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Federal Campaign Director


Employer: Australian Greens (Victoria)
Work Type/s: Contract, Full Time
Classification/s: Advocacy & Campaigns, Communications & Marketing, Fundraising, Project Management, Volunteer Management, Management
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 12 February, 2019.
Applications close: 24 February, 2019.

  • Primary location: Victorian Greens State Office (CBD)
  • Status: Fixed contract to 2 weeks after the Federal election.
  • Remuneration: $83,492 – $91,840 plus 10% superannuation
  • Primary hours: Full-time, regular weekend and out of hours work will be required.
  • Reports to: State Director
  • Position begins: February/March 2019

About the Role

As the Campaign Director for the Federal Election in Victoria, you will have responsibility for leading the Victorian Greens’ 2018 election campaign which will occur by May 2019.

You will be responsible for overseeing local campaigns across the state, leading and supporting efforts in every lower house seat to meet our state-wide goals. In particular, you will focus on our ambitious target seat campaigns in the Senate and key marginal seats.

You will be a diplomat, a strategist, a project manager, and a political communications expert. Every day will be different. You will be liaising with local, state and federal crews, providing advice on strategy, budget and resource requirements so they can run their most successful campaigns to date.

You will manage and lead a team of communications, design, advertising, field organising, data systems and logistics staff and volunteers. You will run events, coordinate the development of communications materials, and support Greens campaigns across the state. You will also manage relationships with external bodies such as Electoral Commissions, suppliers and the media.

About the Victorian Greens

We’re working towards a huge campaign during the upcoming 2019 federal election. Since our record-breaking increases in representation at the 2014 state election, 2016 federal election and 2016 local government elections, we’ve also had success in by-elections like state Northcote and Geelong City Council.

The Greens have a proud history of standing up for what is right, not just what is easy or what polls well. Over the course of the last four decades, the Greens have become the third force in Australian politics. Across Australia there are currently Greens representing you at every level of government.

The Greens are much more than an environmental party. While promoting meaningful and common sense solutions to ensure future generations of Australians have clean air, clean water and clean soil, The Greens are also working in many other areas to champion integrity, decency and fairness. As well as representing constituents, the Greens speak on behalf of those who wouldn’t otherwise get much of a say inside parliament: children, refugees, students, individuals and families living in poverty and, of course, our natural environment.

Core Responsibilities

  1. Operationalise the statewide campaign strategy for the upcoming federal election including campaign milestones and key deliverables. This will include: campaign planning and coordination, candidate management, communications, advertising, data systems development, field campaigning, fundraising, polling day and evaluation and handover.
  2. Program manage the delivery of the state-wide campaign plan by staff and stakeholders within timeline and budget constraints including:
    1. Provide clear direction for initiation of each campaign project and provide oversight and support to ensure timely delivery.
    2. Manage state office campaign team staff to deliver campaign plan, including establishing culture of best-practice, supporting professional skill development or performance management where necessary.
    3. Oversee the development and delivery of strategic campaign communications in Victoria that are adapted, refined and tested for target audiences.
    4. Coordinate with internal party stakeholder offices to execute campaign plan in line with the state-wide strategy including Australian Greens, state leader’s office and state MPs and federal leader’s offices and federal MP offices and Victorian Greens party committees.
    5. Coordinate lead candidates and target seat campaign committees to deliver the statewide strategy, including by supporting local strategy development and leading training and cross-campaign communications
    6. Revise plans and timelines in response to external events or internal changes in strategy and communicate these changes to stakeholders
    7. Provide regular progress reports to the Victorian Campaign Committee (VCC) to support good governance and oversight of the campaign.
  3. Providing strategic campaign advice to Australian Greens Victoria (AGV)’s state office, stakeholders and committees to support their decision-making, including rapid responses to internal and external campaign developments. This will include regular attendance at meetings of the Victorian Campaign Management Team(CMT).

Selection Criteria

  1. Commitment to the Greens’ charter and policies and understanding of the Australian political landscape.
  2. Experience in a senior campaigning role, responding strategically to rapidly unfolding issues in a highly sensitive environment and demonstrating sound political judgement under pressure.
  3. Demonstrated skills coordinating large-scale projects, including working with multiple stakeholders, adhering to sign off processes and work to tight deadlines to deliver outcomes in a dynamic environment.
  4. Strong rapport-building and relationship skills. You can effectively build and maintain relationships and be a trusted ally amongst Greens MPs, members and branches from all parts of Victoria.
  5. Experience in managing a team, including the ability to build and supervise teams, develop staff and bring out the best in each individual team member.
  6. Exceptional communication skills, including as being able to craft compelling written materials and to deliver a persuasive message verbally.
  7. Experience applying best practice communications techniques, including strong understanding of traditional media and digital media platforms.
  8. Experience applying best practice field campaigning techniques, from campaigning infrastructure systems, to organising strategies, to electoral and demographic data analysis and data driven campaigning.
  9. Experience working with and getting the best out of volunteers, including developing and presenting training for diverse groups at a range of scales.

A full position description is available below.

How to apply for this job

Applications close midnight, Sunday 24 February. For all enquiries please contact Michael Poland on (03) 9912 2992 and state that you are enquiring about the Federal Campaign Director role.

To apply please email a resume and covering letter addressing the each of the selection criteria located above to applications@vic.greens.org.au, using the subject line: Federal Campaign Director application via EthicalJobs. Please submit the cover letter and CV in the same file, saved as a PDF, and the name of the file as the applicant’s name and role.

We will read every application and should you be successful in your application, we will contact you to arrange an interview. Please be honest and thoughtful in your answers, and detail why you would be particularly well suited to the role, clearly addressing each one of the selection criteria with examples and successes from your experience. Please limit your cover letter to 2-4 pages.

The Greens are an equal opportunity employer, which means we strongly encourage any interested and qualified parties to apply – we don’t discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Supporting materials  Head of Campaigns 2019.pdf