Gympie Regional Council

Senior Officer – Community Development

Posted: 23 Sep
Closes: 17 Oct
Gympie, Queensland


Gympie is at the heart of a rapidly expanding region which stretches from rural valleys in the west to the Cooloola Coast, gateway to spectacular Fraser Island. Enjoy the rural delights of the picturesque Mary Valley, the history of Gympie and the broad western area, home to iconic regional festivals and a strong agricultural base. For someone seeking a high quality of life, the region offers a unique opportunity.  You could be part of a forward thinking local government organisation with a commitment to continuously improving the services it provides to its 50,000 residents, in one of the most diverse locations in Queensland.

The CBD of Gympie is the central hub to the Gympie region, which is two hours north of Brisbane and in close proximity to the Sunshine and Fraser coasts. Council offices are located in Gympie's town centre close to shopping, cafes and parking.


Senior Officer - Community Development


Remuneration: Annual salary commencing at $82,375 plus superannuation

Closing Date: Sunday 17 October 2021 at 11.00pm AEST

No late applications will be accepted.  Only applications received via Council's online application system will be considered. Unsolicited applications from agencies will not be considered. 

Role Overview

The purpose of this position is to increase community participation and social well-being within the Gympie Region. With demonstrated community development expertise, the successful applicant will foster strong community partnerships, develop relevant strategies and policies and identify, deliver and support a broad range of community development initiatives.

This position will be required to:

  • Lead the Community Development Team, effectively developing and harnessing the team’s strengths to deliver excellence in customer service and program delivery.
  • Undertake research, provide advice and develop policies and strategies on a range of community or social policy topics relevant to Council’s Corporate Objectives, operational needs and emerging community issues.
  • In collaboration with stakeholders, apply community development and project management techniques to design, implement and evaluate programs that respond to community needs, build community capacity and support Council’s Vision and Corporate Objectives.
  • Apply best practice community engagement to inform the planning and delivering of community development programs and projects, and wider community planning as required.
  • Coordinate the development and delivery of an efficient, transparent and responsive Community Grants Program.
  • Collaborate with community organisations, networks, public institutions and other tiers of government to advocate for, and achieve, improved social outcomes for residents of the region.
  • Undertake disaster management and community recovery duties as required.
  • Other duties required from time to time which would generally fall within the scope of this position.

What we are looking for

Council is seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual who has strong community development and engagement skills. The role is both strategic and hands on, requiring someone who is across a broad range of social policy issues and who delivers excellent customer service in diverse community and inter-agency settings.

The successful candidate will need: 

  • Qualifications (Post Graduate Degree, Degree, Diploma, Certificate) or equivalent experience/active enrolment in Social Science, Government Administration, Community Services, Community Development, Project Management or similar.
  • Sound understanding of, and demonstrated ability to apply, community development and community engagement principles.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Sound research skills and demonstrated experience in the development of policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to build effective internal and external relationships and networks.
  • Strategic thinking and planning skills.
  • Initiator, who also has a strong ability to work with colleagues to achieve team and corporate outcomes.

Although not mandatory for this position, it would be advantageous for applicants to have:

  • Demonstrated group or meeting facilitation skills
  • Experience in grants administration
  • Knowledge of financial administration and budgeting
  • Experience in supervising staff, procurement and contract management including interpreting, drafting, implementing and managing service contracts

Position Description

For a full position description containing essential and desirable criteria, please click here.

Who to Contact

For information regarding the requirements of this role, please contact Andree Stark, Lead Coordinator - Arts, Community and Culture on 0429 391 611 or email

For assistance lodging your application using Council's online system, please contact Rowena Chapman, Advisor - Human Resources on 5481 0687 or email


What we offer?

  • Nine day fortnight/ten day fortnight/flexible work hours
  • Access to employee health and well-being programs
  • Fitness Passport: work out at over 25 local gyms for you and your family at a subsidised rate
  • Access to professional development and employee education assistance
  • Long service leave after seven years
  • Generous superannuation scheme 13 per cent
  • Access to salary sacrificing
  • Employee assistance program offering free confidential counselling services for employees and their families.

Our Values

  • Accountable
  • Consistent
  • Appreciative
  • Communicative
  • Respectful

For a full explanation of our values please click here. You will be assessed on your understanding of these values and how you have applied values such as these in your previous employment.

Successful applicants will be required to undertake various checks such as skills, qualifications, reference, medical and national police.


How to apply

Keen to apply? Simply follow the instructions below:

1) Download and review the position description above
2) Complete the information below, as requested (please use an individualised email address as using another person's may effect your application, if you do not have one please follow this link to create a Gmail account)
3) Click 'APPLY'
4) Attach your resume, covering letter and a single document containing copies of your qualifications, licences or tickets as applicable.
5) Click 'NEXT' and 'CONFIRM'

Please note before continuing: It is advisable that you prepare your responses in a separate word or text document, saving your work as you go and that you then copy and paste this prepared information in the form before completing the application process. Please keep your responses to a maximum 400 words for each question.


Applications close  on Sunday 17 October 2021 at 11.00pm AEST. No late applications will be accepted. Only applications received via Council's online application system will be considered.