Communications Manager – City of Palmerston

8 months ago
Palmerston
Full-Time

About Palmerston

Palmerston is a young, vibrant regional hub with a fast-growing future. Located 20 km from the Territory’s capital Darwin, Palmerston is a diverse community with many young families calling the city ‘home’, along with defence personnel and a range of local businesses. The young city boasts approximately 37,000 residents and is currently undergoing a significant period of infrastructure growth and development. With a strong plan in place for the region’s future growth, the City of Palmerston proves to be a “Place for People”.
About the Opportunity
This leadership role leads and manages the strategic and operational direction of the Communications and Media Unit to strategically communicate Council priorities to stakeholders through professional and expert advice, services, and support.
The position ensures that the Communications and Media unit provides advice and support in communication, media management, website maintenance, internal and stakeholder communications, issues management, strategic communications, and related policies to all areas of the organisation.
As part of a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team this position coordinates communication projects using modern communication channels and trends, including digital and content marketing, brand recognition and social media, with consideration of public and political implications.
Key responsibilities include, but, not limited to:
• To participate as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, and promote cooperation, collaboration, coordination and the sharing of information between departments in pursuit of the Community Plan vision and outcomes.
• Provide leadership and direction to staff on the Community Plan, helping staff make connections between their roles, customer experiences and the Palmerston community.
• Foster collaborative relationships while promoting an effective customer-centric focus and behaviours.
• Contribute to the overall culture of the organisation by making positive contributions to enhance satisfaction, develop accountability and empower staff.
• Ensure staff are knowledgeable about key performance requirements and provide a framework for accountability and achievement.
• Apply effective and contemporary human resource management practices, that enhance high productivity, morale, encourage staff development and culture and quality continuous improvement.
• Develop and implement strategic and operational plans for services and programs responding to priorities outlined in the Community Plan, current community demand, Council and Government policy and relevant best practice evidence.
• Provide the Director with strategic advice, informed reports, policies, and business plans as required.
• Prepare and present high quality and informed reports to Council and implement Council decisions in an effective and timely manner.
• Develop and maintain effective working relationships with the Chief Executive Officer, Executive Leadership Team, Senior Leadership Team, staff, and external stakeholders.
• Present at appropriate forums, briefing meetings, public seminars and related events as required by the Director.
• Undertake the planning and implementation of strategic internal and external communication projects for all department areas, including strong representation of diverse activities, programs, and services.
• Ensure all communications activities are leveraged and consistent across internal and external channels, including external media, social media, website content and stakeholder engagements to maximise reach.
• Coordinate department communication distribution, including newsletters, advertising, and social media.
• Develop digital, print and multimedia assets using desktop design and digital software.
• Maintain knowledge of latest trends and best practice of modern communications channels and trends including digital marketing channels, content marketing, branding, and social media.
To be considered for this exciting opportunity, applicants will have:
• Relevant tertiary qualifications combined with at least three years’ relevant experience, with a demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development.
• Proven ability to motivate, lead and strategically influence diverse and dynamic teams and contribute to an innovative and positive working environment that motivates and supports people to achieve high levels of performance.
• Proven recent experience in strategic communication development, planning and contemporary tactic implementation.
Applications Close: Monday 8 June 2020
About the Benefits
This position is full-time, three year fixed term contract that is paid at Level 8 ($101,406 – $106,344 + superannuation). Council offers six weeks annual leave and a wide range of attractive employee benefits. Furthermore, City of Palmerston provides a team-oriented work environment and fosters a culture of continuous improvement and professional development.

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