- Job posted on: 17th Dec 2020
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A key player in the regenerative agriculture space, Soils For Life is seeking an experienced Communications and Engagement Manager to further build its influence and visibility at a pivotal moment in the transformation of Australia’s food production systems.
With a new strategic plan endorsed by the Soils For Life Board, Soils For Life is well positioned to take a stronger leadership role in the regeneration of soils and landscapes nationwide. Soils for Life mission is to support Australian farmers in regenerating soils and landscapes to build natural and social capital, and transform food systems.
The Communications and Engagement Manager has a critically important role to play in boosting engagement across the sector and positioning the organisation as trusted knowledge broker and champion of soil and landscape regeneration.
Soils for Life (SFL) is a national, registered charity governed by a board and led by the CEO. Soils for Life is based in Canberra and leads and supports projects Australia-wide.
We build communities of practice around regenerative cultures and thinking to create and enable strong networks and partnerships. We support the development and dissemination of a strong evidence base to validate and share understandings of principles and practices for soil and landscape regeneration. Our holistic and transdisciplinary approach encompasses all aspects of regenerative agriculture including ecological, economic, and social transformation. We create local, on ground farmer support mechanisms including mentoring programs and networks, and we do this in partnership with a range of local and regional organisations. For example, we hold field days, webinars and support local community activities. Soils For Life speaks with an engaged audience across multiple online and offline channels.
Our research, development and adoption activities are varied, and include an extensive and long-running agricultural landscape regeneration case study program which provides interwoven, evidence-based accounts of land manager and landscape change and regeneration.
The Communications and Engagement Manager is responsible for the effective and efficient management of all communications and knowledge management activities. Current activities include our long-running farmer case study project as well as a range of other projects aimed at supporting farmers and farmer groups, and building the evidence base to support soil and landscape regeneration practices in agricultural systems.
You will be required to provide leadership across a diverse range of communications and knowledge management activities. Your initial challenge will be to work closely with the executive to develop a new communications and engagement strategy to complement a recent refresh of our organisational strategy. In addition, you will develop implementation plans, policies and procedures to ensure our entire suite of communications achieve impact.
The role works closely with the CEO in a small team environment. The CEO remains the key spokesperson for SFL.
You will also be responsible for ensuring that our messages are appropriate for our key audiences and delivered through appropriate channels to maximise reach and engagement. While the Communications and Engagement Manager must have excellent strategic and organisational skills, they must also be outcomes-oriented with solid hands-on skills as a writer and digital communications practitioner.
The position is 0.8FTE (with the possibility to extend to full-time) with an initial appointment period of three years, with the possibility of renewal or conversion to an ongoing position.
A position description is attached.