National Communications Co-Ordinator – ETU

Date Advertised 29/05/2020

Job title: National Communications Co-Ordinator
Travel required: Inter & Intrastate
Location: Sydney
Position Type: Full Time Permanent
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Leave: 5 weeks annual leave Monthly Rostered Days Off
2 weeks personal leave
2 days compassionate leave per occasion
Reporting To: National Secretary
Superannuation: 12.5% with increases yearly

Overview – Role & Responsibilities

The Electrical Trades Union of Australia (ETU) is one of Australia’s leading campaigning Trade Unions, representing around 61,000 Electrical workers throughout Australia.

We are seeking a highly skilled and dynamic communications specialist to join our National Office.

The national communications co-ordinator is responsible for producing messaging, campaign communications, member communications, social media and media relations for the national office of the Electrical Trades Union.

Reporting to the National Secretary, you will have excellent writing skills and be able to take high- quality photos and videos and operate a range of digital elements on diverse platforms and on social media.

The role requires an adaptable, intelligent and determined individual who is comfortable working to tight and competing deadlines in an issues-rich environment.

You should be comfortable with, or able to become quickly conversant with, the fundamentals of news and press release writing, media management, long and short form copy, social media management, photography, video editing and digital campaigning.

This is a role in which relationships are crucial and you will be liaising with and handling multiple stakeholders with competing and overlapping priorities.

Based in our Sydney office, your duties will include but not be limited to:

  • Providing high-level media, communication support and advice to the National Secretary and other Senior Officials as required;
  • Writing press releases, monitoring media and generating positive media coverage aligned with the strategic goals of the organisation;
  • Developing integrated online and offline communications in support of ETU campaigns and workplace organising;
  • Liaising with state ETU offices, other unions and peak bodies to co-ordinate communications and campaign activity;
  • Managing and updating all aspects of social media assets, web pages and digital member communications;
  • Planning, writing and producing monthly digital member communications;
  • Planning, writing and producing yearly print member communications;
  • Producing messaging for campaigns;
  • Managing inquiries from the media in response to media releases or issues;
  • Monitoring, analysing and providing reports on mainstream media, social media and campaigns;
  • Speechwriting;
  • Directing external designers and agencies;


  • Tertiary qualification in Media/Communications
  • Three or more years’ experience in one of the following fields – corporate affairs, news media, digital production, political campaigning, not-for-profit organisations, public/media
  • An understanding of and commitment to union values, principles and objectives of the ETU and the Australian union
  • Highly developed verbal and written skill
  • Experience monitoring, moderating and editing forums and social media platforms in real time, using the range of social media tools available.
  • Competency with Website development and maintenance
  • Multimedia production skills and experience building e-newsletters.
  • Video, Photography and Photoshop skills, or similar image/video editing software will be highly regarded.
  • Capacity to exercise judgement, discretion and initiative in a high-profile and politicised working environment.
  • The ability to work autonomously and as part of a team and rapidly develop and apply competence in previously unfamiliar areas and
  • The ability to proactively establish and maintain appropriate relationships with state ETU offices, other unions, peak bodies, political and media
  • Willing and able to take direction as required and a strong work

What we are offering

  • Permanent full-time opportunity based in Rosebery, Sydney.
  • Competitive remuneration package with great working
  • Friendly and supportive team environment where your efforts are
  • Unique opportunity to work for an organisation where your contributions will improve the lives of Electrical workers and their

      To apply to join our strong, proud Union send us your CV and cover letter by 19th June 2020 outlining how you meet the duties and requirements to this role to daniela@etuaustralia.org.au

      Early applications encouraged. This position is available for immediate start.

      Industrial/Bargaining Officer – HSU

      date advertised 29/05/2020

      About us:

      The Health Services Union NSW/ACT/QLD is a growing 41,000-member strong union that aims to use its collective power to build a fair and just society through improving conditions for our members in the health and aged care industry. The organization’s annual turnover is approximately $21m, with an employee base of approximately 110 staff.

      Our Union is focused on growth and draws its strength from the diversity of our membership.

      We are currently looking for a permanent full-time Industrial Officer to join our team.  

      About the role:

      The Industrial Officer/Bargaining Officer is based in our Industrial Division. The position holder will be a specialist in advocacy in conciliation and arbitration arenas; provide advice in industrial matters, case manage industrial disputes and conduct Enterprise Agreement bargaining.

      Essential Experience and Qualifications:

      1. Expertise in advocacy in order to prepare, present and argue industrial issues, including in relevant tribunals and Fair Work Commission, and to support legal counsel as required.
      2. Capacity to provide timely and sound advice and feedback to sub-branches, organisers, and members on more complex industrial relations issues, union campaigns and policies.
      3. Specialised negotiation skills in bargaining.
      4. Good communication skills, including oral skills, to build effective relationships with sub-branches, organisers, delegates
      5. Accountability for individual outcomes, including timeliness; organisational, recording and report-writing skills; follow-up and report back skills.
      6. Ability to work as a member of a team – including flexibility to take on other duties and responsibilities as required; share information; mentor other staff; and commit to upgrading own work-related skills.
      7. Commitment to trade union principles.


      Relevant legal studies or tertiary qualifications.


      Salary will be offered based on skills and experience.

      If interested, please forward your resume and cover letter to Ayshe Lewis via email at : ayshe.lewis@hsu.asn.au

      For further information please contact Ayshe Lewis on 1300 478 679 or by email.

      Applications close: COB 12 June 2020

      Design and Communications Officer – ASU

      date advertised 29/05/2020

      Australian Services Union NSW and ACT Services Branch

      Design and Communications Officer

      12 month fixed-term maternity leave cover position

      4 days per week

      The Australian Services Union is tens of thousands of workers who have united to protect and improve our wages and conditions. We work across the disability and community sectors, public transport and water and the private sector.

      We have a proud union history, from our historic Equal Pay campaign to pioneering working conditions across the public and private sectors and we are looking to employ an experienced Design and Communications Officer who will be responsible for communicating the story of our members. 

      The position is fixed-term for 12 months, four days a week to cover while one of our staff are on maternity leave. While our offices are currently closed and staff working remotely, as restrictions ease over the coming months the successful applicant will need to be prepared to work out of our Redfern office in Sydney.

      The role involves listening to and understanding the needs of ASU members, organisers and leadership and making design decisions that campaign for, promote and defend the rights of workers.

      The role requires the design of an extensive variety of materials, such as campaign identities, annual reports, magazines, as well as content for social media and our website. The Design and Communications Officer should be accustomed to adhering to existing organisational style-guides while coming up with new innovative ways to communicate stories.

      You should be well versed in every aspect of the creative process from idea and concept formulation, through to development and execution of polished work.

      The role demands creative flair, up-to-date knowledge of industry trends and software as well as a professional approach to time and deadlines.



      Develop materials (e.g. print, merchandise, social media, video) that are exciting, engaging and consistent with the ASU brand.

      Social media engagement

      Create visually impactful, responsive and on-brand content for the ASU’s social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter). This includes graphic, image and video based content.

      Website content management

      Work with the digital team to manage our websites’ content, keeping it not only up to date with ASU activities but aesthetically compelling.

      Campaign identity

      Develop identities and branding for ASU campaigns, both state and national. These require sensitivity to members and their work. You should generate recognisable aesthetics that inspire momentum and build upon the greater union movement.

      Continuous improvement

      Recommend and implement improvements on design and communications best practice.


      • Diploma level or higher in Design, Communications or similar.
      • High level fluency in the Adobe creative suite (illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign are a must).
      • At least 3 years experience producing digital and print assets.
      • Competence in various content management systems e.; Nation Builder and WordPress.
      • Work effectively in a team and independently driven.
      • Excellent project management and organisational skills.
      • Ability to assess and negotiate competing priorities while working towards deadlines.
      • Strong communication skills, including the ability to liaise with team members on content, quality and opportunities for improvement.
      • Basic HTML.
      • Understanding of After Effects and Premier.
      • Basic photography / videography skills using smartphone / DSLR.


      Full time equivalent annual salary is $85,629 to $90,953 based on experience, plus super and generous conditions.


      To apply for this position please send:

      1. your CV;
      2. a sample of your work (which includes both video and promotional material design);
      3. a brief outline of your experience in response to the Key Responsibilities.

      Send these to Louise Craig lcraig@asu.org.au, using the subject line: Fixed Term Design and Communications Officer application via Unions NSW .

      Applications close Thursday 18 June at 5pm.

      If you have any questions about the role, please contact Tom Patton on 02 9310 4000.

      Note: interviews will take place late June 2020 with a view to the successful candidate commencing employment in July 2020.

      Communications Manager – NSWTF

      date advertised 18/05/2020

      Communications Manager

      NSW Teachers Federation

      Job Summary

      • Full-time
      • Not For Profit (NFP)
      • Communications and Marketing / Unions & Workers Rights
      • Sydney
      • Applications close: Friday 12 June 2020

      Job description

      About Us

      The NSW Teachers Federation represents school teachers in New South Wales public pre-schools, infants, primary and secondary schools, Schools for Specific Purposes and teachers working in consultant/advisory positions. Teachers in TAFE and Corrective Services are also represented by Federation. The current financial membership totals over 66,000 practicing teachers and student teacher members. The Federation regards public education as a strong foundation for a sure future; it campaigns for betterments for all students who attend public schools so that they will receive a quality education.

      About the Role

      We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and motivated individual to fill the full time position of the Communications Manager. The Communications Manager is responsible for management and coordination of the Communications Section. This includes planning communication outputs, overseeing work flow, and managing the quality of work across digital and print production, including oversight of design, preparation, production and distribution in pursuit of membership, recruitment and retention, the dissemination of information, guidance and advice to officers and staff including in assisting with campaigns.

      About You

      To be considered you will need to clearly demonstrate the following essential skills and experience:

      • Proven ability to develop and execute communication strategies that advance organisational goals
      • Experience developing/managing the development of high-quality communications across multiple platforms including print publications, web, social media, and email
      • Computer skills, including a minimum of Advanced MS Office and Adobe suite and knowledge of database applications
      • Experience managing staff to build their capacity to develop high-quality content for target audiences
      • Attention to detail, planning and organising skills and the ability to work in high pressure situations with conflicting priorities
      • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to deal with people at all levels including difficult people/members as appropriate
      • Respect for sensitivity and confidentiality of issues handled
      • Commitment to unionism
      • Demonstrated awareness of WHS policies and procedures
      • The ability to learn Federation Rules, policies and procedures and apply these as appropriate
      • A degree or diploma would be highly regarded, as would equivalent experience in a similar role

      How to apply

      Send your application including a cover letter that addresses the requirements as listed, and a current resume to Sophie Fovargue, Human Resources Manager at: sfovargue@nswtf.org.au, using the subject line: Communications Manager application via Unions NSW. Previous applicants need not apply.

      Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, and appointment is conditional upon successful reference checks and a probationary period of 3 months.

      Industrial Officer – NTEU WA

      date advertised 14/05/2020



      • Level 6 – $94,409 to $103,497 / Level 7- $107,134 to $118,283
      • Additional 17% employer superannuation
      • Rewarding career with a progressive organisation

      The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) WA Division is seeking a highly motivated individual with significant experience in industrial work within the trade union movement.  Previous applicants need not apply.

      This is a full-time, ongoing position. You will be assigned a mix of duties including:

      • Providing industrial advice and guidance to members, organisers and elected officers on industrial matters and the enforcement of Enterprise Agreements and Awards.
      • Negotiating workplace grievances and industrial disputes with management, including complex matters or matters of strategic significance.
      • Providing high-level technical support to, and where necessary lead, major Enterprise Bargaining negotiations.
      • Researching, preparing and advocating cases before Fair Work Australia, other tribunals, internal university or management bodies, and speak in union and other public fora.

      The NTEU represents members in universities and other tertiary education and research institutions covering both academic and general/professional employees. The successful applicant will be committed to building the trade union movement, able to work closely with organisers to implement industrial campaigns, have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and knowledge of the tertiary education industry.

      You will be located at the WA Division office in Subiaco and be required to travel to other NTEU branches in Perth from time to time on university campuses. A driver’s license that is valid in WA is essential.

      The position will be filled at either NTEU Level 6 ($94,409 – $103,497) or NTEU Level 7 ($107,134 – $118,283) depending on skills and experience, plus 17% employer superannuation contributions.

      For a copy of the Position Description and Selection Criteria please contact Joanne Riley at jriley@nteu.org.au.

      Applications addressing the selection criteria plus the names and contact details of two referees, should be addressed to the Division Secretary, Jonathan Hallett.  To apply for this job go to: www.nteu.recruitmenthub.com.au & enter ref code: 5086925.  Applications close COB Monday 25th May, 2020.

      The NTEU values diversity in the workplace. Therefore applicants will be given priority consideration and preference in selection for this vacancy if they are from an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander background.

      Industrial Officer – ASMOF

      date advertised 04/05/2020

      Industrial Officer (12-month Parental Leave Cover)

      Would you like to work at the NSW Doctors Union?

      Then we’d love to hear from you.

      The NSW Doctors Union (ASMOF) is a progressive union with a positive vision to protect, promote and advance the interests of salaried doctors in a fair and just society underpinned by a high-quality public health system.

      We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced industrial officer or organiser to join our team in early June for 12 months on a fixed term parental leave replacement contract. The role would suit someone interested in a short-term secondment opportunity.

      The industrial officer plays a critical role in providing industrial services to members as well as supporting the Union’s broader campaigning initiatives.

      The main responsibilities of the industrial officer include:

      • providing industrial advice and support for members and appearing before industrial tribunals, like the NSW IRC and Fair Work Commission.
      • negotiating enterprise agreements & awards.
      • research, preparation of reports and submissions.
      • recruiting new members to the union.
      • implementing industrial strategy and providing support for workplace campaigns.

      To be successful you must have:

      • demonstrated commitment to trade union values and social justice and a keen interest in industrial relations
      • a solid knowledge of contemporary industrial relations issues and state and federal industrial legislation
      • demonstrated research, analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.
      • strong time management and personal organisational skills, including the ability to perform work within specified timelines and plan work systematically and effectively.
      • the ability to prepare and articulate a position formally at a tribunal, court or meeting
      • strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
      • well-developed written communication skills.
      • the ability to develop professional relationships with union members, other union officials and employer representatives
      • the ability to follow direction and exercise initiative and independent judgment
      • well-developed information technology skills with proven competence in the use of Microsoft programs such as Outlook, Word and Power Point
      • the ability to obtain a Right of Entry Permit
      • a current driver’s licence.

      Conditions include a commencing salary of $101,700 p/a (plus superannuation) and five weeks annual leave.

      Hours of Work: This is a fixed term, full time parental leave replacement position of 38 hours per week to be worked between the hours of 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

      Start Date: Early June 2020.

      How to apply for this job?

      1. Obtain a copy of the Position Description by emailing Carolyn Gethings at asmof@asmof.org.au
      2. Your application must include the following:
        • cover letter (or email), and
        • resume/CV, and
        • a written response to each selection criteria contained in the Position Description. Persons not responding to each selection criteria will not be considered.
        1. Address your application to Andrew Holland, Executive Director, ASMOF NSW by email to asmof@asmof.org.au with the subject line Fixed Term Industrial Officer application by COB 15 May 2020.

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