Team Leigh is looking for a Media Adviser

I’m inviting applications for a Canberra-based media adviser from April to November 2021, while my current adviser takes maternity leave.

I have a pretty broad range of ways I engage on policy issues, from books, op-eds and interviews to social media, tele townhalls, podcasts, and public events.

My media adviser helps draft and coordinate those ideas. This involves drafting media releases, speeches and op-eds, liaising with journalists, crafting content for social media and working with the wider Labor team. The hours tend to exceed 40 hours a week and can be unpredictable, which is why there's an overtime allowance.

As Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury and Charities, as well as Member for Fenner, the issues that I engage on range from economic inequality to assisting local Canberrans with government services. An appreciation for economics and a love of Canberra are definite pluses.

Some travelling, with an occasional overnight stay, may be required (although I’m expecting relatively little travel this year).

Among the attributes that would be desirable are:

    • Having worked as a journalist, with a familiarity with the current news cycle across all platforms;
    • Experience in economic policy making; and
    • An understanding of the work of a parliamentary staffer. 

As in all walks of life, it always helps to surround yourself with people who can teach you something. So if you write better sentences than me, are wittier than me, know the media better than me, or understand a policy area that I’m weak on, then I want to hear from you.

The salary range is $94,958 - $106,139 (depending on skills and experience) which includes an overtime/on call allowance.

The position is be for a fixed duration, from Monday, 19 April to Friday, 5 November, 2021. If you’re interested in using this as an opportunity to make the transition from journalism to politics, I’m happy to work with you after the position ends to endeavour to secure you an ongoing role with the Labor team.

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 [email protected]. Applications close at midnight on Sunday 14 February 2021, so if you’re planning a Valentine’s date, make sure you get your application in early.

For further information on the position, please email [email protected]. In case you're interested in learning more about my approach to work, check out my Twitter feed, my website or my Ten Principles of Politics.

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