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Communications and Engagement Manager

Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria
  • Opportunity to join a peak body at the forefront of advancing social justice
  • Drive strategic communications to advocate, position and strengthen the community legal sector
  • Flexible work practices (full time or part time 0.6 – 1.0 FTE); generous salary packaging; 12 month contract with possibility of extension; hybrid work arrangements currently in place

About Us

The Federation of Community Legal Centres (the Federation) is a fast-paced and dynamic organisation that seeks to create a fairer Victoria for all members of our community. We are the peak body for Victoria’s Community Legal Centres (CLCs), who are at the forefront of helping those facing economic, cultural or social disadvantage and whose life circumstances are severely affected by legal challenges.

For more than 40 years, CLCs have been part of a powerful movement for social change, reshaping how people access justice, creating stronger, more equitable laws, and more accountable government and democracy.

Our vision is for a community that is fair, inclusive and thriving, where every person belongs and can learn, grow, heal, participate and be heard.

We work with CLCs by enabling a strong collective voice for justice and equality; mobilising and leading strategic, well-coordinated advocacy campaigns; leading and supporting ongoing learning and evaluation across the sector; and driving creativity and excellence in delivering legal services to communities.

Our workplace is flexible and rewarding for those who can see the bigger picture and who are comfortable working with multiple stakeholders across a range of social issues. We focus on delivering impact and outcomes, we celebrate collective success, and we encourage ongoing learning.

Our staff are driven, collaborative, solution-focused and adaptable. But most of all we share a strong commitment to social justice.


Community need for legal assistance in Victoria has increased significantly in the wake of recent disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic, and can be expected to continue to grow.

A key focus continues to be on positioning the Federation and the community legal sector on the frontline of social justice and equality in Victoria via strategic, consistent and compelling communications.

This role reflects the pivotal role communications plays in helping the Federation share with key stakeholders and the wider community the impact that the community legal sector has on Victorian communities.

About the role

You will oversee and implement a strategic communications strategy that positions the Federation and the community legal sector on the frontline of social justice and equality in Victoria.

You will be the communications specialist internally to highlight the important work of our members - an expert in framing complex issues and developing compelling messages that support change.

You will oversee and optimise the Federation’s online presence, ensuring digital communications support and deliver our strategic advocacy priorities.

This role is a rare opportunity to shape the story for a whole sector and to bring the stories of our 48 member CLCs and their community impact to policy makers, funders and the public in new ways.

About you

You’re a communications specialist who is passionate about making an impact. You understand how to position an organisation within its political, legal and social environment to ensure messaging is contemporary, persuasive and powerful.

You have broad experience in communications and are able to provide expert advice in engaging media, advocacy and digital communications. With a passion for social justice and making the world a better place, you will enable us through driving and delivering our communications priorities.

You are a driven, flexible and enabling people leader, who is committed to guiding, supporting and mentoring your team to deliver outcomes.

Rewards and Benefits

The base salary offered is $110,000 per annum (pro-rata for part-time), plus annual leave loading, superannuation and generous salary packaging (up to $18,550 pa of your salary tax free).

Additional benefits include:

  • Flexible working arrangements to support employees to balance their personal and work life - the role is offered full time or part time (0.6 – 1.0 FTE);
  • Christmas and New Year shut-down leave;
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program;
  • Learning and development opportunities;
  • Opportunity to work in a fast-paced and dynamic peak organisation; and
  • An everyday working environment that is friendly, collaborative and positive.

The Federation is committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, people from diverse cultural, linguistic and refugee backgrounds, people of all ages, gender diverse people and LGBTIQ people. We welcome applications from people with a diversity of backgrounds and experience, including lived experience of the issues we work on.

Please email humanresources@fclc.org.au, using the subject line: Communications and Engagement Manager enquiry via EthicalJobs, for a copy of the Position Description.

Any queries about this position or for a confidential discussion, please email Tanya Sawtell (Human Resources Adviser) via humanresources@fclc.org.au.

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