Lovell Chen

Senior heritage planner

About the opportunity
We are looking for a highly motivated, confident planning consultant, with exceptional skills in the building of professional relationships, to join the heritage team in our East Melbourne office.

The role of senior heritage planner focuses on the management, coordination and delivery of heritage planning work such as planning applications and VCAT appeals, as well as involvement in the delivery of a wide range of heritage projects, in Victoria and nationally. Promotion of the practice as a key provider of heritage planning and expert witness services is also part of the role, requiring the development and maintenance of professional relationships with clients, consultant planners, architects, local government authorities and members of the legal profession. The position has excellent potential for career development.

Key areas of responsibility include:
— preparing and reviewing heritage planning advice, expert witness reports and heritage impact statements
— providing preliminary heritage advice
— developing skills as an expert witness in the area of heritage planning (Panels and VCAT), and building a positive reputation in this field
— client liaison
— briefing staff and coordinating project inputs, delivery and priorities
— nurturing and mentoring other heritage team members

About you
You will hold an honours or postgraduate degree in urban planning and will have at least five years’ experience as a consultant focused on heritage planning, or the equivalent experience in government. You will be able to demonstrate your ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a team environment.

Key knowledge and skills required include:
— excellent organisation, communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills
— comprehensive technical knowledge of local, state and national heritage legislation and guidelines, the Burra Charter and other relevant documents — and experience in their application — knowledge of Victorian legislation essential, other jurisdictions an advantage
— demonstrated ability to develop relationships and liaise with clients, consultants and statutory authorities, and to coordinate the necessary interactions
— proven ability to provide practical and analytical heritage advice and guidance to clients and team members, operating within relevant statutory and legislative frameworks
— proven ability to independently manage the delivery of expert witness services
— demonstrated statutory/strategic planning experience
— demonstrated experience in the management of medium to large projects, including scoping, costing of services and tender preparation


Please forward your application, including a covering letter and your curriculum vitae, to:
Practice Manager :

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