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Communications and Research Officer - NSW


The role of the Communications and Research Officer is to inform, guide and shape the voice of the Institute to both its members and a diverse group of external stakeholders in NSW. With a focus on providing strategic communications and marketing advice, the role is responsible for the development and delivery of Chapter communications and marketing, including the preparation and coordination of media releases, graphic design and social media, and the coordination of communications for member and public events. The role also involves the undertaking of research to assist in the preparation of public submissions, and to support the advocacy objectives of the Chapter. Working to support both the Chapter President and Executive Director, the role requires a strong working relationship with a number of the Chapter's advisory committees, and in particular the Built Environment Committee.

The role is a full time permanent position based in Potts Point, NSW. View the Position Description here.

  Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop and deliver marketing and communications strategy for Chapter programs and initiatives, including Chapter communiques, media releases and social media communications
  • Increase awareness of the Institute and its activities through contemporary communications channels including social media
  • Undertake research associated with policy and strategy
  • Assist in the preparation of government (local and State) submissions in consultation with the Executive Director and relevant Chapter committee/task force members.
  • Any other duties as reasonably required

Key Skills

  • A relevant degree level qualification in communications, the arts, journalism, architecture, business or similar 
  • A minimum of three years' experience in a similar role 
  • Experience in a client servicing position 
  • Ability to work with many stakeholders and manage time effectively 
  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in excellence in architectural design and practice 
  • Experience with relevant Government and professional bodies concerned with the built environment
  • Strong proficiency and experience in policy, research and writing 
  • Advocacy program development and coordination 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with experience in either report writing, journalism or marketing 
  • A good knowledge of and experience with social media platforms 
  • Website management (content management systems including WordPress) 
  • Experience in preparing media releases and managing media contacts 
  • An ability to think and plan, both creatively and strategically, and actively engage in innovation within a team context 
  • Ability to engage with and manage multiple programs and activities simultaneously within agreed deadlines 
  • Demonstrated commitment to quality, customer service and a culture of continuous improvement 
  • Demonstrated understanding of the requirements of effective consultation and professional servicing, including an ability to work with a diverse range of professional people and partner organisations 
  • Ability to exercise diplomacy, discretion and sound judgement in dealing with confidential matters
  • Flexibility to work outside normal office hours. 
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite of software, Adobe Creative Suite and the ability to quickly learn and work with customised applications

Applications with cover letter should be addressed to Joshua Morrin. Applications close on 25 Feb 2018.