About Community Health FirstCommunity Health First unites all 24 of Victoria’s registered community health services with one shared goal – improving the health, wellbeing and quality of life for all Victorians.  Community health services play a unique and important role in ensuring access to essential support for all Victorians. Community health services operate out of more than 190 sites across metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria, employing over 10,000 people to support more than 500,000 Victorians every year.Community Health First aims to raise awareness of community health with decision-makers and influencers and showcase the work of community health state-wide.About the role This is a newly created role for a driven media communications professional committed to collaboration and excited by impact focus work. For 50 years community health services have been responding to the needs of Victorian communities, supporting millions of people through provision of high quality support and services and addressing health inequalities. The Media & Communications Advisor will play a key role in providing expert media relations advice, driving the creation of high-quality media content, and telling compelling stories about the impact of community health across Victoria through external communications and media. You will be a strong communicator and writer, with strong media connections, a passion for storytelling, an interest in collaborating with and working alongside a wide range of stakeholders across the state, and the skills to think strategically and work autonomously to drive projects forward. What you will be doing Key Responsibilities Leading, coordinating and managing external communications for Community Health First through media, social media, website and campaign collateral. Generating proactive media opportunities to promote the work of community health and handling incoming reactive media enquiries. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including journalists, to deliver on Community Health First’s objectives. Investigating new ways to tell the story of community health in Victoria.Participating, as required, in external stakeholder relations, briefing spokespeople, developing speaking notes for external engagements Supporting communications staff in partner organisations with brand guidance and maintaining shared assets through a resource librarySupporting key events throughout the year, ranging from CEO workshops to parliamentary delegations, with written materials and project management.  What you will bringThe skills and experience you will bring to this roleTertiary qualifications or relevant on the job experience in communications, marketing, or a related discipline Demonstrated experience in pitching to media and responding to media enquiries Current media relationships or ability to develop themDemonstrated experience in developing communication materials and providing communication advice Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to create, write, edit and proof content for a range of audiences and channels to meet tight deadlines Finding and sharing interesting and unique stories that engage new audiences.Experience in event planning or support.Knowledge and experience using information systems, including Microsoft Office suite.Desirable – experience with WordPress, Campaign Monitor, InDesign, Canva and social media platforms. AttributesDemonstrated organisational capabilities and attention to detail with strong time management skillsA team player with well-developed interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work co-operatively with a range of peopleAn ability to work sensitively with people of diverse cultures, abilities, ages, sexualities and gender identities Understanding of the Victorian community health sector, or an interest in working in community health Project management or campaign management experienceDemonstrated behaviours consistent with Access Health and Community valuesHow to applySubmit your application including your resume and cover letter addressing the skills and experiences you can bring to the role.Please email, Sam Blake, Strategic Advisor Community Health First: sam.blake@accesshc.org.au if you would like further information about the role.Applications close 24 May 2024We will be reviewing applications as they are submitted and may appoint the role before the end of date of the advertisement.Access Health and Community Culture and BenefitsThis role will be based at AccessHC, one of the 24 partner organisations.At AccessHC we offer more than just a fulfilling career; we invest in our people and provide an environment where you can thrive in a culture of collaboration and support. Our team members share commitment and passion to make a positive impact and this ethos creates a range of benefits for our people from opportunities for personal and professional growth to a sense of purpose and belonging.Our culture promotes an environment of success and fulfilment. Join us and experience a career where you truly make a difference. The position encompasses an extensive range of benefits:Supportive and values based culture and engaged workforceCulture of trust and empowerment for people to grow and thriveCommitment to a work-life balance with flexible working conditionsFocus on staff wellbeing and health - Employee Assistance Program (EAP)Commitment to ongoing professional development and career growthPaid parental leave and opportunity to purchase additional leaveAnnual leave loadingGenerous salary packaging opportunities (up to $15,990 per annum + $2,650 meals/entertainment expenses)Read more about our culture and benefits: https://accesshc.org.au/culture-and-benefitsAccess Health and Community (AccessHC) is a Child Safe Organisation that values inclusivity and diversity. We encourage applications from people with disabilities, those with lived experience of mental health and/or alcohol and other drugs (AOD) challenges, and those with diverse genders and sexualities. At AccessHC, our vision for reconciliation is an Australia where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience equitable health and social outcomes. Our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) will contribute to achieving reconciliation. We will seek an understanding of and acknowledging histories and injustices, support the active expression of culture, build strong, trusting relationships, and apply culturally appropriate practices within our work.   We will work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to create a welcoming and safe place for everyone at our services. AccessHC acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work. We pay our respects to Wurundjeri Elders past, present, and future, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and we acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded. As a vaccine positive organisation, we encourage COVID-19 vaccinations and require successful applicants to undergo a NDIS Check, Working With Children Check, Police Check and potentially an International Check. Position Description AUD Hawthorn 3122