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February

Senior Media & Communications Adviser

Salt & Shein - Sydney, NSW

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Source: uWorkin

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Newly created, permanent, full-time position
  • 12 month maximum term contract
  • Values driven organisation with social purpose at the heart of what they do

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) is Australia’s peak body for co-operative, mutual and member-owned enterprises (CMEs). Formed in 2013, BCCM represents leading Australian businesses owned by, or on behalf of, their members.

The BCCM is a values driven organisation with social purpose at the heart of what they do. It is not your average peak body – a commitment to a socially responsible, equitable economy is a must.

CMEs are found across the Australian economy from banking and financial services, agriculture, motoring, health insurance and housing to education, retail, purchasing and marketing, aged care and disability services and more.

The co-operative and mutual business model is not well understood and its contribution is often hidden from view. Although they may not be recognised as ‘co-operatives’, household names such as HCF, Bank Australia, Heritage Bank, Australian Unity, RACQ, NRMA, CUA, Norco, and CBH Group are counted among many other member-owned enterprises.

8 in 10 Australians are members of at least one mutually owned organisation.
The top 100 CMEs have a turnover of $31.9 billion. Including member-owned superfunds the sector accounts for 7-8% of GDP.

Co-ops and mutuals are the original forms of social enterprise. They are proven and long-standing businesses that distribute the benefits of business ownership across the community. Greater diversity in business models can be a powerful agent for inclusive growth as they bring consumers, workers, small business or producers into ownership and to generate economic value beyond profits.

The BCCM is seeking a Senior Media and Communications professional to work with a small and collaborative team that is dedicated to representing its members and promoting the co-operative mutual sector. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, in this newly created, permanent full-time role, your primary objectives will include:

  • Raise awareness of co-operatives and mutuals among the general public.
  • Raise the profile of Australian Co-operative and Mutual businesses and their contribution to social and economic development among the public, media and policy makers.
  • Grow the public and media profile of the BCCM and the CEO as a leading commentator on community-led economic development.
  • Enhance the position of Australian co-operatives and mutuals in mainstream economic and political debate.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing a media, communications and public relations strategy for the BCCM
  • Work directly with the CEO, members and media outlets.
  • Media monitoring; developing media releases and statements; promoting BCCM policy, research and events; producing web and social media copy; researching stories; producing newsletters and member communications; advising the CEO on media and public engagements and; responding to media enquiries and pitching stories to media outlets.

You will have demonstrated experience and relationships with media outlets from your work as a journalist, or in public affairs or corporate communications roles. An understanding of, and interest in, the Australian political, business and economic landscape is essential. You will need to demonstrate technical abilities to manage social media and video production, EDMs, website content and desktop publishing. An understanding and familiarity with member-owned enterprises would be highly regarded.

They are a small team looking for a self-starter who prides themselves on their initiative and can work independently. Excellent writing and editorial skills are a must – They have high standards that you, as the lead for our external communications, must uphold. Creativity is essential – they work on lots of issues, with lots of partners, nationwide. Your ability to spot a story and bring it to light will be valued and supported. As part of a small team it is imperative that you are comfortable performing a range of tasks, from strategic, high-level media engagement to the production of newsletters and social media content.

The role is based in Sydney however flexibility will be considered for suitably qualified applicants. You must hold a valid Australian driver’s license.

Please contact Carrie Johnston at Salt & Shein Recruitment for additional information – [email protected]

Applications close on 5 March 2021.
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