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Senior Communications Specialist

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) is Victoria’s peak body for people who have a lived experience of mental health or emotional challenges. We are run by consumers, for consumers.

Your lived experience and those of other consumers matters.

VMIAC is going through a period of growth and we are busier than ever at this exciting time.


  • An experienced Communications professional to lead our talented Communications team and to develop and drive a Communications strategy
  • As a member based organisation our communication with members is crucial, as is the strengthening of our critical external relationships and the elevation of our profile.
  • We need you with your advanced skills and professional approach to deliver for us.

Position overview

This position is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating VMIAC’s strategic communication plan to support VMIAC’s 4 Year Strategic Plan. The strategic communication plan will focus on systemic advocacy work to influence mental health public policy and enable expansion and empowerment of VMIAC’s diverse membership base.


Applicants must have lived experience of mental health issues and/or emotional distress and consumer of mental health services. Applicants will receive supervision and support but must be work ready and able to fulfil all requirements of the role.



  • Demonstrated skills and experience in leading a communications and media function and building a strategic communication plan;
  • Significant achievements and experience in leading social media campaigns/channels delivering successful outcomes with stakeholders;
  • Existing relationships with relevant Australian media;
  • Strategic digital experience to grow audiences;
  • The ability to work both in a team and independently and to a formal work plan with proven ability to meet deadlines while delivering quality results;
  • Qualifications in communications, and/or equivalent sector experience.

Highly Regarded

  • Exposure to complex, advocacy or political environments would be highly advantageous.
  • Experience in the community sector in membership based organisations will be a significant advantage.

Essential licence or registration requirements

  • Lived / Living experience as a consumer of mental health services
  • Current Police Check and Working with Children Check


Attractive remuneration package are attached to each role and include:

  • Ongoing - 0.8 FTE
  • SCHADS Award Level 6 Pay Point 1 plus superannuation
  • Salary packaging options available
  • Four weeks annual leave with a 17.5% leave loading
  • Flexible working options available


All VMIAC roles include training and development opportunities, which can include the development of leadership and other required skills and attendance at conferences.

For enquiries please contact Craig Wallace on craig.wallace@vmiac.org.au using the subject line: Senior Communications Specialist enquiry via EthicalJobs.

No late applications will be accepted.

Interviews will be held in the weeks following the closing date.

A position description is attached.

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