Chief Communications Officer

Opportunity Closes: 11:59pm AWST on Sunday 17 April, 2022

Applications are now open to become the Chief Communications Officer of the National Executive of UN Youth Australia

This vacancy represents an amazing opportunity to be part of the team that guides the implementation of UN Youth Australia’s national strategy and mission, and to shape the future of one of UN Youth’s most important programs 
All members must be under the age of 26 at the time of their appointment and eligible for Associate Membership of either a division of UN Youth Australia or the national organisation. They must hold, or be eligible to hold, a Working with Children Check (WWCC) or state or territory equivalent.

About the Role

The Chief Communications Officer directs UN Youth Australia’s external communications, including but not limited to its website, social media, email campaigns, brand, and conventional media outreach as well as information technology more generally.

The Chief Communications Officer is responsible for: 

  • Managing and directing external communications of the organisations through email, our website, and social media, including devising communications strategy for the entire organisation;
  • Overseeing the National Communications Committee and its Chair to ensure that members are trained and are producing communications content for events and other initiatives;
  • Maintaining a strong social media presence on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram platforms; and
  • Supporting Divisional Communications Directors and Officers in the promotion of events and activities.

Additionally, the Chief Communications Officer is expected to demonstrate the following core competencies: 

Essential Criteria

  • Ability to lead a team to execute UN Youth’s Communications strategy and content;
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to drive innovative and creative  communications initiatives to build UN Youth’s brand;
  • Strong organisation and time management skills, including the ability to work to deadlines;
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and foster inclusivity of ideas; 
  • Ability to communicate effectively and with clarity;
  • Demonstrated design and media skills.

Desirable Criteria

  • Integrity in upholding the brand image and messaging;
  • Ability to support and execute strategic direction; 
  • An expertise in strategic marketing.

Experience and interest in web design and marketing is an advantage but not a requirement. Strong understanding of information technology software and programs including the Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter is also an advantage.

About the National Executive

The National Executive (NExec) is the operating body of UN Youth Australia, a company limited by guarantee that serves as the federal body for eight UN Youth state and territory divisions. The National Executive consists of ten officers, each holding a specific portfolio. The National Executive is appointed by the Board of Directors with the exception of the National President, which is elected by Voting Members (divisions).

What does the National Executive do? 

The National Executive’s role is to run the day-to-day operations of the national organisation and help guide the strategy for the entire organisation. This involves overseeing the organisation’s administration, finances, educational content and mission, external relations, national and international programs, and volunteer management. 

What is the time commitment of being on NExec? 

Each National Executive member is typically appointed for a 12-month term, with the possibility of an extension. During this time, each officer should aim to attend: 

  • Weekly National Executive teleconference meetings (usually for 2 hours). 
  • Two times yearly National Executive Face to Face meetings (usually held over three days each time in February and August, in locations to be determined) 
  • Twice yearly National Council meetings (held over one week each time in July 2022 in Sydney and December 2022 in Adelaide).

Reimbursements are made for travel and accommodation for National Councils and National Executive Face to Face meetings. 

National Executive members serve in a volunteer capacity and do not receive a financial compensation or a stipend for their service. The estimated time commitment for National Executive members is 15-20 hours per week on their portfolio. 

Oversight and accountability 

Each member of the National Executive is directly overseen by the National President and will undergo performance reviews conducted by the Board of Directors at least twice a year. 

Each member of the National Executive signs a Volunteer Agreement which outlines the volunteer’s role, responsibilities and ways of working.

About the UN Youth Australia

UN Youth Australia is a not-for-profit, youth-led organisation that aims to build the people’s movement for the United Nations through the education and empowerment of young Australians. We seek to provide young Australians with a global education, including knowledge of the social and political problems confronting the world and the skills needed to address them.   

We run a large range of international, national and local programs designed to provide this empowerment through education, with a focus on students aged 15 to 19. Within Australia, we organise State/Territory and National Conferences, Evatt (a national Model UN competition), and Voice (a junior public speaking competition). Internationally, we coordinate educational tours of Europe, the United States, the Middle East, East Timor, and New Zealand for secondary school students. We also work directly with the Australian Government to promote youth empowerment. In collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we nominate an Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations General Assembly.

How to apply:

Opportunity Closes: 11:59pm AWST on Sunday 17 April, 2022.

Applications should be submitted the form below or via this form: https://unyouth.wufoo.com/forms/national-executive-2022-positions/

Your application should include: 

  • Your name, age, pronouns and division (state/territory)
  • Your best phone number and email address
  • A resume of relevant experience, not to exceed one A4 page
  • A statement addressing the core competencies outlined in the position description and your vision for the role, not to exceed two A4 pages

Appointment

This role will be appointed by UN Youth Australia’s Board of Directors in April, with the role commencing by the beginning of May.

Questions

Please direct any questions to the National President, Michael Donaghue-Evans, at president@unyouth.org.au.

Please note: This is a role undertaken on a voluntary basis and positions will not be financially compensated for any hours spent volunteering for the organization.

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