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Senior Media Advisor - Community - Climate Media Centre

Climate Council

About the Climate Council

The Climate Council of Australia is Australia’s leading climate change communications organisation. We provide authoritative, expert advice to the Australian public and key decision-makers on climate change and solutions based on the most up-to-date science available. Climate Council was founded in 2013 by thousands of Australians to create a new, independent and 100% community-funded organisation in response to the abolition of the Australian Climate Commission.

Our Vision, Mission and Values

Our vision is that by 2025 Australia’s emissions are on a steep downward trajectory with projects and policies in place to see us cut emissions by 75% by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2035. This represents a transformation in action and attitude from all levels of government, industry, business and community. It also fundamentally improves Australia's contribution to the global climate challenge, while unlocking benefits/potential of the new economy, and protecting lives, well-being and the natural environment.

Our mission is to be a courageous catalyst propelling Australia towards bold, effective action to have emissions plummet during the 2020s and hit net zero by 2035.

Our values:

  • We are brave and bold
  • We are hopeful and solutions focused
  • We act with integrity and communicate honestly

The Climate Media Centre

The Climate Media Centre (CMC) is a not-for-profit PR agency and spokesperson bureau for climate change. An initiative of the Climate Council of Australia, we specialise in connecting journalists with people who are experiencing climate impacts first-hand, as well as the many Australians coming up with innovative solutions to tackle the greatest issue of our times.

We plan and execute strategic communications and train a diverse range of spokespeople: from firefighters, doctors and farmers to renewable energy entrepreneurs and electric vehicle advocates. The human costs of unchecked climate change are too great to ignore, and we believe that sharing compelling stories on this issue is a crucial part of shifting public debate.

About the Role

The Senior Media Advisor (Community) identifies, designs and executes a high volume of media work across the country, including in key city and regional areas. The role is responsible for coordinating and delivering our work with key climate constituency groups, working with staff and members ranging from bushfire survivors, to parents, to athletes, to health professionals. The role will work alongside some of the best communicators, researchers, strategists and scientists in Australia.

The Senior Media Advisor (Community) reports to one of CMC’s program leaders, and works closely with the CMC Director and broader CMC team. The Senior Media Advisor (Community) has no direct reports.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of the Senior Media Advisor (Community) include:

  • Developing and nurturing relationships with existing spokespeople, ensuring they are prepared for media interviews with formal training, and informal support and advice. Also, identifying and onboarding new spokespeople who align with our priorities.
  • Developing and nurturing relationships with organisations we support and other key stakeholders to make sure they are prepared for major media moments through planning, messaging advice, training, execution, and evaluation.
  • Staying up to date with the rapidly evolving news cycle in order to identify good, reactive media opportunities and mobilise timely and interesting responses.
  • Designing and executing sophisticated strategic projects and media plans, including managing a variety of stakeholders, that are big on impact.
  • Fostering a network of media contacts, matching stories to specific journalists, outlets and audiences.
  • Monitoring and evaluating media work to support climate constituency groups or other projects you may be responsible for, including monthly reporting, as well as identifying and implementing new and innovative ways to test, improve and expand our work with these groups.
  • Working with the other team members to develop, test and update our messaging and narrative advice, including updating key materials and resources.
  • Work with the team across our broader climate and energy work and, where required, pitch-in on other projects such as key reactive work.
  • Contributing to our internal training program, for example, by hosting internal training sessions in areas where you have particular expertise or mentoring more junior team members
  • Contribute positively to the Climate Council culture and act in accordance with our values.

About You:

A savvy operator who thrives in a fast-paced environment. You understand what makes news, the attitudes of both city and rural and regional Australians and what’s important to them, and how the media operates. You have:

  • Communications and/or journalism experience or qualifications.
  1. You’ve got at least five years’ experience in public relations, journalism and/or the media.
  2. Tertiary qualification in Communications, Public Affairs or Journalism or equivalent experience on the job.
  3. You can demonstrate an excellent understanding of the Australian media and political landscape, with a strong contacts book.
  4. You can nurture and develop media talent. Experience delivering media training would be highly regarded.
  5. You’ve got exceptional writing and editing skills, including the ability to write for a broad range of audiences and channels within tight timelines.
  6. Experience in advocacy, political, media or public relations will be highly regarded.
  • Strong stakeholder and project management skills.
  1. You’re deadline driven with experience in, or a demonstrated ability to, lead programs in a highly planned and organised way.
  2. You are great at dealing with a range of stakeholders from all walks of life, particularly the media and spokespeople with various levels of media experience.
  3. You can demonstrate an ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships.
  4. Experience managing and mentoring junior staff would be highly regarded.
  • Personal drive and integrity.
  1. Autonomous. You’re happy to juggle multiple tasks and projects and you’ve got experience working autonomously on a range of tasks and projects. Rapid responder. You can make quick decisions in complex situations and pivot your media work to respond to unfolding circumstances.
  2. Team player. You enjoy a team environment, collaborate effectively and support others.
  • Passionate about tackling climate change - Experience working on climate change and/or energy issues will be well regarded. But in the end we think it’s most important that you care deeply about making a difference on this issue.

Remuneration and Benefits

The Climate Council is Australia’s leading climate change communications organisation. This exciting and dynamic organisation will continue to be in the public eye, giving those involved an unrivalled opportunity to contribute to the public discourse on climate change.

With exposure to some of the leading minds tackling climate change, this role is a unique opportunity.

  • Annual salary of $80-95k + super (contingent on experience)
  • Full time, one-year contract (with opportunity to extend)
  • Sydney location preferred (Melbourne location considered for right candidate)
  • Flexible working with a combination of working from home and from the office.
  • Rostered early starts and local and interstate travel as required.

Additional Benefits

  • Excellent learning and development opportunities both internally and externally
  • A strong work culture which is results focused but also vibrant, supportive and fun

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter of no more than 250 words outlining your relevant experience.

If you have any questions regarding the position please email us at jobs@climatecouncil.org.au using the subject line: Senior Media Advisor - Community - Climate Media Centre enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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