• Media Adviser

    • APS Level 6 (Administrative Services Officer Class 6), $80,665 to $91,713 plus an additional 15.4% superannuation
    • Ongoing
    • Enterprise Services - Melbourne. Other State and Territory offices will be considered

    The Bureau of Meteorology is seeking a media relations professional with a passion for communicating environmental science to a broad range of audiences.

    The Media Adviser role reports to the National Media Manager and both coordinates and contributes to a range of communication activities with a focus on media relations. It involves liaising with high-level stakeholders across government, industry and management; critically analysing the media environment; providing briefs; supporting a national training program; and producing high quality communication materials.

    The Media Adviser develops and implements communication plans with particular focus on media relations and the role also frequently involves Parliamentary Liaison.

    Activities include Bureau-wide media monitoring, identifying media opportunities, and providing media advice, training and support to staff. Responsibilities include supporting the Bureau’s communication during severe weather (for example, cyclones, flooding, heatwaves and fire weather) and other critical incidents such as tsunami or volcanic ash affecting aviation.

    On a day-to-day basis, the Media Adviser will be required to monitor media, prepare summary reports, respond to media enquiries and manage live broadcast crosses, as well as develop and implement proactive media strategies. The Media Adviser will also identify and respond to proactive media opportunities and write, edit and produce high quality communication materials including media releases, speeches and talking points. Other duties include general support for the Bureau's media training program and events, as well as other areas in the Government Relations and Corporate Communication Program, as directed.

    This role will suit candidates who are seeking to further develop their skills and experience across a wide range of media relations activities in a high profile, national science organisation with a strong focus on emergency management and disaster mitigation.

    The successful candidate will have a background in journalism, public relations or marketing communication, with an interest in science and/or the environment and an understanding of working with Government. An understanding of Australia’s geography, social and economic diversity, and regional as well as metropolitan media will be an advantage.

    This position requires someone who is motivated, flexible, able to work extended hours at short notice and be available to work outside normal operating hours as required. The nature of the work requires the successful applicant to participate in an after-hours roster providing media services between the hours of 6am and 10pm, seven days a week. (The roster is currently operating a one-in-five-week cycle - relevant restriction allowances and overtime rates apply).

    The Bureau offers a range of training and professional opportunities to support the development of staff to achieve their professional goals.

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