Opportunity to Join the RDA Riverina Team: Grow Our Own Industry Liaison Officer

Regional Development Australia – Riverina is part of a national initiative charged with economic development across our regions. This is achieved through building partnerships and ensuring that all governments and stakeholders are responsive to local regional priorities and needs. RDA Riverina is a conduit between government and local communities and a provider of information.

Stretching 500km from east to west across south-central NSW, the RDA Riverina region covers almost 80,000 square kilometres. The region is home to 170,000 people (2016 Census), many who rely on the region’s largest employer – agriculture – for their livelihood. The region encompasses 14 local government areas and is home to the major centres of the City of Wagga Wagga and City of Griffith.

RDA Riverina wish to employ an Industry Liaison Officer to join the team in the Griffith office. This position is initially a contract until December 31st, 2019 with opportunity for extension if funding allows. This position will be a part time role 0.5 of a FTE position at 35 hours per fortnight. School hours would also work for this position. Remuneration will be negotiated in accordance with the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

Position Overview

The RDA Industry Liaison Officer will be responsible for coordinating the Grow Our Own (GOO) program for the Western Riverina, including the management of the Industry component of the STEM Industry/School Partnership program (SISP):

Principal Responsibilities

  • Identifying industries based on regional strategic advantages including AgriTech and other industries such as health;

  • Developing effective relationships with the industry partners and fostering existing relationships from the Grow Our Own stakeholder group;

  • Collaborating effectively with the Department of Education STEM Project Officer;

  • Facilitating effective relationships between the schools and the industry partners;

  • Developing and organising region-specific STEM based activities or career events;

  • Providing support and advice to Industry on the logistics of School/Industry partnership activities; (e.g. Insurance, working with children checks, identification, DoE policy and procedures;

  • Organising the industry component of excursion and incursions with schools and the industry partners in consultation with STEM Project Officer;

  • Facilitating industry engagement at SISP Challenge Days and SMART Discovery Days;

  • Coordination of stakeholders in the end of project Showcase event and STEM competitions;

  • Collecting milestone data and completion of milestone reports;

  • Posting and responding to appropriate social media;

  • Coordinating with other organisations who can assist in delivery of SISP and GOO programs;

  • Other duties as directed by the Director of Regional Development / CEO.


It is expected that the successful applicant for this position will have the following capabilities:

  • An ability to achieve goals and priorities, and undertake work without continuous direct supervision.

  • High level of computer literacy skills, including demonstrated experience in word processing, spreadsheets, social media and database management

  • A high work ethic and willingness to help out other members of the work team.

  • A willingness to request help and/or guidance when it may be required.

  • Professional skills, particularly regarding professional discretion and maintaining confidentiality as required.

Physical Capabilities

Consideration should also be given to areas such as:

  • Sitting for long periods at a computer desk.

  • Current open driving licence essential

Selection Criteria

Applicants are expected to address the selection criteria when applying for this position.


1. Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma level qualification with relevant work-related experience;

or a certificate level qualification with post-certificate relevant work experience; or Year 12 and

normally at least 3-4 years' relevant work experience; or an equivalent level of knowledge gained

through any other combination of education, training and/or experience;

2. Connections with and/or understanding of Industry in the Western Riverina especially STEM related


3. Demonstrated expertise in using Microsoft Office products, including Excel and Word;

4. An excellent grasp of both written and spoken English;

5. An ability to work in a team environment with minimal supervision;

6. Sound administrative skills;

7. A working with children check;

8. Current driving licence;

Applicants should submit a resume of no more than three pages including contact details for two referees, a response to the selection criteria and a cover letter addressed to the CEO of RDA Riverina, Rachel Whiting by COB Friday 8th March 2019 via ceo@rdariverina.org.au   


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