General Manager

Cessnock Shire Council Full Time Permanent 10/06/2022

Located just 120 kilometres north of Sydney and 40 kilometres west of Newcastle, the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) covers 1,966 square kilometres within the beautiful Hunter Valley, NSW. Our region is now home to over 63,000 residents and the towns and villages within it are sustained by a diverse business environment, with a backdrop of our famous wine and tourism industry. The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine producing region with around 4,500 acres under vine and the tourism industry producing an annual output of $501 million. Offering 28 schools, childcare options, 72 parks, 43 playgrounds, great libraries, an entertainment centre and the Hunter Valley Wildlife Park, the Cessnock LGA is a great place to live and bring up a family.

We also have a wide range of open spaces and recreation facilities for our community, organisations and sporting groups to enjoy. These include 25 sporting facilities, three swimming pools, eight tennis courts, three netball facilities, 28 cricket wickets and a regional hockey facility.

Our focus is on delivering high quality services, strengthening our community engagement and strategic management capabilities, building an organisation based on performance and continuous improvement whilst creating a values based organisational culture.


We work hard at Council to ensure our LGA continues to be a great place to live and visit.


  • Attractive remuneration
  • Opportunity to affect change
  • Great community – Great lifestyle

Cessnock City Council seeks to appoint a highly motivated and experienced senior executive with a proven track record who can provide strong leadership, change management and continuous improvement in support of Council’s strategic capacity and direction. Reporting to the Mayor and accountable directly to the Council, the General Manager will lead a multi-disciplined team responsible for the strategic, social and economic sustainability of the community.

You will have a successful track record of achievement in a senior executive role within the local government sector with proven ability managing complex budgets, ability to inspire direction and purpose, develop and deliver long term strategic plans and work closely and in partnership with the Council and the community to achieve the organisation’s goals and priorities. You will possess relevant degree qualifications and an understanding of Integrated Planning and Reporting requirements for Local Government and the challenges facing contemporary Local Government practices.

Applications including a full CV, covering letter and addressing the selection criteria must be completed online.

All applicants must address the selection criteria to be considered for this role.

Further information can be found in the Information package, which includes the selection criteria at

For specific position details, please contact Christian Morris, Local Government Management Solutions on 0417 693 254 for a confidential discussion.

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Applications close 5 p.m. Monday, 04 July 2022.