Senior Regional Engagement Officer - South West, Project Delivery

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Department: Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
Work Type: Fixed term - flexible
Job Function: Communications, Marketing and Media
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Barwon South West Region - Negotiable
Reference: VG/50946223
Closing Date: 25-Jun-2024
Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897
Job Duration: 24 months
Attachments: PD_50946223_VPS5.docx (Word, 404KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Phil Currie
0438 378 650 / phil.currie@deeca.vic.gov.au

Position Details

VicGrid is where you want to be

If you want to do work that matters, then this is the place to be. VicGrid has been established to ensure Victoria has the infrastructure in place to transition to renewable energy.

Elevate your career in renewable energy and help preserve the world around us for future generations.

VicGrid is leading the charge in delivering ground-breaking projects across Victoria. We are an energised team and passionate about the innovative work we deliver. We trust, support, value and nurture our people, as we strive to create a sustainable future for Victorian communities.

We need people with passion, excitement, and capability to work in a fast-paced delivery environment. If you want to be a part of shaping Victoria's renewable energy transition, we want you to work with us. 

The Opportunity

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced engagement and stakeholder management professional to join our team.

This position works within a regional engagement team to build relationships and facilitate engagement with a broad range of stakeholders in the development of renewable energy transmission projects in South West Victoria's Renewable Energy Zone (REZ).

This local approach aims to build effective social licence through the design and implementation of tailored communication and engagement strategies for a range of stakeholders including local communities and business groups, landholders, Traditional Owner groups and First Nations Peoples.

The Communications and Engagement Team, led by the Executive Director, Communications and Engagement, develops and implements strategies to deliver on VicGrid's business objectives through impactful and tailored engagement approaches. Our team is central to the Victorian Government's push to involve local communities, landholders and First Peoples earlier and more meaningfully when planning energy infrastructure.

If this sounds like a program you want to be a part of, keep reading to find out some the things you will be responsible for delivering and some of the skills and experience you will bring with you. You can also refer to the Position Description for more information.

What you will deliver

  • Coordinate the implementation and delivery of best practice stakeholder and community engagement, consistent with Victorian Transmission Investment Framework (VTIF) objectives, in the Barwon South West region for transmission projects being planned and developed in the South West REZ.
  • Support the Regional Engagement Manager in developing and implementing best practice strategies to facilitate, engage and communicate with key stakeholders in relation to the planning and development of transmission projects, including landholders, rural and regional communities, Traditional Owner groups, local government, community organisations, industry stakeholders, educational institutions, and others.
  • Identify local community issues, constraints and needs to ensure timely, relevant, and tailored consultation occurs based on local values, concerns and preferences.
  • Support the Regional Engagement Manager in building meaningful relationships with Traditional Owner groups in the Barwon South West region to establish a partnership approach to engagement with Traditional Owners and First Nations Peoples.
  • Manage the development of local content in communications collateral to inform, define and promote the planning and development of transmission projects and VicGrid's role in, and approach to, their development.
  • Given the nature of this role, work outside of standard business hours, including weekends, and travel within the region may be required.

What you will bring

  • Ideally, you will have operated in a similar engagement role in the Barwon South West region. Key to your success will be your knowledge and experience with communities and local economies in the area.
  • Strong experience in stakeholder engagement, negotiation and conflict management, with experience on complex major projects or experience engaging with diverse regional communities highly valued.
  • Experience and expertise in designing and delivering community engagement or consultation processes with a track record of innovation and success.
  • Experience in developing promotional and communication materials including digital media.
  • Knowledge of working with Traditional Owners in a self-determining manner.
  • Tertiary qualifications in stakeholder engagement, media, public relations would be highly regarded.
  • Training in and/or familiarity with IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation would be highly regarded.

If you think you have transferable skills, an appetite to learn and would be a great fit, we'd love to hear from you.

What we offer you

We are committed to creating a workplace that inspires and engages you.  Joining our new organisation as it establishes its footprint empowers and provides you with the opportunity to influence and shape our culture as well as providing:

  • Career advancement and professional development opportunities
  • Mental health and wellbeing offerings through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which is extended to team members and their families for work and personal issues
  • Annual salary increases and incremental performance-based payments over the course of your employment
  • Annual leave loading of 17.5% payment on top of your base salary when you take annual leave and ability to purchase additional leave

A Diverse, Inclusive and Flexible Workplace

VicGrid is an Administrative Office established in relation to the Victorian Department of Energy, Environment and Climate (DEECA). VicGrid welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and we focus on the essential requirements of the job and being consistent and fair in our treatment of all applicants. We also understand that a balanced life is important to our employees. Talk to us about our flexible options such as working some days from home, starting early or late, working part time, job sharing or accessing paid or unpaid leave.

Other relevant information:

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform. 

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a Declaration and Consent form and a National Police Check. 

To be eligible for appointment to this role, applicants will possess corresponding work rights for the advertised employment period. Should there be an opportunity for an ongoing appointment, these will only be available to an Australian/New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.  

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and a one page cover letter summarising their skills and relevant experience.

This is a fixed term position and is available for 2 years from commencement.

The work location for this position is 30–38 Little Malop Street, Geelong (location flexible). Hybrid work arrangements are available.

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Tuesday, 25 June 2024.


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