Manager Creative and Connected Communities, Yarra Ranges Council

Location: Melbourne
Discipline: Executive Search
Job type: Permanent
Salary: $Attractive salary package
Contact name: Charlie Cole
Contact email:
Job ref: 820992
Published: 10 days ago
Located on metropolitan Melbourne's eastern fringe, Yarra Ranges is home to a population of 158,000 people. Covering approximately 2,500 square kilometres from the densely populated urban suburbs up into the surrounding foothills and forested areas of the Dandenong Ranges, to the vast and spectacular Yarra Valley, it is one of Victoria's largest, most varied and scenic municipalities.  The Yarra Ranges covers the largest area of any metropolitan council, with more than 55 suburbs, townships, small communities and rural areas.

Reporting to Director Communities, the Creative & Connected Communities department incorporates two teams, with the strategic purpose of leading and supporting creative and cultural development, community building and community connection together with strategic partnerships.

This exciting and diverse role provides a fantastic opportunity to lead an engaged, high-performing team of 52 staff with oversight of the business planning and delivery of functions and services that focus on creative facilities and programming, together with community development and community building, community grants and strategic partnerships.

Key deliverables will include:
  • Implementation of the Creative Communities Strategy
  • Community development and community building aligned to key organisational strategies and plans including the Council Plan, Health and Wellbeing Plan, Municipal Recovery Plan, Creative Communities Strategy, Economic Development Plan, YRIgnite as well as emergency preparedness
  • Effective, efficient and sustainable management of Council’s cultural facilities, including 6 libraries and 6 cultural venues
  • Enhancing organisational capability and capacity in community development and community building
  • A grants and funding program that supports organisational and directorate priorities and builds and supports existing community capacity and assets
  • Development of systems and frameworks for enhanced strategic partnerships
  • Working to drive superior community outcomes through the successful management of key partnerships with stakeholders including the library corporation, neighbourhood houses and other parties
  • Building positive, mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships with a range of government, business and community stakeholders, including representing Council in a range of forums 
  • Building a culture of high performance and community at the centre of everything we do
Applications are sought from experienced leaders who demonstrate positive work behaviours and a genuine commitment to embedding the organisation’s values across the team and across Council. Strong strategic leadership, people management experience and a passion for community partnerships and wellbeing through creative channels are essential, as is a commitment to service excellence and continuous improvement.
Download the position description at or contact Charlie Cole on for further information. Applications close on Thursday 2nd December and will be treated with absolute confidence.