Communication Manager

This is an opportunity to contribute to the development of one of the most exciting global water initiatives of recent decades. To impact water in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region, Water Stewardship Australia (WSA) needs to engage water users, water managers, catchment managers and other important water influencers. It needs to grow a strong brand that can reward good water stewards. The building blocks are in place. Now we are ready to build our communications capability. We need someone who is passionate about addressing water challenges. You probably know that in the Asia-Pacific surface water is pretty much fully allocated, groundwater is depleting, pollution is contributing to water stress, environmental water is often neglected and that in many places water governance is weak. We need someone who is competent across all communication channels, can pick-up our draft communications strategy and brand strategy and run with it; building the organisation, the role and eventually the team as you go.

This is a part-time, one day per week position with a 15-month contract.

The Organization


Water Stewardship Australia (WSA) is the Asia-Pacific regional arm of the global Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS). The AWS Water Stewardship System defines water stewardship and establishes processes for implementing good water stewardship, verifying good water stewardship and recognising good water stewards. Central to the AWS Water Stewardship System is the AWS International Water Stewardship Standard that was released in 2014 at a meeting of the United Nations Global Compact CEO Water Mandate in Lima Peru. A global not-for-profit, AWS is headquartered in Edinburgh Scotland and registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. WSA is registered as a not-for-profit company (company limited by guarantee) and based in Melbourne Australia with an Asia-Pacific regional office in Shanghai China. The Melbourne office is based at Abbotsford Convent. WSA’s Asia-Pacific activities are supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Water Partnership.

Duties and Accountabilities


Reporting to the CEO, specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Review and complete the WSA Communications Strategy, broadening it to include WSA activities in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Review and document the WSA/AWS brand strategy and guidelines
  • Review and prioritise existing communication channels based on targeting of strategic audiences
  • Get water stewardship known and better understood with our key stakeholders in Australia and the Asia-Pacific
  • Source stories and manage delivery across all WSA communication channels
  • Develop communication tools (online, video, print) to support WSA work program
  • Contribute to the strategic development of the organisation


Selection Criteria


  • Higher degree in communication or related discipline and/or relevant professional experience
  • Portfolio of work to demonstrate competence across a range of communication channels
  • Self-starter with initiative and ability to work independently
  • Collaborator who can contribute strategically as part of a small team
  • Ability to work flexibly and manage commitments
  • Experience, familiarity with water and water-related issues
  • Good networks
  • Excellent English skills and competence in another regional language
  • Ability to undertake travel within Australia and Asia


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How to apply for this job

Interested applicants should submit a one-page expression of interest accompanied by a personal profile of no more than two pages to, with the subject line: Communication Manager application via EthicalJobs. Questions regarding the position may be submitted to this address. All questions and answers will be compiled and made available to all candidates on request. Applicants should include the range of their remuneration expectations and any other costs envisaged to take up this position.