Job Details
  • ReferenceBH-139841
  • LocationPort Macquarie
  • SalaryCompetitive salary & flexible working arrangements
  • Job TypeFull Time
  • Postedabout 1 month ago
  • ConsultantJo Ellerman
Whether you're looking for a change of scenery or a new adventure, this is an opportunity to head up a team of dedicated and creative professionals to make a real and valuable contribution to the local community here in the lovely Port Macquarie region.

Why work anywhere else!
Port Macquarie Hastings Council is located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales where Birpai the traditional owners of the Port Macquarie region have occupied the region for thousands of years. It is one of the largest urban centers on the North Coast, with an estimated population over 86,792. Our community is characterised by its welcoming attitude, growing economy, and natural beauty such as rainforests and estuaries to white sandy beaches to world heritage mountain wilderness, the Port Macquarie region offers an attractive lifestyle for everyone.

We are now seeking a Communications Manager to develop and execute effective communication strategies to support the growth and positioning of Port Macquarie Hastings Council’s core business functions.

Why the team needs you
Working closely with the Executive and Senior Leadership Teams, this key leadership position will provide strategic and best practice communications and corporate affairs advice and services to support the achievement of organisational goals and delivery of strategic objectives. You will also work with senior business leaders to develop a communications program to share their expertise and thought leadership across platforms including social networks, media, and events.
The Communications Manager will lead, support, and coordinate the day-to-day operations to drive operational outcomes and high performance within their team. Through a collaborative approach to team culture, the Communications Manager will coordinate their team’s activities, and lead change and improvement opportunities across their functional areas and ensure comprehensive and innovative best practice outcomes for the Council.

What you’ll bring to the team
To be successful in this role, you will be a highly motivated, collaborative, and results-driven leader who has proven experience leading and managing diverse teams within a corporate, government or commercial setting.You will be a lateral thinker and be capable of proactively leading change processes.You will initiate and support continuous improvement, as well as develop and implement operational plans to ensure stakeholder relationships and business outcomes are optimised and risk is minimised.

The successful applicant will have outstanding personal attributes including personal drive and integrity, advanced written, verbal, and consultative communication skills as well as:
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar Senior to Mid-level Corporate Communications role including delivering strategic planning for external Communications.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop a high performing team of communication professionals 
  • Extensive experience in developing and executing corporate and internal communications strategies, media management and government relations.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop a high performing team of communication professionals.
  • Strong influencing, decision making, verbal and written communication skills.
  • A strategic, innovative, and best practice mindset.
  • An ability to maintain an inclusive and calm approach in a changing and sometimes challenging environment.
Why you’ll want to join the team
By joining the team, you will evolve within a dynamic and welcoming organisation that makes serving the community their primary mission.
  • Flexible work arrangement
  • Career development opportunities
  • Grade 18 - $106,639.38 to $120,023.46.
  • Long service leave after 5 years
  • Employee assistance program
The Next Step
If this position will enhance your career and you would like further details on the role, or a copy of the position description, please call Jo Ellerman for a confidential discussion on (02) 66919106 or email

Please note: Applications close 6th March 2023