November 22, 2023

Culture and Creativity Place Officer – East Gippsland Shire

Position: Culture and Creativity Place Officer

Earlier this year, Council adopted the 10-year Culture and Creativity Strategy. With the adoption of the strategy, Council committed to fostering the growth of our cultural and creative communities, supporting communities to undertake their own initiatives, to champion the region’s diverse cultures and to ensure we embed creativity into the fabric of the Shire.

These positions embrace the new direction of Council in line with the strategy. The roles ensure Council is closely engaged with community to deliver complex strategy, community development and community planning initiatives. They also support the activation of space and will ensure East Gippsland can accommodate the different cultural, creative and technical needs of our region.

We Are East Gippsland Shire

East Gippsland is a natural playground with over 21,000 square km of land including ski fields, high country, nine national parks, two significant marine parks, Australia’s largest navigable inland lake system and stunning coastlines included!

East Gippsland Shire Council is a large regional council covering 10% of Victoria. With a workforce of over 600 passionate community members, EGSC offers challenging and rewarding skills development and the ability to work with a range of teams across a range of locations.

A unique blend of nature, arts, culture, and recreational opportunities, East Gippsland Shire is a captivating destination for those looking to broaden their skills whilst enjoying an enviable lifestyle.

The Opportunity

As the Culture and Creativity Place Officer, you’ll assist in embedding creativity into the fabric of the Shire by fostering the growth of cultural and creative communities and supporting communities in their own creative initiatives.

Working closely with the community, you will:

  • Work out in the region to understand and facilitate growth in creativity across community programs, place facilitation and events
  • Work with communities to identify and support cultural events that attract content and opportunities for the region
  • Establish and maintain a mentoring program connecting early career practitioners with local professionals
  • Identify and establish public exhibition spaces for community art in East Gippsland towns and create exhibition programs
  • Promote local art and cultural activity, opportunities and resources
  • Build relationships with migrant communities across the Shire to understand cultural needs

This is a newly created, permanent, full time opportunity based in Bairnsdale with hybrid working arrangements available.

Things You’re Proud Of (Key Selection Criteria)

  • Experience and tertiary qualification in an appropriate field as above.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team environment.
  • Demonstrated place and community engagement skills to uphold the objectives of Council Enterprise.
  • Well-developed oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience in cultural/arts programs and events that benefit the local community. 
  • Capacity to foster partnerships and build links between different community groups and cultures.
  • Knowledge of government policies and trends relevant to the arts, cultural and events sector.
  • An understanding of the functions of the position within its organisational context, including relevant policies, and regulations.
  • A current, valid Victorian driver’s licence

If successful, you will need to undertake a police check and hold a current Working With Children Check. You must also be legally entitled to work in Australia.

Things We’re Proud Of

  • Flexibility to work from home
  • Monthly ADO schedule
  • Opportunities for professional development including study assistance
  • 14 weeks paid parental leave
  • Annual leave loading
  • Employee Assistance Program and Social Club
  • Great work-life balance, so close to great holiday destinations, beaches, mountains, parks and lakes.
  • Work on a banded salary that increases annually to the top end of the band.

How To Apply

If this sounds like your next move, apply now and attach:

  1. A cover letter stating why you are interested in the position and what you will bring to East Gippsland Shire Council 
  2. A current resume which includes your personal details, education, qualifications, work experience and the contact details of two (2) work-related referees.
  3. A statement providing detailed responses to each of the key selection criteria as stated in the position description.

Applications close at 11.59pm on Sunday 3 December 2023. 

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