Head of Media, Communications and Media Branch (VPSG6)

Job posted: 08/06/2021
Applications close: 22/06/2021 (Midnight)
2 days remaining

2 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / until 31/12/2021

Organisation: Department of Health

Salary: $124,033 - $165,983

Occupation: Communications, Marketing and Media

Reference: VG/612764

Reference: VG/612764

Occupation: Communications, Marketing and Media

Salary Range: $124,033 - $165,983

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

The Department of Health plays a critical role in the Victorian health system and is responsible for shaping it to meet the health needs of Victorians into the future. We also lead the Victorian Government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with our partners, we oversee Victoria's health system including mental health, ageing and aged care and preventive health. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality services to all Victorians. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services.


Reporting to the Director Public Affairs, the Head of Media leads a team of media experts to oversee both proactive and reactive media engagement and manage the Department's reputation in the media.

This role is the key point of contact for journalists to seek information from the Department, and the Head of Media is responsible for overseeing the end-to-end management of media enquiries from journalists, including laison with program areas and subject matter experts, researching the issue, developing a response and managing approvals through the Department. This role also leads the Department's proactive media work, including researching, developing and pitching positive media opportunities that promote Victoria's health system including public health, mental health and aged care.

The Head of Media works closely with the Department's senior executives and Ministerial offices to ensure media responses are accurate, timely and written in clear and concise language, and provides media support and advice to health services and represent the Communications Division in crisis and emergency situations.

The role shares responsibility for the Department's 24/7 media phone line on a rostered basis, and is required to work varied hours, including evening, early mornings and weekends.

Are you

  • Experienced in delivering outstanding and highly effective media and issues management strategies?
  • Able to provide dynamic and collaborative leadership for a team of media professionals, often working at pace in a high-pressure environment?
  • Experienced in developing creative and engaging proactive media opportunities that will promote and support the work of the Department?


Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note: For this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.

For further information please visit the Department of Health <https://www.vic.gov.au/department-health>

Click 'Apply Now' to submit your interest in this position.

Head of Media, Communications and Media Branch (VPSG6)

Job type:

Full time / until 31/12/2021

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Emma Diffen | 0429 300 733

Head of Media, Communications and Media Branch (VPSG6)