Director, Works and Infrastructure


Shape the Works and Infrastructure strategy whilst leading a multi-disciplinary team to deliver innovation and service excellence.

  • Works and Infrastructure Leadership Role
  • Cessnock: Thriving, Attractive and Welcoming
  • Hunter Valley, NSW
Cessnock Council is situated within the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, approximately 120 kilometres north of Sydney and bordering Newcastle with the city only 40kms west of Cessnock City.. The council provides a diverse range of services and facilities to the 60,000 residents, whilst supporting a diverse business environment before the backdrop of the famous wine and tourism industry.

The Council is looking to appoint a Director of Works and Infrastructure to work alongside the Directors of Corporate and Community Services, and Planning and Environment, all reporting to the General Manager. 

The Works and Infrastructure Director will lead and manage a multi-disciplinary team that delivers major infrastructure projects and maintenance work, in line with the Council Operational Plan. The Director will work closely with the community to prioritise capital projects and ensure operational programs run seamlessly.

Key accountabilities will include:
  • Creation and delivery of Works and Infrastructure strategies
  • Creation and management of the financial budgets for the directorate
  • Leading a team of 200 to deliver directorate services
  • Promotion of a culture of innovation and excellence
  • Drive outcomes from integrated plans and strategic studies
  • Acting as spokesperson for the Council when liaising with the community for matters relating to Civil Infrastructure, Asset Management, Waste Management and Community Facilities.   
Candidates must have proven capability in leading multi-disciplinary teams in complex corporate structures.  High level interpersonal and communication skills are mandatory, as is a track record in managing stakeholders in a political environment.

The successful person will hold a degree in Engineering, Construction or similar and have demonstrable experience as an Engineering / Construction professional. Further focus capabilities include change management, WHS and ethical business management.

The Director will form part of the Council leadership team, helping shape the future of this dynamic region. You will also work collaboratively with your peers across the Hunter Joint Organisation to drive innovation in matters relating to Works and Infrastructure.  
The total remuneration package for the position is between $220,000 to $250,000 with a five year contract. 

To request an information pack, including job description, please email Clive Brown via or call 02 9146 6660 for a confidential discussion.

To apply formally please submit a CV and covering letter addressing the focus capabilities which are outlined in the information pack. Applications close Friday 25th September.