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We are currently advertising for early career communications, media and public affairs professionals at The Shape Agency and welcome applications.


Communications Coordinator 


We’re looking for skilled media, communications, public affairs and/or campaigns professionals to join our team of consultants, in a growing agency with an exciting, purpose-driven client list. 


Working with very experienced professionals in a high-performance team, you’ll have the opportunity to work on nationally significant communications campaigns.


This is a permanent part-time or full-time role with flexible work arrangements suited to your situation. 


About Shape

The Shape Agency helps its clients communicate on complex issues and in highly political contexts, to help them achieve a social-interest purpose. Some of our clients are very well-known advocacy organisations and others are government clients pursuing progressive policy initiatives. 


We bring together market research, communications strategy and execution across all communications channels to help our clients shape the perception of their issues and to create the space for positive social change. 


We only work for organisations with a social interest purpose at their heart of their work which aligns with our values and purpose at Shape.


We’ve worked on issues and campaigns as diverse as: the net zero energy transition, climate change, industrial relations reform, voluntary euthanasia, criminal justice reform, addressing obesity stigma, mental health and suicide prevention; while also helping many organisations develop and refine their organisation-wide communications and engagement strategies.



Selection criteria

The role

This role requires a person with a qualification in media, communications, marketing or a related public affairs field. You will likely have some early professional experience in communications, media, public affairs or campaigning. 



You will: 

1.     Be extremely proficient working on digital media channels, including all major social media channels and digital platforms and using content creation tools such as Canva. You will also have a good understanding of advertising and search optimisation tactics.

2.     Be confident developing social media content and calendars.

3.     Be capable of working with the media, tracking issues and sometimes pitching stories to journalists at the direction of a Senior Consultant, based on an understanding of media distribution tools, tactics and the dynamics of the modern media environment. 

4.     Be a great writer, able to work across various communications formats such as: key message sheets, social media content, website copy, media alerts, media releases, and media plans.

5.     Have a solid understanding of the role of politics, public policy and Government in shaping the issues you are working on for our clients. 

6.     Be able to multitask, working across 4-5 client accounts at a time, reporting to Senior Consultants on client work and one Associate Director.



About you

You will:

1.     Have a qualification in communications, campaigning, PR, journalism and/or marketing, ideally with exposure to politics or political issues. You may have some experience working professionally in these fields, however we are also open to graduate applications.

2.     Have excellent organisational and time management skills, and the ability to manage competing priorities. 

3.     Be a natural collaborator, understanding that progressing social change requires working together with others effectively.

4.     Enjoy helping others achieve their goals as an enabler of change.

5.     Be drawn to ‘purpose-based’ work and care about issues like tackling disadvantage, community inclusion, social and economic inequality and environmental issues. 

6.    Understand the critical role of government in addressing these societal issues.

7.     Be comfortable working across a wide range of issues, recognising the diverse nature of the policy issues our clients are engaged with.



Flexibility and work culture

We take pride in our very high staff retention rate which reflects a very positive work culture. 


We believe strongly in flexibility and in utilising technology to work effectively and collaboratively.


We believe in fitting work arrangements around the individual which we have found contributes to the happiness of our people. 


We believe in trusting our people to deliver results and assessing performance on outcomes and delivery.


Shape has consultants in different parts of Australia, so we are a highly flexible workplace. You will be able to work from home as often as you like – permanently if that is your preference. Alternatively, you may work in our office.


We are prioritising finding the right candidate, so we are also open to the successful candidate working 3, 4 or 5 days per week. 


The role can be based anywhere in Australia. 



Apply now

Submit your application including a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and your resume to by 15 December 2023.  



For more information about Shape –   

For more information about the role, speak to Tim – 0409 059 617 



Position Description – Communications Coordinator 

Salary – Competitive salary available, based on experience

Employment – Full time and part time available (3-5 days per week) 

Hours of Work – Flexible 

Reports to – Associate Director