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Media and Communications Advisor Cumberland Council Merrylands NSW

  • Full Time
  • Permanent
  • Merrylands NSW
  • 1,656.10 - 1,904.51 $ / Week

Cumberland Council

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  • $1,656.10 – $1,904.51 a week

Job type

  • Permanent
  • Full-time

Shift and schedule

  • Overtime
  • Weekend availability
  • Evenings as needed
  • Public holidays


Merrylands NSW


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  • Annual leave
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Insurance services
  • Parental leave

Full job description


Located 20km west of Sydney on Dharug country, with a population of 240,000 residents, Cumberland is the fourth most populous LGA in Greater Sydney. Cumberland boasts one of the most diverse communities in Australia, with people from many different backgrounds and cultures living alongside one another.

Our people are focused on driving community outcomes, programs and services to innovate, inspire and deliver change for the community we represent and has worked hard to fulfil its community’s vision for Cumberland as a place where anyone can feel welcomebelongand succeed.


The Strategic Communications team sit within Council’s Corporate Performance Directorate and is responsible for providing high quality media and communications services to all stakeholders including our community, Executive Team, Senior Leadership Team and Council staff.

The team provides timely advice and assistance to internal and external customers on a range of communications functions including content creation and design, media and public relations management, digital and social media management, marketing, advertising, promotions, print and brand management.

The Media and Communications Advisor works closely with stakeholders across all levels of the organisation to develop, implement and measure the success of communications plans.

Reporting to the Coordinator Communications Services, this position is responsible for the coordination and delivery of Council’s internal and external communications activities and programs, including media relations and social media.

The successful applicant will require:

  • Tertiary qualifications in communications, journalism, public relations or a related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the area of corporate communications and strategic public relations
  • Advanced level of written and verbal communication skills, including ability to communicate with a range of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and measure the success of detailed communication plans
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare communications materials for a range of media, including media releases, speeches and newsletters, website copy and social media content
  • Demonstrated ability to identify media risk or opportunity, manage media enquiries and develop media statements
  • Highly developed organisational and time management skills, demonstrated ability to organise work, manage time, determine priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality work within strict deadlines with minimal supervision, as well as working on multiple projects as part of a small multi-skilled team.
  • Demonstrated experience to solve problems using research, analysis, and evaluation of information which may not be readily available
  • Demonstrated ability to make judgements or recommendations based on advanced analytical or creative thought
  • Current class ‘C’ drivers licence.
  • Valid Working with Children Check (or ability to obtain)

Download the Position Description here for more information.

About this role: This is a permanent full-time position, working a 70 hour fortnight/week, with access to Council’s 9 day fortnight Accrued Day Off (ADO) arrangement.

  • Permanent, full-time position
  • 70 hour fortnight
  • Access to Council’s 9 day fortnight Accrued Day Off (ADO) arrangement
  • Located at Council’s Merrylands office, with occasional travel required across Council worksites, and may be required to work across any of Council’s work locations
  • Due to the nature of the role, the successful candidate may be required to work some evenings, weekend and public holidays as required, in agreement with the Manager. These engagements will be paid at overtime rates in addition to the remuneration outlined below, and in accordance with the Local Government (State) Award 2023.

Salary information: The salary and conditions of employment are in accordance with the NSW Local Government (State) Award.

  • Grade 11 of the Cumberland Salary Structure with a salary range of $1,656.10 to $1,904.51 per week, plus 11% superannuation
  • The commencing salary will be negotiated, taking into consideration the successful applicant’s qualifications, skills and experience related to the role


  • We promote work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements including working from home opportunities or an additional three (3) days’ leave for front-facing roles that are unable to access working from home arrangements
  • Training and professional development opportunities available to develop skills and grow your career
  • Leave entitlements including annual leave,15 days personal leave per year, parental leave and access to Long Service Leave after five (5) years (where applicable)
  • Three (3) additional grant days of paid leave over Christmas (where applicable)
  • Corporate Health Insurance discounts
  • Health and Wellbeing Programs to support our staff by providing access to online professional learning, paid leave to undertake annual skin checks, COVID-19 vaccinations and to donate blood
  • Subsidies to assist with the cost of wellness and fitness activities
  • Free access to Council owned swimming pools
  • Access to Council’s Fitness Passport Program and Employee Assistance Program (EAP).


Council adheres to the principles of a child safe organisation and is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people, and fully supports the aims and objectives of NSW Child Protection Legislation, and associated provisions. Council will implement all necessary measures to ensure a safe and supportive environment, which endeavours to promote child protection practices. It is essential for applicants to submit their WWCC number with their application, if required, and 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.

Cumberland City Council is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, reflective of the community it represents. Council welcomes and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, and is committed to providing an accessible and safe workplace for our staff through making reasonable adjustments. If you have any accessibility or support requirements throughout the recruitment process, please contact the hiring manager during the application process.

What you’ll need to have for this role:

  • The right to live and work in Australia
  • Be able to provide information for pre-employment checks required for the position
  • Participate in health monitoring as outlined in the risk assessment for this position and Council’s Health Monitoring Procedure, as required
  • Provide evidence of your vaccination status as part of the employment screening process, in accordance with Council’s COVID-19 Vaccination Procedure.

EnquiriesTelephone Rose Biviano, Coordinator Communications Services on 8757 9708 for further information.

Closing date: 11:59pm, Monday 17 June 2024


To submit your application for this position, please complete the questionnaire. You’ll be asked to attach your resume and any relevant qualifications (if required) to complete your application. Make sure you have these attachments ready before you apply as your application cannot be submitted until completed. You must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this job.






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