Engagement and communications adviser

Fixed term for 12 months

You will bring your skills to a team which considers challenging questions relating to freedom of expression and harm in a changing media environment.

The BSA is an independent Crown entity which determines complaints about whether broadcasters have breached standards, undertakes research on community attitudes and works with media to develop and promote standards.

We observe the rules of natural justice, acknowledge the principles of partnership, protection and participation inherent in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and value highly our relationships across the sector.  

We are looking for someone to join our small team on a fixed-term, up to 30 hours a week, contract. You will work closely with the chief executive and other team members on a wide range of issues and projects related to the broadcasting standards system and content regulation.

Flexible working arrangements considered.

The role / position Purpose

The engagement and communications adviser will have a genuine interest in the role the BSA and media play in ensuring free speech without harm – a core tenet of a properly functioning democracy. You will have a proactive and strategic approach to: helping educate audiences and using the right research, tools, platforms and messages to reach them; engaging with our partners and stakeholders and maintaining a good network of contacts. You will bring strong analytical and writing skills and enjoy working on a diverse range of projects.

The accountabilities will include:

  • Helping oversee ongoing research projects with external providers
  • Helping the team create an effective engagement and communications strategy
  • Pro-actively using and developing our digital channels and content to help audiences and stakeholders. Will include reaching a broad range of NZers.
  • Handling media queries; drafting press releases and stakeholder communications
  • Review and analysis of content/media environment, standards issues and community views
  • Preparing analysis reports on research undertaken as required
  • Creation and publication of formal reports
  • Supporting BSA’s contribution to regulatory reform work
  • Advising the CE and Board
  • Stakeholder engagement

Candidate Profile / Person Specification Qualifications (Desirable)

  • Tertiary qualified
  • 5+ years’ experience in communication and/or engagement roles
  • Strong media contacts
  • Media or Journalism experience
  • Knowledge of Māori heritage or perspectives welcomed
  • Ability to prioritise competing tasks and manage time effectively, including experience managing projects
  • Excellent communication, both verbal and written. Some experience writing accountability documents
  • Ability to interact well with other people
  • Strong trouble-shooting and problem-solving
  • Experience developing and maintaining effective working relationships with external stakeholders at all levels
  • Analytical skills - ability to collect, organise and understand information and then share this in ways other people can easily understand
  • Digital prowess – is comfortable using digital platforms to reach audiences
  • Accepts differences, avoiding blame and looking for the positive
  • Can provide and receive constructive feedback
  • Quickly adapts to need for change, is flexible and adaptable in approach

The closing date for applications is 26 February 2021. To apply, please see our job advertisement on seek.