The person who handles my media is moving on, so I’m inviting applications for a Canberra-based media adviser who can assist me with publicly communicating on issues of economic policy.
I have a pretty broad range of ways through which I engage on policy issues, including speeches, interviews, op-eds and tweets. My four portfolios are Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Competition and Productivity, Shadow Minister for Trade in Services, and Shadow Minister for Charities and Not-for-Profits.
Along with my other staff, my media adviser helps draft, coordinate, and project our ideas. This involves drafting media releases, speeches and op-eds, chatting with journalists, and working in with the rest of the Labor team. The hours tend to exceed 40 hours a week, and can be unpredictable - for which there's an overtime allowance.
As a Shadow Minister in Labor’s economic team, and as the Member for Fenner, the issues that I engage on range from multinational profit-shifting to saving the red post box in Nicholls. Confidence with economic thinking will be a solid foundation for this role and a love of Canberra will be a plus.
This position may involve interstate travel, with increasing frequency towards the next election.
Among the attributes that would be desirable are:
- Having worked as a journalist
- Experience in economic policy making
- An understanding of the work of a parliamentary staffer
In politics, as in other walks of life, it always helps to surround yourself with people who can teach you something. So if you write better sentences than me, if you’re wittier than me, if you know the media better than me, or if you understand a policy area that I’m weak on, then I want to hear from you.
The salary range is $108,000 to $150,000, depending on experience and existing media contacts. This figure includes an overtime / on-call allowance.
Women and people from culturally and linguistically diverse groups tend to be underrepresented, and so are particularly encouraged to apply for this position.
If you're interested, please send a CV with a covering email to andrew.leigh.mp<asperand>aph.gov.au. Applications close at midnight on Monday 17 April. For enquiries, contact Nick Terrell at Nick.Terrell<asperand>aph.gov.au or 02 6247 4396.
In case you're interested in my views on engaging with the media, see my speech The Naked Truth? Media and Politics in the Digital Age.