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NSW Council of Social Service

Applications Closing: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 17:00

The position leads the development and implementation of a media and communication strategy to shape the public debate, turn NCOSS work into news stories, raise NCOSS’s profile as a “go-to” organisation on social justice/social policy matters, and ensure “cut through” on key messages.

The position also manages the production, dissemination and/or marketing of NCOSS publications, key information and products – including the website, social media and other communications channels.


  • Raise NCOSS’s profile as a leading voice on social justice issues by:
    • Building relationships with the media;
    • Proactively identifying media opportunities and organizing media events; and
    • Working with the CEO, Deputy CEO and other staff to identify, develop and place stories and respond to emerging issues.
  • Prepare media releases, articles, speeches, and presentations as required. 
  • Grow NCOSS’s social media profile and use of social media as an advocacy and engagement tool.
  • Work with policy and advocacy and other staff to identify opportunities for using different media channels to promote NCOSS work, to reach a wider audience, and to provide a regular flow of ‘news-worthy’ stories  
  • Provide expert advice and input on advocacy campaigns in regards to use of mainstream and social media.
  • Work with member and partner organisations, ACOSS, state COSSs and other bodies as required on joint media and campaign initiatives.
  • Participate in team meetings, the development of strategic and operational plans and other internal processes as required.
  • Demonstrate commitment to NCOSS values, code of conduct and legislative requirements. 
  • Other duties as required.
Category: Media, Communications & Marketing
Field: Corporate Social Responsibility
Job Location: Sydney CBD
About us

The NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) is a peak body for the not-for-profit community sector in New South Wales. NCOSS provides independent and informed policy advice, and plays a key coordination and leadership role for the sector. We work on behalf of disadvantaged people and communities towards achieving social justice in NSW.

In 2016, the Board of NCOSS adopted new strategic directions aimed at ensuring NCOSS is:

  • An influential voice: NCOSS is an influential voice for and with people experiencing poverty and inequality in NSW, and the community organisations that work with them
  • A Platform for Possibility: NCOSS is a place where people and organisations come together to create change, opportunity and knowledge for and with people experiencing poverty and inequality

Strong and Connected: NCOSS has a talented and cohesive team that is resourced to do its work; and connected and responsive to both our members and people experiencing poverty and

Position details
Essential Selection Criteria:


  • Background in communications and media with demonstrated media liaison and strategy skills
  • Experience with the use of social media platforms to promote organisational objectives
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Sound judgement and political acumen
  • Proven ability to build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders 
  • Ability to work collaboratively, quickly get across detail and deal with pressure and tight deadlines
  • Commitment to social justice


Desirable Selection Criteria:


  • Involvement with the Not-for-Profit sector and/or membership organisations
  • Project management skills
  • Understanding of government and parliamentary processes
Other Information:

Maternity leave position

1 year contract

35 hour week

EBA Grade 6 $77,209 (pro rata)

Position Description: Download position description
Contact details
Contact Name: Terri Fairbairn
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 89607901
How to apply

Please send your resume and a cover letter of no more than two pages covering the selection criteria to

Date posted: 05 April 2017

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