First listed on: 26 May 2023

James Cook University (JCU) is creating a brighter future for life in the Tropics and beyond, through education and research that makes a difference locally and globally.

We now have an exciting opportunity for an Associate Director, Planning and Capital Development to join our team. The position is full time, fixed-term for 5 years and based at the Townsville Bebegu Yumba campus, in picturesque tropical North Queensland. A competitive remuneration package is on offer which includes 17% superannuation, leave loading and an attractive base salary.


As a creative thinker in a senior position of influence, you will deliver transformative and sustainable capital works and commercial development services to reshape and renew JCU’s Estate. You will use visionary leadership to drive organisational change by delivering targeted capital works, sustainable infrastructure, campus amenities and management of a real property portfolio.


Delivering the University’s Capital Works Plan, you will provide strategic direction and recommendations to various committees for the development and implementation of Estate related plans. As a senior leader you will have considerable influence and responsibility for the short-, medium- and long-term planning and decisions pertaining to the composition and utilization of JCU’s owned and leased Estate.


Leading a team of project and property professionals, your ability to navigate the complexities of a large and diverse organization while building a culture of high performance, customer service excellence, promoting respect, inclusion and wellbeing will be paramount to your success in this challenging yet rewarding role.



Your advanced critical thinking, analytical and proven leadership skills coupled with your extensive capital works, planning and commercial development expertise will ensure you are a trusted advisor to the University and senior leadership in Estate management.


Your ability to traverse strategic, operational and tactical planning to deliver tangible and sustainable outcomes through effective resource utilisation will be second to none. Appreciating that motivating and supporting your people to deliver exceptional services while also achieving their own goals will ensure you lead an engaged, safe and healthy team who assist you to deliver measurable outcomes for the University.


Whilst not mandatory, it would be advantageous to have experience in a University setting, public relations and of contemporary pedagogical space planning and design.



JCU offers a culturally diverse working environment with opportunities for professional and personal growth. Employee wellbeing is at the core of our values, and we support our people through the provision of flexible working conditions and many other exclusive benefits including;

  • A generous superannuation scheme with up to 17% employer contributions with UniSuper
  • 5 weeks of annual recreation leave
  • Annual leave loading
  • Cash out annual leave and time in lieu options
  • 15 days paid sick/carers leave per year
  • Up to 6 months paid maternity leave
  • Relocation Assistance
  • 36.25-hour full-time working week
  • Flexible working options
  • Attractive options for salary packaging
  • Staff study assistance and paid study leave
  • Ongoing professional development support
  • Career enhancement opportunities
  • Fitness Passport
  • Access to online media subscriptions
  • Corporate discount on health insurance
  • Free Employee Assistance Program (coaching and counselling)
  • Well-equipped facilities including an on-campus childcare centre and primary school, cafes, hairdresser, post office, medical centre and gym.
  • Balance of work and life so you can enjoy a lifestyle that supports a diverse range of leisure and sporting interests.


We'd love to hear from you! Click on Apply now and you will be redirected to the JCU Careers website.

Apply for Vacancy Reference Number 18443.

Applications close Friday 16 June at 11.59pm.

For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Hilary Kavanagh on 0418 265 244 or via email  

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