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Communications Manager

Domestic Violence Victoria
  • Exciting opportunity to establish the brand and voice for a newly merged entity
  • New leadership position supporting a dynamic communications team
  • Generous entitlements and salary packaging available 


In 2021, Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) are merging to become a new entity.

This merger brings the peak body for Victoria’s specialist family violence services supporting victim survivors together with the state’s only specialist family violence Registered Training Organisation; combining our strength, capacity and resources for greater impact.

Our work is underpinned by intersectional feminism – as set out in the Code of Practice: Principles and Standards for Specialist Family Violence Services for Victim-Survivors – informed by an understanding of the gendered nature of violence and with the interests of all victim survivors at the heart of everything we do.

We apply a specialist lens across primary prevention, early intervention, response and recovery to:

  1. Develop practice and support workforces
  2. Strengthen and connect organisations, sectors and systems
  3. Build momentum for social change
  4. Build a strong peak organisation

We are in the process of re-branding the merged organisation to ensure a truly collaborative and equal new peak body. DV Vic and DVRCV is committed to providing flexible and accessible working arrangements for all. This includes people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse people, young people, older people, women, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, intersex or queer people. We recognise the strength and value in diversity, remain open to new approaches and actively foster an inclusive workplace that celebrates the contribution made by all our people.


In line with the organisation’s purpose and strategic plan, the Communications Manager will work closely with the Executive Director, Policy, Communications and Engagement and the Communications Team to design, develop and implement a program of work focused on:

  • Raising and strengthening the profile of the specialist family violence sector
  • Expanding and deepening the peak’s engagement with our membership base
  • Driving a change narrative to prevent and respond to family violence across communities and settings
  • Extending the reach and deepening engagement with our advocacy, professional development, capability building, sector development, thought leadership and awareness raising activity

The Communications Manager is responsible for the day to day management, coordination and support for all BAU and project-based communications, media and engagement activity, with support from the Executive Director and a team of three direct reports.

As a member of the Policy, Communications and Engagement Unit leadership team, this role will work closely with the Executive Director, Policy Manager, Strategic Projects and Business Development Manager and cross-organisational leadership group.

For more information about the key responsibilities of the role, download the position description.



  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline (for example, in communications, journalism, community engagement or public policy) or commensurate experience.
  • At least 5 years’ relevant experience in the public or community sector
  • Experience in staff supervision, team development and/or program oversight
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills, demonstrating accuracy, creativity and a knack for presenting complex information in a clear and engaging way, across a range of formats
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, including presentation, influencing and negotiation skills, ability to listen and adapt to audience needs, and ability to lead and facilitate groups
  • Demonstrated ability to source, analyse and synthesise engaging stories, information and content for diverse audiences
  • An understanding of the determinants, dynamics and impacts of family and gender based violence
  • Experience in media, journalism or public relations, or in media engagement in a community services or advocacy context
  • Experience in developing communications strategies, organisational brands, marketing strategies and engagement strategies
  • Experience successfully developing strategic goals into actionable projects, strategies and implementation plans, including managing multiple and sometimes competing priorities


  • A sophisticated understanding, and/or lived experience, of the ways that gender inequality intersects with other forms of inequality and oppression to limit people’s access to services, support, and safety
  • Experience working in the specialist family violence sector and/or in a peak or member organisation
  • Experience managing productive collaborative relationships and engaging multiple and diverse stakeholders (both internal and external)

If you have a question about this position or would like a confidential discussion, contact Louise Simms on louisesimms@dvvic.org.au using the subject line: Communications Manager enquiry via EthicalJobs.

A position description is attached.

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