Senior Development Officer (Planning)

Job No: CN2162
Location: Newcastle, NSW

  • Excellent problem-solving skills to analyse and resolve complex matters.
  • Effectively and successfully engage with internal, external and community stakeholders.
  • Permanent full-time role, 35 hours per week.
  • Flexible working with optional 9-day fortnight.

Located 160 km north of Sydney, Newcastle is New South Wales’ second largest city, and offers the perfect lifestyle and career environment.

Our City is thriving and rapidly transforming. In recent years Newcastle has experienced a significant increase in development activity, with the 2018-19 Financial Year seeing building approvals top $1.5 billion.

Having just relocated to our exciting new work premises at 12 Stewart Avenue, our new environment creates a great opportunity to further align our people with our organisational vision, values and strategic directions, and leverage the great work CN is already undertaking to support cultural improvement.

City of Newcastle (CN) is looking for an experienced Senior Development Officer in Planning to assess and determine development applications and to conduct site inspections on development projects.

In this role you will also assess and manage a high workload of a broad range of complex and/or controversial development applications in accordance with delegated authority.

Working as part of our busy Regulatory, Planning and Assessment service unit, you will provide professional advice to internal and external customers regarding development proposal, assessment procedures, statutory requirements, adopted development control plans and general planning, development and building issues.

Your professionalism will promote the City's reputation as a competent, efficient and courteous service provider, consistently delivering high quality development outcomes while maintaining a strong customer service focus.

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 well-being programs.

To be successful in this job you will need;

  • Tertiary level qualifications in Town Planning, Environmental Health and Building Surveying, Environmental Science, Engineering or a related discipline.
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated competence in the assessment and determination of development applications and the conduct of site inspections on development projects and / or the preparation of local environmental plans, development control plans, or policy development in the area of development and building control.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in working under the Local Government Act 1993 and in the application of relevant environmental planning and development control legislation, including Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) principle
  • Well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills with a demonstrated ability to competently address technical issue
  • Proficiency in contributing within a multi-disciplinary team environment, with demonstrated skills in leadership, motivation and development of staff.
  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills, including demonstrated competence in the preparation of reports on complex matter.
  • Demonstrated competence in conflict resolution and negotiating appropriate outcome.
  • Experience and demonstrated competence in working independently and in managing competing workplace priorities, with a strong customer service focus.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy.
  • Current Driver's Licence.


  • Demonstrated ability to prepare clear and comprehensive reports and correspondence on controversial matters and to make competent presentations to Council and the Community.
  • Demonstrated capacity to identify and participate in organisational change strategies, service delivery and policy reform.
  • Experience and competence in the collection and preparation of evidence and the coordination and management of legal proceeding.
  • Relevant post graduate qualifications.

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, 19 April 2020.

Remuneration range: $98,760 - $107,648 + 9.5% Superannuation per annum for a 35 hour week.

Contact: Priscilla Emmett, Development Assessment Coordinator, 02 4974 2763.


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