First listed on: 27 May 2024

First Nations - Stakeholder Engagement Officer

Are you a talented and passionate individual from the First Nations community? 

We invite you to join WaterNSW and be part of a thriving, inclusive team that celebrates diversity and values unique perspectives.

At WaterNSW, we communicate openly and honestly whilst maintaining respect for one another. We understand everyone is different, and this is what we value as part of our inclusive culture.

We are currently recruiting for a Stakeholder Engagement Officer and would love to hear from you!

Acknowledgement of Country
WaterNSW acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Our perks and benefits:

We believe that our employees should be as well taken care of as our rivers, dams, and pipelines, that’s why we offer a load of benefits.

  • Aboriginal Support Network
  • Flexible working
  • Work a 9-day fortnight at full pay on the Enterprise Agreement
  • Up to 16 weeks paid parental leave
  • Yearly corporate wear allowance
  • Professional development and educational assistance
  • A supportive and inclusive work culture that embraces diversity, cultural understanding and values
  • An opportunity to work on country and be part of a team that is making a real difference in the NSW communities. (Visit our First Nations programs page for more information)

Location: This role can be based in our offices across NSW including Dubbo, Hunter, Parramatta. Desirable locations are for Albury, Leeton, Wagga Wagga, or Northern NSW (subject to availability).

Salary: Starting from $126,780 base + Super
Tenure: Permanent, Full Time

What we are looking for:

  • A strong desire to contribute your skills and expertise to our business 
  • Someone who is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander decent / identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and is accepted as such by the community in which they were born, has lived or currently lives
  • A commitment to promoting and preserving Aboriginal culture and value
  • Bachelor's degree in Communications, Public Relations or a related field, or equivalent experience
  • Current NSW Drivers Licence
  • Strong understanding of the agricultural industry and its relationship with regional communities
  • Strong understanding of stakeholder management strategies, stakeholder mapping and the importance of two-way communication
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to handle crisis situations calmly and effectively
  • Experience in deploying an external, public affairs lens to drive proactive engagement and communications
  • Experience building and fostering external networks to develop and maintain best practice knowledge and information sharing

Join us on our journey to build a more inclusive workplace and make a difference in the lives of our customers and communities. 

What you will work on: 

  • Support the implementation of the stakeholder engagement strategy and action plan to ensure fit-for-purpose, timely and meaningful project and stakeholder relationship engagement to help achieve WaterNSW goals.
  • Develop, implement and where needed travel to attend a calendar of engagement events and opportunities to proactively share information, as well as build and strengthen relationships with customers, communities and other stakeholders.
  • Develop, maintain and strengthen relationships – consulting, communicating and leading conversations with customers, communities and other stakeholders who may represent a diverse range of viewpoints.
  • Provide advice, and support internal teams such as Operations, on the development and delivery of tailored engagement materials including key messages, presentations, newsletters, speaking notes, corporate reports and delivery support.
  • Support a proactive communications strategy, in conjunction with the Strategic Communication team, to ensure customers and stakeholders receive timely and accurate information.

Who is WaterNSW?

WaterNSW operates the state’s dams, capturing and storing water, and then supplying it ready for distribution – for the environment, agriculture, industry and the community. With 41 major dams and hundreds of waterways across the state, we play a vital role at the source of the state’s water, delivering two thirds of all water used in NSW.

We’re the people taking care of the state’s water at the source – capturing, storing, delivering. Find out more at 

For full details about this role please review the Position Description. 

Need support with your application? Reach out to our Talent Acquisition Partner to set up a discussion - Azmine Amer at  

Please note applications for this position will close on 10 June 2024.

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