Senior Development Officer (Planning)

Job No: CN3068
Location: Newcastle

  • 2 x Permanent Full-time positions
  • 35-hour week, hybrid working, flexible work arrangements available, including flex time.
  • Gain exposure to some of the largest development projects in the region and participate in the contribution to Newcastle's transformation

Due to continued growth, City of Newcastle (CN) has a permanent opportunities for two Senior Development Officers (Planning) to join our team.

As a Senior Development Officer (Planning) at CN, you will be part of Planning, Transport & Regulation's (PTR) Development Assessment Team. The focus for this role is to assess and determine complex development applications and for providing high-level professional and technical planning advice to the community, external and internal customers, and management with respect to ensuring that new developments in the City of Newcastle are consistent with statutory requirements, development policies, applicable relevant codes, and environmental legislation.

You will be expected to provide input into the preparation or review of statutory instruments, development control plans, local environmental plans, codes, policies, and procedural manuals as directed as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.

This role will provide training, coaching, and mentoring to enhance the PTR team’s skills and capabilities and promote CN’s development assessment planning processes as customer focused and best practice.

What’s it like working at the City of Newcastle?

We are focused on making a real difference in our community and achieving our vision of creating a smart, liveable, and sustainable global city.  We are proud to deliver services valued by our community.  People come first at CN, which means providing employees with meaningful work and capacity for work life balance. As a large local organisation, CN offers opportunity to develop in your current role, grow into future opportunities and reach your full potential.  

Our organisation’s values are Cooperation, Respect, Excellence and Wellbeing which are underpinned by our behaviours of courage, trust, and pride. Together, our values and behaviours support our decision making, our day-to-day interactions and everything we do. 

We value diversity of thought, and we focus on equity in the workplace. We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace culture where everyone feels respected, safe, and valued so they can be themselves and fully contribute their opinions and perspectives to the success of the organisation.

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What are the benefits?

  • 35-hour working week with flexible work arrangements including a hybrid working model to ensure you can find the right balance between your personal and professional life!
  • Flex time
  • 4 weeks of annual leave
  • 3 weeks of personal leave each year
  • 17.5% annual leave loading yearly payment
  • Paid parental leave for primary carers
  • 2 additional paid Public Holidays
  • Additional paid leave days including Health & Wellbeing, NAIDOC, and Community Volunteer leave
  • Access to a range of exclusive CN employee benefits programs including Novated Lease options as well as access to reward and recognition vouchers
  • Annual performance development plans and ongoing training and development opportunities to ensure you continue to evolve and grow your career ambitions
  • Corporate fitness program from as little as $4.30 per week that will give you and your immediate family members access to a wide range of fitness and aquatic centres

Interested to know more?

Find out more about your new career here.

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 wellbeing programs.

CN proudly promotes the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and fosters a culture of diversity and inclusion to represent the community of our Local Government Area. All candidates will be assessed against the essential 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.

We are committed to creating a safe and inclusive workplace where diverse styles, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives are valued, encouraged, and respected. People from diverse backgrounds (including but not limited to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, people with diverse gender identities and sexualities, people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, people with disability, and veterans) are encouraged to apply!

If you need any adjustments to be made to the recruitment process or if you would like to discuss any accessibility requirements, please contact for a confidential discussion.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this job.

Application Closing Date: Sunday 29 January 2023.

Remuneration: $111,970.71 + 10.5% Superannuation per annum for a 35-hour week.

Contact: Amy Ryan – Development Coordinator – 02 49 742 492

CN do not accept unsolicited resumes and we respectfully ask that recruitment agencies do not contact us at this stage.

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