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Head of Strategic Communications


Employer: Grata Fund
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Advocacy & Campaigns, Executive & Senior Management, Legal & Human Rights, Media & Arts
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Sydney

Job posted on: 22 January, 2019.
Applications close: 22 January, 2019. (Expired)

The Head of Strategic Communications will work in collaboration with the Executive Director and Head of Strategic Litigation to:

  • articulate Grata Fund’s values, priorities, and mission across multiple initiatives, advocacy campaigns, and platforms—print, broadcast, and digital;
  • guide strategy and planning for all external Grata Fund communications, including developing and executing strategies to increase Grata Fund’s presence and influence in the nonprofit and legal sectors and galvanise support for Grata Fund initiatives among the Grata Fund community and the public at large.

The ideal candidate will be an exceptionally talented and hard working strategist, with an eye for identifying the impact potential of communications and advocacy campaigns, and a deep personal belief in social justice and the rule of law. They will be committed to getting results in a fast-paced and small team environment and will be able to handle a significant workload without dropping the ball.

This position is an opportunity to help Australians hold governments and corporate leaders accountable through the courts when they are unwilling or unable to act to preserve and promote human rights and democracy.

About Grata Fund

Grata Fund is an innovative nonprofit organisation whose mission is to enable Australians to hold governments and corporate leaders accountable via litigation on human rights, democratic freedoms and climate change.

We are not a legal centre -- we do not provide advice to clients. Instead, Grata Fund works closely with the legal sector, advocacy groups, academia and affected communities to catalyse critical game-changing public interest litigation.

We launched in 2016 by supporting Doctors for Refugees and Fitzroy Legal Service to successfully overturn draconian gag laws in the Border Force Act which threatened doctors with 2 years in prison for reporting abuse in offshore detention centres. Since then, we’ve worked to support cases ranging on issues from remote Indigenous housing rights, to climate change risk, to technology and human rights.

Based at the UNSW Law Centres Precinct at UNSW Sydney, we plan to grow our young organisation into the leading strategic litigation incubator in the country.

Job Responsibilities

This is a new role based in Sydney. The Head of Strategic Litigation Development reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the following:

  • Strategy: Develop and execute a creative, multi-faceted communications strategy designed to further Grata Fund’s goals and mission and grow Grata Fund’s influence and effectiveness at the national level. Identify specific communications goals, develop long- and short-term plans to reach them, and measure progress. Determine appropriate communications tactics to disseminate Grata Fund news, promote cases, publicise events, attract supporters, and make rights and freedoms accessible and relevant to a broad audience.
  • Messaging: Shape the language, images, and multimedia that represent Grata Fund and its positions carefully, compellingly, and convincingly. Ensure that consistent, clear messaging follows through all modes of communications, for a range of audiences, and across all Grata Fund initiatives. Respond timely and appropriately to significant news events, and anticipate, recognise, and capitalise on strategic communications opportunities.
  • Media Relations: Handle all aspects of media relations in collaboration with Grata Fund’s media agency, including guiding Grata Fund rapid response to daily events on issues related to the intersection of human rights and freedoms, strategic litigation, politics, and legislation; field media requests; pitch stories to reporters; write and disseminate press releases; manage a media database; draft talking points; give interviews and make public statements; and arrange and prepare for interviews with Grata Fund spokespersons.
  • Writing & Editing: Draft and edit a wide range of documents and resources for public education, fundraising, outreach, legislative submissions, and other purposes. Manage development, distribution, and maintenance of all print collateral including newsletters, annual reports, brochures, invitations, and donor materials. Provide editorial and design direction, handle quality control and proofreading, guide production, and implement distribution plans. Oversee brand management and design of promotional materials.
  • Digital Communications: Manage the online presence of Grata Fund, generating content that is engaging and results in measurable action. Continually develop and manage posting of content to Grata Fund’s digital channels, including website, social media and email to subscribers. Responsible for generating and managing Grata Fund photo and video content. Implement long and short-term plans for the organisation’s use of email, social media, web, video and emerging communications technologies, and proactively explore innovative methods for presenting Grata Fund work to a wider audience.
  • Outreach: Increase coverage of Grata Fund messages by developing and maintaining positive relationships with reporters, editors, and producers. Identify outreach opportunities for the Grata Fund team and represent Grata Fund at events, including community forums, presentations, panel discussions, press conferences, and rallies.
  • Internal Communications & Supervision: Work collaboratively and respectfully with colleagues. Recruit and manage communications volunteers and interns. Work with vendors and contractors to design and produce communications materials as needed.
  • Administrative & other duties: Create and maintain administrative resources such as media lists and protocol to enhance strategic planning.

Qualifications

We’re seeking a highly motivated, organised, and skilled professional with demonstrated communications experience to join our team.

  • At least five years’ relevant experience and demonstrated success in communications, preferably in legislative or political communications.
  • Familiarity with and demonstrated interest in Grata Fund issues—including strategic litigation, Indigenous justice, gender equality, climate change, and democratic freedoms.
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills. Strong organisational and time management skills. Meticulous attention to detail and ability to produce clear, concise materials on tight deadlines, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and respond rapidly to significant developments.
  • Ability to communicate persuasively and professionally, in writing—including via press releases, email alerts, and social media—as well as verbally, to a variety of media and stakeholder audiences. Proven ability to transform complex topics into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate information to targeted audiences through the most appropriate channels. Experience working with national media outlets a plus.
  • Substantial experience in planning and executing media or advocacy campaigns strongly preferred, including experience creating earned media, developing and placing paid media, and using social media and other web-based communication in support of political or organising campaigns.
  • Experience overseeing the design and production of print materials and publications.
  • Creative aptitude and familiarity with interactive design, website and social media management, and email marketing strategy.
  • Proficiency with computers, database management, and various web platforms. Proficiency with Nationbuilder a plus.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively with others in a fast-moving and collegial team environment. Commitment to equity and inclusion and a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regard to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance. Ability to work with diverse individuals within the organisation and the broader community.
  • Ability to work irregular hours, including evening and weekend events as necessary.

Salary: $100k plus 9.5% super and 6 weeks leave and salary packaging options.

Grata Fund hires for potential, not just experience. We make a particular effort to recruit women and people of colour.

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