Job posted on: 11/11/20
Applications close: 5pm AEST Monday 23 November 2020.
- 12-month contract (possibility to extend)
- Location: Queensland location preferred.
- Work from home, but some travel and office days involved.
The Climate Media Centre (CMC) is a strategic communications project of the Climate Council that draws attention to the wide-ranging impacts of climate change, as well as the many benefits of clean energy and transport solutions in Australia.
As a nimble and reactive media relations hub, the Centre connects journalists with a variety of talent, timely and relevant information, and concise commentary. We aim to share stories that surprise, inform and engage all types of audiences.
The Centre plans and executes strategic communications that personalise and localise the human and community impacts of climate change, seizes upon critical moments as they arise and synchronises many voices for greater impact.
We also train and support a growing number of influential spokespeople, beyond the usual suspects. This is all about making fire fighters, doctors, tourism operators, farmers, business owners and renewable energy entrepreneurs the face of climate action. We believe that sharing compelling stories on this issue is a crucial part of shifting public opinion.
Right now, we are embarking on expanding our exciting Queensland project with a large focus on highlighting the benefits of a clean-led economic recovery from regional jobs to protecting the Great Barrier Reef.
Reporting to the Queensland lead of the Climate Media Centre, this is a fast-paced role where you will be responsible for key components of our Queensland project and working with team members across the country with plenty of autonomy and support.
Key components include:
- Developing and nurturing relationships with spokespeople, and ensuring they are prepared for media interviews with formal training, and informal support and advice.
- Staying on top of the news cycle in order to identify good, reactive media opportunities and mobilise timely and interesting responses.
- Fostering a network of media contacts throughout Queensland, with an ability to match our stories to the right journalists.
- Staying connected with Queensland partners and media teams, assisting where possible in strategic media advice and/or engagement.
- Undertaking monitoring and evaluation of communication strategy and looking for new and innovative ways to test, improve and expand our work.
A savvy operator who thrives in a fast-paced environment. You understand what makes news, the attitudes of Queenslanders and what’s important to them, and how the media in the state operates. This might be because you have years of experience as a journalist, or years of experience as a media relations professional – or a combination of both. You are results focused, with an ability to think outside the box when it comes to finding new and interesting ways to tell our stories. You’ll have a proven ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with a wide variety of contacts in the media industry, and outside of it, and are quick in matching the right idea to the right audience and channel. You have a good understanding of climate change, both impacts and solutions.
You will have:
1) Excellent interpersonal skills:
- Capacity to develop and maintain strong relationships with external stakeholders including spokespeople from all walks of life, journalists, editors, producers and influencers.
- Strong negotiation and influencing skills.
- Capacity to nurture and develop media talent.
- Demonstrated capacity to adapt to changing circumstances.
- Able to contribute to a fast-paced, positive team environment.
2) Strong communications skills:
- At least three to five years’ experience in media, public relations and/or journalism.
- A good understanding of the Queensland media and political landscape, and challenges of communicating complex issues to the public.
- Exceptional writing skills, including the ability to write for a broad range of audiences and channels within tight timelines.
3) Exemplify personal drive and integrity
- Entrepreneurial flair that will drive a need and desire to succeed.
- The ability to identify and achieve work objectives with minimal supervision.
- Comfortable working in a satellite capacity, from home or hosted with another organisation, with regular travel involved.
This is a rare, fun and rewarding role. As a Queensland media advisor at the Climate Media Centre you will be joining a national team of former journalists and communications experts that is breaking new ground in communications. In the five years since CMC was founded, our organisation has made a profound impact on changing the narrative on climate change and energy around Australia. This is an unrivalled opportunity to contribute to how the public and media understands the challenges and opportunities that climate change presents our country. This is your chance to shape the future for the better.
- Excellent learning and development opportunities working alongside some of the best and brightest minds working in media and communications
- 5 days per week on an initial 12-month contract
- Programs for time off in lieu
- Brilliant work culture, which is results focused but also vibrant, supportive, fun and nimble.
Salary: dependent on experience
How to apply
Apply here. Please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your relevant experience in no more than 250 words via the link below. Submissions close 5pm AEST Monday 23 November 2020.
If you have any questions regarding the position please email us at [email protected], using the subject line: Media Advisor QLD enquiry via EthicalJobs.