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Strategic Communications Manager

Organisation : Penington Institute

Location : Melbourne (Carlton)

Work type : Full-time, Part-time

Profession : Advocacy, CEO & Senior Management, Community Services, Fundraising, Journalism & PR, Marketing, Media & Communications

Sector : Community Development, Community Engagement, Community Support Services, Drug, Alcohol & Addiction, Media

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 12 Nov, 2021

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced communications professional to use their skills and contribute to significant positive change. You might bring a background in public relations, media or corporate communications. Ultimately, you are a highly-skilled communicator who is deeply strategic with a track record in building relationships with decision-makers and media that can build the influence of our organisation.

Reporting directly to the CEO, and collaborating with our small dynamic team, you will be responsible for all external communications, marketing, media and public relations – leading our efforts to build the profile, influence and fundraising activities of Penington Institute.

You will be someone who has led public engagement campaigns and/or translated complex concepts into tangible communications activities. You’ll bring clear strategic thinking and great relationship-building skills that will help us open new doors for the amplification of our great work.

This role is dynamic and fast paced. We are looking for someone who thrives in environments that are high pressure and at times require some juggling and sharp prioritization.

Key priorities for the role may include:

  • Developing creative ways to communicate and promote our work
  • Leading communications strategy and major campaigns
  • Oversight of all communications channels and mediums
  • Integrate strategic communications with fundraising opportunities

Other desirable traits would include an understanding of the media landscape, experience with CRM systems and digital marketing and demonstrated writing skills.

For a full position description and key selection criteria please visit

There is no closing date. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and preferred candidates interviewed accordingly.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Penington Institute

Penington Institute is a leading not-for-profit organisation, connecting lived experience and evidence to improve community safety in relation to drugs, including alcohol and pharmaceuticals.

We know that risky behaviours are part of being human, so our focus is on making individuals and families safer and healthier by empowering communities, frontline services and governments to reduce harm, respect human rights and improve the rule of law.

We are an independent voice of reason on drug policy and programs. And a straight-talking thought leader for evidence-based information and practical action.

How to apply

To apply please email your resume and cover letter outlining your skills, experience and why you want to work for Penington Institute to: Kerrie McMahon at

There is no closing date. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and preferred candidates interviewed accordingly.

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

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


Please quote in application: Strategic Communications Manager via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Advocacy, #CEO_and_Senior_Management, #Community_Services, #Fundraising, #Journalism_and_PR, #Marketing_Media_and_Communications
Sector: #Community_Development, #Community_Engagement, #Community_Support_Services, #Drug_Alcohol_and_Addiction, #Media

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