Land Use Planning Team Manager

• Work close to home, free car parking – office located at CFA Headquarters, Burwood East

• Collaborative, supportive and flexible work environment - ongoing, Full Time role

• Generous conditions and options for vehicle salary packaging - $113,604 pa (plus 9.50% super)
Job Details
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Department: Country Fire Authority
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Planning
Classification: See Advertisement
Work Location: Burwood East
Reference: VG/1425997
Closing Date: 24-Oct-2019
Salary Range: See Advertisement
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: PD - Land Use Planning Manager - 2019-07.pdf (PDF, 71KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Len Leslie
03 9262 8398

Position Details

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) is one of the world's largest, and most highly regarded community based emergency services organisations. We respond to fire and other emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whilst our firefighters are the cornerstone of CFA services, we also have a substantial regulatory role in strategic and statutory land use planning which  is just as important in helping to protect lives and property.

About the Role:

The Land Use Planning Team Manager manages land use planning functions across the CFA - providing leadership, expertise, oversight and influence.

As Land Use Planning Team Manager, you will develop policy and standards, and will contribute to authoritative strategic planning and development. You will actively utilise your thorough understanding of Victorian Planning Provisions continuously monitoring, interpreting and advising on industry trends, legislation and regulatory frameworks, to ensure that CFA's approaches to strategic and statutory land use planning anticipate and are responsive to the changing government imperatives, land use planning processes and systems. 

This position also provides authoritative and high-level expertise to land use planning matters internally and externally, involving significant mentoring, advocacy and provision of professional development. Your high-level expertise, coupled with your extensive experience in land use planning, will see you thrive in this senior position.


The successful candidate will have:

  • Tertiary qualification in urban and/or regional land use planning with significant experience in a senior land use planning role. 
  • Extensive experience in dealing with strategic and statutory planning issues, with an emphasis on natural hazards (bushfire preferred), managing growth and policy creation. 
  • A thorough understanding of the Victorian Planning Provisions and wider planning policy landscape at a national, state and local scale. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of planning policy and provisions applying to bushfire, emergency management, planning scheme amendment processes and the role and responsibilities of referral authorities. 
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve complex planning matters utilising creative approaches where necessary, drawing on previous experience and expert knowledge to offer solutions and options.
  • Highly effective and developed negotiation and influencing skills, with demonstrated experience building trust between internal and external stakeholders to inform policy implementation, resolve applications and gain commitment to implementation of outcomes.
  • A proven ability to lead, motivate and mentor staff in a matrix management environment.  
  • High level communication skills (written and verbal), including a demonstrated ability to formulate and write complex planning reports/responses, planning strategies and policy with a proven track record of engagement and communication at various scales and management levels. 


Your Application

When applying for a position with CFA, the key to progressing in the selection process is the quality of your application. Your application must demonstrate that you have the qualifications, experience, key attributes and skills required for the position.


Applicants must address the selection criteria outlined in the attached position description.


Your application should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Responses to the Key Selection Criteria as outlined in the Position Description
  • Resume

Submitting your Application

When you click the 'apply' button you will be taken to the online application form. Here you will be asked to provide personal and contact details and respond to employment-related questions.

The successful applicant will be required to complete a National Police History Check.

CFA supports flexible working arrangements and is committed to being an inclusive, fair and child safe organisation for all staff, volunteers and the community.

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