Economic Development Officer
Halls Creek, WA - The Heart of the Kimberley!
- Take on this varied and interesting role within the heart of the Kimberley!
- Be rewarded with an attractive remuneration package, negotiable on skills and experience!
- Benefits include relocation allowance, housing with subsidised rent, 5 weeks annual leave and much more!
About the Shire of Halls Creek, WA
The Shire of Halls Creek, located in northern Western Australia, boasts a progressive Council that is proactively facing the challenges and opportunities that come with being a rural Council.
Halls Creek, a booming centre at the heart of the Kimberley region is a busy service town for surrounding pastoralists, Aboriginal communities and travellers exploring northern Western Australia. Halls Creek is also the fourth fastest growing shire within Western Australia.
Situated in the heart of the Kimberley, Halls Creek is a cultural epicentre with 6 great art centres within the district and is the gateway to a range of world renowned natural attractions, including the World Heritage listed Bungle Bungle ranges of Purnululu National Park and Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater (the second largest on earth).
Halls Creek is just 1200 kms from Darwin, 700 kms from Broome and 1050 kms to Alice Springs, offering you the opportunity to explore more of the beautiful Australian outback in your spare time.
About the Opportunity
The Shire of Halls Creek has a financially and personally rewarding opportunity for an experienced Economic Development Officer to join their dedicated Halls Creek team.
Using your experience in initiating and creating a start-up business, you’ll take on this action and asset focused role to support the creation, development and expansion of successful and sustainable businesses in the Halls Creek community and the wider region.
More specifically, your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
- Identifying current and possible future business and self-employment opportunities in the Halls Creek district;
- Assisting people to work and formalise their business ideas through appropriate business plans and relevant information;
- Facilitating access to business finance, information, training and mentoring opportunities and workshops including one on one mentoring partnerships;
- Encouraging and facilitating the involvement of business, industry and financial agencies within Indigenous small business;
- Working collaboratively with other supports such as Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC), Regional Development Councils, Non-Government Organisations and Chambers of Commerce and Industry;
- Ensuring all documents relating to economic development are registered and managed in accordance with the Document Management Plan; and
- Providing feedback to entrepreneurs.
The successful applicant will have demonstrated experience in a similar business leadership and mentoring position preferably within diverse backgrounds, and/or a substantial background in successful business orientated entrepreneurial activities. You'll also need a sound knowledge of small business and commercial principles and experience in the development and expansion of business opportunities.
A practical, hands-on knowledge of commercial development and business practices is essential.
Additionally you will require a good awareness and understanding of the issues that impact on the economic independence of Indigenous Australians. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to work with diverse individuals and groups in a cross-cultural environment. Your skills in graphic communication, research and reporting writing, training and mentoring will be paramount to your success.
In this role you will be require to work independently in an outcomes-oriented, solution-focused manner; utilising your good time management and organisation skills to prioritise and effectively complete your workload.
Although not essential, qualifications in a relevant discipline or Certificate IV in Training and Assessment along with an understanding of the function of Local Government and its relationships with the community are desirable. Any experience and understanding of business start-ups along with processes and legislation, policies and strategies relevant to Local Government would be highly regarded.
All applicants must have strong computer literacy, including the ability to learn new computer systems and a current Class C driver’s licence.
For your hard work and dedication you will be rewarded with a competitive remuneration package¸ negotiated based on skills and experience.
The Shire of Halls Creek highly values its team and offers an impressive range of benefits including:
- 5 weeks annual leave;
- Relocation allowance;
- Housing with subsidised rent;
- Generous TIL provision;
- Matching super on top of Superannuation Guarantee Levy;
- Free ADSL connection at residence;
- Generous telephone call, water and electricity allowance;
- Free uniform clothing;
- Professional Membership subsidy;
- Professional Development (conferences); and
- Opportunity for salary sacrifice.
Please note: Only applicants with the right to live and work in Australia will be considered. Applicants must be willing to undergo a National Police clearance prior to commencing work.
For more details about the position, including the selection criteria, click here for the full position description
Previous applicants need not re-apply as they are still under consideration