Are you a great storyteller who thinks big and is up for a challenge? As the Director of Strategic Communications, you’ll help our straight talking, action-oriented organisation stretch into our next phase of growth through engaging audiences in a topic that most find it hard to talk about.

Reporting to the CEO and collaborating closely with our senior team, you will bring our new brand strategy to life through sharp communications, strong relationship building with media and bold campaigns.

Be responsible for building our reputation for finding sensible solutions in complex contexts. And you’ll work across a range of traditional and new channels, ready to help our organisation shift strategic gears in how we communicate to influence and advocate for change.

This role will be challenging, dynamic and even a bit disruptive. Get ready to apply your skills and experience in a new space – creating significant positive change for our community.

This is a full-time position of 38 hours per week however part time, with a minimum of 0.5 FTE will be considered for the right candidate. Your cover letter should outline your preferred time fraction.

Download the Position Description here.

There is no deadline – please apply immediately.

To apply please email your resume and cover letter outlining your skills, experience and why you want to work for Penington Institute to Kerrie McMahon at k.mcmahon@penington.org.au.

(full-time/part-time)

Penington Institute, an independent and not-for-profit organisation, actively supports the adoption of approaches to drug use that promote safety and human dignity. It does so through thought leadership, community education, front-line worker training, research and policy formation.

We’re currently recruiting for a Communications Officer to work closely with the Director of Strategic Communications as a vital member of the Communications team. The team is responsible for building our reputation for finding sensible solutions in complex contexts. You will work across a range of traditional and new channels, ready to help our organisation shift strategic gears in how we communicate to influence and advocate for change.

The ideal candidate will be eager to learn, problem solve and support the team as an ‘all-rounder’ across a range of disciplines and projects.

The position is a full-time or negotiated part-time contract for two years. The remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant and includes access to generous not for profit salary packaging.

Please read the position description here.

Ensure your application includes a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and current CV. People with a multi-lingual or diverse background are encouraged to apply.

For further information on this position, please contact Kerrie McMahon on +613 9650 0699.

Submit your application to k.mcmahon@penington.org.au

Applications close on Friday 14th January 2022 at 5pm; you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

(full-time / part-time)

Penington Institute, an independent and not-for-profit organisation, actively supports the adoption of approaches to drug use that promote safety and human dignity. It does so through thought leadership, community education, front-line worker training, research and policy formation.

The successful candidate will work as part of a small and high-functioning team that reports to, and collaborates with, the Manager, Research and Policy on strategic policy, research and advocacy activities.

Key responsibilities

  • Take a proactive role in identifying and staying informed about policy issues relevant to drug use.
  • Draft high quality submissions and reports to government, the Executive, key strategic committees and other stakeholders.
  • Engage with key stakeholders to keep abreast of developments and intelligence from front-line workforces and various networks.
  • Source and analyse relevant policy, research and data, presenting recommendations to ensure that Penington Institute makes well-informed, evidence-based decisions.
  • Write content on policy issues for our publications (media releases, websites, publications and campaign materials).
  • Contribute to other projects as required.

We offer a dynamic working environment and are located in Carlton, in the heart of the vibrant Lygon St precinct.

The position is a full-time or negotiated part-time contract for two years. The remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Please read the full position description here.

For further information on this position, please contact Dr Karen Gelb on +613 9650 0699.

Ensure your application includes a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and current CV.

Submit your application to Anna Rolle, a.rolle@penington.org.au.

Applications close on Monday 31 January 2022 at 5pm; you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.