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Deputy Director/Head of Strategic Communications

About Blueprint

Blueprint Institute is an optimistic think tank dedicated to creating a more prosperous, resilient and sustainable Australia. We are here to challenge policymakers to look beyond the next election to the next generation, with bold ideas that are economically rational, environmentally sound and politically achievable.

Blueprint’s research untangles complex policy problems and maps out a path forward. Our immediate research focuses on Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on practical measures we can take to build a more modern, resilient and prosperous Australia, and reforms to keep this country healthy, growing and productive. Our four research pillars are Economy, Energy & Environment, Society, Democracy & Politics, and Australia and the World.

About the role

Reporting to the CEO, the Deputy Director / Head of Strategic Communications is a senior role requiring a high degree of emotional intelligence, adaptability, team-work and public relations/ communications skills.

You will lead Blueprint’s strategic communications across digital and print media and manage relationships with a broad network of supporters, partners and collaborators. You are a resourceful team player: driven, self-motivated and happy to tackle a wide variety of tasks. You know how to turn ideas into content, content into engagement, and engagement into action.

This is a rare opportunity for an experienced, strategic professional, who brings strong people, organisational and communications/ media skills. The Deputy Director / Head of Strategic Communications will be expected to manage aspects of Blueprint’s work independently and demonstrate a high degree of initiative in achieving timely and highly impactful communications. 

Because Blueprint is a new and fast-growing think tank, all our team have a high degree of ownership over their work and determination to make an impact. Our small and agile team are highly collaborative, hard-working and values-aligned.

Key Responsibilities

The Deputy Director / Head of Strategic Communications role has two key components - strategic communications that amplify our work, and broader organisational/management responsibilities including nurturing stakeholder relationships.

The key responsibilities include:

  • Media and communications - develop, execute and track a multi-channel traditional and digital media strategy to engage Blueprint’s target audiences, grow our  supporters and share research findings.  Produce compelling posts across all digital channels in line with Blueprint’s research and values.
    • Produce sophisticated email outreach strategies and products.
    • Undertake copywriting and other communication tasks, particular on short-form products like one-page research summaries and media releases.
  • Organisational Strategy and Management - Working collaboratively with the CEO to apply strategic thinking,creative problem-solving and strong organisational skills to the challenges of an emerging organisation.
  • Partnership and relationship development - supporting the CEO to initiate and maintain relationships with stakeholders in business, academia, politics and philanthropy.
  • Advocacy and external representation - Working with the CEO to build the organisation’s profile and capacity to engage with all levels of Government.
  • General organisational support - supporting the general functioning of the organisation, such as reporting, compliance and financial management.

Skills 

  1. Communications strategy - the ability to plan, oversee and execute a sophisticated and powerful communications strategy designed to increase Blueprint’s reputation and reach among traditional media, social media, and tailored communications to key stakeholders.
  2. Digital savvy - the ability to plan and deliver timely and stimulating content across all digital channels, design skills are a plus.
  3. Written communication - able to write persuasively and concisely to ensure Blueprint’s ideas are represented in the media and in briefings to policy makers. The Deputy Director will be responsible for ensuring all written communication is up to a high standard - including media releases, research summaries, the annual report, regular reports to funders, blogs and op-eds from our researchers and fellows.
  4. Verbal communication - the ability to verbally communicate in a clear and persuasive manner, whether having coffee with a journalist, delivering a speech at a conference or representing Blueprint at a networking event.
  5. An understanding of the policy development process, including politics. Previous experience working in government, politics or a related industry is highly desirable.
  6. Relationship management - ensuring Blueprint manages relationships in a professional way, with timely and appropriate communication to our stakeholders including our strategic council, politicians, senior public servants, journalists and other influencers.
  7. Planning, organising and follow up - takes responsibility for ensuring research, events and other projects are delivered on time and on budget. You don’t let anything (people, ideas, items on the to-do list) slip through the cracks.
  8. Strategic thinking & initiative - As the Deputy Director in a small team, you will need to be comfortable leading projects, creative problem solving and taking initiative.
  9. Resourcefulness - You’re comfortable using your networks and ideas to problem solve, achieving a big impact with limited resources.
  10. Ability to run a not-for-profit - The Deputy Director will work with the CEO to manage the organisation’s operations: ensuring legal and regulatory compliance and managing some staff and volunteers. No task is too big or small for this highly proactive and humble 2IC.

Location, Salary and Start Date  

The role must be located in Sydney. Eventually we will be working from office space in or around the CBD, but right now our team is working from home due to COVID-19.

The position can be part-time or full-time. Remuneration for the position will be determined based on the experience of the selected candidate. 

How to Apply

Applications close Saturday 8 August and will be considered on a rolling basis. The position is open immediately. Applications should be addressed to admin@blueprintinstitute.org.au with the subject line 'Deputy Director Application' and include:

(1) A cover letter and 2 page overview that explains why you’re a good fit for the role, addressing the core skills listed in the job description and including an example of where you led or played a key role in an organisation or project’s media & communications strategy

(2) A CV and/or link to an up-to-date LinkedIn profile

Blueprint is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants of all identities and backgrounds.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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