Published January 11, 2022
Last Modified January 12, 2022
Penington Institute
95 Drummond St, Carlton, Australia
Contact Phone Number
Closing Date
February 8, 2022

Job Description

Penington Institute, an independent and not-for-profit organisation, actively supports the adoption of approaches to drug use that promote safety and human dignity. It does so through thought leadership, community education, front-line worker training, research and policy formation.

We’re currently recruiting for a Communications Officer to work closely with the Director of Strategic Communications as a vital member of the Communications team. The team is responsible for building our reputation for finding sensible solutions in complex contexts. You will work across a range of traditional and new channels, ready to help our organisation shift strategic gears in how we communicate to influence and advocate for change.

The ideal candidate will be eager to learn, problem solve and support the team as an 'all-rounder' across a range of disciplines and projects.

The position is a full-time or negotiated part-time contract for two years. The remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant and includes access to generous not for profit salary packaging.

Please read the position description here.

Ensure your application includes a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and current CV. People with a multi-lingual or diverse background are encouraged to apply.

For further information on this position, please contact Kerrie McMahon on +613 9650 0699.

Submit your application to

Applications close on Tuesday 8th February 2022 at 5pm; you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Key Selection Criteria

Responsibilities of the role:

Media management:

  • Under the guidance of the Director of Strategic Communications, develop media advocacy strategies to support the organisation’s policy goals and enhance the organisation’s visibility and reputation
  • Writing and editing for the organisation’s publications and other communications resources:
  • Working with the Director of Strategic Communications, provide editorial support as appropriate to the organisation’s marketing campaigns.
  • Research, write and edit content for a range of electronic media channels, including Penington Institute’s Facebook, Twitter and Instragram accounts, websites and EDMs.
  • Assist in moderating and maintaining these channels, including by responding to stakeholder enquiries and comments
  • Assist in evaluating the efficacy of online campaigns and posts.
  • Contribute to the expansion of Penington Institute’s online presence, including using analytics and SEO.

Team membership:

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders, both internal and external, representing the organisation when agreed and as appropriate
  • Provide support and input to other activities across the team and wider organisation as agreed
  • Provide information, support and secondary consultation in response to ad hoc requests and queries as appropriate
  • Prepare and present reports and briefings as required
  • Cooperate and collaborate with work colleagues within the organisation.
  • Other duties as directed

Work performance standards:

  • Ensure that all work undertaken and delivered is of high quality and meets professional standards.

Desired skills and qualifications:

  • Tertiary qualifications in journalism and/or significant industry experience as a journalist/reporter
  • Ability to produce, generate, edit and design content
  • Able to write and edit copy for a diverse range of publications
  • Ability to convert complex concepts into visually appealing and logical forms
  • Ability to develop communication material suitable for diverse cohorts
  • Ability to design, create, monitor and promote social media content/campaigns
  • Experience using digital tools/strategy
  • Ability to develop media strategy and content
  • A commitment to Penington Institute’s values and purpose.