Executive Officer to the Chief Executive Officer

  • Full time
  • Temporary
  • Annualised band 7 salary $103,941 to $115,101 pro rata per annum plus statutory superannuation
  • Ballarat
  • Closing date for this position is Monday, July 26, 2021 - 12:00pm
  • Temporary, Full time until March 2022 

  • Exciting time to join the City of Ballarat as it embarks on a period of change 

  • Vibrant regional city opportunity  

  • Annualised band 7 salary $103,941 to $115,101 pro rata per annum plus statutory superannuation  

About the City of Ballarat   

The City of Ballarat, 100km west of Melbourne’s CBD, is one of the largest, fastest growing and most vibrant regional cities in the country. Ballarat is uniquely located with easy access to Melbourne, Geelong and Bendigo and is the Western Victorian capital for a region of 250,000 people.   


The City of Ballarat has a growing economy that attracts and retains innovative businesses, employs a highly skilled workforce and attracts new residents. The city’s gold rush heritage, vibrant cultural life, excellent schools and affordable housing at a fraction of Melbourne prices, are part of the appeal. Ballarat has all the services, retail and entertainment opportunities you'd find in a capital city but with a relaxed country attitude and lifestyle   


With a progressive and dynamic leadership team driving growth, change, and service delivery, now is a great time to join the City of Ballarat.   


The role  

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Executive Officer to the CEO will need experience leading successful teams, business and political acumen, and the ability to drive process improvement initiatives. 


The Executive Officer’s varied and complex work program is directed by the key strategic and operational priorities and imperatives of the CEO.  


As the primary point of contact for the CEO, this position is accountable for sound organisational leadership and staff management, coordinating the office of the CEO and managing the executive support and administrative functions in a politically sensitive environment. The Executive Officer is responsible for providing support and advice, analysis and briefings for the CEO, and responsible for leading initiatives on behalf of the CEO which may be specialised, confidential and complex in nature.   


The Executive Officer to the CEO works collaboratively with the Executive Leadership Team and across the organisation; with particular proximity to projects and initiatives of the CEO’s direct portfolio areas - Advocacy and Lobbying, Integrated Strategic Planning, People and Culture, and Governance and Risk.  


This role is a maternity leave opportunity until March 2022. 


About you  

You are an engaging, innovative and strategic operator who has experience in, and a strong understanding of executive advisory support and the role and responsibilities of the Chief Executive Officer within a local government setting.  

To be successful you will: 

  • Have an understanding of, and experience in applying high standards of governance, accountability and performance in the public sector.  

  • Proven leadership experience with the ability to apply contemporary and appropriate development approaches and to manage, lead and sustain a high performing team whilst effectively influencing stakeholders at a senior level. 

  • Extensive experience in an executive advisory or chief executive support role dealing with complex confidential service requirements with a keen understanding of the complexities of local government. 

  • Extensive systems knowledge with a wide range of software and collaboration products with the ability to adapt, build and learn new systems and processes. 

  • Demonstrate high level of communication, resilience, interpersonal and public relations skills including the ability to inspire and motivate others, and the capacity to deal with conflict and challenging behaviour. 

  • Demonstrate the capacity to anticipate and identify problems, obstacles and opportunities and apply innovative, creative thinking, including advice from subject experts, to take decisive action to address the issue. 

  • Hold sound experience in financial records and budget management and indicate sound financial literacy.    


To apply  

To apply for this position please click on the Apply button and submit your application. The closing date for this position is 12 noon Monday 26 July 2021.  Please ensure that you provide a cover letter and current resume and answer screening questions based on the key selection criteria. 


The successful applicant will be required to undergo a full employment medical and police check.  



For any additional questions, please contact Vivienne Murphy, Executive Officer to the CEO on 0418 253 117.  

How to Apply

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Equal Opportunity

The City of Ballarat is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to providing a safe and inclusive working environment that embraces and values child safety, diversity and flexibility. 

We welcome applications from all walks of life and celebrate the diversity and richness this brings to our workplace.

We welcome and encourage applications from people living with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse people, young people, older people, women, and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer. 

We support flexible and accessible working arrangements for all and are committed to ensuring that all jobs in our workforce can be performed flexibly. If you're short listed for a role and are looking for flexibility, we encourage you to start the flexible working conversation with the hiring manager to find out what options may be possible for the role you're applying for.