Senior Communications Advisor, Public Affairs (VPSG5)

Job posted: 09/06/2021
Applications close: 23/06/2021 (Midnight)
5 days remaining

5 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time / Ongoing

Organisation: Department of Health

Salary: $101,120 - $122,348

Occupation: Communications, Marketing and Media

Reference: VG/DH/OS/282442

Reference: VG/DH/OS/282442

Occupation: Communications, Marketing and Media

Salary Range: $101,120 - $122,348

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 Head of Internal Communications, the Senior Communications Advisor supports key business outcomes by working closely with internal stakeholders including the Secretary's office, Executive Board, Organisational Redesign Team, Divisional offices, People and Culture Branch and other key business areas to develop, implement and evaluate integrated communications plans, campaigns and projects in line with the department's strategic priorities.

They ensure positive staff engagement in key department initiatives and change projects and build internal communication capacity among internal clients and other communication staff.

They act as a change communications champion to ensure staff are well informed and engaged with change, and that high standards are applied in all communication across the organisation.

As appropriate, they may also be required to provide surge support to other policy portfolios to ensure effective media and communications services can be delivered by the Branch during emergency, crisis and peak periods. 

Are you?

  • Able to negotiate and influence senior stakeholders for improved communication outcomes?
  • A strategic thinker who can effectively manage risk and the expectations of a wide range of internal stakeholders?
  • An excellent writer – who can quickly understand complex topics and translate them into engaging and actionable content for staff?


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.

Senior Communications Advisor, Public Affairs (VPSG5)

Job type:

Full time / Ongoing

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Emma Diffen, Head of Internal Communications | 0429 300 733 or Emma.Diffen@health.vic.gov.au

Senior Communications Advisor, Public Affairs (VPSG5)