Strategic Design Lead

$127,641 yearly
  • City of Melbourne
  • 90-120 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Jan 11, 2021
Contractor/Temp Strategy and Planning

Job Description

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Employment Type

Senior Officer, Temporary, Maximum Term Contract




City Village, Bourke Street

Position Summary

Salary from $127,641 plus 9.5% Superannuation
Max Term Contract or Senior Officer Contract to 31 December 2021

We are the City Of Melbourne, a place to be bold and inspirational.

We are rapidly transforming to meet the evolving challenges faced by a global city. With a vision of being a leading organisation for a leading capital city, our mission is to create positive impact for our community. Each day, we work with passion and purpose so that together we achieve incredible things.

Together we Make the Difference

How this position will Make the Difference to City of Melbourne…

A senior role that is both strategic and very hands on, working closely with the Director, CityLab and branch leadership to help the organisation deliver strategic transformation. The Strategic Design Lead is specifically responsible for leading and managing the delivery of key projects, including a new ten-year Community Vision for the City of Melbourne. The Strategic Design Lead also provides people leadership to the Senior Strategic Designer and Strategic Designer.

Working collaboratively with a range of teams across City of Melbourne, you will take a “knowledge transfer” approach to help accelerate and embed new ways of working across the organisation. Design leadership, project management and relationship and stakeholder management are core capabilities of this role.

A proven leader of strategic design projects and teams with a record of empowering, developing and motivating staff, the successful candidate will also be an excellent communicator with extraordinary political nous to achieve success within a complex organisation and project team with diverse skillsets.

If this sounds like the prefect role for you, don’t miss this opportunity to be a leading member of this innovative team, take full ownership and have strong input into its direction!

You can bring… (Selection criteria)

  • Ability to demonstrate and display City of Melbourne Values – accountability, integrity, courage, respect for self and others, and striving for excellence.
  • Relevant Tertiary Degree – or equivalent experience – in a design discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience forming and leading high-performing multidisciplinary project teams and utilising agile delivery methods in your project delivery approach.
  • Demonstrated experience (5+ years) leading, developing and delivering strategic design projects for large organisations in a planet-centred way. This includes extensive experience leading the planning, delivery and implementation of design research, facilitation, insight synthesis, ideation, concept prototyping, strategy development and final output production.
  • Ability to create a safe space to explore new ideas that respects diverse perspectives, engenders positivity, instils creative confidence in others and favours action-bias.
  • Proven experience effectively managing complex issues within a highly political, complex environment.
  • Strong oral communication and high-level written skills (including report writing, presentation, and negotiation skills) and the ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of stakeholders.
  • High level experience in developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders at all levels and a sound understanding of stakeholder needs.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable within a changing environment and delivering high quality outcomes.

By joining us, you will become part of a remarkable team who work in a constructive and inclusive culture to shape the future of this city. Together, we champion difference, celebrate achievement and recognise positive impact.

To view the physical requirements of this position, please see below under Position Information.

How to apply…

As part of the online application form you are required to:

  • attach your resume
  • attach a separate cover letter (no more than one page)
  • attach a portfolio of your most recent and relevant work (no more than 5Mb, word or PDF format only)
  • respond to the following application questions, which will appear as part of the application form:
    1. What inspired you to apply to this role? (no more than 500 words)
    2. What capabilities will you bring to the role? (no more than 500 words)
    3. How will you transform your team to work in a constructive culture? (no more than 500 words)
    4. What are your salary expectations?

Please address your covering letter to Brenden Carriker, Director City Lab.

Applications will be accepted up until 11:45pm Thursday 14 January 2021.

The position description for this role will not be provided at this stage of application.

For those interested in working with us, the City of Melbourne offers a great range of benefits.

City of Melbourne conducts a safety screening process for all employees including a national criminal check and Working with Children Check prior to commencing in the role. For information about the broader collection and use of personal information by the City of Melbourne, please refer to our Privacy Policy

City of Melbourne is proud to be a workplace that champions diversity. Our commitment is for our people to be safe, included and supported so that they can be at their best. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from people regardless of their gender identity and expression, ethnicity, cultural background, sexual orientation, disability and age. We look for the right values, skills and knowledge to build our capabilities so that we can best deliver for our community.nd knowledge to build our capabilities so that we can best deliver for our community.

Closing Date


Position Information

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Application Guide

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Job Closing Date

Jan 14, 2021