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Community Development Officer (Aboriginal Partnerships) - Yarra City Council

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This is a designated position under s.12 Special Measures of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Only Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.

About the organisation

Yarra City Council is committed to efficiently and effectively servicing the community to the highest standards, protecting, enhancing, and developing the Council’s physical and social environment and building the population and business base.

Yarra City Council has a proud history in social policy and strategy, social planning, advocacy, and community development. Yarra is a rich and diverse municipality in terms of its population and dense network of community-based agencies.

Yarra City Council is a progressive organisation. We pride ourselves on our inclusive culture and development of staff. We aim to make a positive difference in people’s lives and continually improve service to the community.

About the role

This role will be crucial in establishing and nurturing strong connections with the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. They will actively engage in local initiatives and partnerships that aim to improve access to education, training, health, and well-being services for these communities. They will work alongside local Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, wider organisations, and communities to develop and implement initiatives contributing to cultural preservation, self-determination, socioeconomic inclusion, and equity.

The individual in this role will aid in achieving Yarra City's goal of effectively executing the Yana Ngargna Plan and its yearly action plans. They will facilitate relationships with Aboriginal led organisations, as well as coordinating programs that celebrate the history, culture, perspectives, and important occasions of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities connected to Yarra City Council.

The successful candidate would join the Equity and Community Development Branch in the Community Strengthening Division. The Equity and Community Development Branch leads and supports programs and initiatives to promote community health, safety, and wellbeing; build confidence, capacity and resilience for diverse communities; and support under-resourced communities and other groups disadvantaged by systemic barriers and social injustice.

For a full description of the role, please contact Pipeline Talent at [email protected], using the subject line: Community Development Officer (Aboriginal Partnerships) - Yarra City Council  enquiry via EthicalJobs.

About you

To excel in this position, it is essential to embody the Yarra Principles and Values.

Additionally, you must possess strong problem-solving skills and demonstrate a deep understanding, respect, and sensitivity towards the diverse cultures and traditions of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

This involves a comprehensive knowledge of the policies and regulations at the local, regional, and national government levels that directly impact these communities.

Selection Criteria

  1. Experience collaborating with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and demonstrating a strong understanding of current and emerging issues that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  2. Proven community development experience, engaging with community and being led by community in designing and implementing initiatives that deliver sustainable outcomes.
  3. Good interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to consult and liaise effectively with a diverse range of people and communicate effectively in writing.
  4. Proficient in office software applications for internet usage, word processing, creating slideshows, email, and working with spreadsheets.

What we can offer you

Yarra draws pride and strength from its diversity, remains open to new approaches and actively fosters an inclusive workplace that celebrates the contribution made by all our people. We offer employees a generous range of benefits, including flexible and accessible work arrangements, an employee assistance program, health and wellbeing programs, excellent leave entitlements and many other benefits. Yarra City Council is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply

All applications must be made in writing and include the following:

  • Up to date CV
  • Cover letter (maximum 2 pages) outlining why you have applied for the position and how you meet the four (4) selection criteria of the position.

Applications are to be submitted through the following link by clicking ‘Apply Now'.

Late submissions will not be accepted.

How to get more information

Additional information is available in the role description or by contacting the team at Pipeline Talent.

  • Lachlan Holton | Senior Recruitment Consultant
  • [email protected], using the subject line: Community Development Officer (Aboriginal Partnerships) - Yarra City Council enquiry via EthicalJobs.
  • 02 8001 6603 | 0438 982 746

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