Today button to submit your applicaiton.

For a confidential discussion, please call Andrew or Christian Gaszner on (08) 8100 8827.

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