ACOSS Director of Media and Communications

  • Work towards a more equal Australia which is free of poverty
  • Politically charged, fast paced technical role representing a leading national peak body
  • Advise and work alongside Australia’s foremost high-profile CEO in the social services sector

The Organisation

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) is a national advocate for action to reduce poverty and inequality and the member driven national peak body for the community services sector. ACOSS’s vision is for a fair, inclusive and sustainable Australia where all individuals and communities can participate in and benefit from social and economic life.

ACOSS acts as an independent, non-party political voice, leading and supporting initiatives within the community services and welfare sector. ACOSS also develops and promotes socially and economically responsible public policy and action by government, community and business.

ACOSS revenue comes from a combination of government funding, membership fees, partnerships and donations.

The Role

Working closely with and reporting to the highly respected and fast paced CEO Cassandra Goldie, this role is truly dynamic, responding to policy developments affecting people on low incomes, the broad interests of ACOSS members and the 24 hour news cycle. You will be Cassandra’s primary contact for journalists and media outlets so will always need to be one step ahead of the game creating opportunities, appearances, media releases and writing compelling stories. You will be expected to work irregular hours with occasional travel.

You will also work strategically with the executive and policy team including the directors of policy and advocacy, business development and stakeholder engagement to:
• lead the implementation of the media and communications strategy including the production of an annual operational plan
• advise on media and communication campaigns ensuring maximum impact in influencing policy, reducing poverty and inequality
• advise on the best practice approach to public and member events, business development and media monitoring

Skills Required

Known as a political junkie with an interest in social policy and a drive to create a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable Australia,
you have significant media, communications or public relations experience developed in politics, the media, NGO sector or
like-minded corporates.

You have an in-depth demonstrated understanding of the media with a large portfolio of placed stories, excellent writing and liaison skills and a strong network of media contacts. Ideally your experience includes:

  • advocacy campaigns and an understanding of the political environment
  • strategic communications research and polling projects
  • media and stakeholder management experience
  • developed decision making skills and political judgment
  • the ability to work under high pressure and juggle competing demands

If progressing your media career by representing the Australian social services sector is a career goal then please phone Ruth Connelly or Richard Green on 02 8243 0570 or forward your resume and cover letter responding to the skills required above to [email protected] quoting ref #34419