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Head of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Australian Capital Territory
Australian Red Cross

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  • Lead Public Affairs and Advocacy for Red Cross
  • Senior role within our Engagement and Support directorate
  • Flexible location
  • Work for the world's largest humanitarian movement

About us

Australian Red Cross is part of the largest humanitarian movement in the world seeking to build a better society based on people helping people.

Our vision in Engagement and Support is to inspire people to do good their way. Our mission is to engage and inspire supporters to take action by putting them at the heart of all that we do. When supporters engage with Red Cross, we want them to have the best possible experience and create meaningful, lifelong giving connections.

We are now looking for a great people collaborator to lead our public affairs and advocacy. Someone who has a cool head in a crisis, understands policy recommendation, can envisage future needs and challenges, stays abreast of sentiments and will set up Red Cross as a key contributor to community outcomes.

About the role

You will manage a high performing team of Government Relations, Media and Communications professionals and be responsible for the corporate voice and positioning of Red Cross and its leaders.

You will lead a team focused on strengthening the organisation’s reputation and deepening engagement with staff, volunteers, members and other key stakeholders.

You will ensure that Red Cross leads the charity sector in positive media coverage, its brand is widely recognised and respected, its reputation is protected and its advocacy on humanitarian issues is effective.

You will also lead and coordinate government relations and public policy influencing, supporting our executive team in Federal/State Government and parliamentary engagement to drive these strategic relationships.

Working across the organisation, you will ensure that we have a coordinated and coherent approach to strategic public policy influencing and advocacy that supports our strategic objectives.

What you’ll bring

  • Energy, drive and extensive experience in external or internal communications, journalism or strategy
  • Track record of providing strategic communications advice and developing, measuring and delivering communications plans
  • Experience in building, leading and motivating teams to deliver high-quality results in a changing environment
  • Track record of driving high levels of positive media coverage for campaigns and clients
  • An extensive and up-to-date black book of high-quality traditional and digital media contacts with whom you have forged close and trusted relationships
  • Experience and expertise in maintaining external relationships including with parliamentarians, government officials and other key stakeholders
  • High level understanding of government processes and public policy
  • Highly-developed diplomatic and persuasive skills, able to build trust and rapport with a broad range of stakeholders including senior management and directors
  • Superior communication, copy-writing, interpersonal and networking skills with an ability to deliver creative and effective strategic communications
  • Extensive skills in delivering results while working with cross-functional teams as well as senior leadership and Boards

Why work for us?

Work for purpose, know that the work you do enables Red Cross to support and empower people and communities in times of vulnerability.

You can access flexible working arrangements and generous salary packaging options that can increase your take home pay by paying certain expenses using pre-tax dollars up to $15,900 a year.

Further information

For further information about the role responsibilities and requirements please see position description below. For additional enquiries please contact Angela Blair on 02 8651 8834.

Closing date: Sunday 19 July 2020

Position Description: Head of Public Affairs & Advocacy - 26 June 2020

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply

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