Project Director RQ4877 

  • Start Date: ASAP-12 months
  • Pay: $900 - $1000 per day including super
  • Location: Sydney CBD / WFH
  • Check: 2x References, WWCC, Police Check and full COVID vaccination


Project Director role: The Project Director will lead and manage the project teams through project governance and formation to deliver the major capital works outcomes.


Key accountabilities:

Sole accountability for the delivery of assigned projects, including:

  • Ensure probity relating to procurement, contracting arrangements and ensure procurement plans are in place, undertaken and reviewed with a focus on the end user, value for money, project timing, innovation and future use.
  • Managing and reporting on the payment of consultants and contractors in accordance with legislation and contracts.
  • Plan and oversee the forward works project procurement including engaging consultants and contractors responsible for delivering individual projects and ensuring the best quality services for NSW Schools.
  • Provide timely and accurate project reporting including cash flows, program milestones, various ad-hoc and critical ministerial reporting.
  • Evaluate the progress and performance of designated Major Works (>$20m) projects using the existing program management tracking and monitoring systems, guidelines, policies and processes.
  • Accountable for the development of project briefs, project plans and risk management plans for individual projects, including liaising with the Asset Planners in the development of all requirements on Capital Works proposals.
  • Ensure the correct statutory planning approval path is identified and undertaken for individual projects and programs including consultation with local Councils and relevant consent authorities.
  • Provide mentoring and guidance to ensure personal and organisational development objectives are achieved and provide team building direction and support to create a positive and invigorating team environment.
  • Direct project delivery interfaces with service providers, design teams and building contractors while managing the project specified time, cost and quality framework while providing accurate and timely advice and recommendations on individual projects and programs.
  • Oversee the implementation, monitoring and updating of systems to ensure Work Health and Safety compliance on all SINSW projects.
  • Provide advice and support to develop and maintain constructive and collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders, represent the Department at various senior Committees and external stakeholder meetings to ensure appropriate and adequate advice is provided in a timely manner.
  • Actively develop effective partnership with clients, service providers, consultants and suppliers for all phases of projects from inception to completion, including the identification and effective management of emerging risks that might impede the successful achievement of projects outcome.
  • Selects the Communications and Engagement (C&E) Agency and has full accountability for execution of the CEP for the project, as per the Comms and Engagement Agency Brief. This includes, key schools community stakeholder relationships, managing community expectations and delivering on our commitments, providing timely information to impacted stakeholders, schools and broader communities, addressing and correcting misinformation in the public domain, reducing the risk of project delays caused by negative third party interventions and to leave a positive legacy in each community.
  • Challenges associated with the role:
  • Delivering SINSW projects within defined timeframes and budgets with complexity around external and internal stakeholder management and communications.
  • Managing the ongoing implementation of government policies.
  • Contribution to the development and implementation of the SINSW Strategy to achieve value for money and reduce the cost of doing business.
  • Setting and managing the expectations of NSW School communities exposed to Capital Works and ensuring school communities have confidence in the processes and systems being used to deliver the projects.
  • Delivering major works projects to static handover dates critical to school operations.
  • Working in an environment with strong emphasis on outward facing public communications, Minsters Office considerations and working strategically within these considerations.


  • Department of Education
  • Local Council
  • Local school community groups
  • Private sector contractors and consultants


Decision making:

A Project Director, acts with a high level of autonomy with decision making in line with the SINSW contract precedents and set level of project delegations.

The role includes fully accountable for the quality, integrity and validity of advice and work performed to enable effective and compliant planning and delivery of major works projects.


Role dimensions:

Roles reporting directly : Sr. Project Director

Roles reporting indirectly : Nil

Budget: Nil


Selection criteria

• Relevant tertiary and/or post graduate qualifications in Construction, Engineering, Project Management or related fields.

• 10+ years’ of relevant project planning and delivery experience, preferably gained in a large, complex and decentralized work environments.

• Proven experience in the successful planning and/ or delivery of construction projects to a value of more than $20 million.

• Proven experience of long duration delivery projects, typically up to 3 years, with clear objectives, potential for conflict and a number of influential key stakeholders.

• Strong leadership of small teams and has demonstrated experience to achieve outcomes by providing constructive feedback to others around their performance, strengths and development needs.

• Previously worked in a diverse team environment and worked effectively with other support functions reporting to more than one stakeholder.

• Ability to apply guidelines, standards and processes which are generally clear and established, but have potential for ambiguity in some areas.

• Ability to respond to unpredictable risks and manage a number of simultaneous/overlapping phases across multiple projects.

• Knowledge of and commitment to the Department's Aboriginal Education policies and Code of Conduct.

• Current driver’s licence.


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Dervla  Neary does  Public Sector Professional & Technical

Public Sector Professional & Technical

Dervla Neary

Public Sector – Professional & Technical

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