Media And Communications Officer

Media and Communications Officer – Grade 5/6

  • Work in a volunteer-based agency supporting communities of NSW
  • Full-time role based in Wollongong
  • Join a high-performing team

About the Opportunity

The Media and Communications Officer supports and builds organisational capability in, and provides member support for media, social media, grants, branding and communications advice. The role undertakes media enquiries and manages and supports adoption and use of social media platforms and applications.

About the NSW SES
Our Mission: NSW SES saving lives and protecting communities.
Our Vision: Be the best volunteer emergency service agency in Australia.

NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) is an emergency and rescue service made up almost entirely of volunteers that are supported by a small staff contingent. NSW SES is a key influencer of other emergency service agencies and works closely with these partners to modernise and grow volunteering to save lives and protect communities.

While major responsibilities are for flood, storm operations and tsunamis, NSW SES also provides the majority of general rescue effort in the rural parts of the state. This includes road accident rescue, vertical rescue, bush search and rescue, evidence searches (both metropolitan and rural), other forms of specialist rescue that may be required due to local threats, Urban Search and Rescue and Community First Response.

About you
To be successful in this role you will:
  • Have demonstrated previous experience in writing, editing and publishing various items such as media releases, talking points, speeches, newsletters, web content, and social media posts that reflect key messages and align with media strategies.

  • Have strong communicative and interpersonal skills so as to collaborate, advise and train various stakeholders.

  • The ability to maintain awareness of critical issues relating to NSW SES within the media.

  • Experience in planning, developing and implementing communication strategies, plans, media campaigns and events.

How to apply
Your application should include:
  • A cover letter (maximum of one page) responding to the essential requirements and your interest in the role;
  • Responses to each of the targeted questions (maximum of one page per answer); and
  • An up-to-date resume of no more than two pages detailing your skills and experience relevant to the role

Targeted questions
  • Describe a time when you need to deliver a live media interview or produce a media release for a complex topic or situation. In your answer, please outline the steps you took, who you collaborated with, and the outcome?
  • Describe a time when you identified an opportunity to promote a spokesperson or an organisation to the media. Please outline what the opportunity was, how you identified it, the actions you took to promote it to the media, how you promoted the spokesperson/organisation, and the outcome?

Find out more
For more information about the role, applications are encouraged to contact
Scott Hodder at E: or T: 0429 420 252
A Recruitment Pool may be created to fill similar roles for both ongoing and temporary opportunities if and as they arise.
Applications close: Monday 30th November 2020 at 11.59pm
The NSW State Emergency Service is a proud employer of a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural background, faith, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are committed to reflecting the diverse community we serve and creating an inclusive and flexible workplace. People with disability are supported to access adjustments in recruitment processes and in the workplace, to enable them to demonstrate their skills and capabilities to meet the requirements of the job. As supporters of flexible working, we welcome discussions about how our roles can be undertaken flexibly.