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Campaigns Officer

Queensland Council of Unions
  • Full time
  • From $123,237 (Plus superannuation)
  • Permanent


The Queensland Council of Unions has two vacant positions – Campaigns Officer and Development Officer. Both represent an exciting opportunity to make a positive and lasting contribution to the lives of working Queenslanders and their communities.

As well as the opportunities outlined in the job advertisements, the QCU is also looking to appoint a Women’s Officer.

The successful candidate for one of either the Campaigns Officer or Development Officer will assume this role.

The Women’s Officer will work with the QCU Women’s Committee and be responsible for ensuring the plans, projects and campaigns of the committee are implemented. They will also liaise with the Women’s Committee at the Australian Council of Trade Unions. The Women’s officer will need a comprehensive understanding of issues impacting women in the workforce and more broadly in the community, as well as a thorough understanding of how trade union campaigning and education programs can make a difference to the lives of women.

The role of Women’s Officer may be performed by the successful candidate for either of the advertised positions.

If you have any queries about this aspect of the roles, please contact Renee Kempin on 07 3010 2555.


The Queensland Council of Unions is the peak union body in Queensland. It is comprised of 26 affiliate unions, and represents more than 350,000 Queensland workers.

Our Mission Statement is “Leading Unions to achieve industrial, political and social justice for Queensland Workers”.

Job Purpose

The campaign officer will be responsible for the implementation of QCU campaigns across Queensland which improve the lives of working people, build power in workplaces and communities, increase union membership and promote a positive image of the trade union movement and the QCU.

Campaigning will occur on the ground and on-line.

The campaign officer will report directly to the Assistant General Secretary and indirectly, and ultimately, to the General Secretary.

Key Responsibilities

  • In consultation with the Assistant General Secretary and affiliate unions, identify opportunities for campaigns that will improve the lives of union members, result in union growth and increase union power.
  • Develop and execute implementation plans for endorsed campaigns that will improve the lives of union members, result in union growth and increase union power.
  • Identify, develop and support community and workplace activists to become campaign leaders.
  • Develop networks of leaders to assist in the planning of campaigns and to ensure the successful execution of campaigns.
  • Participate in campaign networks that will help QCU identify and incorporate innovative strategies, techniques and tools into union campaigns.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships and assist in building capacity with affiliates, QCU Branches, community organisations and other key stakeholders.
  • Provide support to and implement campaigns arising from relevant QCU Standing Committees as directed.
  • Develop material to support and promote agreed union campaigns and events.
  • Design and implement innovative online campaign strategies that convert online engagement to offline measurable participation in campaign activities.
  • Build online profile and engagement relating to campaigns.
  • Conduct effective reviews of campaigns and provide recommendations for future improvement.
  • Backfill the media functions of the media and communications officer when they are on leave.

Required knowledge, experience and abilities

  • A demonstrated and comprehensive understanding of union organising, campaigning and education principles;
  • An ability to manage and implement successful community or industry campaigns to build power and increase union member or community participation
  • Experience in liaising with a range of stakeholders and in developing relationships and networks;
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, develop and support community and/or workplace activists.
  • Demonstrated ability to use online campaigning techniques and platforms to build participation in campaigns;
  • Experience in managing and using campaign databases.
  • Understanding and knowledge of contemporary issues impacting on workplaces;
  • Understanding and knowledge of the QCU, its values, policies and organisational structures.

Personal attributes 

  • Demonstrated commitment to the values and principles of trade unionism and ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders within the trade union movement;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the respect and values of cultural and social diversity both within the workforce and the community;
  • Well-developed personal organisational and administrative skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Ability to work with staff to promote a cooperative and cohesive team approach. 


This full-time position is based in Brisbane. Some travel is required in this role.

Applicants must have a current driver’s license.

The QCU supports Equal Employment Opportunity and encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and women with relevant experience and skills to apply. 

Key selection criteria 

The ideal candidate must have the required knowledge, experience and abilities as well as the personal attributes listed above. Applications should address each of the items listed under these headings. 

Application process 

To obtain the position description and selection criteria, or for any further information regarding the position, please contact Ms Renee Kempin on (07) 3010 2555 or reneek@qcu.asn.au using the subject line: Campaigns Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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