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Communications Officer

Communications Officer

Level 4 (Salary Range – $87,094pa – $90,578pa pro rata plus superannuation) – 0.8 FTE (30.4 hours per week)
The WA Council of Social Service (WACOSS) is a peak body for the not-for-profit community sector in Western Australia. WACOSS provides independent and informed policy advice, and plays a key coordination and leadership role for the sector. We work on behalf of disadvantaged people and communities towards achieving social justice in WA.

WACOSS is a small but dynamic organisation whose impact and output far exceeds its size.  We are proud to have nearly 300 members, both organisations and individuals, and together are committed to doing all we can to achieve our vision of an inclusive, just and equitable society for all Western Australians.

The key purpose of the Communication Officer role is to develop and maintain a media and communication strategy to shape the public debate, turn WACOSS work into news stories, raise WACOSS’s profile as a “go-to” organisation on social justice/social policy matters, and ensure “cut through” on key messages. This position is responsible for promoting WACOSS key events and activities.  The position will support the production, dissemination and/or marketing of WACOSS publications, key information and products – including the website, social media and other communications channels.

This role will develop and maintain effective relationships with the media, ministerial advisors, government agencies, the sector and other stakeholders. This role will proactively identifying media opportunities and organizing media events.  The role will lead, manage and develop staff to deliver consistent, high quality and effective advocacy strategies, campaigns and communication products.

In addition, this role will develop a strategy and content to market WACOSS events, for example conferences, cost of living, emerging issues, AGM and launch of reports and research.  The role will be responsible for the content and promotion of all events via WACOSS social media platforms.

To be successful you will need experience working in a not for profit sector organization, peak body, media or other comparable organization at a senior level. You will also need to demonstrate experience in writing communication and media content that shapes the public debate and positively influences social and economic policy. The successful applicant must have outstanding verbal and written communications skills, including in the development of media, online and related content for publication.

Please submit a concise CV together with a covering letter (maximum of two pages) outlining the key skills and experience which are broadly relevant to the selection criteria. The position description can downloaded here Communications Officer Position Description . The covering letter and CV should be sent to steve@wacoss.org.au.
The closing date for applications is 9.00am Friday, 23rd June 2017.

Contact: Steve Crotty on (08) 9420 7222 or email steve@wacoss.org.au