Director Communities And Place

Wingecarribee Shire Council Full Time Permanent 16/07/2021


  • Rebuild, reinvigorate, innovate
  • Strong people leadership
  • 5 year contract


Wingecarribee Shire Council is undergoing significant transformation in response to new organisational leadership and an informed and engaged community.  After a period of instability, the newly appointed General Manager’s priorities are to rebuild Council’s engagement with the community, enhance service delivery and create a responsive, resilient and agile organisation.  To support these priorities, the General Manager is now seeking to appoint a new leadership team to deliver innovative solutions in partnership with the community. 


Wingecarribee Shire Council is located in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW.  Covering 2,700 square kilometres and characterised by natural bushland, deep sandstone gorges, and rural landscapes, the Shire is scattered by small towns and villages, many of which are historical and attractive tourist destinations.  In addition to tourism, other economic drivers of the region include agriculture, manufacturing, education, health and construction.  The area is also home to two significant rivers and three major dams, and is a key water catchment area for both Sydney and Wollongong.


As a member of Council’s Executive Team, the Director Communities and Place will work collaboratively with Councillors, the General Manager and the Executive team to bring a “place lens” to:

  • community development and engagement so that the community is appropriately informed and enabled;
  • compliance and regulation including health and building;
  • environment and sustainability;
  • place management and statutory planning.


With relevant tertiary qualifications, an understanding of Local Government and deep experience in community engagement, you will have a track record in innovative and agile leadership of professional teams.  You will have demonstrated a strong “place” focus in engaging with the community and building regulatory and environmental outcomes that reflect community attitudes.  Candidates will have exceptional communications skills, astute political judgement, strong solutions focus and sound financial acumen.  The ability to develop and nurture effective stakeholder relationships internally and externally is essential as is the ability to balance competing community and Council priorities.


Enquiries or requests for an information pack should be directed to Judith Carpenter on 02 9558 5102 or confidential resumes sent to: