About the Organisation
At Penrith City Council, we’re passionate about people; in our community and in our workplace. We want you to be able to be your best self and we get that work is just one part of your life, so we’re here to support you in the moments that matter. As the winner of the 2020 Local Government Excellence in People and Culture Award and a finalist in the 2020 Australian HR Awards, you can be confident in joining a workplace that offers truly outstanding benefits, including:
- A range of flexible work arrangements
- 18 weeks paid maternity leave
- Health and wellbeing leave
- 15 days personal leave
- Significant financial and leave support for undertaking further education
- Diverse salary packaging
- And much, much more!
About the Department
City Activation, Community and Place is a newly formed department that supports a vibrant and inclusive City with thriving, resilient communities.
A multidisciplinary team, with a wide range of strengths, we work collaboratively to deliver outcomes from community-based events, flagship festivals, placemaking and arts initiatives, sector capacity building, safer communities as well as an evidence-based policy with a focus on delivering measurable impact.
The City Activation, Community and Place Department sits in our City Futures Division – we work innovatively with our community to drive positive outcomes that shape the future of our City. You will join a passionate, outcomes-driven team focused on supporting a thriving City for all.
About the Role
The Senior Policy Officer – Aboriginal works alongside other Coordinators in the City Activation, Community and Place team to develop policy and strategies that support the wellbeing of Aboriginal people in Penrith City. This position will build relationships with local organisations and the community to improve opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to actively engage in civic decision making and support positive social outcomes.
The successful applicant will have demonstrated strong relationship management skills with a proven capacity to work collaboratively to achieve outcomes.
This is an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander identified position which is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised under section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977).
- Tertiary qualifications with a focus on community development, communication, public policy, leadership or related
- Demonstrated experience in developing and delivering a diverse range of corporate or strategic policies,
- Demonstrated experience and skills in engagement with a broad range of Aboriginal people to inform Council policy,
- Demonstrated experience working collaboratively in partnership with Aboriginal organisations, peak bodies and communities,
- Demonstrated experience in autonomously managing projects, including the ability to lead teams and provide direction to multidisciplinary professionals,
- Highly adept at communicating policy and program analysis clearly and effectively (verbally and in writing),
- Sound understanding of the public sector environment,
- Must be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Person; must identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person and is accepted as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person in the community in which they live (this is an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander identified position which is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised under section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977).
- State or local government experience
- Demonstrated people-leadership experience
- Undertaking post-graduate qualifications or further study in a related field
Commencing Salary: $113,864.00 - $131,801.00 per annum, plus 10% Superannuation
A Leaseback Vehicle is available with this position; however, it is not a condition of employment.
You may be required to undertake background checks, as relevant to the position for which you have applied.
Visit careers.penrith.city to view the position description, find out more information about employment with Penrith City Council and submit your application.
In addition to a cover letter and resume, applicants are required to submit comprehensive responses to the selection criteria (listed above) as a part of their initial application. Applicants who do not meet the essential criteria will not be considered.
Completed applications must be received by 11:55pm on the closing date, 30 July 2021. Please allow 4 weeks from the closing date for the processing of your application.
For further information about the position, please contact Jeni Pollard, City Activation, Community and Place Manager, on 0418 215 066.
Council practices EEO and WHS principles.
Applicants must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this position.
Penrith City Council is committed to ensuring the safety of our people and community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of our employees are currently working remotely or in a way that is different to normal, which may impact our recruitment processes including time to respond to applicants and conducting online interviews instead of in-person. Some roles may also require temporary remote working arrangements; if applicable, this will be discussed with you at the time of the interview.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.