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Economic Development Officer


Join our award-winning RDA AHFKI team in Strathalbyn. In this role you’ll build strong networks with government, industry, community and other regional stakeholders as you manage programs across our region.


Regional Development Australia Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island (RDA AHFKI) is the region’s lead economic development agency. Funded by all three levels of government, we’re committed to developing the region’s economy and liveability, with a focus on four key themes:

  • Growing regional productivity
  • Enhancing regional innovation
  • Strengthening our industry sectors
  • Connecting the region and government.

We operate out of attractive offices in Strathalbyn, however our real office encompasses all corners of a diverse and beautiful region. We’re an award-winning, highly effective, strong team, that offers workplace flexibility including ability to work from home.

Key responsibilities

Reporting to the Director, the key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Proactively engaging with federal and state government departments, councils, industry groups, businesses and community
  • Developing, implementing and managing programs and projects
  • Representing the organisation and providing high levels of service
  • Extensive networking and relationship management.

About you

To join our team, you will have:

  • At least 5 years’ experience in economic development or equivalent
  • A sound understanding of the role of economic development in regional Australia
  • Proven ability with research and analysis
  • Wide and varied experiences working with industry, individual businesses, community and government
  • Grant writing skills and experience (desirable)
  • Managing and/or advising businesses (desirable)
  • Sound skills in the MS Office suite, CRM’s and online collaboration tools

The successful candidate will be an Australian Certified Economic Developer (ACEcD) or willing to acquire certification. You will have exceptional communication, both written and verbal, and be confident to initiate, develop and manage stakeholder relationships.

About the role

This role requires extensive travel within the region and to Adelaide, including out of hours, and some overnight stays (such as regular trips to Kangaroo Island) and will suit a results focused, highly motivated individual.

An attractive salary will be offered in the range of $90,000 to $110,000 plus Super plus vehicle with personal use (or vehicle allowance) and work from home flexibility. Part-time will be considered.


Confidential enquiries and a copy of the position description can be directed to Michelle Forbes at McArthur on 08 8100 7000

Candidates are encouraged to apply in a timely manner.