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Community Development Officer

Address the issues that affect communities by setting goals for improvement

What's it like to be a Community Development Officer?

Community Development Officers often work for a government department, local government council, or not for profit organisation to help communities identify projects and enact on them. Often a Community Development Officer is involved with assessing housing needs within a community and aiming to address those needs by working with city planners and by gaining community input.

Community Development Officer

Tasks and duties

  • Working with community groups to deliver a range of projects such as housing projects to enhance their way of life.
  • Ensuring processes and protocols are in place for compliance with all relevant legislation and Council policies and ensure that risks are being managed.
  • Identifying assets and capacities within communities.
  • Recruiting and training paid and voluntary staff.
  • Making funding applications for relevant organisations.
  • Acting as a facilitator to promote self-help in the community.
  • Coordinating the delivery of services that contribute to improved outcomes for the community.
  • Engaging with a range of internal and external stakeholders to foster and sustain partnerships.
  • Report writing, working with boards, advisory groups and committees.

What can I earn as a Community Development Officer?

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How to become a Community Development Officer


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You’ll need a combination of education and experience to become a Community Development Officer.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in community development, social science or related field or a master’s degree in business, public administration, urban planning or city panning.
  2. A background in finance or communications can also be an asset, as the role requires the ability to plan, delegate, manage time and money, communicate effectively and make sound decisions.
  3. Gain relevant experience in community development, urban or city planning or the like, with a combination of management, service delivery, strategic planning, community development and project management.

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Latest Community Development Officer reviews

Latest reviews from 7 Community Development Officers surveyed on SEEK
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Oct 2018
Working in positive ageing you can make a positive difference in people's health and well being
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Diploma of Management
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Positive ageing team
The good things
Variety. Interesting range of duties and working with volunteers and community.
The challenges
Time management and regular accountability
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Oct 2018
Community Development, more rewarding than you think.
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Certificate of Community Development
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Youth and Alcohol and Other Drugs
The good things
Community Development is a very broad role so it never gets boring. One day you can be putting together a project, the next you are organising focus groups. Community Development requires a broad rang...
The challenges
Communities can be fickle and there can be a lot of out of hours work. Communities can tell you how much they need a service/project and then not show up to participate or use the service you have kno...
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