Open Space Strategy and Planning Officer

$87,923 - $95,839 yearly
  • Port Phillip City Council
  • St Kilda VIC, Australia
  • 24 Jun, 2022
Full time Administrative, Clerical and Office Support Strategy and Planning

Job Description

  • Band 6 – $87,923 to $95,839 salary range plus 10.5% Superannuation

  • Full Time, temporary until December 2024

  • Located at St Kilda Town Hall or 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 Open Space Strategy and Planning Officer who can plan, develop and deliver great outcomes for our Foreshore and public open space network. The role would join our dynamic Public Space team to implement Council’s Places for People: Public Space Strategy 2022 – 2032 and assist with the renewal of Council’s Foreshore Management Plan and development of the Coastal Adaptation Strategy.   

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


  • Review, prepare and deliver strategies and planning policies relating to public open space and the foreshore to ensure they are current and responsive to the needs, aspirations and goals of Council and the community.

  • Undertake effective, accurate and timely research to inform strategy work and to ensure the organisation is addressing current trends and achieving best practice.

  • Provide expert advice and information to Council, staff, public authorities and the community on open space issues including representing Council on committees and meetings.

  • Prepare reports to Council as required on policy, planning and operational issues related to services responsible to this position.

  • Respond to community requests on open space planning and the foreshore.

  • ·Provide support to the Coordinator Foreshore and Senior Open Space Planner. 

Skills and Experience

  • Experience in urban planning, open space planning, coastal planning, urban design or a closely related discipline.

  • High level written and verbal communications skills and demonstrated ability to prepare concise and accurate reports and presentations. Ability to work with Adobe Creative Suite is desirable.

  • Ability to confidently address and liaise with a range of internal and external stakeholders including community groups and individuals.

  • Demonstrated excellent conceptual, strategic and analytical skills. 


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 Provider

  • Evidence of a Working with Children Check.

How to Apply

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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 Claire Ulcoq, Acting Coordinator Open Space, via email or through ASSIST on phone (03) 9209 6777. 

Applications close 11.59pm Sunday 3rd July 2022. 

The City of Port Phillip is an equal opportunity employer, committed to an inclusive and accessible environment where diversity is valued. We actively welcome and encourage candidates from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, First Nation and Torres Strait Islander candidates, members of the LGBTQIA+ community and candidates with a disability. 

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 0466 859 533 or email: 

Job Closing Date

03 Jul, 2022