Senior Open Space Planner

$114,823 - $128,678 yearly
  • Port Phillip City Council
  • St Kilda VIC, Australia
  • 11 May, 2022
Full time Administrative, Clerical and Office Support Strategy and Planning

Job Description

  • Salary Range Band 8 $114,823 to $128,678 plus 10% Super
  • Full Time, temporary maternity leave cover for 10 months Start July 2022
  • Located at St Kilda Town Hall with flexible working arrangements possible 

About the Organisation 

The City of Port Phillip is an inner-city council with around 1000 employees who deliver more than 100 programs and services to our residents, businesses and visitors. These range from childcare and immunisations, to libraries, management of parks and open space, rubbish collection, road maintenance and more. City of Port Phillip has zero tolerance for child abuse and is a committed Child Safe organisation.  

About the Role 

We are seeking an experienced Open Space Planner who can plan, develop and deliver great public open space outcomes for the community. The role would join our dynamic Public Space team to gain outcomes for public open space, recreation, greening and the foreshore

This is an exciting opportunity to lead a highly motivated team in shaping public space in a high profile inner urban municipality by delivering new municipal wide strategies.

The role would suit someone who understands public space usage and planning, is experienced in preparing strategies and guidelines and is responsive to the needs of the community.  

If you’re excited about working together in creating a liveable and vibrant City and joining a workplace where all people can thrive, then hit apply - we’d love to meet you.  


  • Lead the implementation, reporting and monitoring of the Places for People: Public Space Strategy 2022-32, including the delivery of related strategies, policies and guidelines. 
  • Lead the Open Space Strategy and Planning Officer and Fishermans Bend Open Space and Recreation Planner. 
  • Prepare reports to Council as required on policy, planning and operational issues related to services responsible to this position.
  • Provide strategic planning guidance to inform the design of open space capital works projects. 
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders, including the community, to gain positive public open space outcomes. 

Skills and Experience 

  • Demonstrated open space planning knowledge and experience 
  • Experience as an effective team builder and leader
  • Demonstrated excellent conceptual, strategic and analytical skills
  • Excellent written, visual and verbal communications skills and demonstrated ability to prepare concise and accurate strategies, guidelines, reports and presentations
  • Ability to confidently address and negotiate with a range of internal and external stakeholders.


People enjoy working at the City of Port Phillip because we are a welcoming, healthy and inclusive workplace. We offer a vibrant and diverse work environment where our employees can develop both professionally and personally whilst planning and delivering a range of important services and programs to the community.  


  • We offer a workplace which accommodates your working style and needs. 
  • Be supported and empowered by a leadership team that is community focused, with a strong desire for change and a culture that encourages teamwork and innovation.
  • Training and development opportunities, study assistance, flexible working conditions, paid parental leave, an active social club, a health and wellbeing program, and a well- regarded Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Security Requirements and Professional Obligations 

Pre-employment screening will apply to all appointments.  

Prior to a formal letter of offer, preferred applicants will be asked to provide:

  • Evidence of mandatory qualifications/registrations/licences
  • Sufficient proof of their right to work in Australia                                                 
  • Sufficient proof of their identity
  • Evidence of COVID-19 Vaccination in line with VIC Gov Advice
  • Complete a National Police Check completed via City of Port Phillip’s Provider.
  • Evidence of a Working with Children Check.

How to Apply


All applicants must provide a Cover Letter in response to the key selection criteria located on the last page of the position description. The Cover Letter should be no longer than 2 pages and include each heading in the Key Selection Criteria. 

Note: Only applications submitted via the online Recruitment Portal will be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be provided feedback. 

Further information can be obtained by contacting Dana Pritchard, A/Manager Open Space Recreation and Community Resilience, via email or through our ASSIST team on phone (03) 9209 6777. 

Applications close 11.59pm Sunday 29th of May 2022 

The City of Port Phillip is an equal opportunity employer, committed to an inclusive and accessible environment where diversity is valued. 

If you have accessibility requirements or require an adjustment to participate in our recruitment and selection process, please contact David Crichton (HR Business Partner- Recruitment) on mobile 0466 859 533 or email: 

Job Closing Date

29 May, 2022