Apply Now – Director of Regional Development (DRD)

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a national network of Committees made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the economic development of their regions.

RDAs have an active and facilitative role in their regional communities and a clear focus on growing strong and confident regional economies that harness their competitive advantages, seize on economic opportunity and attract investment.

The strategies and goals of RDAs are changing to meet future demands. RDA is looking for a Director of Regional Development (DRD) to lead an innovative organisation which is committed to developing its region, to meeting its strategic goals, and to preparing the region for the future.

Make a difference in your region

You will be responsible for assisting the RDA Committee to establish the organisation’s strategic vision and objectives and lead a small team of dedicated staff in achieving these objectives.

You will facilitate the connection between regional businesses or industry sectors and international trade partners and engage with regional entrepreneurs and emerging business leaders to create business forums and support networks for the exchange of ideas, new opportunities and strategies to promote local jobs and growth in their regions. You will also facilitate the connection of business proponents to financial markets or other sources of project funds.

The DRD will promote the region’s activities to government, industry, business, and community sectors to highlight competitive advantages and encourage decentralisation. As DRD, you will provide evidence-based advice to governments on critical issues negatively affecting their region, and emerging or current opportunities that can be harnessed with strategic intervention.

Applications for DRD positions are sought from highly motivated and experienced people who are knowledgeable about the economic strengths and challenges of the region.

Applicant Information Pack – Director of Regional Development

The Applicant Information Pack provides you with the information you need to complete an application for a position with RDA Sunshine Coast Committee as the Director of Regional Development (DRD).

This Information Pack contains the following elements:

  1. Position description, accountabilities and responsibilities, and selection criteria for the DRD position.
  2. Selection process description including application lodgement instructions.
  3. Application form.

  Applicant Information Pack

Application Process

The process of applying for a DRD position with an RDA Committee is completed through:

Once submitted, you should receive email confirmation that your application has been received.

For more information email

Applications close on 1 March 2018 at 5pm.


Apply for Director Regional Development (DRD)

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  • CV and Selection criteria

    Please provide a statement addressing your claims against each of the selection criteria; and attach a copy of your Curriculum Vitae (CV). Microsoft Word (.doc) or PDF file types are supported. Files must be a maximum of 2MB each. ** Please note there is a limit in each section of 250 words per criteria. Anything over that limit will not be considered **
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  • The applicant will have worked at very senior levels in business and have had considerable experience in strategic vision setting and in achieving outcomes for large or complex business enterprises in complex business environments. They will be able to clearly outline a strategic vision for the RDA Committee which aligns with the charter and clearly articulate how this will be achieved.
  • The applicant will have worked in a complex environment dealing with high level problems involving multiple competing factors and a high degree of ambiguity. They will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the importance of using a range of information sources from a range of varied stakeholders in decision making and be able to demonstrate a strong track record of integrating this with their own experience and knowledge in their problem solving.
  • The applicant will be able to demonstrate a very strong track record in delivering successful business outcomes in senior leadership roles across their career. They will be able to clearly articulate the economic development issues facing the region and will have insightful strategies for achieving regional growth which align with the role of the RDA as set out in the charter. They should also have significant organisational governance experience and be able to very clearly articulate how to effectively implement better practice governance frameworks.
  • The applicant has been successful in managing a broad range of stakeholders in a complex environment to achieve very successful outcomes. They will have a high degree of experience in managing complex relationships including how to manage conflict between stakeholders. They will be able to clearly articulate how their communication style was instrumental in achieving successful outcomes and how they would adapt this to the RDA environment.
  • The applicant has considerable experience in working with more than one level of government and possibly all three, and may have also worked in government. They will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of government policy and be able to clearly translate this into economic development opportunities for their region. They will have a demonstrable track record of achieving very positive outcomes from working with government.
  • The applicant has had significant experience in successfully leading one or more teams or organisations through complex and substantial change. They will be able to articulate a clear understanding of how to lead through change. They will be able to clearly demonstrate what they have done to bring about successful and sustainable outcomes in an organisation or team.
  • Referees

    Details for two (2) referees are required.
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