We’re hiring: Communications Manager

Communications Manager

  • Title: Communications Manager
  • Reports to: Strategic Director
  • Location: Strong preference for Naarm/Melbourne. Open to negotiation for an east coast capital city. The WELA team works remotely from home, within AEST hours
  • Job Type: Full-time, 12 month fixed term contract with possibility of extension
  • Salary: $93,859 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 AEDT, 29 January, 2024

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 and alumni communications; social media and website; marketing and fundraising communications, including developing compelling messaging and content. 

You’ll provide expert guidance and recommendations to the organisation, develop and deliver our communications strategies, 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 Strategic Director and Giving Circle Manager.  

You’ll be one of two roles in the communications team, with the second returning from parental leave in early 2024. You’ll join a small but growing team, including the Strategic Director, Giving Circle Manager, the Leadership Programs team of four people, the Operations and Administration Manager, the Research and Policy Manager, 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.

WELA staff smiling at the camera.

Image description: the WELA team in November 2023. 


  • Lead the development and implementation of the organisation’s communications strategies
  • Work with our team to identify and deliver on priority communication needs and opportunities 
  • Develop compelling messages and content for a range of communication channels including our social media and website, supporter newsletters, and media
  • Develop communication for target audiences including the WELA community, donors, Giving Circle members, and potential leadership program applicants, etc. 
  • Develop, manage, and optimise promotional list growth campaigns (organic and paid)
  • Lead development of key reports and documents, including our annual Impact Report 
  • Support the Strategic Director and Giving Circle Manager in developing philanthropic and major donor communications, specific communication for the WELA Giving Circle, and general fundraising communication to support growth of our community
  • Support the Program team with the development of Program specific communications 
  • Work with team members to maximise engagement with WELA events 
  • Manage external consultants including communications and design experts as needed 

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.


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

You don’t mind getting your hands dirty, and using your organisation skills to juggle competing priorities  – from monitoring and responding to social media comments and coordinating a comms calendar across the organisation, to designing and leading a new communications strategy and outreach plan. You love being part of a small team 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. 


  • Demonstrated commitment to our environment and / or women’s leadership
  • At least four 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)
  • Excellent project management and organisational skills
  • 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
  • Familiarity with relevant tools such as Google Suite, WordPress, CRM tools, social media platforms


  • 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
  • Design skills for production of social media posts, event and program branding, and basic design and layout of documents
  • Experience working with graphic designers, other creatives or with media professionalsAbout WELA
  • Experience in digital marketing


To apply for this position, please upload your CV and a cover letter to Ethical Jobs by 9am Monday 29 Jan, 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 Communications Manager Priya Cooper – https://calendly.com/d/4xv-cx2-4cy/one-off-meeting.