Manager - Community Partnerships

Job No: GRC360
Location: 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 country 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.


Manager - Community Partnerships


Remuneration: Commencing annual salary of $99,199 plus superannuation and company vehicle

Closing Date: Sunday 25 March 2018 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

Council is seeking a professional to lead Gympie’s Community Partnerships team. The focus of this pivotal role is to develop and maintain strong partnerships between Council and the community, government and business sectors to increase community participation, social well-being and community pride.

This role plays a critical role in Council's community engagement initiatives, including targeted engagement with regional townships and communities of interest. It will be responsible for leading the Community Partnerships team to identify, develop and deliver a range of quality initiatives in regard to:

  • Community Planning and Development
  • Council's Grants Program
  • Community Arts and Cultural Development
  • Sport and Recreation Development/Active and Healthy Communities
  • Volunteer support
  • Other priorities as identified by Council and the Executive Team
  • Recovery Management Support

We are honing in on opportunities that challenge our can-do spirit, skills and strengths, maximising our partnerships to ensure our connections are continually strengthened. Together, we are turning ideas into action to deliver Gympie as Australia’s most liveable region to live, work and play.

What we are looking for

We are seeking candidates with exceptional leadership and management experience to build and drive a multi-disciplined team to short, medium and long term targets.

To be successful in this role you will have strong leadership and project management skills, effective stakeholder and relationship management skills and excellent written and communication skills.

This role is both hands on as well as strategic requiring someone with vision, exceptional business acumen and understanding of financial management and a background in delivering service excellence.

The successful candidate will need:

  • Formal Qualifications, or equivalent experience and active enrolment, in Social Science, Government Administration, Community Services, Project Management or similar.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing a diverse team and the ability to balance competing priorities and workloads.
  • Sound understanding of, and demonstrated ability to apply, community development and community engagement principles.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, liaison and negotiation skills, and ability to foster enduring partnerships.
  • Strategic thinking and planning skills.
  • Skills and experience in advocacy and network development, with all levels of government and the community sector.
  • Knowledge of financial management and budgeting procedures.

Although not mandatory to the role, it is desirable or advantageous to have:

  • Experience in procurement and contract management incorporating drafting, reading, implementing and managing service contracts.
  • Experience in grants management.

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 Pauline Gordon, Director - Corporate and Community Services via 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?

  • 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 300 words for each question.


Applications close  on Sunday 25 March 2018 at 11.00pm AEST. No late applications will be accepted. Only applications received via Council's online application system will be considered.

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