First listed on: 13 July 2021

  • Join a progressive leader in Local Government
  • Be a part of a contemporary, collaborative leadership team
  • Focus on leading organisational culture and effectiveness across Council

The City of Darebin is a vibrant municipality just north of Melbourne's CBD. No matter where you're from, you'll feel at home in this cosmopolitan community where different lifestyles, aspirations and talents are welcomed. 160,000 residents speak 138 different languages, embrace 37 different faiths and celebrate their city's rich cultural diversity.

As a progressive leader in Local Government, the City of Darebin has set an inspiring vision to ensure quality of life for current and future generations in response to the climate emergency, increasing inequality and unprecedented growth - hence their vision of a sustainable, vibrant and community-oriented City.

Our People and Culture Department drive value for both our customers and the business by working closely with key internal stakeholders and other divisional teams to drive operational excellence and deliver extraordinary results through ownership and considered execution. We are a highly collaborative team who thrive working in an agile and fast-paced environment underpinned by strong values and a customer centric approach.

Reporting to the Manager People and Culture with a dotted line to the CEO, this position works across organisation in an integrated manner, seeking input, sharing ideas and providing strategic input into organisational culture and transformation priorities to ensure the successful development and implementation of culture, capability and change strategy and interventions that are aligned to Council’s goals and objectives.

The position provides strategic leadership expertise in organisational culture and effectiveness in support of a People Plan that brings together culture, engagement, organisational change and design levers. The role uses a deep data-led understanding of Darebin’s culture and will ensure a pragmatic approach to improving cultural outcomes that can be clearly measured.

More specifically the Executive Lead Culture Capability and Change will:

  • Lead the Culture Capability and Change team to deliver on development and implementation of culture, capability and change strategy and interventions
  • Advise on appropriate methodologies and solutions for employee engagement, organisational design and development and change to drive and enable culture
  • Lead implementation of Darebin’s new Capability Framework and lead design and implementation of programs and initiatives that ensure capability development and create sustained behaviour change, including leadership development
  • Build and foster a culture of organisational progress and performance supporting the progressive development of the Performance Planning and Review framework, embracing best practice
  • Lead the development and ongoing enhancement of Council’s Workforce Plan, including strategies and solutions to enable culture, capability and performance to deliver on the Council Plan through effective engagement and leadership
  • Through strong partnership, oversee and govern the implementation, embedding and evolution of organisational change interventions, including the Darebin Change Journey program, adjusting the course as required
  • Oversee execution of Council’s Recognising and Rewarding our People Program to achieve its stated purpose in line with the organisation’s strategic objectives
  • In collaboration with key stakeholders, actively enable implementation of Darebin’s Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Plan and champion implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy and Action Plan.

This is an opportunity for an energetic, decisive, and creative forward thinker looking to have a driving role in a culture, capability and change agenda in support of an ambitious and progressive People Plan.

To be considered for this position you will have substantial experience and expertise in a similar executive level position within a complex organisation with particular strengths in organisational culture and capability development. The ideal candidate will have qualifications in a relevant discipline and superior understanding of change management concepts. Highly developed communication and problem-solving skills with the ability to effectively manage complex and sensitive situations will see you be successful in this role. Key to the position is an ability to manage a dynamic workload with competing priorities and operate effectively under pressure.

To apply, please submit a copy of your resume (max 5 pages) and one page statement addressing the selection criteria and what you would bring to the role by midnight Monday 26 July.

Questions and enquiries on the position can be directed to

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview on Thursday 5 August 2021.

Darebin values diversity and encourages applications from candidates of all backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people of colour. We value people of all abilities and diversity of culture, faith, ages, gender identity and sexual orientation. We welcome unique contributions and perspectives of all people to ensure our workforce is representative of the communities we work with and live in.

Darebin City Council does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices and is committed to providing a safe working environment that embraces and values child safety, and thorough ‘Safety Screening’ processes apply.

To work at Darebin City Council, you will be required to supply proof of work rights, a Victorian Employee Working with Children Check and comply with Child Safety standards. All employees are required to undertake an Australian Criminal History Check and may be required to complete a Functional Health Assessment.

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