Australia nationals: Senior Communication Officer and Communication Manager

Australia National Water Grid Authority

Canberra ACT, Australia 🇦🇺

Melbourne VIC, Australia 🇦🇺

Brisbane QLD, Australia 🇦🇺

Title: APS6 – EL1 Senior Communication Officer and Communication Manager 
 Classification(s): APS Level 6; Executive Level 1 
 Employment Type: Ongoing, Full Time 
 Salary: $85,889 – $116,399 per annum plus 15.4% superannuationThe department has an Individual Flexibility Arrangement (IFA) Framework to provide salaries that are consistent with other Commonwealth Public Sector Agencies and to reward and retain high performing employees at the APS6 and Executive Levels.Under this Framework, APS6 and Executive Level employees will have access to the IFA Framework on engagement, promotion or movement from another Commonwealth Public Sector Agency.  Access to the IFA Framework is consistent with the provisions of clauses 16, 17 and 19 of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Enterprise Agreement 2016.For more information on the IFA Framework and to understand what remuneration the department can offer, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact [email protected]
 Business Division: National Water Grid Authority 
 Branch / Section:Policy, Science & Engagement Branch / Communication & Engagement 
 Location: These positions are Canberra ACT based however flexible working arrangements may be available in Melbourne or Brisbane for the right candidate
 Security Clearance: Baseline Vetting 
 Job Reference No: 38768 
 Contact Officer: Joanna L THOMPSON on 0428 785 992 or [email protected]
 Closing Date: 11.59pm AEST, Thursday 7 April 2022

Our Department Values

Our values set the direction for what it means to work in our department. They inform the standard and expectations of behaviours, skills and capabilities and the attributes we currently have, will continually work to achieve and develop, and that we use to acknowledge and attract, retain and recruit into our department.

The department supports workplace diversity and values the contribution of people from diverse backgrounds. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, people with cultural and linguistic diversity, and LGBTIQ people. The department is committed to achieving gender equality and, in particular, supporting women’s progression into senior leadership.

A little bit about us

Despite the recent floods, Australia remains the driest inhabited continent in the world, so investment in water security is hugely important around the country. By working in the National Water Grid Authority (NWGA), you will be actively involved in the delivery of the Australian Government’s $3.5 billion commitment tovital water infrastructure projects that help build sustainable agriculture, increase drought resilience and deliver secure, affordable and reliable water for rural and regional Australia.

The NWGA’s Communication & Engagement (C&E) team

Our Communication & Engagement team provides high profile strategic communication and media services to:

  • deliver our national communication and engagement strategy
  • increase awareness of our vital water infrastructure and science projects
  • build trust with stakeholders, at the local, regional and national level
  • support our executive team, the Deputy Prime Minister and broader Australian Government’s role in delivering long term water security across Australia.

About the roles

We are looking to increase the service delivery of our C&E team with new positions at the EL1 and APS6 levels.

These exciting new roles will be a pivotal part of a small team and hold responsibility for the following:

  • Lead and drive strategic communication activities to increase the profile and standing of the NWGA and to showcase project impacts and benefits to the agriculture sector and regional communities.
  • Work across all of our work streams, including the delivery of integrated communication strategies, to promote the activities of the NWGA via proactive media, our standalone website, department social media channels, dynamic content, eNewletters, as well as our stakeholder engagement activities and events.
  • Provide high level media advice and support to the team, the NWGA, Deputy Prime Minister and relevant ministers, including preparing media and event materials and media sentiment reporting.
  • Develop engaging content in digital, social and traditional formats, and provide insight into best practice ways to enhance and maintain the accessibility, accuracy and relevance of the NWGA’s digital content.
  • Work closely with colleagues across the division to facilitate the work program of the NWGA, our Science Program, and the design and development of a new Indigenous engagement framework.
  • Build relationships and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders and bring your innovative ideas and creative approach to the work we do.
  • Take part in the complete communication experience as you lead a project’s journey – from beginning to end, with opportunities to bring your expertise, experience and creative ideas to the fore.
  • Help to shape the representation of the NWGA and enhance and grow the strategic communication and engagement function and value-added service offering.

Who we’re looking for 

To succeed in these roles you’ll be experienced at developing and implementing creative and contemporary communication strategies and who actively put the audience or stakeholder at the centre of what you do. You enjoy collaboration and are passionate about working as part of a great team, as well as independently, to deliver best practice communication outcomes, with a creative eye for producing visually creative content.

Our ideal candidate are passionate, driven, have exciting ideas and able to manage content from ideation to publishing and evaluation. The roles require someone with a proactive can-do, positive attitude, good interpersonal skills and ability to adapt to change and effectively manage competing priorities.

If you feel you have the ability to ‘think outside the box’ to deliver creative communication solutions, have excellent project and time management skills, and are a natural collaborator, we encourage you to apply.

Tertiary qualifications in communication, public relations, marketing and/or journalism, or recent experience in a communication, marketing, public relations, marketing and/or journalism role is highly desirable.

What else can we offer?

Joining our C&E team offers numerous opportunities, including to:

  • regularly engage with the senior executive team and ministerial offices
  • innovatively contribute to the way we work and the projects we deliver
  • further develop your professional communication expertise by:
    • leading and delivering contemporary communication activities tailored for regional stakeholders
    • engaging across a broad diverse range of stakeholders, including Australian, state and territory governments, national science agencies and key industry and peak bodies.
    • delivering a diverse range of high profile communication products
  • work closely with creative services, video production and web services teams
  • develop a broad understanding of water security issues impacting regional Australia
  • enjoy a positive team and branch culture and inclusion in major decisions, and
  • undertake formal and informal learning and development training, and career advancement opportunities.

We also offer flexible working arrangements, and travel opportunities in support of our media and stakeholder engagement activities.

How to apply

Applications close at 11.59pm AEST, Thursday 7 April 2022.

  1. Please provide a statement of no more than two (2) pages telling us why you are the ideal candidate to join the NWGA’s Communication & Engagement team.

As part of your application, please outline:

  • your preferred classification level (EL1 and/or APS6)
  • your relevant background, skills, capabilities and experiences, and
  • how these align with the advertised role (informed by the Integrated Leadership System).

The capabilities and behaviours required to be successful in these roles are identified in the ‘About the roles’ and the ‘Who we’re looking for’ sections. We will establish a merit pool as part of this process, which may be used to fill future vacancies across the NWGA and broader department.

  1. Please also provide your CV – limited to no more than three (3) pages in length.
  2. Submit your application through the department’s online recruitment system. Please note late applications and those submitted via Indeed will not be accepted.

The department is committed to the accessibility of our systems. If you experience any issues with the system please contact the Recruitment team on 02 6274 6161 or via email to [email protected] to discuss an alternative way to submit your application.

Please also advise the contact officer if you require reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment process.

Eligibility requirements:

Employment with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications is subject to conditions prescribed within the Public Service Act 1999 including:

  • Citizenship: To be eligible for employment with the department, applicants must be an Australian citizen. Only in exceptional circumstances will the department consider waiving this requirement.
  • Health Assessment: The preferred applicant may be required to undergo a medical examination conducted by the department’s preferred medical provider.
  • Security Clearance: The successful candidate must be able to obtain and/or maintain a security clearance at a minimum of Baseline Vetting. You must be willing to disclose all relevant and required information. You must have lived in Australia, or have a checkable background, for at least the preceding five years for Baseline Vetting clearances. More information on the security clearance vetting process is available on the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) website.