Senior Communications Officer - Sydney, NSW

Fixed Term, Full Time position until June 2022

At Aruma, we support people with disabilities to live great lives. Its the reason we exist after all, why should anyone have to settle for anything less And to make this a reality, we rely on the skill and commitment of our Aruma team.

Our Aruma team is an incredible bunch of people. Theyre bold, brave and courageous. They see possibilities where others may not. They stand up for the things that matter and stand together as a team. And while theyre serious about human rights, they have a knack for finding joy in life even in the most unexpected places.

When youre part of the Aruma team, youre not just supporting people. Youre pioneering new paths, challenging assumptions, daring to think differently, and telling society to raise its bar much higher.

Were after people who have values similar to ours, but theres no specific mould you need to fit (after all, we need a team thats as diverse as our customers!).

Aruma is seeking a dedicated and passionate Senior Communications Officer. You will work as part of Arumas Royal Commission Project Team to lead both external and internal communications.

What success looks like

  • Work with the Communications Manager to implement a Crisis Communications Strategy for the Disability Royal Commission.
  • Develop organisational position and key messages relating to specific issues.
  • Work with key internal stakeholders to understand the ins and outs of specific issues.
  • Be proactive and flexible to the communications needs of Aruma as issues change (and as the Commission progresses).
  • Prepare media statements, press releases and relevant spokespeople for media interviews.
  • Working with the Communications Manager, ensure staff throughout the organisation are kept up-to-date as the Disability Royal Commission progresses.
  • Working with the Communications Manager, ensure customers (and their families and carers) are aware of Arumas support / involvement in the Royal Commission, and kept up-to-date as the Commission progresses.
  • Collaborate with agencies and other vendor partners including Crisis Management consultants, legal teams, printing and mailing house etc.
  • Work with the wider Marketing and Communications team to ensure alignment with other strategies and priorities.
  • Work with teams across all regions to understand the specifics around an issue/crisis, which will include travel to our services in Qld, ACT, Vic as well as throughout NSW. 

Must haves

  • A commitment to Arumas code of conduct.
  • Relevant qualification/s and strong experience in Crisis Communications (5+years).
  • The ability to prepare for multiple outcomes of a crisis, and provide sound advice in order to protect reputation.
  • Strong verbal and writing skills, including ability to write for different audiences internal (staff), customers, media.
  • Initiative and an ability to anticipate and meet the needs of Aruma during the Disability Royal Commission.
  • Highly developed analytical skills, and an ability to understand and translate complex information.
  • Highly organised, motivated and can work autonomously as well as in a team environment.
  • Ability to prioritise and be proactive.
  • Experience working with senior stakeholders.

Nice to have

  • An understanding of Royal Commission or Coronial Inquests.

Be a part of this dedicated, collaborative team! This role has flexibility to either be based in our Newcastle office or our Sydney offices. We offer the benefits of a competitive salary and salary packaging of up to $15,900.

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So, who is Aruma

Were glad you asked! Aruma is a new name in disability services, but were definitely not the new kids on the block.

Our success depends on YOU. Wed love to hear your story.

To be part of the Aruma journey, apply now by 6th of December 2019.

25/11/2019 $0 CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs 1 Marketing & Communications
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