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Full-time Permanent role

Are you passionate about improving community wellbeing in one of Sydney’s fastest growing areas? Are you highly skilled at taking a strategic approach to tackling some tough social issues? Do you have a broad range of interests as expertise – from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, to homelessness, to gender equity, to skill development in the social sector?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a capable and experienced individual to join our dynamic Community Capacity Building team as Community Capacity Building Officer.

This position is responsible for working with internal and external stakeholders in a community capacity building framework to improve the level of connection, engagement, resourcefulness, trust, participation and skills in the community. This senior specialist role is generalist in nature and can having changing portfolios over time.

Current work plans will be focused on:

  • convening Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee,
  • leading Council’s collaboration with the homelessness sector,
  • designing and delivering capacity building programs for the social sector in Parramatta and internally for Council staff,
  • representing Council in a number of networks and interagencies
  • contributing to the Community Capacity Building team’s actions under the Reconciliation Action Plan, Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Plan, Engagement of Young People Action Plan, Disability Inclusion Action Plan and other projects.

Selection Criteria

  • Tertiary qualification (degree or higher) in the social sciences or related field applicable to social planning or community development
  • Extensive experience working in the Not-For-Profit or Government Sector, in a senior strategic or management position, with an expert knowledge of the community sector and a capacity to partner with members of the sector in a proactive way.
  • Demonstrated experience and competence in working with disadvantaged communities to achieve improved outcomes for all stakeholders. Knowledge and experience in homelessness is particularly sought.
  • Demonstrated experience and adept in often complex, group facilitation and conflict management processes to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Sophisiticated communication and negotiation skills, and the ability to write for multiple and diverse audiences and requirements.
  • Demonstrated success at establishing and maintaining productive working relationships with all internal and external stakeholders.

NOTE: Only the above criteria need to be addressed in your application for this position.

What’s on offer

We are offering an attractive salary from $118,540 p.a. plus Super. City of Parramatta also offer excellent employee benefits which can be accessed by the successful candidate.

Want to know more?

Further information regarding the requirements of this role can be found in the Position Description (pdfdownload Position Description), alternatively for a confidential discussion please contact David Moutou on (02) 9806 5112.

How to apply

Candidates MUST apply online at and answer the position selection criteria.

Applications close 4pm, Tuesday 1st May 2018 and will not be accepted through any other medium.

Prohibited persons as defined under the NSW Child Protection Act are not eligible to apply.

A copy of a valid Working with Children Clearance must be presented at Interview.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people living with a disability are encouraged to apply.

Link to application website

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