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Communications Advisory Group Member


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POSITION: Communications Advisory Group Member

LOCATION: Office located inner city Melbourne, online meetings


TERM:  2-year term

About Penington Institute

At Penington Institute, we believe in approaching drug use in a considerate and practical way to make individuals and families safer and healthier. 

Frank and fiercely independent, we connect lived experience with research to improve the management of drugs – including alcohol and pharmaceuticals – through community engagement and knowledge sharing.

Our default as a society has been to pour scorn on those who use drugs and judge them harshly by seeing their problems as self-inflicted. But human beings are complex, and so is this issue.

Judging is easy. Helping is more of a challenge. Help us rise to the challenge by joining our team.

The role

We are looking for new members to join our Communications Advisory Group (CAG), a subcommittee of the Board of Directors of Penington Institute.

The CAG provides guidance and support to the Penington Institute team across all communications, marketing, and partnership development work and offers sound advice to the Board of Directors on communications strategies and initiatives for consideration and adoption.

This volunteer position is best suited to passionate and dedicated communications leaders who are looking to offer their exceptional expertise and advice to support a non-profit operating in a complex and highly important public health field.


  • The CAG meet at least four times annually or more frequently as required.
  • Meeting duration is generally 1 hour.
  • CAG members may offer to contribute additional time and support to Penington Institute team members for specific projects as agreed.

Desired skills and qualifications

  • Several years of executive level communications leadership experience in private, non-government/non-profit, government, or social enterprise sectors.
  • Outstanding leadership and expertise in one or more of the following areas:
    • Media and public relations
    • Grass-roots community campaigning and community engagement
    • Political campaigning
    • Influencer and social media marketing
    • Brand strategy
    • Fundraising, partnerships or relationship management
  • Prior governance experience is desirable, but not essential.
  • Knowledge of the drug use/health or mental health sector landscape (or similar space) a plus, but not essential.

How to Apply

  • To apply please email your resume and cover letter outlining your skills, experience and why you want to work with Penington Institute to:
  • Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and referee checks.
  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.

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