Head of Communications, Emergency Management

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Job Details

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Department: Department of Health and Human Services
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Communications, Marketing and Media
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DHHS/PCO/479864
Closing Date: 22-Aug-2017
Salary Range: $113,156 - $151,426
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 2017-08-08 - PD - VPS6 Head of Communications, Emergency Management.doc (Word, 974KB)
Job Specification

2017-08-08 - PD - VPS6 Head of Communications, Emergency Management.pdf (PDF, 162KB)
Job Specification

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Contact: Roger Sharp
(03) 9096 8041

Position Details

Number of vacancies available: 1

Position Summary:


Reporting to the Assistant Director, Communications Services, the Head of Communications, Emergency Management will lead a team to develop, deliver and effectively evaluate integrated communications and media support for the department's emergency management function.


Working closely with the Communications Manager, Public Health, Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) and the Health Protection Branch, they will lead the development and implementation of integrated and innovative communications, media and stakeholder engagement strategies for emergency preparedness, response, relief and recovery, and the evaluation and reporting on their effectiveness; including overseeing the production and distribution of communications and media collateral and events.


The incumbent will display strong strategic capability as well as operational expertise. When required, the incumbent will provide leadership, surge support and resources to other policy portfolios to ensure effective communications services can be delivered by the Branch during emergency, crisis and peak periods.

Are you


  • An excellent leader with a proven record of achievement in emergency management communications?
  • An experienced communications professional with a background in the public sector?
  • A strategic individual who can effectively manage risk and create opportunity in leading the delivery of innovative, integrated communications and media strategies?
  • Open to new ideas and ways of working, and able to embrace innovative practices as part of improving communications effectiveness and Branch performance?



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.

The Department of Health and Human Services has undergone a merger. Please note, as an interim measure, for further information please review both websites: www.dhs.vic.gov and www.health.vic.gov.au

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