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Executive Lead - Public Engagement

Oxfam Australia
  • Join Oxfam Australia’s Executive, leading on the delivery of our strategic plan
  • 5-year contract, Full-time
  • Melbourne-based

About Us

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to eliminate the inequalities that keep people in poverty.

At Oxfam Australia, we believe all lives are equal and no-one should live in poverty. We believe that in a wealthy world, poverty is unjustifiable and preventable, that the present state of inequality and injustice must be challenged, and that with the right support, people can change their lives for the better.

We are part of an international confederation of 19 organisations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.

All our work is led by five core values: Accountability, Empowerment, Equality, Inclusiveness and Sustainability.

As an organisation undertaking work both locally and internationally and in humanitarian response, we take our duty of care seriously to safeguard children, young people and adults and recognise that we must meet community expectations and the trust placed in our people to maintain the highest standards of conduct with children. Therefore, our people are required to comply with the One Oxfam Child Safeguarding and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse policies and sign the Oxfam Australia Child Safeguarding and One Oxfam Employee Codes of Conduct. 

The Role

As Oxfam Australia’s Executive Lead – Public Engagement you will lead the development, delivery and evaluation of Oxfam Australia’s Public Engagement, Media, and Political Engagement Strategies, working closely with others across the organisation. These strategies will be informed by, and support the delivery of, the overall Oxfam Australia and Oxfam International Strategic Frameworks.

You will have senior internal and external representational responsibilities especially with Parliamentarians, Media, Australian sector peers and partners, and the wider Oxfam Confederation. The role will have staff management responsibilities for the Media, and Policy, Advocacy, and Campaigns functions of the organisation and will be a member of the Executive Leadership Group and the Program Management Team.

A little about you (the key selection criteria)

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Extensive senior level experience of planning and delivering multiple engagement and communication strategies
  • Demonstrated experience of high-level relationship building and representational roles with a variety of stakeholders i.e government, corporate, NFP sector
  • Strong understanding of the interface between the media, PR, politics, and society, both in the Australian and key international markets, and expertise in engaging senior stakeholders across and on these issues.
  • Significant staff management experience, including leading, public affairs/engagement functions and driving improvement and best practice communications.
  • Ability to influence decisions and behaviours horizontally across the organisation through establishing trust, credibility and relationships.

We can offer you

  • A base salary of circa $160,000 plus superannuation, superior leave benefits and access to a generous not-for-profit salary packaging program (up to $18,450 of your salary tax-free).
  • The opportunity to use your talents and expertise to make a positive impact around the world.
  • We value flexibility, and seek to support our people to work in ways that meet their work/life commitments and support their wellbeing.

How to apply

To apply, click the Apply Now button to be directed to Oxfam’s job portal.

Our people are at the heart of everything we do. We care deeply about creating a safe and inclusive workplace where our people feel valued, respected and empowered. We are committed to providing equal opportunities and encourage applicants with personal experience of the forms of injustice we seek to address to apply for opportunities at Oxfam Australia.

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