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Communications Manager

The Next Economy
  • Position Type: 12 months fixed term contract
  • Days /week: 3-4 days / week
  • Location: Brisbane preferred

The Next Economy - We support regions to thrive in the next economy

The Next Economy is an independent, not-for-profit entity that partners with communities and regions that are facing disruption due to the changing climate and the decarbonisation of Australia's economy. Our aim is to assist them to develop economic strategies that are mutually beneficial for people and the planet on which we all depend.

The Next Economy team works with stakeholders across government, industry, civil society, and communities to tackle changes across the energy, land-use and other economic sectors. We facilitate collaboration on economic transition opportunities, support region-led action, and build the capacity of decision and policymakers to manage change.

Over the past five years, we have worked in regions with significant economic ties to fossil fuels including Central Queensland, the Latrobe Valley, the Hunter Valley and the Northern Territory. A recent example of this work involved partnering with the Gladstone Regional Council to develop their 10-year Economic Transition Roadmap, which was awarded the 2023 Local Government Managers Australia (Queensland) Award for Excellence.

Our growing team comprises of a passionate group of individuals who are committed to effecting positive change in the various systems that underpin our economy. We bring expertise from across a range of disciplines including economic and community development; energy sector and low carbon transition strategies; social sciences; environmental sustainability; social innovation and enterprise development; transformative leadership training; and change management.

Purpose of the Role

The role of the Communications Manager is to develop and implement The Next Economy’s Communications Strategy and Plan; to share and amplify the impact of the organisation’s work; influence key stakeholders; and elevate the national conversation about what good regional economic development looks like.

Essential Skills & Experience:

Knowledge & Skills

  • Understanding of and experience working in the Australian media environment. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure, manage multiple projects with shifting and short deadlines.
  • Excellent attention to detail and accurate data entry.
  • Able to work effectively with diverse stakeholders, including with people who may hold very different values and world views
  • A sophisticated understanding of the social, political, environmental, and economic environment within which TNE operates and how that may impact our work.
  • Detailed understanding of climate change and its likely impacts on the economy.
  • Understanding of how the economy needs to change to enable people to live well within planetary boundaries and the range of economic solutions that can contribute to that happening.


  • Tertiary qualifications in Communications and/or equivalent degree


  • Must have a minimum of 5 years working in a similar role.
  • Established relationships in the Australian media sector. 
  • Demonstrated experience in the design and delivery of national communications campaigns.

Please refer to the Position Description attached for more information.

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