12 January, 2024

Senior Media and Communications Advisor

The Organisation

The Coalition of Peaks is a representative body of more than eighty Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled peak organisations and members.  The Coalition of Peaks have come together as an act of self-determination to be formal partners with Australian governments and share in decision-making on Closing the Gap to improve the life outcomes of our people.

The Coalition of Peaks are signatories to the National Agreement on Closing the Gap and the Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap, and have a role of keeping governments to account on commitments within the Agreements.

The Coalition of Peaks members are supported by a Policy and Secretariat Team who are hosted by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).

The Policy and Secretariat Team supports the work of the Coalition of Peaks, providing high level and comprehensive policy and strategic advice to Peaks Members, to support the implementation and monitoring of actions in the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

We share a belief that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should have a meaningful say on policies and programs related to Closing the Gap through formal partnerships with Australian governments at all levels. As our journey continues, the Coalition of Peaks Secretariat are now looking for Senior Media and Communications Advisor to promote the work of the Coalition of Peaks and the National Agreement.

The Role

The Senior Media and Communications Advisor is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic communications plans and the broad promotion of the National Agreement of Closing the Gap.

In addition, the Senior Media and Communications Advisor will be expected to respond to media exposure and requests in a timely and strategic way that further engages and/or promotes the work of the Coalition of Peaks and the National Agreement,  builds a strong narrative so that our position is clear.

In this role you will:

  • Manage the implementation of communications strategies and activities.
  • Provide communications advice and support to the wider team.
  • Develop and manage a social media strategy, including social media channels, website, newsletters, and public material.
  • Leverage key events including the development of media releases, talking points, supporting materials, media liaison, and media collateral.
  • Build and maintain strong, effective relationships with a wide range of nationally dispersed stakeholders.
  • Develop and deliver high-quality, accurate communication materials, including writing copy, editing, proofreading.
  • Promote, enhance, and represent the Coalition of Peaks through effective media and stakeholder relations.
  • Contribute to Coalition of Peaks priorities and objectives as required.


  • Tertiary qualifications in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, change management or a related field, or equivalent professional experience (minimum 5 years’ experience).
  • Demonstrated experience working with online publishing tools and experience working in print or online media/social media platforms.


  • Demonstrated ability to uphold the principles of cultural safety including an ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Extensive experience in media relations as demonstrated in previous roles.
  • Experience in managing integrated media and/or public relations campaigns and a sound understanding of social media and digital communications trends and strategies.
  • Sound knowledge of media operations with contacts across print, radio, television, and online; and experience in liaising with and pitching to the media and a proven ability to obtain coverage.
  • High-level oral and written communication, interpersonal, negotiation, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to effectively work under tight deadlines and manage projects independently, prioritising and managing workflow.
  • Experience using online media databases.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to think strategically and analytically.

Highly desirable

  • Experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.
  • Experience working in health communication.
  • Experience in social and behaviour change communications.

Values and Behaviours

  • Personal drive, high level of integrity and the ability to work collaboratively.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to be an open and transparent communicator.
  • Flexible and open to ambiguity with the ability to work to short timeframes.
  • Creative thinker and keen team player.

Cultural Competency & Leadership

  • It is expected that all members of the Policy and Secretariat Team demonstrate leadership and cultural competency through their behaviour, and their expectations of other’s behaviour, to maintain our high quality and sound policy advice to our Members.

The successful candidate will require A Working with Vulnerable People Clearance and satisfactory Police Check before commencement.