Head of Policy and Communications
- Be part of a committed team
- Work with the community to improve mental health and prevent suicide
- Strengthen a trusted source of information, advice and support
The prominent mental health and suicide prevention organisation, Beyond Blue, seeks to appoint a Head of Policy and Communications leader. The Policy and Communications Unit is responsible for driving Beyond Blue’s efforts to reform the mental health and suicide prevention systems in Australia, by shifting the narrative about anxiety, depression and suicidality, and influencing public policy.
Reporting to the Chief Strategy Officer, the Head of Policy and Communications is responsible for leading the Policy and Communications Unit, which includes the media team; strategic communications team; policy and advocacy team; Government and Primary Health Network (PHN) relations; and providing support to the Office of the Chair. As a valued member of the management team, a key element of the role will be to continue fostering a values-based culture that embeds community-centricity into Beyond Blue’s day-today operations.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong capacity to think both strategically and tactically. You will be creative and innovative, and present with highly developed written and verbal communication skills, coupled with exceptional attention to detail.
Presenting with an engaging leadership style and as an outstanding collaborator, the successful candidate will have a track record of managing and executing programs, combined with a strong, hands on approach to deliver in priority focus areas. Engagement and influencing skills are paramount, as well as the ability to develop strong partnerships with stakeholders including government, not-for-profits, media and corporate partners. Relevant tertiary qualifications in an appropriate field are highly desirable.
Beyond Blue is Australia’s most well-known and visited mental health organisation focusing on improving the lives of individuals, families and communities affected by anxiety, depression and suicide. Millions of people and organisations connect with Beyond Blue’s advice, information, services and supports each year. With that comes a responsibility to deeply understand and meet their needs.
Beyond Blue’s strategic plan, Beyond 2020, embraces this ‘community intimacy’ principle, and to underpin it, the organisation is implementing a new operating model that includes changes to organisational structures, governance, processes and systems, culture, metrics, data and technology. This is an exciting time to join a responsive and revered organisation that values collaboration, enthusiasm, innovation, respect, excellence and integrity and help it to be even stronger for the community for years to come.
For more information on the organisation visit: beyondblue.org.au
To apply – please click on ‘APPLY NOW’ and using reference BYBhpc0122, address your cover letter and resume to Kate Wheeler of Fisher Leadership, or call +61 1300 347 437 for further information.