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Principal Environmentally Sustainable Design

Principal Environmentally Sustainable Design

Job Title: Principal Environmentally Sustainable Design
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Melbourne
Reference: 3453564
Contact Name: Marcel Lafontaine
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 08, 2022 08:47

Job Description

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

Sustainable Port Phillip is one of Council’s five strategic directions. Council is recruiting a number of key roles to join a team of highly skilled professionals who are passionate about environmental sustainability and experts in their field.
This position will lead Council’s sustainable design functions to embed sustainability in the design and construction of private developments and Council’s assets.
The successful applicant will be responsible for building the capacity of the organisation to implement best practice Environmentally Sustainable Development, including improving collaboration, providing advice to staff and the development community.
The successful applicant will have demonstrated leadership skills and a track record of contributing to a high performing multi-disciplinary team that is aligned, engaged, collaborative, focussed on customer service and value for the community and leading cultural change.

  • Deliver high quality and timely professional advice and support to internal and external stakeholders to deliver on Council’s sustainability objectives.
  • Lead the development, review and delivery of Council’s Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) policies, guidelines and practices.
  • Develop and maintain strategic external partnerships to improve sustainability outcomes in the built environment.
  • Support the Head of Sustainability & Climate Change to embed a culture of professional practice, customer service and value for the community.
Skills and Experience 
  • Tertiary degree in Architecture, Planning, Sustainable Development or similar discipline. 
  • At least 7 years relevant experience in planning, environment, sustainability, urban design or other relevant discipline(s)
  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of Victoria’s planning system, its application at the Local Government level and the ability to effectively communicate and apply this information
  • Ability to provide thought leadership in the innovative use of the levers Council has at its disposal to support sustainability and climate change outcomes in the built environment

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, and                                                   
  • Sufficient proof of their identity. 
  • Evidence of COVID-19 Vaccination in line with CHO Direction.
  • Complete a National Police Check completed via City of Port Phillip’s Provider.
How to Apply

Applications for the role will close on July 7th 2022 at 12:00PM AEST
Public Sector People has been retained as an exclusive recruitment partner for this assignment. To receive further information on this role, please contact Marcel Lafontaine – or Mobile – 0423 668 753

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

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 Marcel Lafontaine  on 0423 668 753 or email:


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