First listed on: 17 July 2017

Co-ordinator - Projects (Planning and Development) - 2 year fixed term position 

Gympie is at the heart of a rapidly expanding region which stretches from rural valleys in the west to the Cooloola Coast, gateway to spectacular Fraser Island. Enjoy the rural delights of the picturesque Mary Valley, the history of Gympie and the broad western area, home to country festivals and a strong agricultural base. For someone seeking a high quality of life, the region offers a unique opportunity.  You could be part of a forward thinking local government organisation with a commitment to continuously improving the services it provides to its 50,000 residents, in one of the most diverse locations in Queensland.

The Gympie town centre is the central hub of the Gympie region, two hours north of Brisbane and in close proximity to the Sunshine and Fraser coasts. Council offices are located in Gympie's town centre close to shopping, cafes and parking.

Co-ordinator - Projects (Planning and Development) - 2 year fixed term position

Remuneration: Salary range between $80,500 and $85,971 plus 13% superannuation

Closing Date:   Sunday 6 August 2017 at 5.00pm AEST

No late applications will be accepted.  Only applications received via Council's online application system will be considered. Unsolicited applications from agencies will not be considered. 

Role Overview

Council are committed to delivering an exciting and diverse array of major capital projects focussed on supporting Council’s vision and a liveable, prosperous, well designed and sustainable region. These include Gympie Town Centre revitalisation projects, streetscape revitalisation, the ‘Our Towns’ Sustainable Centres Program (aimed at the region’s smaller townships), sports facility master plan implementation, tracks and trails development and canoe and kayak launch facilities

The Coordinator – Projects will report to the Manager Planning Strategy and Major Projects and has responsibility for managing all phases of nominated projects through the delivery of a program of capital works projects which include major streetscaping and urban design projects, recreational facilities and town centre improvements. The projects are delivered using a mix of in-house and external resources.

What we are looking for

This is a unique opportunity for the projects expert to see projects come to fruition through the application of sound project management practices.

For this pivotal role, Council is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced person to co-ordinate the end-to-end process associated with the delivery of a program of capital works projects.  This is a 2 year fixed term position, requiring project management skill, and the ability to apply sound project management principles and techniques to deliver projects on time, within budget and within scope.  The successful candidate will have the required level of skill needed to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the appropriate level of engagement is undertaken for each project, ensuring positive outcomes.

As Co-ordinator - Projects (Planning and Development), you will be responsible for tasks such as:

  • Delivering projects for which the Planning Strategy and Major Projects Branch are responsible, ensuring the delivery of all projects is consistent with the endorsed design intent and vision
  • Apply sound project management principles and techniques to deliver all phases of the nominated projects.
  • Develop designs using internal resources and/or external design consultants, prepare specifications and administer tender documentation.
  • Liaise with relevant Council business units to determine what in-house capability is available to assist with components of each project.
  • Engage, procure and manage consultants and construction contractors as required.
  • Convene project control groups (steering committees), prepare and maintain project documentation (project plans, Gantt charts and so on) and obtain all internal and external approvals necessary to deliver the projects.
  • Ensure appropriate stakeholder (internal and external) and community engagement is undertaken for the projects.
  • Complete project handover activities and ensure all “as-constructed” data, including operation and maintenance manuals and requirements is captured in the corporate GIS and asset management systems.
  • Complete progress reports and acquittal reports as required for grant funded projects.

To be Considered for this position, you must have:

  • Bachelor Degree (or higher) qualifications in engineering, project management, urban planning or urban design.
  • Proven ability to work independently, exercise initiative and meet deadlines as well as the ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Sound knowledge of project management principles.
  • Demonstrated extensive experience in successfully managing the development and delivery of capital projects including the construction of urban spaces, streetscapes, recreational facilities, community buildings and other Council “soft” infrastructure.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining strategic relationships and effectively communicating with internal and external stakeholders, including state government, consultants, contractors and the community.
  • Demonstrated experience in local or state government in the procurement and management of consultants and contractors for the provision of planning, urban design, engineering, construction and other related services.
  • Sound knowledge of relevant legislation (including the Local Government Act), standards (including Australian Standards) and specifications.

Desirable, but not essential for this role will be:

  • Experience in delivering project management services within an urban planning context and/or planning department
  • Post graduate project management, urban planning or urban design qualifications
  • Experience in asset management, project management and program management tools and systems such as, ISO 55 000, PMBOK / Lean methodologies, Microsoft Project / Primavera, Authority / Technology One, Assetic / Maximo / SAP, GIS.
  • Registered Professional Engineer Queensland

Position Description

For a full position description containing essential and desirable criteria, please click here

Who to Contact

For information regarding the requirements of this role, please contact the Manager - Planning Strategy and Major Projects, Chris Engle, on Ph: 5481 0405 or email

For assistance lodging your application using Council's online system, please contact Council's Advisor - Human Resources, Ros McVicar on 07-5481 0646 or email

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