Media & Communications Adviser

Office of Senator-elect Lidia Thorpe

Closing Date

Monday, July,13 2020 - 08:00 am

Job Title: Media & Communications Adviser Role classification: Electorate Officer B
Location: Melbourne Travel: Regular interstate
Salary range: $72,150 - $77,926 p.a. plus 15% superannuation Position Type: Full time
Allowances: $8,058 - 12,087  p.a. Reports To: Chief of Staff
Anticipated start date: Early August (date negotiable)    


Victorian Greens Senator-elect Lidia Thorpe is seeking a driven media or public relations professional to join her team. This is a key position within a small team that works in a high-paced, dynamic work environment.

This position works directly with the Senator and Chief of Staff to develop and execute the Senator’s media and communications strategy, targeting key audiences across a range of platforms and outlets.

The Media & Communications Adviser will provide advice on media appearances and messaging, as well as responding to interview requests, writing media releases and other content for publication including digital content. This position will manage and integrate the Senator’s social media platforms and coordinate digital content production for those platforms.

The Media & Communications Adviser will be expected to accompany the Senator on official business as required and therefore can expect to work irregular hours and to travel regularly.

The position will be based in Melbourne and require frequent travel to Canberra.


The position is offered under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984, and employment conditions are outlined in the Members of Parliament (Staff) Enterprise Agreement 2016-2019. In addition to the salary, employer-sponsored superannuation of 15% is offered.

The position is offered at an Electorate Officer B classification with a salary range of $72,150 - $77,926 p.a. (depending on prior experience) plus 15% superannuation. The role attracts an additional Electorate Staff Allowance in the range of $8,058 to $12,087 per annum, in recognition of reasonable additional hours of work and travel outside of business hours.


  • Media liaison, management and interviews

  • Social media and web content management

  • Messaging design and audience targeting

  • Campaign communications strategy, integration and support


  • Flexibility and initiative

  • Enthusiasm, confidence and self-direction

  • Ability to work effectively and amicably under pressure

  • A respect for sensitive and confidential information 

  • Personality to form a close rapport with the Senator and quickly develop an appreciation of her communications style and persona


  1. Highly developed written, oral and interpersonal communication skills

  2. Demonstrated experience of working with the media within a political, community or lobbying organisation, or as a media professional

  3. Demonstrated understanding of personal brand management 

  4. Demonstrated understanding of the Australian media landscape across all media (radio, television, print and online)

  5. Experience in developing and implementing media and communication strategies

  6. Strong digital content management skills (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) and an ability to capture photos and videos while staffing the Senator

  7. Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities and work to tight deadlines in a fast-paced team environment

  8. Understanding of the context of Aboriginal rights and interests within Australian society and culture 

  9. Sound knowledge and understanding of Australian Greens' policies, and the wider Australian political context 

  10. Strong analytical skills and demonstrated capacity to comprehend complex issues, think strategically and adapt to changing circumstances

  11. Commitment to the Australian Greens' Principles and Charter

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.

The Australian Greens encourage applications from any interested and qualified people. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply. We don’t discriminate on the basis of sex, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. We welcome people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply for all our roles.


To apply, please provide:

  1. Responses to the selection criteria

  2. Your resume (maximum 3 pages) and 

  3. A cover letter (max 2 pages) noting how your experience is relevant and why you’d be a good fit for the role 

All these application documents should be submitted as one PDF file.

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

Applications close 8am, Monday 13 July 2020