Communication & Communities Specialist

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  • Full Time
  • Yarwun

Communities and Communications Specialist

  • Lead Rio Tinto Yarwun’s community engagement and social performance activities/initiatives
  • Opportunity to work closely with the Senior leadership team of a multi-million-dollar operation.
  • Permanent employment which includes a huge range of additional benefits
  • Enjoy a coastal lifestyle in Gladstone
  • Domestic Relocation provided
  • Be part of a group that is safety driven and values inclusion

As one of world’s largest Alumina Refineries our relationship with the community is important to us. Our commitment to community engagement and community development through our partnerships is something we are proud of.

Our long history is filled with firsts. We’ve developed some of the world’s largest and best quality mines and operations, and our people work in around 35 countries across six continents. Aluminium and copper, diamonds, gold and industrial minerals, iron ore, coal and uranium: our materials make up the world around us. You’ll find them in smartphones, planes, cars, hospitals and throughout your home.

We are a diverse team of talented, enthusiastic individuals who foster a culture of inclusion. No matter how they may differ, our people share one thing in common. It’s a belief that work is more rewarding when we are accepted and valued for our differences, not judged by them. We all have something to contribute, and it’s this contribution that makes for a great organisation and fulfilling career.

About the role

We are looking for an experienced Communities and Communications Specialist to advise the site management team on best practise community stakeholder engagement activities, manage internal and external communications for the site, and identify and manage social risks that may impact on our Social Licence. The specialist will lead a small team, including a direct report, and coach internal support roles across the business.

The role is part also part of the larger Corporate Relations global team that provides expertise and advice across all aspects of stakeholder engagement, communication, media relations and Cultural Heritage management. The team is responsible for managing social performance outcomes, relationships with key leaders in the Gladstone region and further afield, as well as maintaining a range of internal and external communication channels.

What the role entails

We are looking for an experienced community relations and communications professional who can align the delivery of community engagement and social impact with operational goals. Strong personal and written communication skills are key to supporting strong relationships with local community leaders, internal stakeholders and influencers. Based in Gladstone and reporting to the Manager Communications & Communities Gladstone, you will:

  • Identify and manage social risks to maximise business and community opportunities.
  • Continue to build and maintain strong collaborative working relationships with a range of stakeholders, community leaders, near neighbours and local government groups.
  • Support the development and implementation of Rio Tinto Yarwun’s community investment strategy that enhances the growth and sustainability of the local community while aligning with business goals.
  • Engage and work closely with the Cultural Heritage management team around Indigenous community engagement and provide site-based support for Cultural Heritage activities.
  • Provide media support including the identification of media opportunities and risks.
  • Respond to and manage community complaints and other enquires, with a focus on dispute management.
  • Provide strategic community engagement and communications support to major projects, including the identification and management of social risks that are relevant to those projects.
  • Manage the engagement strategy with near-neighbours that include industry and pastoral businesses.
  • Create and manager internal and external communication strategies (including the communication of business plans, company performance, promote operational site initiatives, communicate employee engagement results, and sharing ‘good news’ stories through internal communication tools)
  • Support the leadership team with internal and external key messages and other information relating to the community and the operation’s employees.
  • Support the operation in implementing Rio Tinto’s Community Standards and Rio Tinto Governance and Assurance requirements.


What you will bring

To be successfully considered for this role, you will have:

  • Extensive experience working with communities in a community engagement position.
  • A qualification in Public Relations or Community Engagement, or a minimum of five years in related occupations.
  • Previous leadership experience.
  • Experience in managing a budget.
  • A proven ability to maintain records, including stakeholder management tools.
  • Proven stakeholder management skills including dispute resolution and management of social risk.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including competency in tools such as PowerPoint, Excel and the Microsoft Word suite of products.

It will also be beneficial if you have:

  • Previous experience working with senior leadership teams
  • Experience working in an industrial site or the resources industry


What we offer

  • Domestic relocation provided
  • A safety-focused and inclusive working environment
  • A competitive salary package with annual cash incentive awards (STIP)
  • Access to top tier family-friendly health and medical programs
  • Excellent retirement plan
  • Paid Parental Leave Up to 9 Months (No distinction between primary or secondary carer)
  • A comprehensive leave policy that covers all moments that matter in life (vacation/annual, paid parental leave, short term sick leave, paid holidays)
  • Ongoing individual wellbeing support for you and your family for personal and professional matters
  • Generous Rio Tinto employee share program


About Rio Tinto

Every idea, every innovation, every little thing the world calls ‘progress’ begins with a first step, and someone willing to take it: explorers, inventors, entrepreneurs. Pioneers.

For nearly 150 years, Rio Tinto has been a company of pioneers – generations of people spanning the globe, all with the grit and vision to produce materials essential to human progress.

Our iron ore has shaped skylines from Shanghai to Sydney. Our aluminium – the world’s first to be certified “responsible” – helps planes fly and makes cars lighter. Our copper helps wind turbines power cities and our boron helps feed the world, and explore the universe.

Our diamonds help us celebrate the best parts of life.


Rio Tinto Aluminium – Yarwun Operations

With production beginning in 2004 at our Yarwun alumina refinery, located approximately 10 kilometres north-west of Gladstone in Central Queensland, today the operation produces more than three million tonnes of alumina per year.

Around 700 people support the operation, with an additional 350 contractors on site each year as part of scheduled maintenance shutdown activities. Thanks to its ‘Industry 4.0’ focus, Yarwun is also a leader in trialling new technologies to improve operations on site, including 3D printing, robotics and drones in confined spaces, and is home to Rio Tinto’s innovative Queensland Research and Development Centre (QRDC).

Along with Boyne Smelters Limited and Queensland Alumina Limited, our Yarwun Operation supports the local community in a wide range of initiatives through Here for Gladstone.


Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, the LGBTI+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

Closing date 07th December 2022

“Rio Tinto reserves the right to remove job postings prior to the stated closing date, therefore, if you are interested in applying for this vacancy please submit your application as soon as possible.”

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