Department of Regional NSW
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Economic Development Managers

Economic Development Managers

  • 501895
  • Community
  • Planning
  • Policy
  • Projects
  • 2x fixed term positions with hybrid and flexible work practices & possibility for ongoing role in a newly established team
  • Location: Lithgow (2-year fixed term) & Central West (1 year)
  • Generous salary starting from $116,211pa to $128,061pa per annum + 10.5% Super and leave entitlements
  • Flexible, job share and part time working arrangements will be considered
  • Enrich the lives of people living in the regions of NSW while working in a vibrant team culture with exciting career pathways and development opportunities
  • Work with your community, for your community.


Who is the Department of Regional NSW? Why work for us?

About our Team:

The Regional Development team are the NSW Government’s eyes and ears on the ground for regional development and infrastructure delivery, providing multi-agency coordination, program and grant funding, community planning and coordination, and emergency response delivery.  

We are excited to be establishing a Central West Regional Development team to lead investment and place-based solutions to regional service delivery and coordination, economic growth and diversity and jobs creation and skills to make the Central West a great place to work, live and invest.


The Opportunity

Our Economic Development Managers work with businesses, local government and other stakeholders to support the delivery of economic development, regional infrastructure, investment, business support, and job creation initiatives across the Central West.

Support delivery of place based, regional and state-wide initiatives in collaboration with NSW Government agencies, local councils and the private sector to improve the lives of people living in regional NSW. Support programs and engagement with organisations and businesses to improve outcomes in economic development and liveability for Regional NSW and ensure the Government’s priorities are met at a regional level to deliver on DRNSW Strategic plans. Identify and deliver services to organisations and businesses to enable them to expand their contribution to sustainable, high quality economic growth in NSW.

Among other things you will be responsible for:

  • Identifying, developing and managing projects that can utilise NSW Government programs to attract and retain businesses, increase economic growth, grow employment, infrastructure, investment and exports for regional NSW
  • Providing timely, relevant and actionable market intelligence and advice on industry trends and major developments that have the capacity to provide new opportunities or mitigate threats to regional businesses and industries
  • In consultation with the Deputy Director, identifying strategies and developing plans that are directly aimed at meeting the Government’s commitments to ensure the growth of priority industries and infrastructure development in regional New South Wales
  • Developing and managing working relationships and networks with key State and Federal Government agencies, Local Government and businesses and other stakeholders for the effective leveraging of programs that encourage business growth
  • Preparing timely, accurate, relevant and high-quality briefings, submissions, reports, speeches and correspondence to clients and stakeholders when requested


To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A passion for Regional NSW and improving the economic and social wellbeing of the people living and working in the Central West.
  • Strong communication and relationship/stakeholder management skills.
  • A sound understanding of business development and investment process, financial reports and key factors driving regional economic growth.
  • A knowledge of the key regional development opportunities, projects and challenges in the Central West.
  • A knowledge of NSW Government regional development programs that promote economic growth and enhance community wellbeing across Regional NSW.


Essential requirements

  • Tertiary qualifications in business or economics and/or equivalent experience
  • Current NSW Drivers Licence and the ability and willingness to travel.

What's on Offer?

  • We value our people. Work is meant to be enjoyed! We believe in a flexible and relaxed working environment allowing people to operate in a manner that cultivates a friendly culture and reduces stress levels.
  • A culture of ambition, support, and inclusivity. We are passionate about what we do, and we want to work with those who share that same drive. We promote an open-door policy and encourage collaboration between all staff. 

If you have the capability to achieve success in this role and are passionate about creating a more prosperous Regional NSW, we would love to hear from you!


Applying for the role

Apply by submitting a current resume and brief cover letter that outlines your skills and experience relevant to the role.

For more information about the role, please click here to view the role description.

Application Closing Date: Sunday 27 November 2022 11.55pm 

If you have any questions about the role please contact Melissa Schrader, Deputy Director on 0437 537 582 / or Ricky Puata, Deputy Director on 0427 103 979 /

A recruitment talent pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next 18 months.


Who is the Department of Regional NSW? Why work for us?

We work hard every day to support and grow thriving communities across regional NSW that will have a positive impact on generations to come. Our goal and open secret is always to be a trusted local partner and problem-solver working deeply in community.

As part of our team, you will be able to: 

  • Deliver with impact. You are empowered and trusted to create impact through exposure to cutting edge projects and research, career defining opportunities, and get to be part of a team creating sustainable solutions that will leave a legacy.
  • Connect to what matters. We are all about forming deep community relationships, fostering our passionate and connected teams. It is central to our work to support a true sense of belonging across the team.
  • Live your way. From bringing your whole self to work, through to designing flexibility, that fits you and the team, at Regional NSW you will be able to find the balance that works for you.


We are a young agency, but with that has come a personality that is dedicated, passionate, proactive, influential, and informed. We’re all about ‘having a crack’.

The Department of Regional NSW was formed in 2020 as a central agency for regional issues and is focused on creating a liveable, inclusive and sustainable NSW with thriving natural environments/regions and strong economic prosperity. Our Department is responsible for building resilient regional economies and communities, strengthening primary industries, managing the use of regional land, overseeing the state’s mineral and mining resources and ensuring government investment in regional NSW is fair and delivers positive outcomes for local communities and businesses.

 A diverse workplace

Diversity and inclusion are core values of the Department of Regional NSW. We encourage applications from people with a range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. This includes differences in culture, gender, sexual orientation, language and disability status or other attributes. The Department of Regional NSW is a workplace where everyone is able to contribute and participate to their full potential, and we are proud to have a team that reflects the richness and complexity of the regional NSW communities we serve.




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