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Policy and Communications Director

Advertiser: Australian Airports AssociationMore jobs from this company

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Job Listing Date
12 May 2020
Work Type
Full Time
Marketing & Communications, Public Relations & Corporate Affairs


The Australian Airports Association (AAA) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1982 representing the interests of over 340 airports and aerodromes across Australia, from regional landing strips to major international gateway airports. The AAA also has more than 140 corporate partners who provide goods and services to the airport sector.

The Charter of the AAA is to facilitate co-operation amongst all Member airports and their many and varied partners in Australian aviation, whilst maintaining an air transport system that is safe, secure, environmentally responsible and efficient for the benefit of all Australians.

The AAA is the leading advocate for appropriate national policy relating to airport activities, to ensure regular transport passengers, freight, and the community enjoy the full benefits of a progressive and sustainable airport industry.

The economic contribution of Australia’s airport sector is $34.6 Billion and it employs 8,700 FTE.



Reporting to the Chief Executive Office, the Policy and Communications Director takes a leading role in driving the strategic policy, advocacy, communications, and government relations agenda for Australia’s airport industry.

The role forms part of the AAA’s Executive Team and provides leadership in the development of evidence-based strategic policy for the AAA, as well as executive oversight of the AAA Policy Group. The Policy and Communications Director will also have responsibility for managing both pro-active and reactive media engagement and working closely with external resources to deliver cohesive and engaging public messaging.

The role will focus on establishing and maintaining strong enduring working relationships with both AAA members and external stakeholders, motivating others by leading by example, and demonstrating a commitment to achieving outcomes in a way that engenders respect.

The role requires an experienced and professionally qualified executive with an ability to manage a significantly detailed and varied portfolio of policy and communications issues impacting the aviation industry. The Policy and Communications Director is required to be an excellent communicator that can develop influential, evidence-based arguments, as well engage with media and government stakeholders to represent the interests of AAA and its members.

The role normally requires national travel throughout the year (noting this has reduced considerably in recent times due to COVID-19 restrictions).



  • In consultation with the AAA Board and CEO, develop and coordinate the strategic policy, advocacy, and media direction for the association to ensure the interests and needs of all members are addressed.
  • Oversees the implementation of directives and policies determined by the AAA Board, including industry advocacy campaigns and major projects.
  • Leading role in progressing the organisation’s public affairs and government relations objectives on key policy issues.
  • Deliver a range of high-quality tactical outputs including media releases, publications, articles, speeches, printed materials, and digital products.
  • Work with external and internal resources to effectively engage and influence the public dialogue on important industry issues.
  • Active monitoring of relevant media and news and identifying opportunities to proactively drive the organisation’s media strategy.
  • Manages and supervises staff within the Policy Group, reviewing recommendations and reports and allocating tasks.
  • Prepares or co-ordinates and supervises the preparation of high-quality submissions, briefing papers and other documentation on key policy issues.
  • Presenting to members and external stakeholders on the policy activities and initiatives of the Association.
  • Responsibility for and oversight of the delivery and project management of industry research and analysis on critical issues facing Australia’s airports, as well technical guidance material for members.
  • Effective management of external resources and consultants to ensure effective and efficient performance.
  • Liaising and consulting with external resources, Government and other stakeholders to build effective working relationships.
  • Represent the organisation at various events including, but not limited to, Government and stakeholder forums, Parliamentary engagements, internal and external committees and other official events.
  • Deputise for the Chief Executive as required.
  • Performs related duties as requested by the Chief Executive.


  • A proven strategic focus, with an ability to recognise opportunities and harness information.
  • Policy development and advocacy campaign experience, including the ability to lead, motivate, set objectives, and team management the performance of your team.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with experience in areas such as public relations, government relations, online and social media management and internal communication.
  • Demonstrated experience in media management and coordination.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of policy processes and how governments operate.
  • A track record of strong organisational skills, including planning, budgeting and reporting.
  • Able to manage multiple and demanding tasks, prioritising as necessary and working to time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Ability to manage relationships with governments, members of parliament, industry and stakeholders within the sector.
  • Working knowledge of the aviation industry and the operation of airports and their regulatory environment is preferred.


  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in similar roles, with a proven track record of performance, particularly in the development of influential, evidenced based and cohesive policy positions and advocacy campaigns.
  • Demonstrated experience in communications and media management, with the ability to develop strategic communications and engagement strategies.
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively managing high-profile or significant industry issues from a government relations and/or public affairs perspective.
  • Appropriate tertiary qualifications or experience in Public Affairs, Communications, Business, Law or similar.
  • Previous experience working in an industry association would be preferable but not essential.



The recruitment process for this position is managed through the Canberra Airport recruitment team. To apply, email your application (resume and cover letter) to no later than COB Friday 22 May 2020. To enquire, please phone Tiara Pettinger on 02 6175 3378.

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