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Australia Council for the Arts

Level 5, 60 Union Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009
Sydney, NSW, Australia

Phone: 0292159079
Web Site: www.australiacouncil.gov.au

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Head of Public Affairs


Job Description:

The Australia Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion and welcomes applications from diverse communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, cultural and regional communities, and people with disability.

About your role:        

Reporting to the Executive Director Advocacy and Development, this newly created role will lead a diverse public affairs function to advance the strategic priorities of the Council and inform the Council's advocacy and government relations activities.      

What's in it for you?          

  • Start 2021 with a fresh career challenge
  • Salary package negotiable depending on experience
  • Strategic leadership opportunity
  • 3-year full-time contract
  • Office location in Pyrmont, Sydney
  • Work in a positive environment that embraces diversity and supports your development

 What does success look like?

  • Building and delivering engagement strategies that support the Australia Council's role
  • Enhancing key stakeholder relationships, external communications and advocacy to achieve strategic priorities
  • Leading Council's interactions with key government stakeholders including briefings, advice and submissions
  • Enhancing Council's reputation, purpose and the public value of arts and creativity
  • Providing strategic leadership on public affairs and the management of issues and risks to the Executive Team and Board

Job Requirements:

 What experience will you have?

  • Appropriate tertiary qualifications with extensive professional experience in public affairs
  • Extensive experience in government relations with proven capability to navigate complex environments
  • High-level relationship management, leadership and influencing skills
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills and interpersonal capability
  • Proven ability to identify and develop opportunities contributing to organisational goals


Please submit your CV, and a cover letter that includes a written response to the selection criteria as outlined in the position description.To access the full copy of the position description including the selection criteria, and to apply visit our careers page at http://australiacouncil.gov.au/about/careers/

Applications close 01 November 2020 at 11:59 pm AEDT

This is not an Australian Public Service position


Business-Strategic Management: General-Other: Business-Strategic Management

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Full time


Sydney, NSW, Australia


Head of Public Affairs