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Organisation : Cancer Council Victoria

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Full-time

Sector : Health – General

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : Base salary within range $91,393 - $108,147 p.a. (dependant on experience, pro rata for part time) plus 11% superannuation

Application closing date : 28 Nov, 2023

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Cancer Council Victoria

About your environment

Since our establishment in 1936, Cancer Council Victoria has developed an international reputation for our innovative work in cancer research, prevention and support. As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, we play a leading role in reducing the impact of all cancers on all people.

The Prevention Division aims to prevent cancer for all Victorians. This is done through community interventions, mass media, advocacy, training and providing policy advice based on the best available evidence. This involves action to affect individual behaviours and the broader physical and legislative environment to reduce cancer risk. We prioritise health inequalities, especially in relation to Aboriginal people, and in culturally diverse and socio-economically disadvantaged communities.

This is achieved through the delivery of public health programs relating to tobacco control (Quit Victoria), obesity prevention (LiveLighter, Food for Health Alliance, Rethink Sugary Drink), sun protection (SunSmart, World Health Organisation Collaborative Centre for UV), cancer screening (bowel, breast and cervical), immunisation (HPV, hepatitis B), alcohol and organisational change (Achievement Program).  

The Quit program is a joint initiative of Cancer Council Victoria, the Department of Health and VicHealth. Quit’s purpose is to end the devasting impact of tobacco and e-cigarettes on Victorian people and communities. The program has been provided with funding from the Commonwealth Government for a national nicotine and smoking cessation support service (known as the Quit Centre) to support health professionals to provide best practice nicotine and smoking cessation care.

About the role

About your opportunity

We are seeking a highly motivated Senior Engagement and Communications Advisor to join the Prevention Media and Communications team. Reporting to the Head, Media and Communications, your role is to:

  • Lead the planning, delivery, and evaluation of Quit Centre engagement and communication activities, including managing and directing workflow.
  • Liaise directly with stakeholders such as primary health networks (PHNs), peak bodies and professional societies/associations to create opportunities to extend the reach and impact of the Quit Centre.   
  • Develop and manage tools for assessing the effectiveness, impact, and return on investment from communication activities, and regularly report on performance.
  • Identify and leverage strategic communication opportunities arising from emerging, relevant, and sensitive issues and developments in the external environment. Manage Quit Centre’s social media accounts, including content planning and responding to inquiries to promote Quit Centre’s work and maximise its impact.

About you

We are looking for someone with:

  • Degree qualifications or higher in communications, public relations, journalism or a related discipline.
  • Substantial industry experience in public and media relations in a mix of government and/or not-for-profit environments with demonstrated experience in a senior communication role.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to identify, escalate and manage key stakeholder issues and concerns.
  • Well-developed influencing and negotiating skills.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills with the ability to prioritise and manage multiple and competing work tasks and deliver to agreed timelines.
  • Experience working in a health-related industry is desirable.

What we can offer you

  • Base salary within range $91,393 – $108,147 p.a. (dependant on experience, pro rata for part time) plus 11% superannuation
  • Salary packaging benefits of up to $15,900 plus meals/entertainment $2,650 p.a.
  • Novated car leasing
  • 17.5% annual leave loading
  • Cultural leave of up to 5 days paid.
  • 12 weeks paid parental leave and up to 12 months unpaid leave.
  • A range of wellness initiatives such as flu vaccination, mental and general well-being support, and discounted health insurance
  • A comprehensive employee assistance program
  • A range of personal and professional development initiatives such as study support, in-house, external, and online learning options as well as the opportunity to apply for scholarships.
  • The opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of those affected by cancer
  • A flexible and supportive workplace, with excellent work-life balance and opportunities for career progression and development

How to apply

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Sector: #Health_–_General

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