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Communications Officer

The Fred Hollows Foundation |
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  • Do you want to do work that really matters? Help us end avoidable blindness
  • Full time, Permanent Role based in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Darwin (Flexible work from home arrangements available)
  • Closing Date: Wednesday the 22nd of February 2023
  • Applicants for this role must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander decent, identify as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and be accepted in the community.



The Foundation is an international development organisation working to prevent blindness and restore sight.  This year marks The Foundation’s 30th anniversary of carrying on the legacy of Professor Fred Hollows, who believed every person had the right to quality eye care, no matter where they live. The Foundation has grown to work in more than 25 countries throughout Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific, as well as Australia. The Foundation has restored sight to more than 3 million people worldwide. We have an ambitious five-year strategic plan that aims to take us even closer to realising our vision of a world in which no person is needlessly blind or vision impaired and Indigenous Australians exercise their right to sight and good health.


The Foundation is also proud to announce that we were awarded the Employer of Choice Award (Public Sector and NFP) at the 2022 Australian HR Awards.


You will be an experienced communications officer, with strong stakeholder management skills. You will be a people person able to build relationships across both The Foundation and with external stakeholder’s and partners. This is a key role within The Foundation bridging between multiple teams, and you will be adapt at managing complex relationships. Further, you will have strong project management skills, able to meet tight deadlines with competing priorities. You will be a team player, able to work independently and be agile to changing needs.



Working as part of The Fred Hollows Foundation’s Public Affairs Team, this role supports The Foundation’s Indigenous Australia Program (IAP), Social Justice and Regional Engagement and the Pacific region, to develop and implement communications and advocacy initiatives and manage stakeholder relationships both internally and externally. It supports the collection, coordination and production of stories for local and national media coverage with The Foundation’s broader Communication’s Team; and supports the production of high quality internal and external communication products and publications. It also works with the Partnerships team to deliver communications products for our key corporate and government partners to fulfil reporting requirements.



  • Work with the IAP team to facilitate the collection of patient and beneficiary stories, ensuring appropriate engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; adhering to local protocols, obtaining appropriate permissions and liaising with partner organisations.
  • Develop and implement communications strategies to raise awareness of the Indigenous Australia Program, our Social Justice and Regional Engagement priorities and our work in the Pacific and Timor-Leste, ensuring they are delivered on time and on budget, and align with the Indigenous Australia Strategy, Pacific Country Strategies and broader regional Strategies.
  • Identify and engage stakeholders and potential partners through events.
  • Coordinate, support and prepare the IAP and SJRE contribution to board reports, donor reporting, annual reports and support global internal communications, in consultation with the relevant teams.
  • Other tasks as requested by your manager.



  • Demonstrated experience in a communications role working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating events and managing stakeholder engagement.
  • High level experience writing in various formats for internal and external audiences.
  • Understanding, developing and communicating policy and procedures.
  • Strong network of relationships and areas of influences across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and/or Pacific health or related sectors.



  • Exposure to eye health advocacy
  • Previous experience within a not-for-profit organisation.
  • Experience in working within a global operating environment.



Through our internal programs and employee benefits we aim to create an environment where you will feel supported and empowered.  Whether your focus is on continuous learning, professional development or finding an environment which enables you to thrive while balancing family or personal commitments, we have a range of programs in place to support you. Including:

  • Generous salary packaging – we provide access to not-for-profit salary packaging options, which will increase your take home pay, we also offer 17.5% annual leave loading
  • Flexible work environment – we focus on output, not hours and enable you to prioritise your health and wellbeing
  • Generous leave allowances – we offer Paid parental leave; 5 days bonus leave every year; an annual Foundation-wide “Me Day”; and time off for culturally significant/ceremonial leave
  • Ongoing commitment to your continuous learning and career development – through tailored leadership and professional development programs, access to Linkedin Learning and focused development conversations.



To find out more about our benefits click here



Please apply directly via the “Apply” Button. Should you have any questions regarding the opportunity please reach out to our Talent Acquisition Specialist, Hanna Hadaya at [email protected] for a confidential conversation. Kindly note that CVs will not be considered through this email address.

Closing Date: Wednesday the 22nd of February 2023


Applicants for this role must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander decent, identify as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and be accepted in the community.


The Fred Hollows Foundation is committed to protecting the rights of children and community partners in all areas where we work.  Applicants are advised that The Foundation reserves the right to conduct police checks and other screening procedures to ensure we maintain and promote a child safe environment.  The Foundation is also committed to protecting the health of our beneficiaries, donors and partners and require incumbents of this role to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (except where medical conditions may make vaccination harmful to their health).

Please note: We will not be accepting CV’s via agencies for this role.

Closing Date: Feb 22, 2023