Associate Director of Communications

  • Communications
  • Full- time
  • Sydney, Australia or Melbourne, Australia
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Change.org is the world’s largest technology platform for social change. Our team spans 18 countries and empowers hundreds of millions of people to win the change they want to see. 

In the last 12 months in Australia, Change.org helped to secure the release of journalist James Ricketson from a Cambodian prison, pushed the government to increase disaster relief funding for farmer in drought, prevented Gavin McInnes from touring Australia and mobilised hundreds of thousands of people to protect the Sydney Opera House from becoming a billboard for gambling. Change.org is currently at the forefront of the campaigns to allow drug-checking at music festivals, to reform the aged care sector and ban LGBT conversion therapy.

About the role:
In this role, you will be a senior leader in Australia, and the company globally, responsible for building our brand by elevating the stories of our petitions, petition starters and users to mass media audiences across Australia.

You’ll tell the story of Change.org while inspiring people to believe in their own potential to alter the world around them by starting a petition. On any given day, you might be meeting with journalists to strategise collaboration on their stories, training petition starters on how to speak to the media, pitching our petition starters’ powerful personal stories, writing and placing branded Op Eds, accompanying petition starters to television interviews (and supporting them to be their best!) or handling high-level media relationships.

You’ll lead our brand strategy:

  • Turn the vision and big picture goals into an ambitious brand strategy to drive our national presence and media coverage telling the story of Change.org
  • Deepen brand affinity with our users, partners and potential users, creating a virtuous cycle where brand affinity drives petition creation and user engagement

You’ll drive our communications and media campaigning:

  • Lead top-tier national media outreach on the grassroots campaigns that develop daily on Change.org, including identifying and pitching compelling campaign stories every day
  • Oversee media training and support to petition starters and your colleagues before and during media appearances and events
  • Collaborate  and coordinate with teams around the world on international campaigns and media opportunities.
  • Represent Change.org at important media meetings, events and interviews, both on- and off-the-record.

About you:

  • You’re an experienced communications professional, with demonstrable experience engaging influential media to reach thousands on a weekly basis
  • You believe in the power of personal story and treat those who hold them with great care and respect. People often start petitions on Change.org after experiencing trauma or hardship, and you’ll have the passion and commitment to help them tell their stories to make change and seek justice.
  • You’re a strategic brand-builder with a demonstrated ability to create a national and/or global brand presence for an organization
  • You’re collaborative, supportive and inclusive in your relationships with your team and colleagues, and comfortable working cooperatively in a fast-paced environment
  • You’re passionate about Change.org’s mission of social change and empowering people everywhere to make a difference in the world.

As a bonus, you might also have some of these skills or experiences:

  • Building strategic relationships with national media producers, editors, bookers, influencers, and journalists
  • Handling strategic and crisis communications, messaging, and brand management
  • Living in or building relationships with communities that have faced disadvantage, discrimination or marginalization in Australia
  • Working in a digital/online environment, with colleagues who live far from you
  • Working with leaders to build their profiles
  • Working for a technology platform and/or an organization run on user-generated campaigns/content

This is a full-time role based in Melbourne or Sydney. The expected starting salary is $92,000 AUD.

We are a certified B corporation with generous benefits including unlimited vacation, 18 weeks fully paid parental leave and flexible working arrangements. We enjoy our work, and working with each other.

We’re committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. Our user base is wonderfully diverse, and we want our team to reflect that. We strongly encourage people of different backgrounds, cultures, genders, experiences, abilities and perspectives to apply. We will consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, physical disability, or length of time spent unemployed. 

We are working for a world where no one is powerless, and where creating change is a part of everyday life. Join us.
Change.org Careers

Outsized impact

Change.org is the fastest growing social change organization in the world, empowering more than 200 million people to create change in their communities.

Amazing people

We are building a world-class team of technologists and creatives along with the most accomplished team of social movement creators in the world.

Extraordinary benefits

Plenty of vacation

Personal growth