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Reference Number 13175
Position Title Economic Development Officer
Employment Type Permanent Full Time
Location Spence Street
Minimum Award/Classification QLGO-Lev 6.1 - 36.25 h/w 
Maximum Award/Classification QLGO-Lev 6.3 - 36.25 h/w 
Roster Pattern 19 day month 
Position Summary

Economic Development Officer

Reference Number: 13175
Salary Range: $84,243.60 - $89,672.50 per annum
Location: 119- 145 Spence Street, Cairns
Close Date:  Sunday, 5 April 2020

Situated in tropical North Queensland, Cairns is a thriving vibrant city framed by world class attractions such as the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Wet Tropics - Daintree Rainforest and nearby Atherton Tablelands and outback Savannah regions. With an estimated population of approx. 165,000 the Cairns Regional Council local government area encompasses 1687 km2 of land on a narrow coastal strip between the Great Dividing Range and the Coral Sea.    

With our purpose to “serve the community”, we are committed to providing a sustainable liveable city that enhances our unique lifestyle and enriches our community and region. We are proud of our community and the key role you can play in making the Cairns region a great place to live, work and learn.  Our commitment to high quality services means that we need talented, committed people – we need you! 

Join our team now and enjoy the lifestyle and benefits that come with it such as:- 

  • 19 day month roster arrangement
  • 5 weeks annual leave
  • 12% contribution to superannuation
  • Annual leave loading
  • Subsidised uniform allowance
  • Subsidised health and well-being membership (gym / swimming pool)
  • On-going opportunities for learning and professional development 

We are currently seeking a highly engaged and suitably qualified professional to work across all levels of the organisation to efficiently deliver on all aspects of economic development, including the implementation of strategic programs and projects.  This role will involve partnering with key stakeholders to develop and deliver economic development initiatives in the Cairns region. 

Key duties & responsibilities include:- 

  • Develop and deliver actions, projects and programs to implement Council policies as they relate to Council’s Economic Development Strategy.
  • Project manage relevant economic development programs and projects identified and funded within Council’s operational plans to ensure achievement of corporate objectives
  • Represent and promote economic development and Council within the community, business sector, other local authorities and government agencies.
  • Undertake research to identify key issues at a local, state and national level and prepare responses.
  • Prepare and present reports and submissions and formulate recommendations.
  • Provide advice to internal and external stakeholders in relation to economic and event matters. 

To be successful in this role you must have: 

  • Tertiary qualifications in economic development and/or related field.
  • Extensive experience in a similar role
  • Current Driver’s licence.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in delivering economic development and event programs and activities, preferably at the local or state government level
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to display diplomacy and tact
  • Highly developed analytical, evaluation and problem solving skills.
  • Project management skills

For a full listing of the Key Duties & Responsibilities and full Selection Criteria please download a copy of the position description. 

For a full listing of the Key Duties & Responsibilities and full Selection Criteria please download a copy of the information kit.

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.
  • Copy of your Resume.

Applications not addressing the full selection criteria will not be accepted.

Pre-Employment Assessment: 

As part of the selection process applicants may be required to undertake some or all of the following pre‑employment assessments / checks:-  

  • Pre‑employment medical, which will include a functional capacity assessment and drug and alcohol test.
  • National police / criminal history check.
  • Practical Assessment
  • Numeracy and Literacy Assessment
  • Computer Skills Assessment
  • Qualification / Licence Verification
  • Working with Children & Young People (Blue Card) Verification
  • Right to Work in Australia Check
  • Directorship Check

Employment Eligibility:

To be eligible to apply for a position at Cairns Regional Council, you must fulfil one of the following criteria:-

  • Permanent resident of Australia
  • Australian Citizen
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Entitlement to work visa
Selection Criteria Essential: Do you have tertiary qualifications in economic development and/or related field?
Essential: Do you have extensive experience in a similar position?
Essential: Do you have a current and valid C Class Drivers' Licence or above?
Essential: Do you have eligibility / the right to work in Australia?
Contact Person Cairns Regional Council Recruitment Team
Contact Number (07) 4044 3310
Contact Email
Closing Date 05/04/2020
Position Description
Information Kit - Economic Development Officer EX064 VRN13175.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.