Eurobodalla Shire Council
Chief Operating Officer

Posted: 25 Mar
Closes: 14 Apr
Moruya, New South Wales


About us

The beautiful Eurobodalla Shire is located on Yuin Country on the far south coast of NSW and offers an enviable coastal lifestyle with easy access to Canberra and Sydney. From our beaches to our bushlands, rivers and mountains, the Eurobodalla is a place of inclusive communities embracing sustainable lifestyles.

With 143km of coastline, 83 beaches, 20 lakes and four major river systems, Eurobodalla is known as the land of many waters. Over three-quarters of our land area is open space, consisting of 10 national parks and 15 state forests.

Over 40,000 people call the Eurobodalla Shire home, and we attract over 1.2 million visitors every year.

About the role

This position is a full-time role in the Executive Leadership team and based at the Moruya Administration Office. The Chief Operating Office (COO) will provide leadership for their Division and contribute to major organisational projects and initiatives.

Your main duties will include:

  • Providing strategic communication and media advice to key stakeholders including the Mayor, General Manager, Directors and staff.
  • Coordinating and overseeing cross-Council strategic projects and working collaboratively with the leadership and executive services team as well as staff to deliver outcomes.
  • Leading communications and engagement across Council and with the community while managing the relationship between Council and local media.
  • Leading a strategic and coordinated approach to secure funding opportunities for Council.
  • Identifying public relations opportunities and challenges and providing strategic, values-based issue management advice by delivering effective and timely communication actions.

Salary information

An attractive salary package will be negotiated with the successful candidate, inclusive of a cash component, Corporate Manager Allowance, fully maintained Council salary packaged vehicle (including full private usage) and 11% superannuation.

A satisfactory outcome as a result of a National Criminal History Record Check is required for appointment to this position.


What we offer

We promote equal access to opportunities and pride ourselves on creating a safe and engaging working environment that fosters wellbeing. We are dedicated to looking after our staff, knowing our people are our biggest asset, to ensure we are best placed to look after our community.

Culture and benefits

  • Work/life balance through a range of flexible work options.
  • 35 hours per week for administrative staff and 38 hours per week for operational staff.
  • Health and wellbeing initiatives including access to free counselling through our Employee Assistance Program, Uprise Wellbeing App, Fitness Passport, Social Club, flu vaccinations and skin checks.
  • Up to 3 days leave to cover Council closure at end of year period.
  • 9 weeks Council provided paid maternity leave (conditional).
  • Generous leave provisions including Long Service Leave after 5 years of continuous service, study leave and 3 weeks sick leave annually.
  • Annual Award increases, performance reviews and a rewards and recognition program.
  • Salary packaging program.

About you

You have relevant tertiary qualifications and a substantial track record in successfully managing the communications and public relations function of a large organisation. Your exceptional communication skills set you apart from the rest and you have proven that you can successfully lead and motivate employees. If you enjoy a fast-paced environment and thrive on resolving challenges then this could be the position for you!

Your application will further demonstrate the following:

  • High level experience in communications and media management, project management, stakeholder engagement, grant funding and strategic management
  • Highly developed collegiate and influencing skills with demonstrated ability to work in partnership with executive managers and external stakeholders in support of the achievement of business objectives.
  • High level people management skills and experience in successfully leading a team through ambiguity and change, in a high pressure situation to achieve Council outcomes.
  • An understanding of the issues and challenges faced by Local Government in delivering and promoting services in a politicised environment.
  • High level communication and interpersonal skills including the capacity to negotiate effectively, to influence and persuade verbally and in writing, and the ability to understand and meet clients’ needs in a highly organised and flexible manner.
  • Experience in planning, monitoring and managing a budget.
  • Community and outcomes minded professional with well developed knowledge of the principles of equal opportunity diversity and workplace health and safety.

Please read the Information Package for full details. If you have any further questions about the role, please contact Sarah Biglia on 02 4474 1097.

To apply for this position, please complete the form below or go to the Eurobodalla Shire Council Vacant Positions website page if you found this vacancy via a job search website.

Applications close: 11.00pm Sunday 14 April 2024.

Applicants found suitable through this recruitment process may be contacted for fixed term contract opportunities of less than 12 months where the position is similar in nature – meaning the position requires the same nature of duties, abilities, qualifications, experience and standard of work performance.

Confirmation of personal identity and working rights:

As part of the recruitment process, should you be successful in obtaining an interview, you will be required to bring with you an original Government issued photo ID for the interview Panel to sight.

Should you then move to the next stage of the recruitment process after interview, you will be required to produce documentation that proves your working rights in Australia, such as a passport, birth certificate, driver’s licence, proof of permanent residency or temporary VISA grant notice.

Please note there is no ability to save your application partway through. Please ensure you have enough time to complete your application prior to starting, by considering and preparing your answers to the selection criteria questions shown below in advance.