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Reference Number 13559
Position Title Senior Cultural Planner
Employment Type Permanent Full Time
Location Botanic Visitor Centre
Minimum Award/Classification AA071- QLGO-Lev 7.1 - 36.25 H/W 
Maximum Award/Classification AA073- QLGO-Lev 7.3 - 36.25 H/W 
Roster Pattern 19 day month 
Position Summary

Senior Cultural Planner

Reference Number: 13559
Salary Range: $94,234.67 - $99,769.14 per annum
Location: Cairns - Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
Applications Close: Sunday, 13 June 2021  

Opportunities like this are rare so don't miss out on this amazing chance to make your mark on the cultural landscape of Far North Queensland!

We are now seeking an exceptionally talented, suitably qualified and highly experienced professional to join our Cultural Services team in this key strategic position.

The Senior Cultural Planner plays a critical role in the design, development and implementation of strategies, initiatives and plans to enhance the City’s national creative, cultural and artistic competitiveness. The ideal candidate will be an amazing strategic thinker who has a highly developed and demonstrated experience in Arts & Cultural Management. You must also have the ability to balance exceptional analytical skills with effective leadership competencies with a key focus on continuous improvement.

The key objectives of the role are to: 

  • Manage, direct and monitor the activities of key Cultural Service’s cultural planning and project personnel, including: Arts and Cultural Grants Coordinator; and special Project Officers.
  • Manage diverse and complex projects that achieve the objectives of Council’s Corporate Plan, including the supervision of multi-disciplinary external contractors and consultant teams.
  • Design, coordinate and implement complex structural frameworks to ensure an integrated, aligned and cohesive cultural planning system that responds to Council’s corporate values and State Government priorities.
  • Develop, coordinate and implement high-level research and evaluative procedures aligned to Council’s priorities for Culture and the Arts.
  • Oversee the management of Cultural Services Internal Grants Program: Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF); Arts and Cultural Infrastructure Grant; and Arts and Culture In-kind Grant Program.
  • Manage and oversee the delivery of Council’s Public Art Program, including the development of a five-year strategy for placemaking and public art and implementation of the strategy’s key priorities and actions.

 The candidate we are seeking must have: 

  • A Masters or University Degree in cultural planning or related field.
  • Extensive related experience in local government planning.
  • Entrepreneurial work ethic, strong organisational skills, attention to detail, and strong research, writing and communication skills, including ability to interpret and synthesize data and discern trends in data pertaining to cultural planning discipline; and knowledge of and/experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Highly developed and demonstrated experience in Arts & Cultural Management and Strategic Planning
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, manage and engage a multi-function team, manage change and operate in an environment that promotes excellence. 

In return we offer the following benefits: 

  • 19 day month
  • Up to 5 weeks annual leave
  • 12% contribution to superannuation
  • Annual leave loading
  • Subsidised uniform allowance
  • Subsidised health and well-being membership (gym / swimming pool)
  • On-going opportunities for learning and professional development 

For a full listing of the Key Duties & Responsibilities and full Selection Criteria please download a copy of the information kit.

How to Apply:

Your application must be submitted online and must consist of the following:

  • Cover Letter addressing the three main elements as detailed in the full selection criteria.
  • Copy of your Resume.

Applications not addressing the full selection criteria will not be accepted.

Pre-Employment Assessment: 

As part of the selection process applicants may be required to undertake some or all of the following pre‑employment assessments / checks:-  

  • Pre‑employment medical, which will include a functional capacity assessment and drug and alcohol test.
  • National police / criminal history check.
  • Practical Assessment
  • Numeracy and Literacy Assessment
  • Computer Skills Assessment
  • Qualification / Licence Verification
  • Working with Children & Young People (Blue Card) Verification
  • Right to Work in Australia Check
  • Directorship Check

Employment Eligibility:

To be eligible to apply for a position at Cairns Regional Council, you must fulfil one of the following criteria:-

  • Permanent resident of Australia
  • Australian Citizen
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Entitlement to work visa
Selection Criteria Essential: Do you have experience in writing business documents (e.g. reports, memos, business cases)?
Essential: Do you have experience with writing grant funding submissions, tenders and expressions of interest?
Essential: Do you have a Bachelor Degree in an applicable field or equivalent business knowledge relevant to this position?
Essential: Do you have experience in major arts project management?
Contact Person Cairns Regional Council Recruitment Team
Contact Number (07) 4044 3310
Contact Email
Closing Date 13/06/2021
Position Description
Information Kit - Senior Cultural Planner CU524 #13559.pdf Open
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Please note that this position will close at 11:45pm (AEST) on the closing date.
Please ensure your application is added before this time as we do not accept late applications.