First listed on: 09 October 2020

Community Development Officer 

About us
We are committed to working together for a thriving community. We do this by delivering over 130 services to our rapidly growing population and working hard to protect and improve what it is that makes Greater Geelong such a great place to live.  

We’re going through an exciting period of change that will help us serve our community better. From digital modernisation to the contemporary office we’re building in Central Geelong, now more than ever is a great time to join our diverse and inclusive team.

About the Role
In this role you will be working in the Healthy Communities team and will have a specific focus on outcomes that achieve social equity and inclusion for communities and population groups currently experiencing inequity and disadvantage which impacts on their access to social, civic and economic participation; as well as self-determination and a voice to influence decisions that affect them and their communities.

You will be responsible for facilitating and developing policies as well as delivering strategies or projects that focus on social equity, diversity and inclusion with particular focus on multicultural communities.  The outcomes will build on individual and community strengths, giving priority to early intervention and prevention activities which augment collaborative partnerships, joined-up services and whole of government(s) solutions based on evidence informed responses that lead to sustainability through the application of social justice and community development principles.

This is a temporary full-time position for 12 months.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing and facilitating mechanisms and processes that ensure across-Council coordination in analysis, planning and activities to achieve social equity at a strategic and policy level, as well as at community and neighbourhood levels.
  • Facilitating and developing policies and strategies that focus on achieving social equity for priority populations and/or address complex social issues that impact on people’s access to social, economic and civic participation.
  • Consulting with the community to ensure that existing Council priorities and projects meet the needs and aspirations of the community.
  • Providing ongoing advice and support to the development and implementation of a range of polices and strategies to achieve social equity and inclusion within and external to the organisation. 
  • Identifying and developing the resources and collateral to engage and foster community participation and education in relevant actions in the implementation various Council strategies.

About you
To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in the Social or Health Sciences, Community Development or a related field, which focus on community development, health promotion or substantial relevant experience in a similar field.
  • Current employee Working with Children check.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully facilitating, developing and delivering policies, strategies and projects that increase social equity and inclusion.
  • Highly developed conceptual skills and well developed written and verbal communication skills required to engage and provide information to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience and success working with communities experiencing complex social and economic issues.

As a member of our team, you’ll enjoy the benefits of:

  • flexible work arrangements
  • paid parental leave (14 weeks)
  • a healthy and safe environment
  • our employee wellbeing program
  • discounted memberships at Swim Sport and Leisure facilities

Applications and Enquiries
Click the APPLY NOW button below to submit your application or find out more about this opportunity. 

Enquiries: Jane Wager | 03 5272 4763 |

Applications close 5:00pm Friday 23 October 2020.


City of Greater Geelong values equal opportunity, fairness and enjoys a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, and people of all other cultural backgrounds.

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