Media & Communications Adviser, Senator Janet Rice

Employer: Senator Janet Rice

Position: Media & Communications Adviser

Work Type: Full Time

Salary: $62,895.00-$73,431.00 per annum

Allowances: Electorate Staff Allowance (ESA) from $10,427.00 per annum

Location: Melbourne, Victoria


Victorian Greens Senator Janet Rice is seeking a passionate and engaged communications professional to join her team, based at her Coburg office.

Working in a fast paced, dynamic work environment, the Media & Communications Adviser will be responsible for developing high quality communications across a range of platforms and settings.

The Media & Communications Adviser will support the Senator’s media engagement, social media presences, speeches and other communications with a variety of audiences.

The successful applicant can expect to undertake tasks such as developing and maintaining relationships with journalists, pitching stories, responding to interview requests, writing media releases and other content for publication, organising media conferences and events, managing social media engagement and web content, preparing speeches, and monitoring the media.

The Media & Communications Adviser will accompany the Senator to Canberra during parliamentary sitting weeks.


The position is offered under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984, and employment conditions are outlined in the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Collective Agreement 2012–2015. In addition to the salary, employer-sponsored superannuation of 15% is offered.

The position is offered at an Electorate Officer B classification ($62,895-$73,431 per annum) with an additional Electorate Staff Allowance (beginning at $10,427 per annum, to be negotiated) offered in recognition of, and as compensation for, reasonable additional hours of work and official travel undertaken outside of business hours. If the Electorate Staff Allowance is not taken up, time off in lieu provisions can be negotiated.

The senator’s work base is in Coburg, Victoria. This role involves regular travel to Canberra during parliamentary sitting weeks.


- Social media and web content management
- Media monitoring
- Media liaison and coordination
- Speechwriting
- Messaging design and campaign communications


1. Highly developed written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
2. Demonstrated experience of working in media within a political, community or lobbying organisation, or as a media professional.
3. Demonstrated understanding of the Australian media landscape across all media (radio, television, print and online).
4. Sound understanding of online media and social media platforms, trends and engagement opportunities.
5. Demonstrated skills in writing for specific audiences, including speechwriting and copywriting.
6. Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities and work to tight deadlines in a fast-paced team environment.
7. Sound knowledge and understanding of Australian Greens policies.
8. Strong analytical skills and demonstrated capacity to comprehend complex issues, think strategically and adapt to changing circumstances.
9. Experience in developing and implementing media strategies.
10. Commitment to the Australian Greens’ Principles and Charter.
11. Commitment to contributing to a collaborative team.


To apply, please provide responses to the selection criteria, your CV (maximum 3 pages) and a cover letter (max 2 pages) noting how your experience is relevant and why you’d be a good fit for the role. Ideally all these application documents would be submitted as one PDF file.

Applications should be forwarded via email using the subject line: Application – Media & Communications Adviser to

Please note, all employees are expected to sign a confidentiality and code of conduct agreement prior to the commencement of their employment. A probationary period of 3 months, with the option of extending by a maximum of two months, will apply. This is an ongoing position, but all positions are open to restructure following an election.

The Australian Greens actively encourage applications from any interested and qualified people. We don’t discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability – and welcome people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply for all our roles. We recognise the richness and value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the unique knowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees bring to workplaces, policy development and service delivery.

Closing date: 
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 5:00pm