We’re hiring: Campaigns Officer

Aug 27, 2020

Are you passionate and motivated about human rights? Do you want to use your knowledge of human rights issues to assist a leading advocacy organisation to promote and defend human rights in Tibet?

●      1 year fixed term appointment, part-time role. Our preference is for a Sydney-based person but we will consider Melbourne or Canberra locations for the right candidate.

This opportunity to join Australia Tibet Council’s team comes at an exciting time when human rights are the subject of renewed focus. ATC campaigns to ensure the protection of the human rights and democratic freedoms of the Tibetan people.  We are looking for an experienced Campaigns Officer (CO) to work part-time to help design, implement and communicate campaigns.

The CO will report to ATC’s Executive Officer (EO). The CO is expected to work closely with the part-time EO. ATC will take a flexible approach to the ways in which the EO and CO agree to structure and implement their work. The CO works in a complex environment requiring effective collaboration and interaction with ATC’s EO, Board, staff, members, donors and volunteers; the Tibetan community; partner organisations; the media and government representatives.

The CO is responsible for developing communications on, and implementing, ATC’s human rights advocacy campaigns. This includes preparing reports for ATC’s Board and assisting the EO to develop and implement strategies and priorities agreed by the Board.

Key responsibilities, in cooperation with the EO, will be to:

  • Develop and implement strategies for human rights advocacy campaigns.
  • Develop communications materials such as supporter emails, political briefings, web copy.
  • Determine media messaging, prepare media releases, maintain active relationships with media personnel and undertake media interviews, where appropriate.
  • Maintain active relationships with Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, Ministers/Shadow Ministers, Committee Secretariats and individual MPs/Senators and their staff.
  • Assist in briefing parliamentarians, their staff and officials on Tibet-related developments.
  • Assist in providing high level support to the Australian All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, including developing strategies and activities for the group, recruiting new members, setting meeting agendas, monitoring progress and keeping records of group membership.
  • Assist the EO to plan and organise Tibet Lobby Day at Parliament House, Canberra.

To learn more about the role, please view the detailed position description.


The CO will have:

  • degree qualifications in a relevant field with at least 3 years’ experience in a similar,
  • highly developed written and oral communications skills, and an ability to effectively communicate ATC’s values and objectives to stakeholders including members, government and media, and
  • an ability and experience in working collaboratively; and
  • political astuteness, and an understanding of the political landscape in which ATC operates.

1.     Proven experience in developing, managing and delivering successful campaign strategies.

2.     A good understanding of human rights, the Tibet issue, the Australia-China relationship and the evolving geopolitical situation.

3.     Experience establishing and managing strategic partnerships, including with parliamentary staff and members of the media.

4.     High-level written and oral communication skills, including the ability to write for a wide range of audiences, and experience in speaking to the media and in public.

5.     Demonstrated understanding of Australian parliamentary processes, government relations and advocacy strategies.

6.     Experience in working with diverse stakeholders including community groups and partners.

ATC operates as a “virtual” organisation. Staff and Board members work from home and are in constant contact using Google tools and video conferencing tools. Face-to-face meetings are held when necessary.

You will be rewarded with generous and flexible working conditions, a fantastic environment working with committed and dedicated individuals, and an opportunity to directly contribute to ATC’s long-term sustainability. ATC is offering a salary of $60,000 to $65,000 full time equivalent. The exact amount will reflect your hours worked, experience and qualifications.  The CO is expected to travel to Canberra and perhaps other locations. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.  From time to time, weekend work may be required and will be recompensed time-in-lieu.  

The successful candidate is expected to help plan ATC’s work for 2021 and attend the Board’s strategy workshop on 5-6 December 2020. If face-to-face, the workshop will be in Sydney. If required by Covid-19 restrictions, the workshop will be held electronically. 

Read more about Australia Tibet Council here.

Tibetans are encouraged to apply. Please email any questions about the position to recruitment@atc.org.au with ‘Recruitment – Campaigns Officer’ in the Subject box.

If this role sounds like you, please submit an application consisting of your CV, covering letter and your response (no longer than two pages) to the selection criteria. Email to: recruitment@atc.org.au with ‘Recruitment – Campaigns Officer’ in the Subject box.

Applications close 5.00 pm Friday 18 September 2020.