Market pulse: The Centre for Sustainable Leadership is on the lookout for a business development manager with strong commercial and business planning skills to be based in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne.

Talent Nation’s Kate Faulkner says it’s a new role that has been created to generate growth in business for CSL’s programs.

“The business development manager will be reaching out to different alumni and civic organisations regarding the fellowship program and basically drumming up interest,” she says.

The not-for-profit runs an award-winning eight-month fellowship program for ambitious sustainability change-makers in both Melbourne and Sydney. More than 500 people have completed the program.

The centre has now introduced a four-month intensive fellowship program to enable people across Australia and globally to take advantage of the opportunity.

The business development manager will be responsible for sales and income generation, and will report to the business development committee of the board. It’s a flexible role (two days per week) with the option to work from home.

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To find out more, visit Ethical Jobs or contact Kate on 03 9600 0115. To apply, send your cover letter and CV to

Jobs likely in strata living boom

According to the State of Australian Cities 2014-2015 report, more than 75 per cent of Australia’s future population growth to 2031 will occur in its eight capital cities. This will rise to more than 80 per cent of growth to 2061.

With the population of most cities more than doubling in the next 45 years, Wattblock’s Scott Witheridge believes this will drive the majority of residents into strata living.

Earlier this year Witheridge won the Ann Shevill Award for his futuristic essay “2051 – A Strata Odyssey” at the Macquarie Strata Community Australia (QLD) 2017 Awards.

In the essay, Witheridge says “the look and capabilities of the strata buildings of the future, how they are used, and their impact on residents and the environment will be a world away from strata buildings of today”.

The essay, which is now available online, asserts that as space in our cities becomes more and more scarce, the capabilities of strata buildings are set to rapidly evolve.

Indeed, Wattblock founder and chief executive Brent Clark says sustainable strata initiatives are growing. In the first quarter of 2017 interest soared 50 per cent.

Get set for vertical villages with smart solar panels, wind turbines and piezo plates integrated into the building fabric with fleets of self-driving vehicles in the basement. Or maybe you would prefer life in an “earthscraper” or “oceanscraper”?

Sydney-based coordinator for Energy Future pilot

Victoria’s successful Positive Charge program is expanding into NSW and the Moreland Energy Foundation is hiring an experienced program coordinator to lead the pilot.

The program, which assists households, businesses, schools and community organisations reduce their energy use, will be delivered under the Our Energy Future banner with the Southern Sydney Region of Councils (SSROC). The vision of SSROC is to see up to 30 per cent of the region’s energy needs being provided though renewable sources.

The successful candidate will work with local councils, contractors and energy-related service providers. They will be the “boots on the ground” in Sydney, with support from the Melbourne-based team.

It’s a fixed term position to 30 June 2018, with possibility for extension depending on the success of the pilot. See more at Ethical Jobs.

Have you considered a change to facilities management?

Facilities managers work behind the scenes across our cities making sure the infrastructure and technology that makes our lives easier ticks along without interruption.

Yet there aren’t enough talented candidates to fulfil demand and certainly not enough gender diversity.

Kingfisher Recruitment consultant Adam Brown says an influx of facilities management contracts have come to market for new buildings or portfolios that have come up for renewal.

“That has been the basis of some consistent job opportunities being in the FM space for the best part of 18 months now,” he says.

“I would think we are right at the peak of the market so whether we are looking at the property owners or the outsource service providers, there’s opportunities in every part of the FM space.”

Brown says it’s still a very male dominated industry but one that female candidates should consider.

“I think there’s a real need for some more diversity as the job of an FM moves more towards what is ultimately a customer-service-focused role rather than a trade-based role,” he says.

“Gone are the days where you needed to come from electrical or plumbing or air conditioning trade background and be able to be able to go down to the plant room in the basement and fix something.

“Now it’s most definitely being able to communicate at all levels across the business and ultimately respond to a problem and work out the solution. I think that’s opened it right up to people coming from many different industries who could ultimately forge ahead with a very prosperous career in the FM space.”

Property graduates, tradespeople, engineers and customer service professionals looking for a rewarding career should contact Kingfisher Recruitment.

Overseas planners line up to fill gaps

Interest in our story on the planner shortage in Melbourne and Sydney was astounding, with the story shared more than 200 times within the first couple of hours of being published.

Within days The Fifth Estate received CVs and queries from planners in locations as far flung as India and Kenya.

We’re not hiring any planners but maybe we should forward these CVs onto immigration and border protection minister Peter Dutton. It might go some way in assisting the case for reintroducing metropolitan areas onto the list for the 457 skilled migrant visa for planners and in doing so ease the shortage in our major cities.

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