Senior Writing Coach



This is an exciting opportunity to use your strategic leadership skills to drive improvements in Parliamentary reporting. In this role, you will deliver on a key strategic objective for VAGO - "Growing our Influence".

You will join a highly motivated and professional workforce, ready to receive your coaching and mentoring to uplift their own writing capabilities.

If you are passionate about clear, plain-English communications, and want to embed contemporary and leading reporting practices in a respected public-sector entity, this may be the role for you!

VAGO are committed to encourage work-life balance by offering flexible working arrangements. This includes variable start/finish times, work from home arrangements and part time employment. Any extra time you invest during peak periods will be returned to you as an additional form of leave.
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Department: Vic Auditor-General Office
Work Type: Fixed term - full time or part time
Job Function: Communications, Marketing and Media
Classification: VPSG6.1
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/OAG6101
Closing Date: 22-Oct-2018
Salary Range: $116,863 - $136,626
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: PD Senior Writing Coach VPS6.docx (Word, 94KB)


Contact: Thomas Brosz - HR Advisor
03 8601 1638

Position Details

About Us

VAGO play a critical role in holding the public sector to account by reviewing how effectively agencies deliver services and use public funds. We positively affect the lives of Victorians by examining government entities' effectiveness, reporting on inefficiencies, and recommending how to improve future performance.

About The Role

Reporting to Senior Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement and working closely with Senior Executives, you will have a broad mandate to:

  • Act as a subject matter expert to uplift organisational written capabilities
  • Drive transformational improvements to VAGO's external communication approaches
  • Work with a diverse range of stakeholders to develop and improve reporting structures and shape messaging

If you want more details about the role, check out the position description on our careers page.

About You

You are a recognised authority in the writing/editing community, with a focus on best practice and plain-English communications techniques. If you haven't worked in government previously, you are able to clearly articulate how your significant practical writing and/or communications experience readily translates to a public-sector context.

Your advanced diplomatic skills have seen you successfully influence a diverse range of stakeholders, up to peak senior leadership level.

A high performer, you will have the ability to achieve significant outcomes with demonstrated experience in coaching others to advance their own capabilities.

You possess advanced knowledge of tools including the Microsoft suite of desktop publishing, design and word processing.

You will have tertiary qualifications in professional writing and editing or a related field. It's not necessary to be accredited with the Institute of Professional Editors, but it's a bonus!

Why Work With Us?

As a high performing organisation we are constantly looking for new ways to deliver the best possible outcomes for the Victorian community. We look for people who are innovative – people who can imagine possibilities and transform them into realities.

Located at 35 Collins Street, our architecturally designed office boasts generous natural lighting, fantastic city views, warm and inviting fit-out and world class technology. With easy access to public transport hubs, diverse retail outlets, quality cafes and restaurants, along with other lifestyle attractions, our workplace offers one of the best locations for careers in the CBD.

Successfully harnessing the abilities of a diverse range of people maximises the range of perspectives and will ensure the highest possible level of organisational capability. Our goal is to work with a diverse range of people to remove barriers to employment and increase inclusion for individuals with a disability, carer responsibilities and/or from minority groups.

We ensure equal opportunity principals are applied in all our recruitment decisions. We are working towards becoming a fully accessible workplace, so encourage applicants with special needs to request reasonable adjustments to remove barriers to success in the recruitment process and/or the workplace for successful candidates.

Because we are committed to helping our people balance work and home life all employees can participate in flexi-time and/or flexible working arrangements.

We offer advanced learning and development opportunities, including leadership development, technical training, soft-skill development programs and study support, because your development is important to us.

You'll also be eligible for annual discounts on benefits like myki, professional memberships and private health insurance.

How to apply

Click the “Apply Now” button and send us your resume and brief cover letter (1-2 pages).

We're not about red tape, so a separate response to selection criteria isn't needed.


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