Come fight the good fight

The NZ Taxpayers’ Union is looking for a communications and engagement assistant:

We have an exciting opportunity for a junior to intermediate communications professional, who wants to work for a pressure group in the heart of Wellington politics. The role is based in our Wellington office, but also covers our sister group, the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance.

We seek an energetic individual who wants to develop their communications skills within an organisation where no two days are the same and communications contribute to the national political environment. You’ll gain experience in a fast-paced, communications-led environment, where accuracy and attention to detail is a must in responding to the political agenda and issues of the day.

This role will see you providing valuable support to spokespeople, researchers, economic staff and volunteers. You will assist in turning economic and research projects into compelling campaigns and communications suitable for a public audience. You will also be involved in internal communications with donors and supporters who make our work possible.

Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

• Execute campaigns and initiatives that underpin the organisation’s strategic objectives;
• Identifying opportunities in the media for comment and contributions of messages which reinforce the organisation’s campaigns;
• Collaborate with stakeholders, including donors and members to promote engagement, support and fundraising efforts;
• General correspondence;
• Social media monitoring; and
• External communications including drafting stories, media releases and blog entries.

As a proactive thinker and creative individual, you will be looking to forge a communications career within a nationally known organisation, whilst being supported by experienced communicators. The position is ideal for someone interested in a career in corporate affairs; politics; lobbying or the not-for-profit sector.

You will need to be comfortable with being part of a team that is not always sitting in the same location as you and will be able to build strong relationships through virtual communication tools.

A relevant tertiary qualification or proven interest/experience is an advantage. Advanced social media, MS Office and Outlook skills are desirable, as is an interest in politics. You must be a skilled writer – both in accuracy and ability to write persuasively.

As a self-starter with outstanding written and verbal communication skills, you will be comfortable engaging with a variety of stakeholders, including high net worth individuals.

A great fun job. You get to attack corporate welfare, expose government waste, campaign for lower taxes and apply the blow torch to high spending local Councils.

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