Looking for a New Media Adviser

One of the risks of hiring great staff is that other employers will offer them even better opportunities, and I'm afraid to report that my media adviser, Courtney Sloane, is the 6th staffer of mine who has been snaffled up by a minister's office (in Courtney's case, Human Services Minister Jan McLucas). At this rate, future reunions of Leigh alumni will empty the ministerial wing of Parliament House.

So as a result, I'm looking for a new media adviser. In the past, I've advertised in newspapers and on seek.com.au, but the best applications have invariably been the ones who came across the ad on my blog or twitter feed. So this time, I'm simply going to rely on word of mouth. If you know of someone suitable, please let them know.

What does the job involve? In a high-level sense, helping me do a better job of publicly communicating on issues of public policy. I have a pretty broad range of ways through which I engage on policy issues - from books to speeches to interviews to op-eds to tweets. My media adviser helps draft, coordinate, and project those ideas. This involves lots of typing transcripts, sending out media releases, and chatting with journalists. The hours tend to exceed 40 hours a week, and can be unpredictable - for which there's an overtime allowance.

The salary range is $77,155 to $92,772, which includes an overtime/on call allowance.

If you're interested, please send a CV with a covering email to andrew.leigh.mp<asperand>aph.gov.au. Applications close Friday 19 July.

Oh, and if you're interested in my views on engaging with the media in the current environment, have a read of my speech The Naked Truth? Media and Politics in the Digital Age.

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