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    National Manager – Corporate Communications and Advocacy

    As a part of the Senior Management Team and reporting to the CEO, this position will lead the development of communications strategies, policy and advocacy, such that the Australian Water Association is seen as the voice for the Australian water sector. This in-turn will position the Australian Water Association as the essential association for water professionals and pre-eminent organisation through its brand, communication and policy work.

    The successful applicant will have commercial acumen, high level communication skills and will be experienced in collating, analysing and reporting on policy issues and data. The successful applicant ideally will have experience in the water or resources sector, and have an understanding of the State and Federal Government policy development process. A tertiary qualification in Communications, Public Policy, or Business is required.

    About the Australian Water Association

    The Australian Water Association is Australia’s leading membership association for water professionals and organisations. The Association plays an essential role in supporting the Australian water sector in the provision of information, professional development and networking and collaboration.

    Key deliverables

    • Develop and deliver creative and effective communication strategies that help the Association engage and influence a wide range of key industry, media and government stakeholders
    • Undertake research and policy analysis in relation to emerging national and international policy trends
    • Prepare submissions and materials to support the Association’s case in reviews, hearings, and committees
    • Promote the Association’s advocacy position to relevant politicians, government officers and the media
    • Develop and execute effective internal communication programs;
    • Create, manage and deliver internal external communications strategies;
    • Write, edit, proofread and revise communications;
    • Create thought leadership materials, press releases, media relations content, case studies, executive bios, newsletter content, briefing papers, social media content, speaking proposals;

    Selection Criteria

    • Proven experience and success in a similar role
    • Bachelor's degree or relevant qualification, preferably in communications, journalism, Public Policy, or Business
    • Proven ability to develop and execute impactful communications strategies for varied audiences
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Strong organisational, prioritisation and time management ability with deadline focus
    • Demonstrated problem-solving ability and attention to detail to deliver high-quality output
    • Proven success acting as a positive company ambassador
    •Understanding of water policy issues
    •Understanding of parliamentary processes

    For the position description, please click here.

    Written applications addressing the selection criteria along with supporting CV should be emailed to


    For the position description, please click here.

    Written applications addressing the selection criteria along with supporting CV should be emailed to 



    What is our Culture? How do we do things at AWA?

     AWA members, employees and stakeholders share a set of values to help guide behaviours in terms of how we treat each other as well as those in the broader community. These values are part of the AWA culture,

    In everything the Association does, we will:

    • Respect and respond to the needs of our members and stakeholders, striving to continually improve the quality of our services.
    • Be open and accessible, fair and equitable, acting with honesty and integrity, building trust and confidence.
    • Acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of our members, volunteers and employees.
    • Encourage a culture of teamwork, collaboration, and inclusiveness to build enduring relationships and unity.
    • Be creative, innovative, agile and change oriented.
    • Do what is best for our members and community for a sustainable water future.

    Exciting career opportunities...

    Australia is leading the world in adapting to a rapidly drying climate, therefore our water industry is experiencing a period of change and expansion. The industry is growing and it is anticipated that there will be approximately $30 billion invested in infrastructure over the next ten years.

    There is a unique advantage for Australia's current and future water workers:


    • There will be demand for 40,000 new water workers by 2018 according to research reports AND
    • The reputation of Australia's water workers has led to increasing international demand for their expertise

    Careers in water can also offer the following benefits:

    • Career stability
    • Training
    • Flexibility
    • Good working conditions
    • Challenging and satisfying work
    • A whole world of opportunity


    For more information about careers or to search for job opportunities in the water sector, visit the H2Oz careers in water website.