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Communications Manager - Community First Development

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Community First Development recently celebrated 20 years as an enduring not-for-profit Organisation committed to working with First Nations communities to advance projects that create lasting impact. Formerly known as Indigenous Community Volunteers, the recent name change reflects the founding approach of the Organisation; that is to place community self-determination at the core of all partnerships and projects. Working within an ecosystem of committed partners, Community First Development partner with communities to make great things happen. Projects that deliver new skills, better health and education, cultural preservation, and business and economic planning outcomes to communities are supported by a strong research and evaluation base. This helps support the rigour and integrity of work ensuring community lead develop and drive their own successes.

In addition to a new three-year Strategic Plan, and an updated name and branding, Community First Development is now seeking to appoint a permanent Communications Manager to the team. Reporting directly to the General Manager – Impact and Strategy, this position will be instrumental in elevating the profile of the Organisation through strategy, creative design and partnership working.

Key role accountabilities include:

  • Lead the implementation of Community First Development’s communications strategy.
  • Lead in the promotion and protection of Community First Development’s image and identity and ensure consistency of brand.
  • Develop publications: newsletters, annual reports, promotional materials, and content for the website, social media and intranet.
  • Use engaging and innovative approaches to promote research outputs.
  • Supervise a Communications Officer who is tasked with coordination of social media platforms and gathering content from regional teams.
  • Lead public relations activities, including development of opinion pieces and press releases.

In line with an Organisational approach to advancing true self-determination of our First Nations people, we are seeking a candidate of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage, ideally with experience working in the volunteering and human and community development sectors.

Key personal attributes and professional qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated commitment to community and advancing social and economic empowerment for our First Nations people.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritise work and meet deadlines.
  • Proven ability to lead and bring together culturally and socially diverse teams of people effectively and compassionately in order to produce real and sustainable outcomes.
  • Proven ability to demonstrate initiative and flexibility when faced with challenges or opportunities.
  • A formal qualification or equivalent in communications, marketing, journalism, public affairs or similar.
  • At least 3 - 5 years’ experience working in a Communications Manager capacity or similar and ideally in a not for profit organisation.
  • Demonstrated experience as a successful copywriter and marketing professional.
  • Robust analytical, strategic and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated information technology skills including the use of Microsoft Office programs and data systems, social media platforms and an understanding of the Adobe Creative Suite.

Occasional travel to interstate and regional locations will be required.

To obtain a position description and discuss this role in greater detail, please contact Selena King at Canvas3 on 0412 263 480 or email selena@canvas3.com using the subject line: Communications Manager enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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