Assistant Director, Strategic Communications

Assistant Director, Strategic Coordinator

  • National support organisation 
  • Full time 1 year contract with view to perm
  • Melbourne/Geelong based
The Company

This organisation believes in the importance of giving aide and assisting those in need of support. For many Australians, this will be the first time in their life that they will be getting that kind of support. It is also the first national body that offers such assistance.

The Opportunity

As the Assistant Director of Strategic Communications, it will be your responsibility to:

  • Take the lead in developing and delivering internal and external communication strategies
  • Provide strategic advice, develop communication plans, produce high-quality content and manage the delivery of content across a variety of channels. You will be an ambassador for clear and accessible content, and the organisation’s brand.
  • At times take on the responsibility for managing other members of the team and will motivate your team to produce high-quality content for a range of communication channels and a variety of audiences
  • Engage confidently with business areas, demonstrating strong relationship management and negotiation skills
  • Be a self-starter as the role operates in a fast-paced and changing environment, where resilience and flexibility are essential.
Key Duties

The role of an Assistant Director of Strategic Communications is diverse. Key duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Partnering with business areas to understand their communication needs and providing strategic and considered advice to support delivery of Corporate Plan aspirations and objectives.  
  • Leading/contributing to the regular development, delivery and review of strategic communications content through established internal communication channels.
  • Contributing to printing and cataloguing of the organisation’s core printed communications products and enhance existing processes and procedures.
  • Developing and managing the implementation, tracking and measurement of communications strategies, keeping them on time and within budget.
  • Preparing high-quality, clear and accessible written content that meets the needs of participants and other audiences and aligns with the organisation’s brand.
  • Scanning and interpreting a complex government and social landscape to identify and mitigate reputational risks associated with communication activities.
  • Establishing and maintaining strong internal and external networks to facilitate development and delivery of effective, targeted and timely communication activities. 
  • Analysing communications outcomes and leading discussions within your team on how to build improvements into future activities. 
  • Sharing knowledge to extend capability within the Communications Branch and build communication capacity in business areas.  
  • Fostering creativity and innovation in content creation across a range of channels, embedding best practice and new skills in your team.
Key skills and attributes  

  • Extensive experience in the preparation and implementation of strategic communication plans.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills and demonstrated ability to communicate with influence.
  • The ability to work proactively in a fast-paced workplace, delivering high-quality content often in short timeframes.
  • Resilience in a changing environment and the ability to manage competing priorities while maintaining high work standards.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and confidence to deliver clear and strategic advice, including to senior leaders. 
  • Strong self-organisation and leadership skills with the capacity to lead and guide a high-performing team to deliver quality outcomes.
  • Passionate about delivering best practice, inclusive and accessible communication.
Essential requirements  

  • Tertiary qualifications in a communications, public relations, journalism or similar field; or relevant work experience.
  • Experience providing communications support in a large, multi-site and complex organisation.
  • Experience leading teams, operating dynamically and prioritising multiple programs of work in an environment of significant change.
  • Entry level security checks will be required for all successful candidates.
Desirable attributes

Lived experience of incapacity or an understanding and passion for achieving quality outcomes for people living with different forms of disabilities.
Melbourne (Braddon)
Juliet John