Freo Are Looking For A New CEO – Are You Interested? Here’s The JDF

The City of Fremantle is on the hunt for a new CEO.

Following the retirement of the former CEO Philip St John in April 2021, Council established a CEO Recruitment and Selection Panel to find a new CEO.

Soon after the October ordinary elections, Council appointed panel members, including Mayor, Hannah Fitzhardinge, Cr Frank Mofflin (Deputy Mayor), Cr Jenny Archibald, Cr Doug Thompson, Cr Geoff Graham, and Mr Rob McDonald, independent panel member.

At its last meeting on 15 December 2021, the Council adopted the job description form, or JDF, for the CEO’s position, as recommended by the CEO Recruitment and Selection Panel.

The position will soon be advertised.

Here are the key parts of the JDF.


Position Description -Chief Executive Officer

Classification – Senior Officer as defined in the Local Government Act 1995

Status – Fixed Term Full Time

Hours per week – 37.5 minimum

Responsible to – Mayor and Councillors

Reporting line – All Directors; Manager Governance; Manager People and Culture; Manager Communications and Media; Executive Assistant

Primary objectives

* Oversees the implementation of the City’s strategic plan on behalf of Council and leads the business operations of the City through implementation of the Council’s Corporate Business Plan.

* Provides good governance, through strong organisational leadership, effective community engagement and the creation of an inclusive workplace culture.

* Carries out the functions of the CEO as described in Section 5.41 of the Local Government Act 1995.

* Works to achieve the annual Key Performance Indicators as determined by the Council.


Leadership and Management

* Provides contemporary leadership of the organisation to drive a culture of achievement, responsive service delivery and innovation.

* Oversees implementation of the City’s Strategic Community Plan to address the City’s strategic objectives.

* Ensures the implementation of policies and best practice standards for efficient and effective management in all areas of the organisation.

* Coordinates the development and delivery of the City’s plans as aligned to the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework including the annual budget, long term financial plan, workforce plan and asset management plan.

* Facilitates the effective operation of the Council and committees (formal and informal) to maximise Elected Member and community involvement.

Strategic Stakeholder Engagement

* Develops and maintains a positive perception of the City, through effective relationships with key stakeholders to enable the City’s contributions in decision-making forums to be valued.

* Builds effective strategic relationships with key stakeholders to facilitate investment and business development initiatives for the City.

Change Management and Organisational Culture

* Leads and drives organisational culture to ensure an optimal working environment and employee wellbeing, attraction and retention.

* Maintains constructive and positive relationships with Elected Members to enable effective operation of Council.

* Lead an adaptive culture that responds effectively to a changing environment.


* Ensures the City’s activities are managed in accordance with public sector management principles for transparent and accountable governance and comply with Local Government’s legislative requirements.

* Ensures accurate and timely advice and support is given to Council and other stakeholders to execute Council’s decisions and business.

* Ensures the City has an effective risk management framework.

Selection Criteria – Essential

* Substantial executive management or CEO experience leading a complex, multi-disciplinary, service-focused organisation.

* Demonstrated capability to lead, inspire and initiate strategic projects.

* Highly developed strategic financial planning and budgetary management skills, with demonstrated performance.

* Highly developed interpersonal skills to negotiate, influence and consult across diverse stakeholders to deliver strategic outcomes.

* Demonstrated capacity to carry out the functions of the CEO of a Local Government as described in Section 5.41 of the Local Government Act 1995.

* Existing strategic and operational networks, or demonstrated ability to form such networks, of benefit to the achievement of the City of Fremantle’s strategic objectives.

* Demonstrated understanding of economic development and the significance of investment opportunities to meet the economic objectives of the City’s Strategic Community Plan.

Selection Criteria – Desirable

* Bachelor degree or higher in management or a field relevant to Local Government.

* Substantial strategic change and project management experience.

Other Specific details

Extent of authority – This position operates under broad direction but within limits of City policy and relevant legislative constraints.

Are you interested?

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