EL1 Public Affairs Assistant Director

Canberra Temporary AU$120,301 - AU$999,999,999 per year Work from Home or Hybrid
  • 18mth non-ongoing with possible extension and/or ongoing
  • $120,301 - $132,969 + 15.4% superannuation

About Our Client

Responsible for strategic policy leadership in national security, emergency management, counter-terrorism, social cohesion, border integrity, and national infrastructure resilience, the Media & Communication Branch plays a crucial role within a larger governmental organisation. Tasked with centrally coordinating media inquiries and strategic communications, the Branch collaborates with several sections to provide influential services for Portfolio Ministerial offices, senior public servants, and departmental business areas.

As part of this dynamic communication team, you'll contribute to shaping and promoting key initiatives while supporting the objectives of the broader governmental structure.

Joining this team offers a unique opportunity to engage in diverse communication responsibilities within the federal government, influencing public perception and contributing to the organisation's overarching goals

Job Description

This Strategic Communication Section leads and supports the development, implementation and evaluation of various communication strategies and activities including communication and media management for Australia Day, Harmony Week, Australian Citizenship Day and Refugee Week. This section also provides speech-writing services for the Portfolio Ministers and Secretary.

Lead and Support:

  • Spearhead innovative and dynamic strategic communication initiatives within a fast-paced environment, meticulously monitoring and reporting on progress.
  • Coordinate strategic communication efforts and provide expert media advice to key stakeholders.
  • Author, review, and produce high-quality communication materials tailored for diverse audiences.
  • Manage media enquiries, collaborating closely with policy and operational teams, and applying professional judgement.

Collaboration and Product Creation:

  • Collaborate on the creation of comprehensive communication products, spanning web content, video, digital, and print.
  • Contribute to the out-of-hours media on-call roster, ensuring effective response and representation.
  • Design, develop, implement, and evaluate media and communication activities in alignment with organisational objectives.

Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Cultivate effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, offering strategic advice on intricate matters and projects.
  • Provide strategic leadership and guidance to the division in external engagement, communication, and social media.

Management and Oversight:

  • Oversee the procurement, selection, and delivery of initiatives, ensuring optimal outcomes.
  • Lead and manage team outcomes, monitoring progress, and ensuring the delivery of high-quality results.
  • Demonstrate excellent leadership skills, exercising judgement, leading a small team, operating independently, and understanding the broader impact of the environment on team objectives.

The Successful Applicant

  • Proven delivery of excellent communications and engagement advice and services
  • Enthusiastic exploration of innovative approaches to work and audience communication
  • Aptitude for comprehending and handling complex projects in collaboration with diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong leadership qualities, supporting the team and embracing change as an opportunity for innovation
  • 'Out-of-the-box' thinking and a penchant for fresh ideas in a dynamic, ever-changing environment
  • Professionalism in client focus and effective coordination with other teams
  • Proactive in building relationships, taking initiatives, and exercising sound professional judgement
  • Resilience under tight deadlines in a complex environment, managing multiple demands
  • Highly developed communication skills for establishing productive working relationships at all levels
  • Qualifications in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, or extensive relevant experience
  • Must be an Australian Citizen
  • Current Baseline security clearance is highly desirable, must have ability to obtain and maintain baseline.

What's on Offer

  • 18mth non-ongoing with possible extension and/or Ongoing opportunities
  • $120,301 - $132,969 + 15.4% superannuation
  • ASAP Start
  • Canberra location (remote working arrangements not available)
Danielle Bogun
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Phone number
0416 981 471

Job summary

Office Support
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Danielle Bogun
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0416 981 471
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Work from Home or Hybrid

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