Interested in working for ACOLA? We are currently looking for a Communications Manager to join our team on a part-time basis in Canberra. To find out more about this position, please refer to the position description on our website.
Position Description, Duty Statement and Selection Criteria
|Posted:||3 February 2020|
|Closing:||17 February 2020 (by 5pm)|
|Position Title:||Communications Manager|
|Appointment:||Part-time (0.4 FTE), 6 month fixed-term employment contract|
|Location:||Canberra, ACT 2600|
|Direct reports:||No direct reports|
|Remuneration:||$70,000 pro rated plus 15% superannuation.
As a registered charity, ACOLA also offers salary sacrifice opportunities.
Role of the Communications Manager
The Communications Manager is a new role that will be responsible for delivering ACOLA’s program of communication and outreach activities aimed at promoting awareness and understanding of ACOLA, the importance of interdisciplinary research and, where appropriate, support the promotion of the Learned Academies.
The Communications Manager will work closely with the Learned Academies and project sponsors to develop and deliver engaging communication materials including policy documents, opinion pieces, social media and other digital content. They will be responsible for ACOLA’s communications strategy, website, for developing and nurturing relationships with journalists and media outlets, and for coordination and expansion of policy briefs on past and current ACOLA projects.
The Communications Manager’s major initial task will be to assist the CEO in developing and implementing a communications strategy for ACOLA, to raise our public profile as the trusted body to provide independent, evidence-based research to inform national policy development.
- Develop and implement a communications strategy
Work with the CEO to plan and deliver a communication strategy that promotes the work of ACOLA to reach and engage with new audiences. A focus of the strategy will be to achieve a step-change in the size and quality of ACOLA’s traditional and social media audience. It is anticipated that this strategy will include a significant focus on engaging science communications products for policy makers and other digital content, developing trusted relationships with journalists and media agencies (including the Parliamentary Press Gallery and media advisors) and provision for outsourced services (media monitoring, web or social media advertising, website and other content development).
- Develop communications content
Drawing on the work and contributions of Academy Fellows and other experts, develop and disseminate engaging communication materials that increase our visibility among stakeholders, policy makers and the public in general, including:
- Media releases and web stories – celebrating the success and achievements of ACOLA
- Written articles – for our website, newsletters, print brochures, social media or media placement (for example, op-eds)
- Annual report – support development of corporate documents, including our annual report.
- Images/infographics – for our website and social media, and to support other communication materials
- Video – produced for our website and social media.
- Curate the ACOLA website, newsletter and social media channels
Supported by a social media strategy, manage ACOLA’s web presence and social media, including:
- monitor daily media and advise on potential reactive and proactive media opportunities in consultation with the CEO
- ensure timely updates of website content, including web developers to plan and implement any upgrades to our website’s design and functionality, and
- manage and curate content on ACOLA’s social media channels.
- Oversee ACOLA’s brand and design
Manage the development and implementation of ACOLA’s brand and style guides to ensure consistent and high-impact branding in digital and printed materials. This will include management of both in-house and outsourced graphic design and production.
- Ensure digital content aligns with our brand’s identity, vision and strategic goals
- Support the development of ACOLA communications products that effectively conveys messages in a language that is clear, concise, and convincing to both a government and research sector audience.
- Lead and monitor implementation of the ACOLA style guide.
- Contribute to the development and delivery of communication strategies for workshops, report launches and forums.
- Copy edit ACOLA publications.
- Other duties
- Work with the CEO and Director of Policy and Programs to ensure effective media and social media monitoring and the promotion and coverage of ACOLA’s policy activities, including the launch of reports and organising workshops.
- Support the events of Member Academies through ACOLA’s communication channels
- Identify target audiences and create strategies to engage them effectively.
- Develop and maintain ACOLA’S relationships with the journalists, media outlets, Member Academies and key stakeholders, including science writers and communications outlets.
- Develop and maintain a communications and stakeholder register, including appropriate mailing lists.
- Provide support to the project teams on monitoring topical media items
- Perform other duties as required and directed.
ACOLA is seeking to engage a passionate research and communications professional to help it engage more effectively and efficiently with governments, politicians, media and the public on issues of national and international significance. A focus for the role is to ensure ACOLA’s communications are effective, targeted and credible, and to support the activities of Australia’s Learned Academies.
The successful candidate will have sound and demonstrated experience in promoting organisation brands, establishing effective communication processes and interact with key stakeholders and the public. This will involve the writing and dissemination of publicity material, developing our digital presence (twitter), maintaining the website, responding to inquiries from the public and media, and event support for workshops and report launches.
It is essential that the successful applicant can effectively convey messages in products across various mediums, including large reports, where the language that is clear, concise, and convincing to both a government and research sector audience.
Applicants should be excited about developing and implementing plans to engage target audiences and increase ACOLA’s brand. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of success in the communications sector or related fields, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Excellent time management and prioritisation skills, including the capacity to work to tight deadlines, and a demonstrated ability to work both autonomously and in a small team.
- Demonstrates initiative and is proactive in their approach to work.
- A well-developed interest in and understanding of at least some of the major scientific, societal and technological challenges facing Australia.
- Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills.
- Experience in project planning and coordination, including developing project plans and anticipating stakeholder requirements.
- Excellent critical thinking skills and the ability to exercise good judgement and solve problems quickly and effectively.
- Knowledge of digital marketing tactics, web content and social media management.
- A relevant degree or equivalent training, e.g. journalism, communication, public relations.
Required skills and experience
- Demonstrated experience developing and implementing effective communication strategies, event management and growing social media and general audiences.
- Skills and experience producing high-quality video and other digital communication content.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a proven ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders, including journalists and media outlets.
Desirable skills and experience
- A minimum of 2-years’ experience in relevant roles.
- Existing networks and personal relationships with relevant journalists and media organisations.
- A general knowledge and understanding of research and policy issues.
Other role-related information
- Applicants must have permission to work in Australia and be willing to undergo a National Police Check for purposes of potentially needing to obtain a Parliamentary Pass.
- Interstate travel may be required from time to time.
- Occasional out of office hours work may be required.
To apply for this role please submit your application by email to email@example.com by 5pm, Monday 17 February 2020.
Applications should include: a cover letter (1 page), a statement of claims that responds to the selection criteria and why you are passionate about the role with ACOLA (2 pages max), and a CV with contact details for at least two referees.
To discuss your interest in the role please contact the ACOLA CEO, Ryan Winn by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone during business hours (0484 814 040).