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Communications Manager - Remote / Work from Home

The Sunrise Project

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  • This role can be located anywhere in Australia

About The Campaign

Australia has all the resources it needs to make the shift to clean, renewable energy. Yet, the shift isn’t happening at the pace and scale required to solve the climate crisis – and the benefits are not yet flowing to those most affected by the transformation.

Renew Australia For All is a new, people-powered collaboration backed by unions, social services, environment and climate organisations and industry. We are united in our belief that Australia must act faster to reap the benefits of the global transition to renewable energy.

Together, we are collaborating to ensure our politicians deliver the policy and investment required to:

  • Repower homes, transport and communities with cleaner, healthier, more reliable and affordable energy and improved energy efficiency,
  • Lock in secure, safe, well-paid jobs by repowering our industries and homes with renewable energy and seizing new opportunities to make things in Australia that the world needs, like green iron and aluminium,
  • Support communities to better prepare, withstand and recover from the extreme weather that climate change is already producing.
  • Future-proof the electricity grid with wind and solar supported by battery storage and a real plan to get the right renewables in the right places, with local community benefits built-in

About The Role

The Communications Manager is responsible for designing and implementing effective communications strategies, critical to achieving the collaboration’s goals.

They will engage closely with a wide variety of people across a diverse network to implement a long-term communications strategy to change the way energy transformation opportunities are spoken about in the public narrative. They will also seize rapid-response communications opportunities as they arise.

The Communications Manager will provide savvy, strategic advice to stakeholders, ensuring that the collaboration’s communications are aligned and laser-focused on its goals.

The Communications Manager will ensure the collaboration achieves outcomes that would not be possible by individual organisations acting alone.

About Sunrise

Driven by a passion to solve the climate crisis, The Sunrise Project is a team of experienced change-makers with a mission to scale social movements to drive the global transition beyond fossil fuels. With affiliated programs and staff in the United States, Europe and Asia, we have developed a unique model of grant making and campaigning that supports networks of organisations to drive powerful change towards our mission.

We have a dynamic and nimble organisational culture. We’re serious about supporting our people to thrive as we tackle the urgent climate challenge. We believe that a diversity of experiences and perspectives will help us build stronger strategies, teams and movements. We take the broadest possible view of diversity and encourage First Nations/Indigenous people, people of colour, people living outside of cities, people living with disabilities, neurodiverse, and LGBTQIA+ people to apply. We are continually working on becoming a better workplace for everyone. Find out more here.

About You

You are a talented communications professional with razor-sharp media analysis.

You have a knack for spotting opportunities to shift public narrative on key issues and demystify complex policy areas. You’re passionate about ensuring that every communications intervention cuts through, and helps to achieve campaign goals.

You love working with groups of people to come together, design high-impact plans, and build consensus on a path forward. You’re up for working with a room of CEOs one day and a room of grassroots campaigners the next.

You’re also comfortable in a fast-paced, rapid-response environment, and great at quickly building consensus and catalysing action with internal and external stakeholders when there’s an unmissable opportunity.

You’re great at managing diverse working groups and teams of staff, and complex projects with ambitious goals.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop, articulate and implement compelling communications strategies to achieve real-world outcomes;
  • Oversee a small team of contracted staff (digital comms, research lead and PR consultant as needed) to help develop, collaborate on, and implement creative communications and engagement strategies;
  • Oversee the creation of communications assets as and when required;
  • Identify and support rapid-response interventions in reactive or pivotal external moments – consulting, building consensus, and collaborating to bring them to life;
  • Oversee the commissioning of relevant research, analysis and strategic scanning to inform the development of effective change strategies;
  • Build and maintain trusting relationships and partnerships with industry groups, community organisations and working groups; providing them with strategic communications guidance and analysis;
  • Oversee, align and coordinate collaboration communications by program partners and spokespeople;
  • Assess & evaluate the communications impact of the movement

Skills, knowledge and experience

  • At least 5 years’ experience in a similar or related role (including unpaid, grassroots or lived experience; or other relevant transferable skills and experience).
  • Sophisticated skills in managing media & communications programs, including commissioning research and evaluating campaign impact;
  • Experience managing and directing small teams of staff and consultants;
  • Experience working with big, diverse groups to align common interests and achieve powerful outcomes,
  • A high level of emotional intelligence, with excellent interpersonal communication and group facilitation skills
  • An understanding of how social movements achieve change
  • Working knowledge of climate & energy politics and policy in Australia
  • A passion for supporting action on climate change and a commitment to social justice.

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience

  • Some experience as a public spokesperson for campaigns
  • Experience in coalition or alliance-based campaign environments
  • Relationships in the Australian political media landscape

Job requirements

  • You must have full working rights for Australia.
  • Intermittent travel domestically with advanced notice may be required.
  • COVID-19 vaccinations may apply in accordance with local legislation and/or organisational policy


The Sunrise Project is committed to creating a workplace that supports our staff to do their best work and develop professionally. We have the following in place to help us achieve that, noting pro rata will apply for part time staff and/or temporarily appointed staff:

  • Superannuation 12.5% & Salary Sacrifice for Superannuation

  • Sunrise Time Off:

    • Additional Annual Leave 5 days p.a.
    • Long Service Leave available after 5 years of service
    • Birthday Leave 1 day p.a.
    • Solidarity and Community Leave 1 week p.a
    • Cultural Leave 4 days p.a (+ floating public holidays)
    • Gifted Leave (over Christmas and New Year)
    • Paid Parental Leave of 7.5 mths (inclusive of GPPL) - gender-neutral & inclusive of all family types, incl. Parental Return To Work & Keeping In Touch Program
    • Life Leave up to 40 days p.a. for significant personal reasons
    • Flexible Working Policy
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • VIDA - An AI tool to support you working safely remotely
  • Generous allowances for:
  • Workspace Benefits incl: Macbook & accessories, initial $2,000 for home workspace and IT equipment + $800 every 2 years + up to $75/mth phone/data/internet.
  • Shared office support
  • Regular all-org and team meetings & retreats
  • Learning & Development Program incl. a professional development budget for you
  • Coaching & manager support with regular 1:1 meetings
  • Annual performance & development reviews with 360 feedback
  • A co-developed work plan to ensure clarity on your role & key responsibilities
  • We provide our staff with a voice on issues that concern them via consultation, e.g. JEDI caucuses, working groups, slack channels, surveys and meetings.

How to apply for this job

We recognise that racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, classism and other forms of discrimination creates structural barriers that impact opportunities to formal education and experience. When assessing candidates, we look at more than the jobs you've been paid to do but the range of ways you've picked up skills and knowledge throughout your life. This is why we assess candidates on how well they respond to application questions and don’t require a cover letter.

We are partnering with the team at Kin to help us recruit this position. For any questions, please reach out to Stacey Aubry (she / her) by emailing [email protected] using the subject line: Communications Manager - Remote / Work from Home enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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