Manager, Regional Development - Central Highlands

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Department: Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Strategic Management
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Ballarat GovHub
Reference: VG/100842A
Closing Date: 25-Jun-2024
Salary Range: $130,673 - $174,869
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: PD 100842 VPS6 Manager Regional Development Central Highlands.docx (Word, 187KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Sarah Henderson, Regional Director, Grampians
0427 830 134 /

Position Details

Manager, Regional Development Central Highlands

  • Salary: $130,673 - $174,869 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Ongoing role, Full time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Ballarat (flexibility may be available)

The Role

The Manager Regional Development is responsible for leading strategic regional development investment and coordination of the Regional Partnership, as well as other key government priorities, to leverage the unique strengths of the region and build place-based prosperity and drive economic growth for Victoria.  The role also plays a lead in the implementation of economic recovery initiatives in the region.

Leading a team of regional and economic development professionals, the role will deliver a dynamic and varied work program including responsibility for delivering a range of regional development initiatives for businesses and communities throughout the region to facilitate region and business intelligence, investment and export opportunities. The position is responsible for providing strategic advice, executive and governance support to the Central Highlands Regional Partnership in order to progress regional plans, strategic directions and priority projects. The role also leads Regional Development Victoria's (RDV) response to economic recovery in the Central Highlands region.

Reporting to the Regional Director, the Manager, Regional Development, is a member of the Leadership team and will utilise their management and leadership expertise to foster a high performance, inclusive, and collaborative culture and bring a strong focus to safety and wellbeing with the Central Highlands team and across RDV. 

The Team

The position of Manager, Regional Development Central Highlands forms a part of the Regional Development Victoria branch within the Regional Development and Outdoor Recreation Group.

Regional Development Victoria (RDV) is the Victorian Government's lead agency in developing rural and regional Victoria. With a focus on facilitating stronger communities utilising an evidence-based approach RDV acts as a partner and investor to provide rural and regional Victoria with better infrastructure, facilities, and services; strengthen the economic and social base of communities; create jobs and improve career opportunities for regional Victorians; and support local project development and planning. 

About You

The position is well suited to a highly motivated professional with a proven track record in designing solutions to support regional development outcomes, providing concise and compelling strategic advice to support complex decision making and working in dynamic fast paced environments.

The successful applicant will have a track record in managing high performing teams, delivering an investment portfolio, working with stakeholders to activate solutions to complex issues, experience in implementing large scale economic recovery and bring a extensive understanding of regional development and local issues and context in the Central Highlands region. 

Further Information

For a confidential discussion, please contact Sarah Henderson, Regional Director, Grampians on 0427 830 134 /

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Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records Check prior to commencing employment with the Department. For further information on the position, please refer to the attached position description.

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How to Apply

Please click the ‘Apply Now' button. As part of the application process, you will need to provide a copy of your resume and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria outlined in the position description.

For all “JSE eligible” candidates, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position. Priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

Applications close at midnight on 25 June 2024.

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