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Organisation : Penington Institute

Location : Melbourne (Carlton)

Work type : Full-time, Part-time

Sector : Community Development, Community Engagement, Drug, Alcohol & Addiction

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 8 Feb, 2022

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Penington Institute

Penington Institute, an independent and not-for-profit organisation, actively supports the adoption of approaches to drug use that promote safety and human dignity. It does so through thought leadership, community education, front-line worker training, research and policy formation.

About the role

We’re currently recruiting for a Communications Officer to work closely with the Director of Strategic
Communications as a vital member of the Communications team. The team is responsible for building our reputation for finding sensible solutions in complex contexts. You will work across a range of traditional and new channels, ready to help our organisation shift strategic gears in how we communicate to influence and advocate for change.

The ideal candidate will be eager to learn, problem solve and support the team as an ‘all-rounder’ across
a range of disciplines and projects.

Responsibilities of the role:

Media management:
• Under the guidance of the Director of Strategic Communications, develop media advocacy
strategies to support the organisation’s policy goals and enhance the organisation’s visibility and
• Writing and editing for the organisation’s publications and other communications resources:
• Working with the Director of Strategic Communications, provide editorial support as appropriate
to the organisation’s marketing campaigns.
• Research, write and edit content for a range of electronic media channels, including Penington
Institute’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, websites and EDMs.
• Assist in moderating and maintaining these channels, including by responding to stakeholder
enquiries and comments
• Assist in evaluating the efficacy of online campaigns and posts.
• Contribute to the expansion of Penington Institute’s online presence, including using analytics
and SEO.

Team membership:
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders, both internal and
external, representing the organisation when agreed and as appropriate
• Provide support and input to other activities across the team and wider organisation as agreed
• Provide information, support and secondary consultation in response to ad hoc requests and
queries as appropriate
• Prepare and present reports and briefings as required
• Cooperate and collaborate with work colleagues within the organisation.
• Other duties as directed

Work performance standards:
• Ensure that all work undertaken and delivered is of high quality and meets professional standards.


The position is a full-time or negotiated part-time contract for two years. The remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant and includes access to generous not for profit salary packaging.

Please read the position description here.

Applications close on Tuesday 8th February 2022 at 5pm; you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

For further information on this position, please contact Kerrie McMahon on +613 9650 0699.

People with a multi-lingual or diverse background are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.


Please quote in application: Communications Officer via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Advocacy, #Marketing_Media_and_Communications
Sector: #Community_Development, #Community_Engagement, #Drug_Alcohol_and_Addiction



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