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Director Resilience and Adaptation

Director Resilience and Adaptation

  • 502689
  • Governance
  • Planning
  • Projects
  • This is a full-time ongoing position we are willing to consider candidates across all NSW locations.
  • We offer great benefits, Leave Loading, Flex Leave, Ongoing Development Opportunities, Fitness Passport, alongside a competitive remuneration
  • Total remuneration from $247,225 pa (including superannuation)

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.

About us:

The NSW Government has established the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation (NRRC) as a dedicated body to oversee the rebuild and reconstruction of the Northern Rivers. The NRRC operates as a ‘front door to government’ for all reconstruction and development activities in the Northern Rivers. It will set and implement reconstruction priorities in the region, and to work with community, businesses and local and state government agencies to deliver those priorities quickly.


About the role:

We are seeking a Director, Resilience and Adaptation at the NRRC. This is a fantastic opportunity to come and work for the Department of Regional NSW. The Director, Resilience and Adaptation will lead a program of regional and place-based adaptation throughout the Northern Rivers. This includes working with the community to develop and deliver a region and place specific strategies, plans and investment programs that consider the future hazard risk facing the region and help the community adapt to this.

Integration between the adaptation program and the Resilient Homes Program and Resilient Lands Programs will be a critical factor of success.

What you need to be in this role:

  • Drive the successful development and implementation of an all-hazards risk assessment for the Northern Rivers that will underpin decision-making across a range of NRRC programs.
  • Develop a holistic place-based mitigation, resilience and adaptation strategies for natural hazard risk across key centres and critical infrastructure in the region
  • Provide strategic, evidence-based risk management, resilience and adaptation planning and policy advice and briefings to the Minister's Office, Chief Executive and others on key strategies to support the resilience and long-term adaptation of the region.
  • Establish and sustain effective working relationships with senior planning professionals and key industry stakeholders across state and local government, community and utility service providers.
  • Engage, consult and align risk management, resilience and adaptation and planning initiatives that support current and best practice risk-based policy, regulation and management within NSW.
  • Identify, evaluate, critically analyse and address highly complex and politically sensitive issues and concerns on hazard risk and floodplain management to develop logical, practical and well-balanced planning, building and development solutions.
  • Contribute to high-level legislative, governance and policy reform committees in the risk, resilience and adaptation domain, including the implementation of the NSW Government response to the NSW Independent Flood Inquiry.

Key knowledge and experience

  • Understanding of the economic, social, political and environmental issues associated within the remit of NRRC.
  • Knowledge of the workings of government and in-depth knowledge and experience working with applicable legislation and regulations.
  • Considerable experience in leadership of stakeholder engagement and negotiation with senior government officers, business and community leaders.

Essential requirements

  • Tertiary qualifications and/or extensive experience in risk assessment, resilience, adaptation, floodplain management, strategic land-use planning and resource management and planning;
  • Evidence of the COVID-19 vaccination must be provided upon commencement of employment. This is a condition of engagement should you be successfully appointed to a position within the Department of Regional NSW (which includes Local Land Services and the Soil Conservation Service). 
  • This role requires regular travel across NSW.

We value our people and hence we want to reward them in a best possible way

  • Lots of perks
  • Flexible working
  • Career development
  • Fantastic team to support you accomplish your deadlines

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, please review the role description here.

Additionally, if you would like to hear more about this role, please contact Kieron Hendicott at kieron.hendicott@nrrc.nsw.gov.au or phone 0457 506 076.

Applications Close: 11:55pm Sunday 5 February 2023

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.

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