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Assistant Director, Communications

Position number: 
Executive Level 1
Assistant Director, Communications
Yallambie, VIC
Office of the Chief Executive Officer
Closing Date: 
Sunday 30 June 2019
Salary Package: 
$102,914-$118,412 + 15.4% employer super

ARPANSA values workplace diversity and is committed to providing a supportive, inclusive and respectful work environment. We welcome people with diverse skills, experiences, perspectives and backgrounds, and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, people with disabilities, people that identify as LGBTIQ+, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Should you require special assistance through any stage of the selection process, please contact the People and Culture team.

Agency overview

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is the Australian Government's primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety. Our purpose is to protect the Australian people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation, through understanding risks, best practice regulation, research, policy, services, partnerships and engaging with the community.

Section overview

The Office of the CEO is comprised of two teams: Communications, and Government and International Relations. The Communications section assists in ensuring effective stakeholder engagement and is responsible for the delivery of ARPANSA’s communication and brand strategies including communicating health risks and mitigation strategies for the public, workers and the environment. This includes management and oversight of media liaison (including social), communication campaigns and collateral, publications, website, intranet, internal communications and stakeholder engagement.

Primary purpose of the role

Working directly with the Chief of Staff, the Assistant Director Communications is responsible for leading the Communications Team and for the day-to-day management of the Agency’s media engagement. The role is responsible for developing communication strategies and plans, and for proactively guiding the agency to deliver and promote high-quality and engaging content for both internal and external stakeholders. Through their management of the small and high performing Communications team, the Assistant Director Communications will oversee ARPANSA’s internal and external communications initiatives, including collateral, publications, and intranet and website maintenance and management.

Key accountabilities
  • Plan, manage and lead the Communications team to deliver the strategic and operational communications objectives
  • Manage ARPANSA’s media engagement, including being the primary media contact, daily media monitoring and developing media responses, releases, interviews, events and strategies.
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of communications plans to effectively deliver key messages and increase brand awareness for ARPANSA.
  • Provide strategic advice to internal clients to develop and implement communication strategies and activities
  • Develop, monitor and educate relevant ARPANSA staff in policies and procedures concerning interactions with the media, consistent delivery of ARPANSA’s brand and other communications functions
  • Oversee the Agency intranet and website content and production of the Agency’s internal newsletter
Job specific capabilities

To be considered for this position, you will ideally have had experience in similar roles and specifically have demonstrated skills in media management, communication strategy development, and strategic stakeholder engagement.

You will have excellent skills in media relations, developing and implementing communication strategies and campaigns, and internal and external stakeholder engagement.

You will be comfortable managing a small team and possess highly developed communication skills along with the ability to identify relevant emerging issues and respond in a positive and proactive manner.

You must hold Australian citizenship or possess permanent residency status leading to citizenship and be prepared to travel interstate from time to time as required. ARPANSA requires all new employees to undertake a baseline security clearance as a condition of engagement.

Selection criteria

There are four selection criteria for this role. Applicants are asked to provide a statement of claims of no more than 1000 words, addressing all selection criteria below.

1.     Demonstrated experience in media and stakeholder engagement.

2.     Demonstrated ability to lead, mentor and develop a high performing customer focused team and establish excellent working relationships with internal stakeholders.

3.     Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing communications strategies.

4.     Experience in influencing all levels of staff to ensure consistent application of agency brand, tone of voice and key messages.

Selection documentation 

PDF icon PN 13360 - Assistant Director, Communications (EL 1) - June 2019

File PN 13360 - Assistant Director, Communications (EL 1) - June 2019

Position Information: Tone Doyle via phone 03 9433 2466