First listed on: 16 January 2020

Speechwriter and Communication Advisor 

The Opportunity
  • Do you have experience conveying complex organisational narratives through compelling speeches and communication strategies? 
  • Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to work closely with the leaders of an innovative and engaged national organisation?
  • Join the Corporate Affairs team at CSIRO – Australia’s national science agency

We are currently looking for a Speechwriter and Communications Advisor to provide specialist support to the Chair, Chief Executive, and Chief Scientist  in preparation of speeches, opinion pieces, and briefings for panels and presentations, and in the general planning and liaison of external and internal engagements.

You will work with the broader Corporate Affairs function to develop and implement integrated communication strategies to amplify the impact of these leaders and engagements to drive awareness, understanding and engagement with CSIRO’s strategy with key stakeholders.

You will also be expected to provide writing and strategic communication support to the broader Corporate Affairs function, including support for media, events, and corporate publications.

Although this is a full-time position, we are open to discuss any flexible work arrangements for the right candidate.

Your duties will include:
  • Providing high-level written material for the Chair, Chief Executive and Chief Scientist, including speeches, briefing notes and opinion pieces, as well as for the broader Corporate Affairs function. 
  • Identifying key internal and external engagement opportunities and amplification strategies for the Chair, Chief Executive and Chief Scientist in line with CSIRO’s strategy.
  • Liaising with the offices of the Chair, Chief Executive and Chief Scientists in planning and preparation of engagements.
  • Working in partnership with the Corporate Communications Executive Manager and Media and Corporate Communication Manager to provide strategic counsel to executives relating to speaking opportunities, media announcements and events.
  • Ensuring executive engagements are aligned with the CSIRO-wide communication calendar and appropriately promoted and supported through CSIRO-owned and external channels. 
  • Providing broad writing support across the Corporate Affairs function as required, including content for digital and social channels, internal communication, and media.  
  • Supporting executive media training and development as required.
  • Evaluating the outcomes and impact of external engagements, providing recommendations and implementing improvements. 

Location:      Canberra or Sydney or Melbourne
Salary:          AU$98k to AU$106k pa (pro-rata for part-time) + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:        Indefinite 
Reference:   64589

To be considered you will need:

1.    A tertiary qualification in communication or a related field and/or relevant experience in developing strategic and creative communications content for organisations and their leaders. 

2.    High-level writing skills with a demonstrable track record in developing and executing creative and strategic communication strategies, including speeches, opinion articles, internal communications, and media pitches. 

3.    Significant experience in speechwriting for senior leaders, including coaching and strategic counsel at executive level. 

4.    Experience writing and managing content and editorial processes in large complex organisations, working autonomously and under pressure.

5.    High-level senior stakeholder management experience, including influencing and negotiation, coupled with the ability to build and maintain high trust and collaborative working relationships with clients across a wide range of disciplines at all levels of the organisation.

6.    Sound knowledge of how to grow and protect a corporate brand, including risk management, problem solving, a thorough understanding of the media and political environment, and a strong news sense.

7.    Ability to create a culture committed to value-based behaviour which fosters innovative problem solving, continuous improvement and knowledge sharing.

For more information about this role please view the Position Description.


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

Diversity and Inclusion

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At CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirments of this role.

Applications Close

Sunday 2 February 2020 at 11 pm AEDT.

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