First listed on: 05 August 2022

Senior Recreation and Active Space Planner


City of Stonnington is a child safe and equal opportunity employer committed to an equitable, diverse and socially inclusive work environment and a positive, barrier-free recruitment process. We actively encourage applicants from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, people living with disability, LGBTIQ+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to explore the opportunity of a career at the City of Stonnington. If you have any support or access requirements, or would like to speak to someone about employment or an alternative processes, please contact Council’s Talent Acquisition team on 8290 1333.

We are building a safe and inclusive culture where our people are empowered to deliver their best work.  Embracing innovation and change, we continually deliver richer and higher quality services to a vibrant, diverse and iconic municipality. We are passionate and energetic, working as one team to build a healthy, prosperous and sustainable community. Progress is important to us, and we and make it a priority to invest in our people’s wellbeing, growth and development.

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Job Description

This role offers career development opportunities, along with landing and delivering some iconic and historical sport infrastructure projects that will inspire and support the City of Stonnington community to get Active for generations! You will be responsible for developing strategies and plans relating to infrastructure and programs that will provide opportunities for the Stonnington community to lead healthy and active lifestyles. You will take the lead in the planning of sport, recreation and active open space projects and programs, developing and delivering Policy and Frameworks to ensure that Stonnington makes well informed, data driven decisions. 

You will also:

  • Construct high quality funding submissions to leverage external financial support for the implementation of capital projects and programs.
  • Adapt a future-focused approach to all planning, review and evaluation of Council’s current policies, procedures and strategies, providing thorough reports and recommendations to key stakeholders.
  • Discover exciting opportunities for improvement across the organisation, actively responding to the changing needs of the community.

This is a permanent full time position with an annual salary range of $98,713 - $109,639 per annum + 10.5% superannuation and a monthly day off arrangement.   Flexible work options are available such as a compressed 4 day work week, part time of 4 days per week and a hybrid work arrangement with a minimum of 2 days within the office, we are very flexible and aim to work with what suit you. When on-site enjoy a bright modern and sustainable office, a wellbeing program and iconic High Street and Glenferrie Road location where with cafes, fashion, beauty and health clubs are in abundance.

Desired Skills and Experience

To thrive in this role you must have experience leading projects in a fast paced, complex environment, engaging with various stakeholders and key agencies.  You also have experience in developing a strategy or other long-term strategic plans that achieves social, economic and environmental outcomes for the community. As a creative thinker, you have the ability to develop and deliver innovative solutions that effectively deliver community-focused outcomes with respect to recreation and open space issues. 

You also have

  • An aptitude for managing and supervising staff with effective strategies for leading and mentoring those within your remit
  • Excellent people skills with the ability to influence, negotiate and facilitate positive and productive working relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, staff and the community
  • Tertiary qualifications in Recreation, Business or Sports and Leisure management or similar, with extensive and diverse experience in the management of recreational facilities are also a requirement.

Join Stonnington today. Work that matters. People who make a difference.  

For enquiries relating to the role, please contact Alison Neil Coordinator Sport and Active Recreation on 0487 922 945 or

For enquiries relating to the system and the application process, please contact a member of the Talent Acquisition team on 8290 1333. 

Submitting your application 

We are no longer using Position Descriptions or Key Selection Criteria. Please use your cover letter to demonstrate to us that you can ‘deliver’ the aspects of the role and that you have what is needed to ‘thrive’. These are the top two sections in the Success Profile. You do not need to have a heading of each point or address each point individually. Recommended no more than 2 pages for your cover letter.

We are a 2022 Circle Back Initiative Employer - we commit to respond to every applicant.

To be eligible to apply for this position you must have an appropriate Australian or New Zealand work visa.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

In line with the Chief Health Officers COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Direction, all persons engaged at City of Stonnington, regardless of their role, will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Successful candidates will be required to provide acceptable evidence of their vaccination status.

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