Senior Communications & Media Adviser (Communications focus)

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Department: Department of Health and Human Services
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Communications, Marketing and Media
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DHHS/PCO/243723
Closing Date: 25-Sep-2017
Salary Range: $92,253 - $111,619
Job Duration: to 24 August 2018
Attachments: 243723 PD FINAL.doc (Word, 995KB)
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243723 PDFINAL.pdf (PDF, 162KB)
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Contact: Vanessa O'Shaughnessy
(03) 9096 8061

Position Details

Number of vacancies available: 1

Office Location(s):
 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

Position Summary:

Senior Communications and Media Adviser (communications focus)

Reporting to the Communications Manager, the Senior Communications and Media Adviser (communications focus) will deliver authoritative communications and media advice and assistance to stakeholders across the department and to ministers' offices. They will develop and implement innovative and comprehensive communications and media strategies for major policies and projects, and be responsible for the evaluation of these strategies.

The incumbent will work closely with branch colleagues, the minister's office and relevant business areas within the department to ensure that communication with stakeholders is clear, engaging and timely, and is clearly aligned to the department's strategic plan. They will collaborate with teams across the branch to create compelling communications and media products for a range of purposes and audiences, including speeches, media releases, fact sheets, newsletters, materials for online and social media, and communications campaigns.

They will work as a part of the wider Branch and collaborate with department executives and other senior staff, the minister's office, relevant policy and program areas, and key external stakeholders to ensure that communication is clear, engaging, timely, and aligned to the department's strategic priorities.

As appropriate, they may also be required to provide support to other teams across the Branch as and when required, including participating in out of hours media and emergency rosters, providing support for public emergencies, large-scale communications campaigns and other high priority projects, to contribute the effective management of work across the Branch and department.


How to Apply:

Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note:

For this role, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document. Applicants are strongly encouraged to view the Information for Applicants document to obtain guidance on what to include in your cover letter and resume. This document also provides information on the department's recruitment and employment safety screening processes.

Click 'Apply Now' below to submit your interest in this role, or click here to obtain step-by-step guidance on how to register and apply online.
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