Member Profile - Jessica Sharkie

02 May 2011 6:01 PM | Anonymous
Each month we will place the spotlight on a country council and/or staff member.

This month, we are speaking with Jessica Sharkie from the Adelaide Hills Council.


Hi Jessica – thanks for spending a few minutes with us for our LGMA newsletter.  Can you start by telling us a bit about your professional background?

What's your Current role?
My title is: Community Development Office Coordinator and my role covers the areas of: Management of Community Grant Programs and Council’s Retirement Villages, coordination of a number of elements of the Home and Community Care (HACC) Program including volunteers and overseeing the general administration process’ for the whole department.

How did you get into that role?
The role has grown with me to a certain degree, as the position I moved to Adelaide Hills Council for was purely an administration role in the Home and Community Care Team. However coming from and events, marketing and volunteer management background it didn’t take long for other facets of the Community Services department to become part of my role and I was delighted at the opportunity to expand.

What do you like best about the current job?
I love the variety and that I have the opportunity to really make a difference.

What advice would you give someone looking to get into a similar role?
Go for it! Community Services/ Community Development in Local Government is a wonderful area to work in. Also, don’t be afraid of taking what might seem a side step to take one forward. I am thrilled that I made the move into Local Government and luckily through wonderful managers and a great team have been given the opportunity to shine.

What’s next for you?
I am about to embark on the Diploma of Management/Impact Leadership this May (eeekkk!)

Why did you become a member of LGMA (SA)?
I have joined the LGMA (SA) after recently participating as a team member of Adelaide Hills Council’s LGMA Management Challenge Team “The Hill Climbers” what an experience that was!

Describe a typical day for us…
Busy and varied! As noted above my role covers many aspects of the Adelaide Hills Community Services Department so during a typical day I will respond to needs from any or all of these areas: Home and Community Care Program (of which we have over 700 active clients), Coordination of the management of the Retirement Villages (Adelaide Hills Council owns a portfolio of 63 Retirement village units across six different sites), Community grant funding, volunteering matters, problem solving any sticky administration queries and consistent updates to both our internal and external websites.



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