Part-Time Media Relations Officer


ACL is seeking a highly motivated person for a three month part-time role as Media Relations Officer based in Canberra.

This is a new position for immediate start in August 2012 with a view to extend it beyond the initial three months.

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 mid August 2012.

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 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 fortnightly 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 organisation

- 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 [email protected]