Program Director Regional Shared Services – City of Ballarat

Job Title: Program Director Regional Shared Services – City of Ballarat
Location: Ballarat
Salary: Competitive
Start Date: 2019-09-02
Reference: JO-1908-96956-2
Contact Name: Paris Plompen
Contact Email:
Job Published: September 03, 2019 12:50

Job Description

  • Balance lifestyle with career in beautiful Ballarat
  • Senior Officer Salary $190,000-$210,000 TRP, 3 year contract
  • Lead $4.5mil of programs for the Central Highlands Region
Have you ever thought about working in a picturesque and evolving regional Victorian centre? Balance lifestyle and career in the City of Ballarat!
About the City of Ballarat
The City of Ballarat, 100km west of Melbourne’s CBD is one of the largest inland regional cities in the country. Ballarat is uniquely located with easy access to Melbourne, Geelong and Bendigo and is the Western Victorian capital for a region of 250,000 people.
The City of Ballarat has a growing economy that attracts and retains innovative businesses, employs a highly skilled workforce and attracts new residents whilst promoting the city’s unique heritage and vibrant cultural life.
Join an energetic, contemporary and progressive leadership team, in this newly created leadership role at the City of Ballarat Council.
The role
Following successfully securing $4.5 million Victorian Government funding, the Central Highlands Rural Councils (Ballarat, Hepburn, Pyrenees, Central Goldfields, Golden Plains and broader region Ararat, Moorabool and Northern Grampians Councils, encompassing a population of 400,000 people) and subsequent Transformation Program was established to address the Central Highlands Region’s problems of inefficient and ineffective operations, rising service delivery costs, constrained revenue and changing community needs and expectations.
The Program Director will design contemporary short, medium and long term shared services strategies and operationalise these into key projects by securing resourcing, funding, cross-organisational involvement and community participation to enhance community benefits within the Central Highlands Region.
The Program Director will work closely with, and be highly regarding and respected for their strategic advice provided to, the Chief Executive Officer of the lead Council (City of Ballarat) and the five other participating Councils CEO’s, Mayors, Councillors, Directors and Executive Managers to ensure the strategic direction of the project and benefits are delivered across the Central Highlands Region.
About you
To be considered for this exciting opportunity, the City of Ballarat are seeking an engaging, confident and innovative leader who is known for their contemporary and strategic thinking and negotiation skills. You will have significant experience managing major complex projects from pre-planning to delivery, coupled with experience delivering transformation across an organisation and ideally from a shared services context. You will demonstrate strong stakeholder engagement capabilities and the political nous to interact with Mayors, Councillors, CEO’s and their leadership teams and key external stakeholders including but not limited to Ministers; Bureaucrats and community groups. Tertiary qualifications in management or relevant discipline are expected as is experience working in Local Government, as Director or even a CEO.
To Apply
For further information on the City of Ballarat and to obtain a copy of the position description, please go to To apply for this position please email your resume to, quoting the full job title in the subject line of your email. 
The City of Ballarat is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to providing a safe and inclusive working environment that embraces and values child safety, diversity and flexibility. We welcome applications from all walks of life and celebrate the diversity and richness this brings to our workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from people living with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse people, young people, older people, women, and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer.  We support flexible and accessible working arrangements for all and are committed to ensuring that all jobs in our workforce can be performed flexibly. If you're short listed for a role and are looking for flexibility, we encourage you to start the flexible working conversation with the hiring manager to find out what options may be possible for the role you're applying for.