Employment Opportunities

Policy & Communications Coordinator

Full Time, Maternity Leave position, until 30th June 2018

An exciting opportunity has become available for a Communications & Policy Coordinator at Volunteering Australia. This role has been made available due to a maternity leave placement and is a rare opportunity to join the small and dedicated team at Volunteering Australia.

Volunteering continues to play a role central to our identity as a nation, with 5.8 million Australians or 31 per cent of the population volunteering, making an estimated annual contribution of $290 billion to our economic and social good. Volunteers are an integral part of the social capital of strong and resilient communities.

The Policy & Communications Coordinator will make a real difference by advancing volunteering in the Australian community at a time where the volunteering sector in Australia currently faces a period of significant change and uncertainty.

About the role

The Policy and Communications Coordinator is responsible for developing intellectual capital to support Volunteering Australia’s thought leadership and peak body positioning, our strategic priorities and our members. As well as this, the role will develop, coordinate and distribute all internal and external communications for Volunteering Australia including the development and delivery of appropriate multi-channel marketing/communications to enhance volunteering and VA’s reputation.

  • Provide high level policy advice and analysis to the CEO.
  • Develop policy positions to support our strategic priorities in collaboration with stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with the CEO to develop an Advocacy plan and a Government Relations plan.
  • Prepare VA’s annual pre budget submission to Treasury.
  • Consult with stakeholders to develop submissions, funding applications and fact sheets
  • Develop and implement creative, effective campaigns to leverage, promote and support Volunteering Australia’s policy and advocacy work
  • Implement the Marketing and Communications plan for VA in line with VA’s strategic priorities.
  • Create content and manage all of VA’s online assets including the website and social media platforms.
  • Develop and implement marketing campaigns to align and promote national initiatives including: International Volunteer Day, National Volunteer Week, International Volunteer Managers Day and National Student Volunteer Week.
  • Manage all internal and external communications including the regular distribution of an e-newsletter.
  • Participate in the National Communications Network, effectively communicating key messages of State and Territory peak bodies to key stakeholders.
  • Create media releases and manage all contact with the media.
  • Engage and manage skilled volunteer(s) to support this position.
  • Other relevant duties as required.

About you

  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience in, relevant policy and advocacy work
  • Strong analytical, conceptual and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • High level organisational and project management skills
  • Ability to write press releases, features and content for online/social media channels
  • Strong knowledge of relevant software e.g. the Microsoft Office suite, CRM systems and website content management platforms a must; experience using design software for communications purposes would be highly regarded.

Click here to view the full position description.

How to apply

Applications should include:

  • A brief covering letter,
  • Statements addressing the selection criteria,
  • A copy of your resume, and
  • The names and contact details of two work related referees

Email applications to Adrienne Picone, ceo@volunteeringaustralia.org using the subject line: Policy & Communications Coordinator application, no later than COB Tuesday 21st March 2017.

For a confidential discussion about the role call Adrienne Picone on 02 6251 4060.