We’re hiring: Communications Manager

Communications Manager

Position Details

Title: Communications Manager

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Location: East coast capital city. The WELA team works remotely from home, within AEST hours. Melbourne based team members also have the option to work from our small city office space.

Job Type: 0.8 – 1 FTE, negotiable.12 month initial contract. 

Salary: $97,378 plus superannuation. This position is classified as Level 5.1 under the SCHADS award. 

Job Requirements: Occasional (monthly) after-hours work, ability for occasional domestic travel, and access to a major capital East Coast city 

Benefits: Flexible working location, work/life balance, supportive and empowering culture, generous leave provisions, mentoring opportunities 

Applications close: 9:00 AM AEST, Monday 8th July, 2024.

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About the position 

Do you want to contribute to saving the environment, solving climate change, and taking on the patriarchy? 

This is an exciting opportunity to join a small, growing, and passionate team taking on some big challenges – and doing it with a good sense of fun and personal sustainability.

Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA) is empowering, supporting, and funding women’s leadership for our environment and climate action, to transform Australia’s response to our environmental and climate crises.

We’re looking for an experienced Communications Manager to play a crucial role in the growth and success of this important work. 

You’ll be responsible for building the profile of WELA and of women’s leadership for our environment by leading our external communications. 

Your responsibilities will extend across supporter communications; website management; media and PR; and marketing communications, including developing compelling messaging and content. 

You’ll provide expert guidance and recommendations to the organisation, develop communications strategies, deliver on all of our core communications work, and monitor and evaluate our progress toward the organisation’s communications goals. You’ll be supported and empowered to prioritise this work with a clear organisational strategy and support from the CEO and Engagement Director.  

You’ll join a small but growing team consisting of the CEO, Engagement Director, the Leadership Programs team of five people, the Operations and Administration Manager, Research and Policy Manager, Fundraising Stewardship Manager, Community Organiser and an active Board. We embody a vibrant and caring energy where we know what we’re doing, but we certainly don’t have all the answers. Learning, reflecting, and balancing risks informs our passion and drive.

Key tasks and deliverables

  • Work with our team to identify and deliver on priority communication needs and opportunities
  • Develop compelling messages and content such as stories, articles, digital media, videos, and marketing materials for a range of audiences and channels 
  • Lead the development and maintenance of our website
  • Working with the Engagement Director, lead the development and implementation of the organisation’s communications strategies, with support and input from other team members as needed
  • Support the Leadership Programs team with the development of Program specific communications and processes
  • Lead development and delivery of our media and PR, securing coverage of WELA’s work through traditional, non-traditional and partnership based strategies
  • Develop, manage, and optimise promotional list growth campaigns (organic and paid)
  • Manage external consultants including communications and design experts as needed 
  • Maintain a comprehensive content library and ensure brand consistency across all platforms
  • Manage social media content scheduling

As a small team, we support each other in our work so you’ll regularly be expected to jump in and help out wherever needed. Likewise, you can count on the support of the team however you need it.

About you

You’re passionate about our environment, and the important role of women’s leadership in creating a genuinely sustainable future in which people and the planet thrive.

You love the power of good communication to create change, and are experienced in developing and managing communication strategies and activities that motivate and inspire people to action. You know how to craft a message and create narratives that engage supporters, donors and other stakeholders.

You have excellent written communication skills, and are experienced in delivering high-quality communications to target audiences using diverse formats. You’re creative and show initiative in the way you spot opportunities and make things happen.

You’re an excellent project manager, with strong attention to detail and great teamwork skills to ensure tasks are managed across the team in a timely manner.

You don’t mind getting your hands dirty, and using your organisation skills to juggle competing priorities – from writing, designing and editing supporter emails or leading and managing a new video production, to designing and leading a new communications strategy and outreach plan, or leading a new content partnership. You love being part of a small team and work well in collaborative environments, but are confident working independently.

WELA is committed to creating a diverse and thriving community of women and gender-diverse people for our environment and climate action. People from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities, communities of colour, or culturally and linguistically diverse communities are encouraged to apply.

Key Selection Criteria


  • Demonstrated commitment to our environment and/or women’s leadership 
  • At least three years in a similar strategic communications role in an NGO, social justice organisation, or for-purpose business 
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing inspiring and motivating communication strategies and activities 
  • Excellent written skills, including copywriting for different audiences and channels (print media, e-news, websites, social media, reports)
  • Familiarity with relevant tools such as Google Suite, WordPress, CRM tools, social media platforms 
  • Content production and design skills using Canva 
  • An understanding of digital marketing and advertising
  • Excellent project management and organisational skills 
  • Experience working with graphic designers, other creatives, or media professionals
  • Good interpersonal skills, and demonstrated ability to support a team to deliver quality communications
  • Ability to work independently and quickly, managing projects and delivering work on time with limited supervision as part of a small dynamic team


  • Relevant qualifications in communications, journalism, or public relations
  • Experience developing communications for environmental or feminist campaigns or organisations
  • Experience developing or supporting fundraising communication, such as for major donors, regular givers, or annual appeals
  • Experience working with graphic designers, other creatives, or media professionals
  • Experience in digital marketing 
  • Experience working in a small not-for-profit environment

About WELA

Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA) is empowering, supporting, funding and diversifying women’s and gender diverse leadership for our environment and climate, in order to transform Australia’s response to these crises. 

Overwhelmingly, our existing political, business and societal leadership has failed to adequately address the climate and environmental crises at hand. It’s time for a leadership change. Put simply, we will not get out of this by relying on the same leadership that got us into it. The evidence is clear – more women in decision making roles equals better environmental outcomes. We need more of it. 

We’re a small and empowering team, with a big vision for change. We work hard, but have a healthy commitment to work/life balance, and enable the flexibility to support this. We support one another to grow, develop, and bring joy and creativity to our work each day.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please upload your CV and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria via Ethical Jobs by 9am Monday 8th July, 2024. For general enquiries about the position, please email info@wela.org.au, or for a brief discussion about the position, please book a time with WELA CEO Victoria McKenzie-McHarg at https://calendly.com/victoria-wela/wela-communications-manager-pd-discussion


WELA staff smiling at the camera.

Image description: the WELA team in November 2023.