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Sustainable Transport Officer
POSITION DESCRIPTION
POSITION TITLE:
Sustainable Transport Officer
POSITION NO:
101501
DIVISION:
City Development
BRANCH:
Sustainability and Strategic Transport
REPORTS TO:
Strategic Transport Coordinator
POLICE
CHECK
REQUIRED:
No
CLASSIFICATION:
WORKING
WITH
CHILDREN CHECK No
REQUIRED:
Band 6
PREEMPLOYMENT
MEDICAL
REQUIRED:
No
Yarra City Council is an equal opportunity employer. We draw pride and strength
from our diversity. We support flexible and accessible working arrangements and we
are an inclusive employer.
POSITION OBJECTIVES
 To promote sustainable travel behaviour within the City of Yarra.
 To identify, develop and implement sustainable transport initiatives within the City
of Yarra.
ORGANISATIONAL CONTEXT:
The City of Yarra’s built environment reflects a century of social, economic and
demographic change. Significant shifts over the last 20 years have seen the
gentrification of traditional working class suburbs and a rise in residential
developments, a decline in industrial activity and increased numbers of smaller
professional service based industries. These shifts have given rise to new and
competing demands, and created a need for an approach that accommodates
population and building growth, while preserving our rich heritage and local
character.
Council is committed to manage growth and change through sound planning policies
that protect local character, improve liveability and reflect community values.
These policies are designed to facilitate an appropriate mix of land use across Yarra
that meets residential, commercial, and industrial and community needs. Council
also strives to provide a clean, safe and accessible environment through the ongoing
maintenance and management of public spaces and community facilities that can be
enjoyed by residents and visitors of all ages and abilities.
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Yarra Council’s transport and planning policy documents contain the following
themes:
 Prioritisation of sustainable transport modes (walking, cycling, public
transport), and reduced private vehicle travel.
 Planned and managed urban growth.
 A built environment that is accessible for people of all ages and abilities.
 A safe, clean and welcoming environment that facilitates increased levels of
activity, interaction and reduced risk of harm.
The municipality is committed to efficiency and effectively servicing the community to
the highest standards: protecting, enhancing and developing the City’s physical and
social environment and building its tourism and business base. A major imperative of
the organisation is the introduction of a competitive business culture with an
emphasis in customer service and continuous improvement.
The Sustainability and Strategic Transport branch forms part of the Planning and
Placemaking Division of the City of Yarra. As a member of the Branch, the
incumbent is required to pursue unit, divisional and corporate goals through effective
team work within the Branch, with colleagues in other units, branches and divisions,
and through developing sound working relationships with a range of internal and
external stakeholders.
Planning and Placemaking Division is responsible for the development of land use,
strategic transport, and built form policy and programs across the organization and
managing the implementation of policy and programs. Staff within the Unit
undertake a wide range of planning services and work with most sectors of the
organisation.
ORGANISATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:
Position reports to:
Strategic Transport Coordinator
Position Supervises:
N/A.
Internal Relationships:
The incumbent liaises with management and staff at
all levels within the Organisation.
External Relationships:
The incumbent is required to liaise and maintain a
professional relationship with sustainable transport
planning and management staff in a range of Federal,
State and Local Government agencies, private sector
bodies, external service providers, community interest
groups, and residents as and when required.
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KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES:
The incumbent will be expected to:

Work with Yarra businesses and other organisations to develop travel plans and
initiatives that promote active and sustainable transport behaviour.

Lead various programs which seek to encourage the use of non-car modes
including walk to school days and ride to work days.

Identify and lead grant submissions for sustainable transport projects and
programs.

Lead, co-ordinate and develop measures which encourage Yarra staff to travel
by sustainable modes when commuting and when undertaking Council business.

Provide assistance to the Strategic Transport Coordinator on various transport
projects, programs, and policy development work streams.

Assist with responses to community requests for new transport infrastructure as
and when required.

Assist with planning referrals regarding new development.

Work with local communities to promote sustainable travel behaviour.

Work collaboratively with all levels of Government in relation to sustainable
transport policy, planning, and program implementation.

Document and report on project implementation.

Implement and coordinate a schools sustainable transport information network
within Council.

Develop and keep up to date a Sustainable Transport intranet site for Yarra and
develop the web page.
Safety and Risk
 Minimise risk to self and others and support safe work practices through
adherence to legislative requirements and Council policies and procedures.
 Report any matters which may impact on the safety of Council employees,
community members, or Council assets and equipment.
Sustainability
 Embrace the following Sustaining Yarra principles through day to day work:
o Protecting the Future
o Protecting the Environment
o Economic Viability
o Continuous Improvement
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o
o
o
Social Equity
Cultural Vitality
Community Development
Integrated Approach
Yarra Values
 Behave according to the following values which underpin our efforts to build a
service based culture based on positive relationships with colleagues and the
community:
o Teamwork
o Integrity
o Respect
o Accountability
o Innovation
ACCOUNTABILITY AND EXTENT OF AUTHORITY:
 The Sustainable Transport Officer is directly accountable to the Strategic
Transport Coordinator.
 The authority and freedom to act in the position is subject to the objectives, policy
guidelines and budgeting constraints for the Branch as determined by Council,
Executive, government grant conditions, statutory requirements and professional
services standards.
 The Sustainable Transport Officer is required to work with the Strategic Transport
Coordinator to ensure achievement of Branch and corporate/Council goals and
objectives.
JUDGEMENT AND DECISION MAKING:
 The Sustainable Transport Officer is expected to draw upon previous experience
(and qualifications) in the field of urban and environment policy, planning and
management. The key challenge of this position will be to ensure implementation
of behaviour change programs with set targets and to work with others in the
organisation to ensure that actions are delivered.
 The Sustainable Transport Officer is required to exercise independent
professional judgment, adaptability and problem solving and conceptual skills with
limited guidance. Matters of a particularly sensitive nature should be brought to
the attention of the Manager Strategic Transport and Environment.
KEY COMPETENCIES:
SPECIALIST SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
 A good understanding of current sustainable transport issues and best practice.
 General knowledge and experience in policy analysis, formulation and
implementation.
 Demonstrated project management skills.
 Strong strategic and integrated planning skills.
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 Demonstrated experience in local area and community planning, including
investigating and analysing sustainable transport trends.
 A working knowledge of Local Government, including relevant statutory and
strategic planning responsibilities and role of local government in urban and
environment planning.
 Strong organisational and administrative skills.
 Experience with, and in motivating community groups.
MANAGEMENT SKILLS:
 Strong project coordination, delivery and promotion skills.
 Well-developed analytical, conceptual and problem solving skills with an emphasis
on creativity.
 Ability to plan, prioritise and organise work within a set timetable and in an
environment of change and conflicting demands.
INTERPERSONAL SKILLS:
 Highly developed written and oral communication skills including formal report
writing and public presentations.
 Proven ability to understand, interpret and operate appropriately within the broad
and long term goals of the organisation, Council’s vision and values in the context
of the complex legal, political, financial and social environment.
 Effective skills in negotiation and consultation to achieve Council’s objectives.
Liaison skills to work with counterparts within and in other organisations on
specialist matters relating to urban environment issues.
 Ability to consult and negotiate with and gain co-operation and assistance from a
range of people including other staff, residents and ratepayers, community
groups, statutory and government personnel, community interest groups etc.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
 Tertiary qualifications in sustainable transport, transport planning or related
discipline.
 Experience in the development and implementation of sustainable transport
programs and initiatives.
KEY SELECTION CRITERIA
 Demonstrated experience in the implementation of sustainable transport
programs and initiatives.
 An understanding of environmental and health issues in relation to transport and a
commitment to sustainable transport.
 Strong project coordination, delivery and promotion skills.
 Knowledge and experience in behaviour change programs for sustainable
transport issues.
 Effective skills in negotiation and consultation, including skills in working with
community groups.
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 Ability to plan, prioritise and organise work.
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