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Communications Officer
  • Temporary full-time 12-month until September 2023
  • Annualised band 6 salary package $104,278 to $112,646 per annum (inclusive statutory superannuation)
  • Exciting time to join a vibrant and dynamic team at the City of Ballarat

About the City of Ballarat

The City of Ballarat, 100km west of Melbourne’s CBD, is one of the largest inland regional cities in the country. Ballarat is uniquely located with easy access to Melbourne, Geelong and Bendigo and is the Western Victorian capital for a region of 250,000 people.

The City of Ballarat has a growing economy that attracts and retains innovative businesses, employs a highly skilled workforce and attracts new residents while promoting the city’s unique heritage and vibrant cultural life. It has all the services, retail and entertainment opportunities you'd find in a capital city but with a relaxed country attitude. Now is a great time to join the City of Ballarat. 


The Role

The position of Communications Officer reports to the Coordinator Communications. This role is part of the Communications and Design team and is responsible for the development and implementation of communication programs to benefit the Ballarat community and advance the objectives of the City of Ballarat. 

In conjunction with the Communications and Design unit, the position is responsible for ensuring the City of Ballarat is proactive and responsive in their communication with the community, the media and other stakeholders. 

The role will effectively manage relationships with the media and positively influence the City of Ballarat and Council’s image in the community through strategic communication, community connectivity, regular written copy and the implementation of the communications for major initiatives of the City of Ballarat and Council. 


About You

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, the City of Ballarat is seeking a professional who is tertiary qualified in Communications/Public Relations/Media/Journalism coupled with more than five-yearsexperience working in a communications or public relations role. Demonstrated experience working within a government department, media or similar organisations with political sensitivity with proven success in working effectively within a dynamic team environment would be highly advantageous.   


Key Selection Criteria

  • Qualifications and experience as listed above.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and success in the management of large volumes of time-sensitive media requests.
  • Ability to proactively promote and improve an organisation’s public image and enhance community understanding of an organisation’s role, service and achievement through effective communications and public relations materials and methods.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to prepare communications for external, internal and digital audiences.
  • Experience with influencing and developing relationships with team members and stakeholders.
  • Experience working in a high-pressure environment and managing competing priorities and tight timeframes. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the economic, political and social issues relating to the local government environment.


What we can offer you: 

  • The opportunity to work alongside a professional and supportive team. 
  • Encouraged work life balance. 
  • Access to a range of learning and development opportunities that will benefit and support you. 
  • Access to a range of mental health and wellbeing supportive initiatives, including confidential counselling services. 


To Apply

To apply for this position please click on the apply button and submit your application. 

The closing date for this position is 5:00pm Thursday 18 August 2022. Please ensure you provide a cover letter, current resume and answer screening questions based on the key selection criteria. 

The successful applicant will be required to undergo a pre-employment medical and police check. 



For any additional questions, please contact Sam Shalders, Coordinator Communications on 0418 532 945. 


The City of Ballarat is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to providing a safe and inclusive working environment that embraces and values child safety, diversity and flexibility. We welcome applications from all walks of life and celebrate the diversity and richness this brings to our workplace. We welcome and encourage applications from people living with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse people, young people, older people, women, and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer. We support flexible and accessible working arrangements for all and are committed to ensuring that all jobs in our workforce can be performed flexibly. If you're short listed for a role and are looking for flexibility, we encourage you to start the flexible working conversation with the hiring manager to find out what options may be possible for the role you're applying for.

Job Ref: LS000266
Submitted: 03-08-2022
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