Director Community Economy and Innovation

Director Community Economy and Innovation

Job Title: Director Community Economy and Innovation
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Cooktown, Queensland
Salary: Private use of vehicle & 12% super
Reference: BBBH381_1528764611
Contact Name: Kelly-Ann Lynch
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 12, 2018 12:50

Job Description

Cook Shire Council is seeking a highly experienced and capable Director Community, Economy and Innovation to create an environment of engagement, innovation, performance, continuous improvement and community outcomes.

A professional and adept communicator with a strong partnership focus, you will ensure broad engagement and a partnering approach, building trust and confidence in the Council. You will work with stakeholders at all levels including the Cook Shire community, the Indigenous communities of the Cape, public service agencies and businesses and investors. Your engagement with the community will inform the specialist advice and direction you provide to the elected members of Council and its executive and your actions will be transparent.

Theoretical knowledge and qualifications in community development, business or economic management as well as proven experience in such roles in local government are important for this role. The Council has a strong focus and desire for innovation in its service delivery, and your ability to take ownership of and implement the ideas of the ELT will be essential in this role.

Community development will include driving performance improvement across Council-run facilities including the library, pool and aged care facilities. Responsibility for the delivery of Council's 48-day 2020 festival as the project sponsor and champion will be negotiated with the preferred applicant.

Strong leadership skills are essential and the development of individuals and teams including enhanced performance and cultural development strategies is important.

Council's Goals for this Role

  • Re-engaging the community, building trust, engagement and relationships with the Cape York communities that are within and neighbouring Cook's boundaries. Creating positive and mutually beneficial arrangements and positioning the organisation as the regional leader.

  • Be a leader in your own right, and future leader of the organisation.

  • Building capacity in the ELT, and in the organisation.

  • Driving the innovation agenda across the organisation.

  • Be an engaging, motivating and visible leader with the community, both externally and internally.

  • Demonstrate that the customer and community services of council are being delivered and are working.

  • Create and implement strong community, commercial and economic development action plans.

Qualifications and experience

  • Significant experience in a similar role in a local government.A Bachelor's degree in community, development, business, economics or similar.

  • Postgraduate qualifications highly regarded.

  • Economic development experience and ability to facilitate sustainable economic outcomes.

  • Experience of working successfully in remote and Indigenous communities.

  • Strong leadership and team culture development experience.

About the Council
Council has an annual budget of $20,000,000 of which approximately $3,000,000 is General Rates Revenue and employs approximately 130 staff. Significant external funding for capital and other projects is also received.

Council is an equal opportunity employer, promoting workplace diversity and a safety culture with a smoke free environment. Employment with the Council offers stability and security, combined with a balanced, tropical lifestyle that comes with living in the region.

Council is offering an excellent salary, private use of a motor vehicle, generous leave and professional development allowances and 12% super.

You must be an Australian Citizen or hold the appropriate visa to work in Australia to apply for this role. Leading Roles will undertake checks to confirm your right to work in Australia at offer stage.

Information packs and application forms can be downloaded from our website

For a confidential discussion please contact Kelly-Ann Lynch on 0425 343 293 or submit your resume with a covering letter via the Leading Roles website

The application period for this role ends on Monday 2nd July 2018 at 5pm.



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