Media Relations Officer


Salary: $50-55k pa


(Canberra)


ACL is seeking a highly motivated person to fill the role of Media Relations Officer commencing in late January 2011. 


 ACL is a grass roots lobby group which aims to see Christian principles and ethics accepted and influencing the way we are governed, do business and relate to each other as a community. In short, ACL seeks to foster a more just, compassionate and moral society.

Media is an essential part of ACL’s role as it speaks into the public square and the organisation has achieved a very credible reputation for Christian public commentary. 

ACL is seeking a highly motivated person to fill the role of Media Relations Officer commencing in late January 2011.

 

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Monitor national media to identify media opportunities

  • Prepare and distribute ACL media releases

  • Facilitate media requests for interviews and information

  • Develop and maintain relationships with key media contacts

  • Grow ACL’s presence in the Christian and secular media

  • Writing for ACL’s blog and other publications

  • Managing content on ACL’s websites

  • Media relations management for ACL forums, conferences and other events

  • Assist in formulating ACL media lines and positions

  • Facilitate ACL’s communication with supporters by producing the weekly E-news and monthly newsletter

  • Assist with the training of ACL staff and supporters in media awareness

  • Provide the media point of contact for ACL State Offices

  • Provide media support for ACL State Directors

  • Produce ACL’s annual report and other corporate material

  • Produce ACL’s weekly radio and television spots


 

Experience and qualifications:


 

  • Experience in public relations, media or journalism

  • A tertiary qualification in media, public relations or communication is highly desirable, but experience will be taken into account

  • Experience of the Australian political system is preferred, but an understanding of it is a requirement

  • Experience in public policy development is preferred, but the applicant must display understanding of the process of policy development in Australia.


 

Character and Complementary Skills

  • A vibrant Christ-centred faith as evidenced by a commitment to regularly engaging God in prayer, reflection and His Word

  • Intentionally engaged in an expression of local church

  • Personal qualities including:


-          Highly developed written and oral communication skills

-          Capacity to work under pressure and meet short time deadlines

-          Proven intellectual capacity

-          Display in his/her private and professional life a Christian worldview that will allow him/her to represent the Lobby and its purpose

-          Integrity

-          Good personal organization

-          Servant leadership qualities

  • A well developed biblical worldview would be an advantage, with basic understanding of a diverse range of areas including theology, philosophy, economics, sociology, law, ethics and history

  • Demonstrated ability to perform web based research

  • Competent in using Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, web content management software and in navigating databases


 

Applications should be made attention to the Chief of Staff and can be e-mailed to pa@acl.org.au. Applications close on Friday December 10.