Community Capacity Building Officer

Job No: NSYD382
Location: North Sydney

North Sydney Council administers the North Sydney local government area on Sydney’s picturesque lower North Shore. Our 400 employees look after 77,000 residents spread across 10 square kilometres of land on the foreshores of Sydney Harbour providing spectacular harbour views, beautiful parklands, and a bustling CBD. Our aim is to ensure North Sydney remains a welcoming, well-designed, safe and beautiful environment for residents, workers and visitors.

The role

An exciting opportunity is now available for a dynamic Community Capacity Building Officer to join Council’s newly formed Community Resilience and Sustainability team

This role will be pivotal in engaging with community members and diverse stakeholders to foster collaboration,  build capacity, social inclusion and connect the diverse communities of North Sydney

You will undertake stakeholder engagement and facilitate partnerships to address issues, respond to identified needs, engage innovative practice and to optimise the delivery of community initiatives, early intervention and to build community resilience.  

You will engage, connect, facilitate and deliver a range of initiatives, including but not limited to:

  • Build capacity within local community groups through the coordination, planning and delivery of Council’s community grants program.
  • Develop a volunteer management framework and support initiatives to engage, connect, promote and recognise the contribution of volunteers
  • Foster collaboration, social inclusion and cohesion, breaking down barriers and promoting a sense of belonging and connectedness across the diverse communities of North Sydney
  • Facilitate partnerships and explore opportunities, including with schools to build capacity, reduce social isolation and address emerging community priorities
  • Build a network of engaged and informed community members and diverse stakeholders to contribute to community resilience.
What we're looking for 
  • A proactive and positive approach
  • Stakeholder management skills, including negotiation, facilitation and advocacy skills 
  • Strong problem solving abilities
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to positively collaborate within a diverse team and work autonomously 
Our culture 

In 2023 we reviewed our organisational structure to increase leadership capacity and streamline decision-making, as well as increasing innovation, collaboration and communication.  Our broader cultural transformation for 2024 and beyond includes a focus on staff engagement, investment in learning and development and improved systems and processes all working together to empower the broader workforce to perform at their best.

Joining North Sydney Council now will enable you to go on this cultural transformation with us and to make a meaningful difference to both the organisation and the community of North Sydney.

Why work at North Sydney Council?

We're committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and positive workplace. Our teams are reflective of the communities in which we operate, and we value the unique contribution each member makes to the North Sydney Council. The work we do makes a real difference to the lives of our residents and contributes to their economic and social wellbeing.

North Sydney Council as an employer offers excellent employee benefits such as:

  • Easy accessibility to work with spectacular harbour view work locations
  • Access to Fitness Passport 
  • Excellent work-life balance with a 35-hour working week for indoor employees or fortnightly RDO’s for outdoor employees
  • Flexible working hours with access to flexi-time for indoor employees
  • Freedom to direct contributions to any compliant superannuation fund
  • A holistic health and well-being program offering exercise classes, flu vaccinations, skin checks, and a touch football team
  • Health and Well-being programs for all employees such as Yoga, Pilates, Kick Boxing
  • Access to employee recognition and reward program
  • Weekly fruit baskets
  • Free access to counselling sessions through our Employee Assistance Program
  • Free financial advice by a certified Financial Planner
  • Monetary transport allowance
  • Invitations to local government events, training and planning sessions
  • Access to corporate social events at picturesque harbour locations
  • Close locale to transport options including train, bus, metro and bike ways 


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Salary Range:  $94,905 to $110,024 pa + 11% superannuation + $1,000 pa transport allowance

35 hours per week with access to flexi-time


How to apply

Applicants are required to submit a resume and provide a cover letter advising why they have decided to apply for the role and what key skills/ competencies they have acquired across your career that make you competitive for this position? (max 2 pages)

This position is designated as child related. If you currently hold a clearance, please submit your WWCC number with your application. It is an offence under NSW legislation for barred workers to apply for or otherwise attempt to obtain, undertake or remain in child-related employment.


Closing Date: 09 June 2024 - 11.30pm 


North Sydney Council is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity in order to  provide a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. North Sydney Council  also adheres  to the principles of a child safe organisation and is committed to the care and protection of all children and young people. We strongly encourage candidates from wide-ranging backgrounds, identities and experiences to apply.

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Privacy Acknowledgment

North Sydney Council is collecting personal information from you as part of the recruitment and selection process. Council is committed to protecting your personal information and our policy on privacy and personal information represents local government best practice. North Sydney Council is an agency under definition of the NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998.

Council will also comply with the Health Privacy Principles in the following ways:

  • Your vaccination status will only be used for business purposes and for application as required under Council’s COVIDSafe Plan/s.
  • To ensure accuracy, Council will only accept information regarding your vaccination status from you.
  • Your vaccination status may be shared with other Council Officers for work purposes such as ensuring compliance with the Covid Safe Plan, ensuring compliance with legislation and for the allocation of work tasks and locations.
  • Your vaccination status will be held in Council’s HR System. This will be recorded in a similar way to how we record other information such as medical certificates.
  • Where Council does not know your vaccination status you may be required to comply with certain restrictions that apply at the time and as required by Council Policy or COVIDSafe Plan.

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About Us

With a cohort of approximately 400 permanent (full time and part time) employees, we consider ourselves not too big, not too small - just right! At North Sydney Council we're committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and positive workplace. Our teams value the unique contribution each member makes, and genuinely strives towards making North Sydney Council a fun place to work! The work we do makes a real difference to the lives of our residents and contributes to their economic and social wellbeing. Our commitment to our staff at North Sydney Council is: To optimise employee performance in an enjoyable, safe, fair and equitable workplace