Senior Urban Planner

Job No: CN3069
Location: Newcastle

  • Play a significant role in the growth and development of Newcastle, the Council that is central to the Region
  • Fixed-term contract until 21st April 2025
  • 35 hour working week with flexible working arrangements 

City of Newcastle (CN) is looking for a Senior Urban Planner to join our Planning, Transport & Regulation team (PTR), reporting to the Urban Planning Section Manager.

If you have been looking for an opportunity where you can make a significant contribution, gain exposure to high profile development projects ($800M- $1Billion per year), whilst being supported by a team of highly experienced, passionate, and driven professionals, this could be your next career move.

What’s it like working in our Planning, Transport & Regulation (PTR)? 

PTR leads strategic land use planning, development assessment, regulatory and compliance functions, and processes to facilitate, enable and regulate development and related activities across the Newcastle Local Government Area. 

PRT has significant direct community and stakeholder engagement through its land use planning, development assessment and regulatory functions.

What’s the focus of this position? 

As a Senior Urban Planner, you will be managing the development and currency of strategic urban planning strategies, instruments, policies, plans and reports from inception to implementation. This includes the management of large complex visionary projects to implement the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan, project plan development, identification of resource requirements and engagement and management of consultants and the community.

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!
  • Optional 9-day fortnight
  • 4 weeks of annual leave
  • 3 weeks of personal leave each year
  • 17.5% annual leave loading yearly payment
  • Paid parental leave for primary carer
  • 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: Shane Cahill - Urban Planning Section Manager - 0249742892

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