JOB TITLE: Media Adviser
JOB CATEGORY: Assistant Adviser
LOCATION: Melbourne, Victoria
TRAVEL: Regular Inter-State
SALARY RANGE: $76,765.00 - $92,076.00 per annum
POSITION TYPE: Full-Time
ADDITIONAL ALLOWANCES: $28,702.00 per annum (Parliamentary Staff Allowances)
Australian Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale is seeking a passionate political junkie and communications specialist to join his team as a Media Adviser. As a member of a broader communications team working in a high-paced, dynamic work environment, you will be one of Richard’s primary contacts for journalists. You will be responsible for crafting compelling stories and creating opportunities for Richard and the Australian Greens MPs to convey our vision for economic and social equality, protecting the environment and fixing Australia’s broken political system.
Working as part of a small media team, and reporting to the Senior Media Adviser, you will provide advice on media appearances and messaging to Richard as well as respond to interview requests, write media releases and other content for publication, manage media monitoring and management software systems, and monitor the media.
You will be expected to accompany the Leader on official business as required and, therefore, can expect to work irregular hours.
RICHARD's MEDIA ADVISER WILL BE SOMEONE WHO:is passionate about creating change on progressive issues;is an exceptional writer and communicator who does their best work in an extremely fast-paced, high-pressure office environment;is adept at thinking through complex policy and communicating it simply and clearly;is a team player who is regularly offers up out-of-the-box, creative ideas ;loves working with the media; andworks autonomously on a range of varied tasks and projects, and takes initiative, doing whatever it takes to get the job done.
BONUS POINTS FOR:experience working in the media;journalism or communications training or experience;policy training or experience; andexperience working in a political environment or with a government department, NGO or like-minded corporate.
The position will be based in Melbourne and require occasional travel to Canberra.
PAY and CONDITIONS
The position is offered under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984, and employment conditions are outlined in the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Collective Agreement 2016–2019. In addition to your salary, generous employer-sponsored superannuation of 15.4% is offered.
The position is offered at an Assistant Adviser classification ($76,765.00 – $92,076.00 per annum) with an additional Parliamentary Staff Allowance of $28,702.00 per annum for a total per annum salary range of $105,467.00 - $120,778.00.
All employees are expected to sign a confidentiality and code of conduct agreement prior to the commencement of their employment. A probationary period of 3 months, with the option of extending by a maximum of two months, will apply.
This is an ongoing position, but please note that all Leader’s Office positions are open to restructure following an election or change of leadership.
ROLES and RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Provide support and advice to the Leader, Party Room and staff on media-related matters, including messaging, as required
2. Media liaison, including fielding requests, developing and managing relationships with journalists, producers and editors.
3. Write content for publication, [...]. media releases, briefs, packages, opinion pieces, etc.
4. Coordinate media engagement and appearances by the Leader.
5. Work across Greens MPs’ Offices to execute and coordinate media events: press conferences, policy announcements, media events with stakeholders, etc.
6. Maintain up-to-date media management systems, including systems for media monitoring and media contacts
7. Undertake and deliver evaluations of media strategies.
8. Ensure MPs and staff are kept informed of important breaking news, including daily media monitoring.
9. Liaise with the Campaigns team to ensure the timely update of web sites with media content.
10. Be available after hours and on weekends to provide support on all media-related matters (within reason and as part of a rostered team).
SELECTION CRITERIAHighly developed written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.Demonstrated experience of working in a political, community or lobbying organisation, or as a media professional.Demonstrated understanding of the Australian media landscape with particular reference to traditional media platforms (radio, television and print).Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities and work to tight deadlines in a high-pressure professional environment.Clear understanding of the contemporary Australian political landscape, with a proven passion for progressive politics.Sound knowledge and understanding of Australian Greens’ policies.Strong analytical skills and demonstrated capacity to comprehend complex issues, think strategically and adapt to changing circumstances.Experience in developing and implementing media strategiesCommitment to the Australian Greens’ Principles and Charter.If even only a few of these selection criteria ring bells with you, you could be the ideal person for this job, so please apply. Formal education, qualifications and extensive media experience matter less to us than excellence, initiative, passion and drive.
Please email your application, inclusive of your response to the selection criteria, to [...], using the subject line: APPLICATION – Media Adviser. We request that applications to be submitted as a single PDF file, using your name as the file reference. Applications close 5:00pm, Wednesday, 7 February 2018.
People of culturally diverse backgrounds are actively encouraged to apply.