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Reference Number 11421
Position Title Communications Officer
Employment Type Fixed Term Full Time
Location Spence Street
Minimum Award/Classification QLGO-Lev 5.1 - 36.25 h/w 
Maximum Award/Classification QLGO-Lev 5.3 - 36.25 h/w 
Roster Pattern 9 day fortnight 
Position Summary

Communications Officer

(Fixed Term Position until October 2018, with the possibility of an extension)

Vacancy Reference Number: #11421
Salary Range: $73,211.45 - $76,257.62 pro-rata per annum
Location: 119-145 Spence Street, Cairns 
Close Date: Wednesday 21 March 2018

We offer the following benefits: 

  • 9 day fortnight as per agreement
  • 5 weeks annual leave
  • 12% contribution to superannuation
  • Annual leave loading
  • Subsidised health and well-being membership (gym / swimming pool)
  • On-going opportunities for learning and professional development 

About the position: In a fast paced environment this role contributes to the effective and efficient operations of the Infrastructure Services Department by preparing and undertaking consultation and community engagement activities for Council infrastructure projects during their construction. 

What we are looking for: We are seeking a dynamic, customer focussed communications professional to work on a variety of infrastructure projects for Cairns Regional Council.  The individual we are seeking must thrive in a fast paced environment, have impeccable written and oral communication skills and have the ability to interact & develop a great rapport with a wide range of stakeholders.  You must also be well versed in writing public communication reports and materials, researching, contacting and managing stakeholders, organising public meetings and functions or displays, compiling public notices and conducting community engagement activities. 

What you'll need to succeed: 

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field such as communications, community engagement (or equivalent industry experience)
  • Extensive experience in community engagement practices and marketing activities.
  • Current QLD Drivers Licence.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply processes, principles and strategies for effective community engagement activities.  
  • Ability to undertake research and analyse issues and use this in the preparation of submissions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously, set realistic work goals and use initiative in establishing and providing administrative and correspondence systems and services.
  • Accurate and proficient word processing skills and proficiency in the use of all Microsoft and Adobe software, including Publisher / InDesign or similar.
  • Demonstrated high level of communication and interpersonal skills, with an emphasis on providing quality customer service to the public, key stakeholders, internal and external clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate technical concepts into plain English and the ability to consult with internal officers and members of the public and the ability to maintain effective networks and working relationships.
  • Knowledge of team processes and the demonstrated ability to contribute to a multi‑disciplinary team within a technical environment. 

Desirable Qualifications & Experience: 

  • Ability to obtain a White Card (construction industry).
  • Previous Local Government experience.  

How to Apply: 

Your application must be submitted online and must consist of the following: 

  • Cover Letter addressing the three main elements as detailed in the full selection criteria of the position description.
  • Copy of your current Resume. 

For a full listing of the Key Duties & Responsibilities and full Selection Criteria please ensure you obtain a copy of the information kit and how to apply by clicking on the Position Description below, select on "Open" to download the attachment. 

Applications: Must be submitted online, applications not addressing the full selection criteria will not be accepted. 

Pre-Employment Assessment: 

As part of the selection process, the successful candidate will be required to undertake the following pre-employment assessments: 

  • Pre-employment medical, which will include a physical assessment and drug and alcohol test.
  • National police/criminal history check.
Selection Criteria Essential: Do you have tertiary qualifications in a relevant field such as communications, community engagement (or equivalent industry experience)?
Essential: Do you have experience in community engagement practices, marketing and promoting activities?
Essential: Do you have a current and valid C Class Drivers' Licence or above?
Contact Person Cairns Regional Council Recruitment Team
Contact Number (07) 4044 3310
Contact Email
Closing Date 21/03/2018
Position Description
VRN11421.pdf Open
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Please note that this position will close at 11:45pm (AEST) on the closing date.
Please ensure your application is added before this time as we do not accept late applications.